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  • Posted By: Tapioca
  • November 24, 2006
  • 08:00 AM

I am at my wits end. Have been feeling ''unwell'' for 7-8 months now. Symptoms are: weight loss (4-5kg), paleness, stomach upsets (which I was told are IBS and have improved with wheat and lactose rid from diet), aches in my forehead and between eyes, sore and tight neck, extreme fatigue, depressive episodes, irritability, worse than normal period pain, dizziness, light sensitivity, sore tired eyes, panic attacks. I now have an ear infection (which I upruptly woke up with 24 hours ago with no prior symptoms) and have caught just about every single cold/flu/stomach bug around in the past 6-7 months. I worry there is something extremely wrong with me, everyone around me seems to think I am making it up and need to just eat more - which further irritates me.
I don't know whether to drag myself into a hospital and demand every single test under the sun? Please, what is my next step here? What could all of this be caused by?

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  • Does anyone in your family suffer or has suffered similar symptoms? First you sound low in iron, so have that tested. Secondly, with finding improvement having eliminated wheat and lactose you may suffer from Coeliac that is often misdiagnosed as IBS. Testing for IgA antibodies will confirm this as this is the Coeliac test. Also get a liver function, thyroid and white blood cell count.Read up on Coeliac on the web and see if this might just be your problem.I recommend you take Colostrum to boost your immune system that sounds shot to pieces and it will help with your body's ability to absorb nutrients. If you don't get a positive response from your GP, go and visit a naturopath.All the above will cause you high anxiety and panic attacks, and in no way do you sound like an hypochondriac.all the best.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2006
    • 09:15 AM
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  • I agree and amen to searchinsam's suggestion!Best Wishes,:)
    Pioneer 13 Replies
    • November 24, 2006
    • 01:04 PM
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  • Those are classic food intolerence symptoms, and I'm glad the dietary changes are helping somewhat...but...Wheat isn't all there is too it. You have to watch for the following items as well: Rye, Barley, Oats (Oats do not contain gluten but most producers in America admit they make no effort to keep the oats seperate from the wheat).The following are common sources of hidden gluten, and allergens do not necessarily have to be labeled if they are in these items: food starch, citric acid*, natural & artificial flavors, (meat) binder, broth, autolyzed and hydrolized vegetable protein, monosodium glutamate**If made overseas, they are commonly made from wheat. If made in America, it isn't wheat. When in doubt, contact the producer of the food. If they are in doubt, buy another brand, or stick to whole foods like fresh fruits & veg, potatos, and meat.I've been "gluten-free" for nine months but lemme tell you, the only way it works is if you get even MORE strict when you get sick. I've pretty much abandoned the frozen food isle and i'll only order milkshakes from restuarants, but I haven't had these symptoms in almost a month now! In fact, almost a year later and I'm only now starting to gain weight again. As many as 30% of people attempting a gluten-elimination diet still consume enough gluten to disrupt the healing process and extend symptoms. There are a lot of great online support groups, and many of the members of this food intolerence club know more about their condition than the specialists do :) If the symptoms have responded to dietary treatment, I think you have your answer. Now, just find he hidden gluten and stay away from milk for at least six months. Celiac's can cause other food intolerences too, so don't suddenly substitute all your wheat starches for corn.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • November 24, 2006
    • 03:25 PM
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  • Thanks guys,to all of you for your answers.I am across the other side of the globe to many of you (Australia) and it was amazing to know there are some people so far away who cared enough about me to write a reply to this post. I will heed all of you advice...and immediately. Thank you SO much once again.x:)
    Tapioca 2 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 06:25 AM
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  • Sorry, I also meant to ask again, where do you get Colostrum from?! Chemist?
