About a year ago, had these horrible, horrible migraines. I’ve never experienced migraines like this before. The light sensitivity in itself was debilitating. My left eye felt like someone was constantly stabbing it with a knife.
Then, I started to notice pain in my left elbow. At first, I thought it was because I was lifting heavier weights, but then I’d rest it and something as simple as lifting my coffee mug would set it off again. I self diagnosed myself with tennis elbow. But even after receiving treatment for the tennis elbow, the pain never got better.
Then, I noticed my hands always hurt. I mean, so bad that I couldn’t turn a door knob. I figured I had arthritis in my hands that was causing this, then…. the lower knuckles of my right hand and thumb all swelled up.
Then…. I suddenly had allergies in the dead of winter. WTF! Is all I could think.
And, finally, I also had horrible bloating after eating just about anything, but especially things like pizza and pasta.
After seeing my PCP, she sent me for tests for Lyme, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and ordered an MRI of my eye. The Lyme was negative but the rheumatoid factor was slightly high.
After seeing a Rheumatologist, who also thought I had Lyme, I again had more Lyme tests done. Negative again!
Then, a client of mine suggested that I see her nutritionist. So, I did. With one meeting, I learned that the symptoms I was experiencing could be caused by food intolerance.
Come to find out, if you have a food intolerance, or multiple intolerance to certain foods, you may experience any of the following:
- Migraine (Yup!)
- Weight loss resistance (yes!)
- Fatigue (oh, my God, yes!)
- ADHD (Squirrel!)
- Mood disorders (ask my husband, lol)
- Emotional problems (ummmmm)
- Cravings (not really)
- Bloating (like I was 6 months pregnant)
- Leaky gut (yup!)
- Joint pain (YES!)
So, there it was…. a possible answer to why I basically felt like crap 90% of the time.
After multiple blood tests, I found out that I am indeed have an intolerance to almonds, black pepper, onion, garlic, hops, and barley. My nutritionist also suggested that I avoid gluten, dairy and sugar.
It’s been a work in progress, but I feel 100% better than I did last year. I’m still trying to be gluten, dairy, and sugar free. I tend to avoid gluten, but eat dairy and sugar. Then, I’ll avoid sugar, and eat gluten. So…. like I said… a work in progress.
I wanted to share my story with you so that perhaps I may help you if you’re going through what I went through.
I urge you to listen to your body and to be an advocate for yourself. And, it’s important for all of us to realize that our nutrition plays a huge role in how we feel in our every day lives.
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