Brain Fog and What to Do

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Any successes out there from getting out of daily brain fog, depression, eye pain, and fatigue, and un socialability, lack of excitement et. ??

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Yes try the true gluten free diet! NO GRAINS at all, that includes corn, most people think corn is a veggie but it's a grain. Read all of the posts and watch the videos on this site, you will be amazed at your improvement. I also have to follow a candida diet http://www.knowthecause.com if the grain free diet doesn't do it all, try this site as well. Good luck! Don't give up!!!

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Charlie said:

Any successes out there from getting out of daily brain fog, depression, eye pain, and fatigue, and un socialability, lack of excitement et. ??


Make sure you are truly gluten free, and it does go away. You can also try puzzles or Soduku, the brain, like muscles needs to be used to keep healthy. The fog does go away though, have patience.   

Bruce

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I know….I'm a veteran to this website and the true gluten free diet.  I've expanded on to Paleo, but was wondering if I would get something new from asking here.

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Charlie, you might have other food intolerances which you have no idea about (aside from grains, dairy etc).  I never would have thought some of the foods I reacted to were even bothering me eg. blueberries, pear, pineapple, green beans, red kidney beans, flax, cod..HEALTHY foods!  I was always sluggish and cranky.  I would encourage you to get the test for multiple foods.  I used alcat, but I know elisa is another one that Dr. O recommends.  Once I gave up all the foods I reacted to, I have been feeling a lot better (especially more energy) and finally gaining some weight that had been long awaited.  Good luck!   

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really.   So you're saying you gave up all grains, which helped, then gave up certain allergy foods?  Just curious, but what foods did you give up and how many days untill you really felt better?

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Yes, I had been off all grains, dairy, sugar, and soy for over eight months.  I was doing better but still not GOOD.  I was still having lots of unwanted symptoms.  That is when I had the food intolerance and other testing done.  I tested positive for many foods, I didn't even count them, several dozen but maybe a dozen or so which I consumed regularly.  It was months before I could really say I felt better and I started gaining weight.  Initially I felt worse, I guess that is what they call a “die-off” reaction which was horrible.  For about 5 days I had headaches (which I rarely get), was very moody and extremely tired.  I almost gave up, then it was done.  I do still have occassional bad days; I need probiotics too which I have been having trouble taking due to reactions, which I guess can also be “die-off”, I'm working myself up. 

All I can say is don't give up, it can be a very slow process.  I have been going at this all for about two years (took the long road starting with “traditional” gf)….but after all this time I am having many more good days than bad whereas I had all bad days, maybe someday they will be mostly or all good. 

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Jackie we are very similar.  So how many days of fatigue, headaches, and moodiness did it take before they seemed to get under control?

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I would also recommend having your adrenals tested (saliva test).  All the symptoms you mentioned can be attributed to adrenal fatigue.  Dr. O talks about it somewhere on this site.  The long-term stress of exposing your body to gluten and other allergens can fatigue or exhaust your adrenals, and they are one of the last organs to heal after eliminating the offending agents.  Adrenal fatigue can be treated with supplements (mild cases) or hydrocortisone tablets.

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I'm about to see a doctor with results of saliva test for adrenals.  If the supplements actually worked, I would be the happiest little boy.

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I will be very curious to hear about your adrenal testing results.  I did the saliva test also (because I read a book and was HIGHLY suspicious this was at least part of my problem).  I was very surprised when my results came back in the normal range.  If there's one thing I've learned it is that we are all so different and there is no magic potion that will work for everyone.  It is a complication combination of factors…….just don't give up! 

BTW, to answer your question Charlie: I think the “die-off” headaches and other symptoms took me about five days to go away (ball park).  Let us know about your results and if you end up getting any other testing and how you're doing.  It is so good to share stories, I think it really helps on both ends.

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First off, I agree, personally stories have been extremely helpful and it would be good to keep in touch.  My doctor visit turned my attention to this…..

1.  I got BioTek food allergy tested again (I had gotten it before) and eggs popped, which I hadn't fully given up yet.  

2.  My adrenal work up was not normal, and it corresponded to my mental fatigue problems during times in day.  The time I have coffee certainly showed up.  I've been on adrenal support for 2 days, and I think I'm noticing positive changes. 

 

My main focus is still on diet because I still feel the best when It's optimal, and when I slip, a lot of symptoms come rushing back.  

I'll report how the adrenal supports go… : )

write back soon!

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