I am so very happy to have found your website! Of all of the gluten free websites I have looked at yours is the most comprehensive. It explains my condition so very well with diagrams and video tutorials. And it has this wonderful forum where I can find the supportive group of friends I so need.
In August 2011, I discovered that I am gluten intolerant. In the months preceeding this I was truly losing it. My health deteriorated rapidly. My parasympathetic nervous system—vagus nerve shut down three times. I am thankful that I have a good chiropractor that recognized this and opened my system back up. I was having brain fog and losing short term memory. Wow, I can really relate to the ADD kids I have taught in the past. They all need to be on a gluten free diet. I was not dreaming. I could not fall asleep; it seems I was hyperstimulated at night but dog-tired. Fatigue was the norm. My hormones—adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary/hypothalamus—were going whacko. I truly felt like I would not survive.
Since going gluten free my brain fog disappeared rather rapidly. I have had blood work done and discovered that I have multiple food allergies and an autoimmune response due to a leaky gut. I also had a EPFX scan done at the local health food store. It confirmed much of the blood work, which to me verified its accuracy and amazed me. I have many vitamin and mineral deficiencies and I have been taking vitamin supplements for years; this surprised me. I hate to have seen where I would be without those supplements.
I have yet to find a good doctor to oversee my total health on this issue, one that knows about the disorder and can coach and support me like this website does. I hope there is a gastroenterologist at UAB Medical Centerthat can help with this condition.
So glad you are on the road to recovery! In your search for a Doctor I would recommend searching online for a functional medicine doctor. That is what my doctor's title is and I am very pleased with him. I live in Michigan so that won't help you though. Good luck on your search!