My medical history is a bit convoluted....my family (paternal side) has a genetic predispostion towards developing autoimmune diseases. The most popular one seems to be lupus, but Hashimoto's thyroiditis and celiac disease are right up there too.
I've had psoriasis, Hashimoto's and probably celiac since childhood....at least since I was a teenager. I wasn't diagnosed with Hashi's until my early thirties, but the disease was very advanced, basically end stage. My thyroid is dead. But that's not really a problem, I can just take thyroid replacement hormone.
As far as I know, those were my only health problems for much of my life. The celiac disease was just recently diagnosed (most of my life I was told by the medical community that it was "IBS", which apparently means "I be stumped").
So, over the past 18 months I've suddenly received an astounding number of new diagnoses: autoimmune hepatitis, RA, celiac disease, lupus and fibromyalgia. I have not recently been in a car accident. Tell you the truth, I seriously doubt that psychotherapy would help me with my fibro. Fibro is not a mental health issue with me....it's physical. Just as physical as all of the other diseases that are currently attacking my organs. My immune system has become the enemy and it's trying to kill me. And the autoantibodies are there in my bloodstream to prove it.
There are those who believe that fibro itself will eventually be found to be autoimmune in nature; this makes a bit of sense to me, since those with autoimmune diseases are the most likely to develop fibro. Time and research will tell.
Of course, something may
have triggered the latest set of diseases and disorders in me....my current working hypothesis involves Lyme disease, since I found out just last week that my Lyme ELISA test was positive. Lyme is known to trigger AI diseases, and even mimic them. But I don't yet know if I actually have it....I still have to have the Western Blot test done.
Well, since you're in an experimenting sort of mood, my suggestion to you would be to try the gluten free diet for a couple of weeks to see if it improves any of your symptoms. I'm gluten free now, of course, because of the celiac disease, but I've only been so for about
a year. A number of my symptoms disappeared almost immediately, but definitely not all of them! But I still have hope....
Many of those I've corresponded with online about
celiac assured me that most or even all of their other conditions went into remission eventually (after 2 years or so) on the gluten free diet. Conditions including fibromyalgia, RA, lupus, etc. If you're interested, check out the forums at celiac DOT com.....search on the word "fibromyalgia" to find threads of interest.
Good luck to you!
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