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If i eat I get symptoms, if I don't I will die :-p

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  • Posted By: curly_lox
  • August 29, 2007
  • 10:28 AM

Hi Everyone,

I seem to have trouble with food....it doesnt seem to like me!! I never had any problems until i had a bad virus at 12 and after that I seemed to get a reaction to foods. I remember going on some sort of elimination diet which must've indicated dairy is the cause of my symptoms (can't remember it much, it was 11 yrs ago). i kept off the main bulk of dairy such as chocolate, milk and icecream and did get slight headaches or a real bad sinus reaction if i did eat any. over the years these reactions seem to be getting worse. the headaches have moved from a slight headache to a migraine lasting anywhere from half a day to 3 days. the sinus congestion is constant. i never feel like i've got clear sinus passages. over the past couple of years I've also had an increase in stomach symptoms such as bloatiness, flatulance, diarrhea one minute, constipation the next.

I dont think my diet has really changed. I have increased my weight since being at uni (as i walked alot more then and now dont have the time!) but it has only been about 3-4 kgs increase. i am a slim build - 167 cms and around 55-56 kgs (115 pounds i think that works out to be?, not familiar with the pound system). it feels like whenever i eat i suffer. It gets to the stage its embarrassing when i get pains and need to go to the loo at work and when i get bloated and its obvious. i dont wear tight clothes but the bloatiness makes it look like i've swallowed a watermelon so isn't easily hidden.
i saw a dietician and tried an elimination diet for about 2 weeks but broke it as i got bronchitis and started eating soups and bread and have only just gotten over this infection. the dietician suggested trying it again. does anyone know whether its worth the effort? i found it terribly hard but after a week i do admit i lost the headaches for a few days and did feel a tad better in myself. does anyone know whether the food is the cause in what ive outlined? and what foods can cause these symptoms? i'm at a loss for what to do. I'm tempted to try the elimination diet again but find it hard and with work, its hard to stick to it strictly.

ideas or anything would be appreciated!


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  • Many possibilities. Can be lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance ( To tease the possibilities apart, you need to see someone who will interview you properly and examine you and make a rational assessment. Elimination diets are an OK, but crude way to anecdotally see if some food is causing a problem. If you're going to eliminate things, start with dairy. Then caffeine, then stop. After that, eliminating for food allergies is difficult and random. Should be done with some sort of guidance. And the sinuses/headaches, you need to get checked out - see an internist. Good luck!
    GI guy 45 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
    • 05:51 AM
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