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Is it something I'm eating??

Commented on January 30, 2014
Created January 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Ever since I was four I've had chronic sinus and ear infections. So many that now at the age of 30 I have scarring on my eardrums and slight hearing loss. I've been to multiple "specialists" none of which have been able to figure out what's causing the infections. I've also had allergy testing done and am allergic to nothing. I recently went paleo at the start of the year and do not consume milk products of any form. My congestion, facial pain, and ear pressure seem to have slowly gotten worse. Is there something else I should be eliminating from my diet or could this simply be a case of "everything gets worse before it gets better"?

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on January 30, 2014
at 01:43 PM

Some foods make me feel bad but only if I eat a lot of them. I know I can not eat whole kernel corn It gives me ulcers but ground up corn seems to not effect me. If I eat more then two plain eggs I feel sick but I can eat a lot of them mixed with other foods. Tomato sauces give me heartburn but not plain tomatoes etc. So I guess my question is this: do I completely eliminate those things from my diet and reintroduce them one by one and see how I feel or is it just that I can tolerate only a little of them?

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on January 30, 2014
at 01:39 PM

I have already had teeth/jaw issues ruled out. I had a MRI done of my head in December and it showed a massive infection in my forehead. I've been on three rounds of antibiotics and two doses of oral steroids and instill don't feel any better.

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on January 30, 2014
at 02:31 AM

P.S. My husband recently discovered that tomatoes worsen his sinus problems and eggs give me an ear ache.

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on January 30, 2014
at 07:40 AM

Just a thought: have you looked into TMJ?

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on January 30, 2014
at 01:39 PM

I have already had teeth/jaw issues ruled out. I had a MRI done of my head in December and it showed a massive infection in my forehead. I've been on three rounds of antibiotics and two doses of oral steroids and instill don't feel any better.

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on January 30, 2014
at 02:28 AM

I went paleo because i thought i had a problem with wheat and processed sugar. I do. I also have a problem with eggs, nightshades, and dairy. Surprise!

My advice is to stay in tune with your body. Really pay attention to how foods make you feel. I feel nauseus when i eat eggs or nightshades or dairy, and they are all foods that i ate MORE of on paleo ( I subscribe to mark sison, who is pro dairy if you can tolerate it).

Good luck!

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on January 30, 2014
at 02:31 AM

P.S. My husband recently discovered that tomatoes worsen his sinus problems and eggs give me an ear ache.

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on January 30, 2014
at 01:43 PM

Some foods make me feel bad but only if I eat a lot of them. I know I can not eat whole kernel corn It gives me ulcers but ground up corn seems to not effect me. If I eat more then two plain eggs I feel sick but I can eat a lot of them mixed with other foods. Tomato sauces give me heartburn but not plain tomatoes etc. So I guess my question is this: do I completely eliminate those things from my diet and reintroduce them one by one and see how I feel or is it just that I can tolerate only a little of them?

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on January 29, 2014
at 04:39 PM

I'm not consuming dairy because I know I'm slightly sensitive to it. if I over consume it I get sick so I've eliminated it completely. I will focus on healing the gut and pray that helps. Are there any paleo foods that are bad for the gut?

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on January 29, 2014
at 04:28 PM

I have heard of things like gluten intolerence causing cronic infections and candida overgrownth in the gut (same lil bugger that cause yeast infections). So I would suggest getting your gut right. It will increase your immune system, help clear your system by building the right bacteria. Goodbelly products, kefirs, fermented food and yogurt are your friend.

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on January 29, 2014
at 04:03 PM

None of those conditions seemed to apply directly to me. I did have surgery 15 years ago to remove my gallbladder. I had such a bad case of gallstones it had to be removed. I do have a sensitive stomach and have always been sick it seems. I've never been careful of what I ate so I was hoping now that I am my stomach and ear/sinus issues would clear up. I think food is the only thing my doctors haven't factored in.

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on January 29, 2014
at 03:40 PM

Usually people who get chronic or recurrent infections tend to have weakened immune systems, either from medicines (immunosuppressants), old age, or a lack of antibodies. Other conditions that predispose people to chronic infections are diabetes, spleen removal (splenectomy), high cortisol levels (ususally through medical administration of cortocosteroids), and diseases that weaken the immune system like certain cancers. There is some relevant info here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8518753. See if any of these conditions apply to yourself.

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