    Tapioca 2 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 06:26 AM
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  • Should be able to get Colostrum from a health store. I live outside Darwin, Oz, and a trip to a Darwin store the other day didn't help much. I hope you have more success. I will probably have to order some from interstate, if you find any let me know from where in Australia and I will get the health store to track some for me. It is also VERY expensive (due to manufacturing proceedure), but so is bad health, and a good investment to help your healing process.All the best.Agape,Searchingsam.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 02:40 PM
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  • sounds like food intollences but if you have "post excertional fatigue" going on as well, it could be something like CFIDS (chronic fatigue immunity disfunction syndrome). searchinsam and Tapioca .. A supplement my own specialist has put me on to boost my immune system and also correct some deficiencies I have is a product called "iso-whey complete" by Phamafoods. It contains all the 22 vitamins and minerals and also contains immunoglobulins (I believe those come from Colostrum, factors which help to protect the immune system.. 1 dose of "pharmafoods iso-whey complete" contains Immunoglobulins (IgG) min 852 mg). ("Pharmafood iso-whey original" has min 1200 mg Immunoglobulins). Im into health food shop products but havent seen Colostrum sold here and Im sure I would of seen it if it was over here in the health food shops (Im in Sth Australia) so are suggesting this other product as one who is currently using it. It can be found in Australia in some chemists, in some health food shops..or ordered online.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • November 26, 2006
    • 09:39 AM
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  • Thanks taniaaust1. Will talk to the two health stores here.Agape,searcingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 26, 2006
    • 01:35 PM
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  • I too cannot eat wheat and dairy because they cause my body to produce excessive mucus and wheat, particularly wheat bran, is a bowel irritant for me. Recently found out that eggs also are a problem causing some of the symptoms you list, often diagnosed as sinusitis: "aches in my forehead and between eyes, extreme fatigue, depressive episodes, irritability, light sensitivity, sore tired eyes."Ear infections can be caused by consumption of mucus producing foods such as wheat and dairy. Since you have given up those too you might want to look at other mucus formers, such as eggs and bananas.I'm really convinced that some people just cannot handle foods that cause mucus. You might also look into candida albicans as a possible cause, although there is no strong sign, but i have known other people who suffer with this who also suffer from sinusitis, ear problems, bowel problems.A friend of mine who recently had to have surgery on his ear to remove two of the smaller bones is convinced that he suffered from chronic yeast problems that went undiagnosed until recently. He thinks that candida may have been behind his ear problems. Also dairy, wheat and sugar feed yeast. Sore and tight neck can be caused by the ear infection. The last ear infection I had caused pain to radiate down my neck and into my shoulder.Might want to look on the Internet for "Mucus causing foods" or "Congestive foods" and "Candida Albicans and ear infections" "Candida Albicans and Sinusitis"Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 04:35 AM
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  • Ive been dealing with the almost the same thing. About 6 months ago I had the flu. I was feeling better but I had an inner ear infection wich made me feel dizzy and out of it. Then about 2 weeks after the flu I started experincing severe tierdness. I have had this problem ever since. Evertime I get the tierdness I always got white patches on my tonsils swollen sore lymh nodes. But about a month and a half ago I got my tonsils out. I was hoping my symptoms were cased by the tonsils but nope. It seems to come and go though. Like once a month I feel like this and then I start to feel better but then it comes back again. My sister swears its mono but I dont know. Im really starting to freak myself out. I was also on antibiotics for 7 months on and off. I dont know if that has anything to do with it. If anyone can shed some light on me that would be great!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 03:45 PM
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  • First of all you are not a hypochondriac. The white patches on your tonsils could be yeast or candida albicans (thrush). Because you took antibiotics for so long you there is a extremely strong likelihood that you are suffering from a systemic yeast condition called candidiasis. Your symptoms are certainly consistent with candidiasis. You should look into this and start to work immediately on getting it diagnosed (which is not always easy because the medical establishment is not always consistent in its recognition of this condition). If you live in a more progressive state such as California it will be easier to find practitioners who are aware of Candida, but I think more and more doctors are aware of this condition, although they are not always up to speed on how to treat it and many make terrible mistakes in taking only one of the needed approaches.You