Friday, April 15, 2005
Dove Eggs Again: the nest tips further and further but the remaining two eggs still hang on the brim, doomed. Sometimes, during fibro flare-ups, I feel as if this is me.
OK, so it is not really unbearable or I would have committed suicide, but sometimes it is pretty close to it!
Yesterday I felt great—pretty good, anyway, all day long, but last night I suddenly was attacked internally by unbearable—almost unbearable--grouchiness and irritability, and I became itchy (all over) and restless. I couldn’t sleep at all. Everything started hurting.
I didn’t get my regular exercise yesterday, in part because I was diddling around all day with Silk Creek Review and in part because we had Graham’s celebration of learning last night and then went birthday present shopping. My new rheumatologist, Ami Milton, says exercise is one of the most important factors in the control of fibromyalgia, which she reminds me is a “syndrome” and not a disease.
But, while this may be the case, the sudden onset of symptoms in this case was probably NOT caused by my sudden lack of exercise, but by eating something I am “allergic” to. Dr. Milton thinks I may have celiac disease, in which case I would be allergic to wheat. But I am have been eating a slice of whole wheat bread at every meal and still feeling good, so I was suspecting something else. Here’s what I ate last night: hot wings, beer (beer is good with hot wings), and a bowl of Wheat Chex with hazelnut milk. Chicken should not be an issue; I eat that and feel fine. Beer is one of those things that could be an issue—I’m not supposed to drink it because of my sleep apnea. Wheat is a possible problem (Wheat Chex), but even more than that I am at the moment suspecting the hazelnut milk—because I had a similar attack driving here a few days ago. And on the trip I ate sweetened nuts. So I suspect either the nuts themselves or the sweetener.
I want to regain my good health on an elimination diet (not eat those items) and then try individually reintroducing them, one at a time, and see if I get sick. I hate doing that because I hate getting sick, but on the other hand, if nuts make me sick, or sugar makes me sick, I need to avoid them. And how else can I find out?
If you have an enlightening comment, or any comment at all, please leave it!