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!
Has anyone else experienced the sinus pain issue or read about it?
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