Posted 3/8/2012 2:36 PM (GMT -6)
Dear painterman, You sound like a classic case of Salicylate Intolerance. I had all your symptoms and by avoiding salicylates I was able to get rid of all of them.
My whole life I suffered from stiff necks and headaches with the pain always starting in my eyes. Eventually I would get dizzy and vomit. I always needed a lot of sleep and would literally shut down at night when I reached my bewitching hour. I always felt a little foggy headed, had clogged ears and as time went on I developed arthritis all over and Asthma. At one point I was misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia.
I finally hit bottom when my shortness of breath, Asthma, wasnt being helped by the prednisone, my migraines were several times a week and I had bursitis in my hip along with other aches and pains. My Drs. were no help, and I felt like I was gonna die.
I was lucky enough to know that I was allergic to aspirin. Aspirin is a Salicylate, it comes from the bark of the Willow tree. All plants produce salicylates as natural insecticides.
So I looked up "Foods containing Salicylates". I couldnt believe that it was in all fruits except bananas, peeled pears, and papaya. Its in most vegetables except string beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts and celery. Salicylates are real HIGH in Tomatos sauce, broccoli, cucumbers, coffee, tea, Olive oil, oregano, pepprika, hot sauce, vinegar, and many other things that come from plants.
I immediately gave up foods in the Moderate to Very High Column and 2 days later I was all better. My migraines were gone, my Arthritis is gone and my breathing improved 100%.
Most people with migraines are Salicylate Intolerant. More information about this food intolerance, the symptoms ,the Foods to eat and avoid and some recipes can be found in a book called,
"Salicylate Intolerance and The Healthier I Ate the Sicker I Got.'' (on Amazon)
You are not a hypchondriac, you are not crazy, and you are not alone. There are so many people with Salicylate Intolerance with the exact same symptoms as you. The migraines and arthritis is very typical, most kids with ADHD have it and 80% of Autistic kids have it too. Well I could go on and on but I hope this helps and you can get more info if you google, sick from salicylates. Take care Joan