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PENGUINCUTIE
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5/3/13 11:04 A

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I was in that boat of putting up with my health rather than giving up the foods I loved until this past year, in particular the last 2 months. Recently I had deteriorated to the point that I was in agony nearly every time I ate despite taking Nexium every day. I don't have insurance right now so seeing a GI and having an Endoscopy ($2400) is not an option until I find a better job and/or get insurance. So, fingers crossed it is not an ulcer as well and I can continue improving with diet. When all else fails, I have my popcorn!! lol
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Last night my Mom showed me a book she had found called "Feast without Yeast" and it explained a lot of things that just didn't make sense to me when people were talking about what to do with your diet for problems with yeast as well as a lot of other stuff. It talks about an different method of elimination diet that sounds better for most, but for us we already are partially into the more advances stages because we have had to exclude gluten. The title is a bit misleading, it addresses all kinds of food sensitivities. She had borrowed it on her Kindle but we decided to order a hard copy to share. Fortunately my family is being VERY supportive in all of this.

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5/3/13 10:00 A

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DJ-I agree, there needs to be less Rx's handed out & more of an effort to figure out why something is happening. I have a good friend with fibromyalgia so I've read a lot about it, & one article said it perfectly-doctors will diagnose fibro & attempt to treat the symptoms (usually meds), but they won't look into what actually caused it in the first place. I don't get why that is.

Illini-so true-breathing is great!! emoticon

Cindy-interesting, cuz my neuro doc was trying to determine if my headaches were migraines or not. I have Greek yogurt, cheese, & eggs nearly every day since going GF so for me I don't think it's dairy. But if anything going GF has finally made me more aware of what I'm eating & how it makes me feel, so I'll continue monitoring potential allergens.

Heather-I really hope you find your groove with food! It sounds like things have been just miserable for you. I applaud you & everyone else here-I feel very lucky in that I've had very few health problems over the years & the issues I believe I have with gluten are so minimal compared to some of the stories I've read on here. But I also have a couple of friends who I strongly believe would benefit from going GF and/or an elmination diet to see what affects them, but they aren't willing to try. They'd rather continue the misery than give up the food that may be causing so much of it-I don't understand the logic, but nothing I can do about it. I'll just keep telling them about people like you & everyone else in this forum!


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5/2/13 10:40 P

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Until doctor stop going along with the pharmacy industry and really going for healthy body and person they will keep giving out pills to the people and people need to stop asking for those pills that they see on TV thinking that it will help them but really it hurts them. If they would just listen to the affects that will happen to their bodies from the drugs

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5/2/13 10:33 P

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I have increased sinus issue from mostly dairy so far. I did have horrible migraines that resolved after I went GF. FYI my migraines used to start in my neck...I think it had something to do with the inflammatory process. Try eliminating allergens and see if you don't clear up (gluten, dairy, soy, peanut and egg are the most comon).

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5/2/13 6:29 P

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I didn't think of that. I had doctors go back and forth for years about me having asthma until 5 years ago one did a test that said I definitely did have it. Maybe it is linked to the for problems as well. Make sense because almost every time I throw up I have an attack. I'll start taking that as well now. Argh... I WILL get healthy!

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5/2/13 5:42 P

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Dairy products affect my sinuses more quickly than gluten but it has an effect too. (I avoid dairy/casein, gluten, peanuts and corn and have no sinus problems at all! Breathing is great!!!!!


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Hi, I'm Heather and I just joined the group the other day.

Absolutely. A number of family members have been getting diagnosed with Celiacs recently and I started cutting out Gluten to see if it helped with the GI problems I had had for 20 years. Along the line I have also come to suspect that I am allergic to yeast.

Anyway, since I have been cutting these things out I have been amazed at the types of reactions I get when I eat something I shouldn't. Sinus congestion, vomiting, bloating, nausea, stomach pain, bowel pain, RA flares, itching. Since I started cutting these things out I have actually become MORE sensitive to things. For the most part, I can usually tell you within 30-90 minutes if something had artificial/natural flavoring. I had been in denial but yesterday I'm pretty sure I identified peanut butter as a problem (it can contain natural yeast). Pretty much every day I find more stuff I have a problem with. The best day I had I just ate popcorn, pineapple and drank water. emoticon

The up side of all of this is that the RA flares have stopped, my stomach pain has gotten a lot better (my husband thinks I have an ulcer though), I have lost quite a bit of weight. and am learning creative cooking. Can't use any store bought condiments because they all have vinegar. I've been pretty surprised at what my family has been able to come up with as alternatives to the usual cooking methods and I'm learning how to make my own .

I had a bad day a few weeks ago from eating something I thought was fine and decided "the heck with it" and had a doughnut.... big mistake... So, I'm there with you. emoticon

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I'm not sure if this has been discussed here before, but I've been reading up on how food allergies/sensitivities can actually be the root cause of sinus inflammation. Forgive me-I should cite the sources, but basically what I understand is if your body has a reaction to a certain food, then it will do what it can to "fight" that food, including producing histamines. This is what would cause your nasal passages/sinuses to swell, drip, hurt, etc.

This came to my attention because this week I've had a recurrence of sinus & neck pain on my left side, something I've been dealing with for a couple of years. I went to an ENT who found nothing, & no TMJ according to my dentist, so they sent me to a neurologist who said I probably had an inflamed nerve in my neck. I was given meds which helped at first, but then when I weaned off of them the pain came back. I went off for good eventually due to the fatigue I believed it caused. Anyway, nothing major, just annoying. I took a lot of Advil Liquid Gels-which have gluten BTW.

I noticed after going GF (Easter weekend) that I had not had any sinus pain during that time, barely even a headache. Besides gluten, I now know there are other foods that give me trouble, like whole kernel corn & nuts. Wasn't sure about the nuts until I had a handful of almonds the other day & shortly afterwards had an upset stomach, bloating, gas, & nausea. I had dinner with my parents that night-my mom made meatloaf so I figured why not, I already feel like crap! (she puts breadcrumbs in her meatloaf)

Anyway, starting that night, the familiar sinus pain & pressure was back. That was 2 nights ago, & it's just starting to go away today with the help of Ibuprofen. I believe my neck pain did not cause my sinus pain, I think it's caused by food sensitivities I believe I have. (I've already had a herniated disc in my back, & I belive the neck pain is an ortho issue causing the nerve pain-will have to get that checked out.) I've been reading other people's stories who found their own remedies thru holistic approaches which advised elimination diets to figure out the problem food, after going to countless doctors whose traditional remedies did nothing. (basically throw meds at it) Not one doctor suggested a nutritional evaluation. I know this is nothing new, but when will modern medicine begin to see that everything is or can be connnected? I guess maybe when we stop letting pharmaceutical & insurance companies dictate health care!?

Along those lines, I have good friend who is only 42 & a type 2 diabetic-she asked her doctor if going GF could have any benefit for her & her doctor flat out said no, wouldn't help at all. Interesting enough, we live in the same area (SE Wisc.) as the guy who wrote Wheat Belly!

Sorry for the long post, but as I'm learning new things almost every day about gluten & the effect food allergies/sensitivites can have on overall health I feel like I'm reinventing the wheel! emoticon Has anyone else experienced the sinus pain issue or read about it?


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