I am 37 years old and have struggled with many odd symptoms since I was an early teen. I always thought people were thinking that I was a hypochondriac, or making things up for attention.
In my early teens I started getting horrible bouts of nausea when I woke up. I also got daily headaches. It was so bad, I would roll on the floor and break out in a cold sweat. My family thought I was just trying to get out of going to school. I wasn’t!
Then came the fatigue. Over the years, my mind wants to do a whole lot of things, but my body just can’t seem to match what my mind wants to do. In my early teens, I started to develop anxiety and bouts of depression. In my early 20’s, after having my second child, I developed acne, which I never had even as a teen.
In my later 20’s, I developed horrible allergies. Itch eyes and throat, itchy skin with hives, sneezing attacks, constantly blowing my nose. I would get recurring sinus infections.
At this point, I was using acne meds and was on Flonase and Claritin, as well as Prozac for the panic attacks, anxiety, and depression.
In my late 20’s, I had to have my gallbladder out. It was very infected with multiple stones. That is when the chronic diarrhea began. Every morning I would go and it would have a horrible smell. I was so embarrassed. Then it progressed to a couple of times a day, and sometimes in the middle of eating a meal.
I began to be afraid to eat away from the house. My stools were so bad, I still had very bad nausea in the morning (late for work a lot due to this), and now I would bloat in the middle of a meal to the point that I didn’t eat much. I thought people would think I had an eating disorder by how little I ate in 1 sitting.
Also in my late 20’s, I was having crazy heart palpitations, to the point I thought I would pass out. I even saw a cardiologist, wore a holter moniter, had several tests that all came out negative.
In my mid 30’s, I developed asthma, and began to have bronchitis every year so bad that it was treated with antibiotics and steroids. I could not walk very far without getting out of breath. I have 3 kids, work full time, and run around like crazy, so it’s not like I wasn’t moving around.
Then the diarrhea got so bad, that I almost had accidents in public a few times. I thought this is crazy! I am 37 years old and can’t go in public for fear of having an accident! So I went to the doctor. He diagnosed me with IBS, and said try pepcid every night to see if it helps. It did not.
At this point, I also had facial flushing and what looked to be rosacea. I had hard bumps like ingrown hairs all over my legs. I always had some type of hives going on.
I had been researching all my odd symptoms for over a year or so, and everything seemed to point to a gluten allergy and thryoidism (been tested for that several times, negative, but I still believe there is an issue there, possibly hashimoto’s).
I had enough. I put myself on a gluten free diet 3 weeks ago. Within days, I had normal stools like I haven’t had in YEARS. The nausea in the morning totally disappeared, which was a HUGE victory. I wish I tried this when I was in school, as I suffered so badly. I no longer bloat eating a meal, and can finish a meal! My skin is clearing up nicely. I haven’t had a single headache (another huge victory) and all my IBS symptoms are completely gone.
My ganglion cyst that I’ve had for a couple years is going down. My back and neck no longer hurt or feel stiff. I always blamed that on my bed and work. I feel like someone oiled all my joints, like I went from feeling 80 years old back to 30. My daily heart palpitations drastically decreased. While I am still very fatigued, I’m hoping that will improve as well. I have been keeping a journal to keep track of what symptoms are lessening.
I want my kids to go gluten free, I feel they have some of these symptoms (my son has the bad morning stomach aches). I can’t wait to see what symptoms will resolve over time. I plan to stay gluten free since the changes are amazing me every day!
The above was originally a comment on the Gluten Allergy Symptoms article.
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