Strange Symptoms- Could it Be Gluten Sensitivity?
by Christina Jackson
For almost 5 years, I have experienced alternating diarrhea (with whole pieces of undigested food in the toilet, as if I just took it out of the kitchen and spat it into the toilet bowl), or I would be constipated, sitting in the bathroom for up to an hour waiting for nothing. (gross, right?
Next, I started getting really really severe pms, and irregular periods. (Either early, late, or months just plain skipped).
To go with everything, I started getting sick every time I eat lactose or potatoes, and after I eat any form of bread or pasta- fuhgeddaboudit- I get foggy headed, tired, headache, bloating and cramping.
The last (and scariest straw) was in 2007, when I experienced my first episode of Peripheral Neuropathy
. I got cold and tingly in my face and arms, and I had a strange sensation which resembled numbness but also tickled. I thought I was dying and went to the ER, where I was dismissed and the doctor told me to eat a banana. I get that almost everyday now.
Top all that with daytime fatigue (I can sleep 8 hours at night and then sleep 5 hours in the middle of the day and still wake up exhausted), sinus problems, muscle aches, and a plethora of other little annoyances- and I am a full blown mess.
My last doctor ignored me completely when I asked about gluten and then suggested I had a late stage brain tumor. That made me feel GREAT. I aced the preliminary tumor testing without a flaw, and he still wouldn't listen to me about an intolerance. So I just stopped seeing him.
About to start a gluten free diet. What do you think?