Advice/help please. And many apologies for the length of this.
Just over a year ago I discovered I had a yeast intolerance (plus intolerance to coriander, cumin & dill!). I found this out after suffering for years from various symptoms and then sending off to a food testing lab in UK. I had visited doctors several times in previous years (e.g. had blood tests) but the only "help" they could offer was to refer me to a psychiatrist (which I declined). They were utterly useless.
No doubt my worsening symptoms (e.g. chronic fatigue, muscle aches, insomnia, skin eruptions, constant flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea, depression etc etc) were initially triggered by stress, as they coincided with the birth of my first child eight years ago and a change of career. But I am convinced I have harboured the symptoms to a lesser extent for much longer.
I am also convinced that my yeast intolerance was caused by the continued usage of oxytetracyclene since my late teens. Three separate doctors continued to presecribe these (anti-acne) tablets for probably 10 years without ever suggesting they might have harmful side-effects. (I suppose that's another story, yet you would have thought that any GP worth his/her salt might have considered this and possible food intolerance as the potential cause of my symptoms over all those years.)
Anyway, a year or so ago, when I found out about the yeast, I stopped everything (bread, beer, wine, soy etc etc). There were immediate effects. For about three days I felt absolutely fantastic - I suddenly had energy and felt great and happy - better than I've felt since I was 10 years old. Then I went through about 2 weeks of what I can only describe as "cold turkey". I felt like I was coming off heroin - I was doubled-up with stomach pain, and was "evacuating" some extremely offensive ..... But I gradually improved - and started to feel human again for the first time in years.
I've remained very good regarding diet ever since (although it's very tough to avoid all the time - e.g. in restaurants etc). I also lost about 21 lbs in the first 3-4 months, which I was both shocked and pleased about but have now levelled off at about 14 lbs lighter than I was.
But here's the thing: for the past few months I feel like I'm returning to my former symptoms, and I really don't know why. Again, I have been getting a bit stressed lately, particularly at work. But I don't know why I feel so bad (for probably 50% of the time) when I have behaved so well with the non-yeast diet. I do smoke, it's true, and I do drink a fair amount of Gin & Tonic (since the wine was taken away from me!). But I don't know what else to do. I thought I was "cured" and I can't bear to go through it again without any answers or help. I am getting very depressed again because of this, and I feel like crying every time I wake up in the morning, knowing it's going to be another bad day. I hate myself for being irritable and short tempered with my wife and children, but I feel so alone and so helpless. I am 40 years old, but young at heart - or at least I want to be.
Any help is welcome - or can anyone recommend a specialist/expert in the UK who I could speak to?
Many thanks for reading this.