HAVE to do something about it because candidiasis can get worse, invade your whole system and make your body incredibly toxic. It can kill you too if it goes unchecked for a very long time as it compromises the lymphatic and immune system. Many sufferers of AIDs are actually done in by candida that has invaded their systems. (By the way, just because you have candida doesn't mean you have AIDS.)I suffered from it for a year before I was diagnosed. I was in great pain with a severe skin rash, had brain fog, and felt extreme fatigue. When it was finally diagnosed I went on the candida diet because I was so eager to do anything to get rid of that painful rash which felt like having poison oak on my body 24/7 for over a year. On this diet you have to give up foods that feed yeast such as wheat, dairy, sugar, honey and other sweeteners, fermented drinks and foods, pickled foods, alcohol, mushrooms, sweet vegetables and fruits. You may not have to stay on the stricter version of the diet forever, but you may have to restrict these foods and occasionally eliminate them if you have another flareup.I'd recommend reading The Body Ecology Diet as this book goes into the diet very well and has many recommendations as to supplements, herbs and foods (e.g., garlic, grapefruit seed extract) that are natural yeast inhibitors. You'll also want to get on some probiotics to restore your intestinal flora.In addition to the diet you will have to take some kind of drug or herbal preparation that kills yeast. I chose to take an herbal Chinese-based formula called Phellostatin, which killed off the yeast gradually. I got this through my acupuncturist and I recommend you have some guidance from a health care practitioner when you do take a yeast killer.You can go on pharmaceutical formulas instead such as Nyastatin, but I chose the gradual approach of herbs because I had read that the pharmaceuticals can cause extreme immediate die-off and the dead candida cells can be a stress to your body and your liver to dispose of all at once. Additionally, Candida produces about 79 toxins that flood the body constantly. Obviously, if you kill off the candida cells all at once, not only will your body have to deal with all those dead cells at once but also all their toxins that they were in the process of creating. Also the liver has to be closely monitored with drugs like Nyastatin. The die-off has its own range of symptoms such as intense diarrhea, headaches and so forth. These can be discouraging, but they pass. Also, the yeast as it senses that its food source is drying up begins to send chemical messages to your brain to eat sugary foods, so your cravings for sweets could escalate in the first few weeks of the diet. But if you persist you will overcome these cravings and begin to settle into the new diet without much craving. Eventually, like me, you may even lose your craving for sweets altogether and may discover that such things as carrots and peas taste incredibly sweet already.If you decide to do this diet, definitely get the guidance of a health professional. Most people naturally lose weight on this diet because it is essentially a low-carb diet. This is one of the wonderful benefits of the Candida diet. When I went on it I got down to the weight I was at 18! I looked terrific and my energy levels were really great.However, there is a strong chance that if you do lose weight you will at some point lose some energy too, because weight loss will burn fat and this will stress your adrenals and make you feel tired. This won't probably happen right away, but rather a little later after you have gotten a surge of energy from having eliminated so many toxins from your system.However, this lower energy level is one of the reasons the low-carb diets are so much maligned. People don't support their adrenals and they end up feeling fatigued and discouraged and they go to their doctors who then think that these diets are bad for people and the diets get bad press.Looking at it another way, athletes who burn a lot of calories through exercise are doing something similar and they know to support their adrenals. The great thing is that you can take a nutritional adrenal support that you can buy over the counter and it doesn't take very much to feed the adrenals. You may want to look at this web site because it gives a pretty long list of candida symptoms to give you a general idea of the havoc that candida can wreak in the body:http://www.drlockie.com/disease/thrush.htmhttp://www.mercola.com/2004/jun/19/depression_yeast.htmhttp://www.ei-resource.org/Articles/candida-art04.asphttp://www.health4youonline.com/article_sherridan_stock_conquering_candida.htmAbout adrenal support during treatment of candidahttp://www.modernherbalist.com/adrenal.htmlFighting candida is not an easy battle I have to say, but it is well worth it. Whatever path you take, don't get discouraged and remember you have to fight it both with diet and candida killers.By the time I finished battling candida at 44 years of age I felt better than I had in 20 years. I stay pretty close to the diet because I know that indulging my sweet tooth could cause another miserable flare-up and I don't want to go through that kind of pain again. As my acupuncturist said to me when I was on the road to recovery: "Your illness is making you well." And I have to be grateful for that because it set me on the right path to good health.Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 08:41 PM
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