I was chatting with a friend the other day, and she told me about how she has all these food allergies that went undiagnosed until she was 30. How did that happen? A few doctors suggested that she had food allergies but she didn't believe them because food allergies meant that you got hives or went anaphylactic... right? Then she started having problems with her gums and her dentist asked her if she'd ever been tested, so she decided to get it done, and turns out, she's allergic to wheat, eggs, corn, soy, dairy, bananas, and apples among other things.
"What symptoms did you have that you weren't sure you were allergic to pretty much everything?!"
*Tired all the time (I'M tired all the time)
*Stomach hurt a little all the time, but not that bad (MY stomach hurts a lot at random times)
*Sensitive skin and always had a rash (I do not always have a rash, but I do have really itchy skin)
*Gum problems (I do not have gum problems, but I do get big ugly canker sores inside my mouth that appear at seemingly random times)
She went on an elimination diet and suddenly felt about a million times better and had so much more energy, no more stomach pain, could fly, etc.
I told her that I had these things, and she said it sounded like I had a wheat allergy. Bah! I say. I don't go in for all those pseudoscience food fads!
She shrugged her shoulders and said that there'd be no harm in trying it and that I might feel better. "Pfffft, you can have my pizza when you pull it from my cold dead hands," I said to myself because that would have been rude to say out loud.
Then I talked to my sister and she told me all about how her husband's doctor put him on a grain-free, dairy-free, fun-free diet along with enough vitamins to justify buying a pill case to lower his cholesterol. And now he's lost a bunch of weight, feels better, can fly, etc.
Maybe there was something to this? I decided to give up wheat for a week, and maybe I'd feel better, and if I didn't, I'd know that I don't have a mild wheat allergy.
I started on Wednesday and I felt the same until yesterday afternoon when I hit a wall. I was so tired, I worked for about an hour to get everyone to take a nap at the same time so I could lay down, and then the baby woke up and I cried. My eyes were droopy at dinner and I went to bed at about 7:30.
Not the miracle cure I was hoping for.