leaky gut/food sensitivies?
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|Sat, 08-28-2010 - 9:08am|
Has anyone here dealt with leaky gut? I won't say that I have chronic fatigue, but I do feel more tired/less energy than I feel I should have (compared with peers my age). At my doctor's advice, I tried South Beach Diet (minus any artificial sweeteners. I lost weight which was great, but I didn't feel much difference energy wise. Some days I come home and nap for an hour until my husband gets home and then I get up, make dinner, and after 2 hours I normally feel like going back to bed. So I go to bed at 10, and then getting up in the morning is a chore, and I wait until the very last possible minute at 6:30. So some days I was getting as much as 10 hours sleep, but not every day. I have said for a couple of years now that getting up in the morning is the hardest part of my day. I don't feel refreshed when I get up and I still feel tired.
Anyhow, after SBD didn't make much difference, we tried food sensitivity testing. My chiropractor has long suspected I have a wheat intolerance and i wanted to confirm that. Because my tiredness seems worst in the spring time, and I get a bit of a scratchy throat, I thought I had seasonal allergies, which they test for at the same time as the sensitivities (all done through a blood test).
Well, when that blood test came back, I got more than I bargained for. Turns out I have a food sensitivity to just about everything on that list. Out of 100 or so items, probably 5-10 showed no reaction. My doctor told me I have a "leaky gut" and that while most of the sensitivities can be corrected with diet, that they find wheat and dairy can not and that I should avoid these for life. Meanwhile, the only true allergies that came up were dust mites and cockroaches.
Well, I had about 6 different supplements to be on, plus most foods I could only eat once a week or not at all and I was trying to figure out how I could avoid wheat and dairy forever. I decided this doctor was a bit extreme and took all of my results to my chiro. He has me avoiding wheat for now, dairy once a week, and any "high" sensitivity items (beef, beans, grapes, cranberries, sesame and ginger to name a few). He thinks that my leaky gut will be healed in about 6 months. I am taking Vit D, Inflamacore supplement (mixed with almond milk), a supplement that includes B vitamins and something to support adrenal function and also a supplement called Zypan because he thinks my food is not digesting properly.
I guess my questions are this...my leaky gut has never actually been confirmed. Should I have the test to confirm it now ($$) or just treat it? If I do have leaky gut and I treat it, a food sensitivity test should come back much better in a couple months. Is there anything else all of these sensitivities could be? The only actual "gut" issue I've ever noticed is gas, which I chalked up to a high fiber diet.
Also, we have no idea how I got it. I very very rarely take antibiotics (although chiro pointed out they could be in the meat I eat), very rarely if ever use aspirin, not a big alcohol drinker). How do I know it won't come back once its fixed?
If anyone has any feedback, I'd love to hear. Sorry this is so long, this whole leaky gut think is very new and very frustrating, although not as much as when I first got diagnosed. Thank god my chiro convinced me I will be normal again one day and that I don't have to avoid wheat and dairy forever. I am currently looking for a new primary care doctor.