This Post is about how my summer has gone with my food intolerance’s – maybe someone else can learn from my experiences. I have made some progress on my projects, albeit a little slow due to having bad days. But such is when one is changing things in their lives – like quitting a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI i.e Aciphex) and dealing with rebound reflux that I never had before I took the darn things for 13 years and before that 10 years on Zantac 150. WOW withdrawal from these can do a number on one’s body, but I am just about through the process of the rebound from the Aciphex to quit (3 months now). NOW I have been reducing the amount of Zantac 150! Where was I in 2010 when everyone else found out about the side effects of taking this medication so long – guess I was having too much fun. The internet has been a tremendous aid for me in figuring out that I really do not need all of this medication!!!!! – NOT MY DOCTORS!
Most of my issues are food intolerance’s – that is the issue that can cause the acid reflux for me. I had an extensive “food allergy blood test” in 2011. All that did for me was to show which foods I should not eat. OK – worked on that one for a few years, but I never understood why my blood test showed a problem with eating those foods. About a month ago I started baking my french fries with Parmesan grated cheese – BOY WERE THEY EVER DELICIOUS and I had a serving everyday for 3 weeks! Then my eyes started giving me issues, like blurry vision, red and dark circles, and the horrible itching. I figured it was the lovely African Dust! WRONG. Through researching my symptoms on the “net” I realized that I have food allergies/intolerance to foods that have “histamines” and “tyramine” in them. NOW, this is the answer as to why there are so many foods I cannot tolerate, and why I start itching when I eat something with nitrates or nitrites, or when I get a migraine with MSG, etc. Why don’t doctors tell the patient about the “root” cause? This would have saved me 6 years of the 23 years I have been trying to understand why my food list is so limited! I found out that Parmesan grated AND egg whites AND my chocolate kisses are three (3) of the foods with the highest counts in histamines and maybe tyramine! These were 3 main staples of my “Limited Diet” – (Chicken breast (organic), Lay’s Lightly Salted potato chips, Almond Breeze drink, E-nerG yeast free bread, potatoes (buttery only), eggs (3 to 4 a day), and Follow Your Heart Veganease (no dairy, eggs, soy, gluten) and for a treat Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses. I still can have potatoes and eggs but only the yolk!
Through my research I discovered that unbleached flour and egg yolks do not have histamines. I was convinced I could make some cookies (the cake flopped) and be safe because unbleached flour and egg yolks do not have histamines or tyramine! I forgot to mention that I am also Celiac (no wheat or gluten, etc) and the gluten free flour is made with corn and I cannot do corn, so I decided to give the flour one more test!!! Boy those peanut butter cookies were so darn good and of course I indulged in those puppies for 2 days straight!
The outcome of that fun trip was to have a wonderful night of Vertigo (Meniere’s) and the next day a great Migraine (Meniere’s) and lovely Fibromyalgia flareup! BECAUSE people who have Fibromyalgia and Meniere’s have to stay on a strict low sodium and low sugar diet! Otherwise, you will be the recipient of Vertigo (Meniere’s) and a Migraine and the Fibromyalgia will go in to high gear!
When this happens, I do not have the energy level, nor the desire to do anything. This is just not me! So I am back to my limited diet, happy that maybe in the next 2 months or so the rebound reflux will go away and I can manage with Gaviscon or some Tums. Anything but an acid blocker (Zantac) or a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)! So far I have reduced the amount of Zantac from 2 a day to 1 a day and now I have made it 48 hours without one. I learned the hard way – one cannot go cold turkey on getting off Aciphex or Zantac. This time I am weaning myself off of Zantac 150’s slowly. Maybe I have learned something this summer. Now to try to use all the will power in my being and not stray from my “cheap date diet”
I think I have now vented and feel so much better, especially if you made it all the way through this “special post”!
Have a great day! Next Post coming up – Grammy Squares, Circa 2016, Ms Potts, and Dresden Heaven!!!! The fun things in life!