posted on May, 14 2011 @ 10:13 PM
S & F!!!! This thread is so right on the money!!! Here is my story:
After seeing several doctors and going through a bunch of tests for chronic pain, exhaustion, and gastric distress, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
in 2008 and had probably been suffering from it since about 1998. It was not a happy day when I was given the diagnosis. I was aware of what
Fibromyalgia was, but up until that point, I had considered it to be a big joke, a cop-out disease for people who were lazy sissies or were
exaggerating or imagining their pain and other symptoms. I still sometimes struggle with believing in the reality of this illness. After the
diagnosis, I was put on several different medications that put me in a zombie state (everything from narcotics to anti-seizure drugs similar to
Lyrica, which, by the way, is AWFUL and does almost nothing to help most Fibro cases) and barely put a dent in my symptoms.
I had periodic flareups for the next couple of years until about two years ago, when I started a severe flareup that persisted for more than a year. I
ended up losing my job at the time because of it. Subsequently, I sought care at a highly specialized Fibromyalgia clinic where several different
physicians and practitioners treated all of the different aspects of the condition. They took me off most of the medications I had been on and began
looking at my individual case in great detail. They suspected that I had Celiac Disease, so one of the first things they did was drastically change
my diet over the course of a few weeks.
They instructed me to cut out gluten and all wheat products, dairy products, and refined sugar. Obviously, most prepackaged processed foods went out
the door. I began eating a very "clean" diet of fruits, vegetables, organic meats, and complex vegetable starches. In a very short time, I
experienced a dramatic turnaround in my health. We gradually reintroduced dairy products and sugar into my diet with no ill effects, but when we
reintroduced the wheat and gluten, my system went careening back into a distressing tailspin. Subsequently, we permanently cut wheat and gluten from
my diet. I'm not saying I was cured of the Fibro entirely or anything like that, but after permanently removing the gluten and/or wheat, the flareup
finally subsided and I started to have markedly better "bad" days and fewer bad days altogether.
A few months later, I was diagnosed with a digestive disorder after an early morning trip to the hospital emergency room. Afterwards, I started
seeing a gastroenterologist who decided to perform tests to confirm or rule out the tentative Celiac diagnosis. To prepare for the test, I had to go
back to eating foods that contained wheat and/or gluten for about two weeks. I have never felt as miserable as I did for those two weeks!! The
strange thing was, the tests ended up ruling out Celiac disease! The assumption is that I am allergic to wheat, but that may not be the case either.
My husband is healthy and is rarely ill, but in the past, he has had bouts of seemingly random gastric distress. He follows the same diet I do simply
because it is easier than cooking for two entirely different diets. While the positive effects for him were not as dramatic as they were for me,
almost all of his bouts of gastric distress have disappeared. He has clearly experienced the same benefits of following a wheat free/gluten free diet
as I have. When it comes to grains, we eat quinoa, brown rice, and occasionally other non wheat grains in the form of alternative flours like almond
flour, tapioca flour, brown rice flour, and sorghum flour found in gluten free bread and pasta products.
The truth is, neither of us has ever been definitively diagnosed with any sensitivities to wheat, yet we can both attest to how how much better our
health has been after permanently eliminating wheat from our diet. My husband and I are living proof that cutting wheat and gluten from your diet can
be life changing, regardless of whether or not there is a medically diagnosed condition that would suggest removal of wheat and/or gluten from one's