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I just wanted to share.

[if anyone else has success stories, or is going through a startup with a special diet, or anything else, feel free to post here! We can commiserate!]

I was gluten, egg, dairy free for about four or five years. Then I started hitting "bumps in the road". I was living on my own, and going to school and it was really difficult to stick to the diet. Finally everything broke loose and I completely gave up a few months ago.

I felt like shit, got really angry inside and generally irritable. My joints have been hurting and my skin has felt itchy- I've also been getting prickly heat pretty much anytime it's slightly warm out.

When I wake up in the morning my joints have felt stiff and my feet ankles and knees feel, well, I guess "bloated" might be the correct term? I will walk funny for about the first half hour I am up, trying to get them moving normally.

THere are other things, but that's just some of them.

On Sunday, the 12th, I OFFICIALLY stopped eating gluten again.

This is four days later.

I woke up this morning and my ankles and feet for the most part don't have that bloated, heavy feeling. I could walk fairly normally right out of bed [save for my injured knee].

It's just amazing to notice that.

I always somehow think partly that this stuff is in my head.

I just wanted to share.

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I've been on a strict GF diet for celiac disease for a little over 5 years now, and it made a huge difference in everything. I felt physically better in about a month (GI symptoms started abating in a few days) and my moods improved noticeably too. Not enough that I don't need meds, but enough that I didn't feel like shit every day.

I've now taken it to another level and am on a ketogenic diet, mainly because I've discovered through trial and error that sugars and starches make me feel crappy too. Not as crappy as gluten does, but sugar is almost guaranteed to sink me into an exhausted depression within six hours. My doctor said it might be reactive hypoglycemia - my body makes too much insulin in response to carbs. In any case, if I avoid them and avoid the insulin release in the first place, I feel better, and he's okay with that. I've also lost five pounds. Which is a small positive, since I started about 5 lb above my natural weight and am nearly right on it now. AFAIK my only allergy/allergy-like response is to gluten, but my skin does look better and break out less on high-fat and low-carb. Right now it's clearer than it's been since I was six. Maybe seven.

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My skin also clears up when I am on a gluten free diet and I tend to lose quite a bit of weight. WHen I was on it for a few years before, I weighed less than I had ever before and was at my most healthy weight. I had attributed it to the meds, but now i think it was just that i was on the right diet.

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HI Luna. I'm curious to know a little bit more about how you arrived at the decision to do the gluten-free, egg-free, etc diet in the first place. The reason I ask is that I've been suffering for years with fatigue, all-over body aches (joints and muscles), weird itchy skin rashes and other things that feel like allergic reactions to something.

For a long time I didn't go to a doctor about it because I was in pretty deep denial about how bad it was, but lately I've been getting all sorts of tests and my GP can't find anything wrong with me. Meanwhile the symptoms are getting worse. My symptoms do seem to get worse when I eat eggs and better when I cut them out but I don't know if that proves anything.

I have an appointment with a rheumatologist later this month to look at autoimmune stuff but I'm wondering if I should look into an appointment with an allergist or if there are other specialists that deal with this kind of stuff. I've heard that a lot of mainstream allergists don't take food allergies or sensitivities all that seriously unless they're the life-threatening-anaphylactic-shock type stuff.

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That's great, Luna!

I've considered doing some elimination diets to figure out if I have an intolerance to something (had allergy testing and nothing showed up), but it seems like such a pain in the ass. Getting everyone in the house fed is already a challenge, and having to eliminate more things might push me over the brink. But I guess I could just cut out each thing for *everyone* and tell them they just have to live with it for awhile.

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I have a friend who has to go gluten-free for health reasons and has the same sort of response as you. I have to admit that it has me tempted...but I haven't done anything to really make me suspect its the issue.

(I have to admit that I initially thought GF stood for girlfriend, which had me slightly confused, as I couldn't see how it would relate to allergies)

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