Is there a name for what I have?

Asked on August 01, 2016
Created August 01, 2016 at 3:13 PM

I've been suffering from a collection of symptoms that no doctor has been able to put a name to. The closest I've gotten to understanding my disease is that it's autoimmune in nature, and is related to a Th1 immune system imbalance that flares when I eat certain foods. It would be nice to have a diagnosis or a term to use to describe what I have so people can understand what I'm going through when I try to explain why I can't eat x or y. Here's what happens to me when I eat something I shouldn't:

I feel like I have the flu. My body hurts all over, I have intense brain fog, I get both anxious and depressed, I get very fatigued and lose focus. I'm pretty much useless. Sometimes I get digestive symptoms, like an inflamed feeling in my upper GI (I have been diagnosed with gastritis, for which I was prescribed a PPI, but that didn't combat the majority of my symptoms). My right knee will ache. I just want to lie on the couch and moan. Light exercise (like walking) improves it, as does turmeric tea. But mostly, it's just a waiting game until it's over. Until I discovered the paleo diet, I would try to combat it with caffeine, antidepressants and meditation.

I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and take Armour Thyroid for it. I also take Prozac which helps with my chronic brain fog and low-grade depression and anxiety, but I'm hoping that the Autoimmune Protocol will help me get off of that. Otherwise, I've tested negative for Celiac, h. Pylori, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and everything else I've ever been tested for. The only diagnoses I've received have focused on symptoms, like Depression, GERD and Gastritis. But what is this "all over sick," "I feel like I have the flu" feeling? Can anyone put a name to it? The worst of these reactions occur when I eat cheese, nightshades or drink alcohol.




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