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  • Posted By: battc2
  • May 16, 2007
  • 04:21 PM

Hi, i just would like a diagonosis on this, btw im 16

Sometimes i feel like i just want to drop to the ground and sometimes shooting pains in all places over my body.
I do admit to getting constipation about every time i eat chocolate and eat the wrong things. Ive recently taken up eating cereal in the mornings and trying to eat more high fibre things eg, brown bread etc and also taking vitamins everyday.
I do also somtimes get abdominal pains which i have a feeling of lack of energy etc

does anyone know if this is just a teenagers body or something else??



chris

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  • Hi Chris,Food allergies can really mess you up. And being 16 can make your body especially sensitive. I'm glad you have written here asking for advice.So of course you know you need to stop eating chocolate, which you've already identified as a problem for you. And taking vitamins is always a good idea (as long as they are of good quality, no artificial additives, etc.)From what you've written, it sounds like you might have food allergies.What you need to do is try taking out other things from your diet besides chocolate, that might be causing you to have digestive troubles. Milk, eggs, wheat, nuts, soy, corn, artificial colors, vanillin (artificial vanilla), certain fruits, all are common allergy causing foods. Food allergies can disrupt your digestive system, which can mean you aren't getting the nutrients and energy even from the food that is good for you.Here is what I recommend:Try spending two days eating only chicken, meat, fish, and vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beans, greens, anything but corn or soy), and not eating all the things in the list above, and see if you feel better. Drink only water for those two days. Also avoid any particular vegetables if you KNOW they bother you. You can continue to use salt, pepper, herbs, and olive oil on this diet, but don't use butter or corn oil or any other dairy or oils. This is called an "elimination diet." (Some people think the word "diet" means trying to lose weight, but it really means whatever you are eating over time, like "make sure to eat a healthy diet.")Some people will tell you that doing this kind of elimination diet for only two days won't make a difference. But it is my experience that this is a hard diet to follow, and when you are a 16yo, you are pretty sensitive to how your body is feeling. So I bet after two days, you will be able to see if you are feeling any different.Here's what you do: this week, until Friday, is not officially part of the two days. For the next few days of the week, try to limit your diet (what you eat) to the diet above. Of course, you won't do it well, because it is the school week, and you won't have full control. But you will be eating close to the diet.Then, as best you can, do the allergy diet Friday night (dinner and after, nothing but water, the proteins mentioned, and vegetables). The two days starts Saturday morning, and goes to Monday morning. Drink PLENTY of water during this time, to help your body eliminate whatever has been bothering it!Keep a bathroom journal, and write what and when, for each visit to the bathroom. Be specific, no one is reading this except you, so don't worry about the "gross factor." When you write in the journal, also note if you are having any pain, and try to describe where, how much, and what it feels like (burning, cramping, sharp, dull, etc.)Monday morning, do your bathroom journal, and kind of "check in" with your body. Do you feel any better? Are you still constipated? How is the pain?If you feel any better than you did this week, do your best to continue the diet. But this time, make a note of each thing you eat that is on the "avoid" list, above. Keep the bathroom journal going, and see if you can make any connections of constipation or pain along with any of the things you consumed that were on the avoid list. By the end of the week, you will know your body better, and you will know what foods (besides chocolate) are giving you problems. The better you stay on the diet after the two days of total adherence, the easier it will be to see if eating something you are allergic to bothers you. But it is still helpful after just two days, like I said. If, after really doing this diet, you still feel constipated, pain, and tired, then you should take your concerns to a doctor. The doctor will get a lot of information from your personal experiment, and would probably take blood tests, and do a physical, to see what else could be giving you troubles.Please write back if anything I've written isn't clear, or if you have any questions. Also, write back and report on how things go.Best,Shula
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  • Dear Chris...please visit www.ahummingbirdsguide.com where do you live? Please know there are many on this site having similar symptoms you are not the only one... there is a symptoms page on the link I have provided abovethat is a good place to start Be Well...mommy cat
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  • :D Okay then thank you i will take your advice i see how things go ive just finished my last can of coke so im hopping to see what happens next i will tell my parents what you have advised here, to make sure i get the diet right. thanks again, chris Hi Chris, Food allergies can really mess you up. And being 16 can make your body especially sensitive. I'm glad you have written here asking for advice. So of course you know you need to stop eating chocolate, which you've already identified as a problem for you. And taking vitamins is always a good idea (as long as they are of good quality, no artificial additives, etc.) From what you've written, it sounds like you might have food allergies. What you need to do is try taking out other things from your diet besides chocolate, that might be causing you to have digestive troubles. Milk, eggs, wheat, nuts, soy, corn, artificial colors, vanillin (artificial vanilla), certain fruits, all are common allergy causing foods. Food allergies can disrupt your digestive system, which can mean you aren't getting the nutrients and energy even from the food that is good for you. Here is what I recommend: Try spending two days eating only chicken, meat, fish, and vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beans, greens, anything but corn or soy), and not eating all the things in the list above, and see if you feel better. Drink only water for those two days. Also avoid any particular vegetables if you KNOW they bother you. You can continue to use salt, pepper, herbs, and olive oil on this diet, but don't use butter or corn oil or any other dairy or oils. This is called an "elimination diet." (Some people think the word "diet" means trying to lose weight, but it really means whatever you are eating over time, like "make sure to eat a healthy diet.") Some people will tell you that doing this kind of elimination diet for only two days won't make a difference. But it is my experience that this is a hard diet to follow, and when you are a 16yo, you are pretty sensitive to how your body is feeling. So I bet after two days, you will be able to see if you are feeling any different. Here's what you do: this week, until Friday, is not officially part of the two days. For the next few days of the week, try to limit your diet (what you eat) to the diet above. Of course, you won't do it well, because it is the school week, and you won't have full control. But you will be eating close to the diet. Then, as best you can, do the allergy diet Friday night (dinner and after, nothing but water, the proteins mentioned, and vegetables). The two days starts Saturday morning, and goes to Monday morning. Drink PLENTY of water during this time, to help your body eliminate whatever has been bothering it! Keep a bathroom journal, and write what and when, for each visit to the bathroom. Be specific, no one is reading this except you, so don't worry about the "gross factor." When you write in the journal, also note if you are having any pain, and try to describe where, how much, and what it feels like (burning, cramping, sharp, dull, etc.) Monday morning, do your bathroom journal, and kind of "check in" with your body. Do you feel any better? Are you still constipated? How is the pain? If you feel any better than you did this week, do your best to continue the diet. But this time, make a note of each thing you eat that is on the "avoid" list, above. Keep the bathroom journal going, and see if you can make any connections of constipation or pain along with any of the things you consumed that were on the avoid list. By the end of the week, you will know your body better, and you will know what foods (besides chocolate) are giving you problems. The better you stay on the diet after the two days of total adherence, the easier it will be to see if eating something you are allergic to bothers you. But it is still helpful after just two days, like I said. If, after really doing this diet, you still feel constipated, pain, and tired, then you should take your concerns to a doctor. The doctor will get a lot of information from your personal experiment, and would probably take blood tests, and do a physical, to see what else could be giving you troubles. Please write back if anything I've written isn't clear, or if you have any questions. Also, write back and report on how things go. Best,Shula
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