Hi, I am hoping someone might help me here. I've been reading some old posts on sulfites, but I'm still not clear on something. Here's my story: Started taking 2 to 3 ferrous sulfate (iron) supplements per day for anemia per doc recommendation. Started to have episodes of hot flashes or flushing--suddenly flushed face and chest along with, a wave of anxiety or feeling upset would come over me, and I'd feel hot, tired, just not well. I started to connect them to the supplements and stopped taking them. After a day, it calmed down. However, food is causing mini-episodes. Salad with vinegar, almonds, laughing cow cheese and crackers, and some other foods--basically anything at all processed. I had one bite of a potato roll fortified with ferrous sulfate, realized my mistake, and ate just the hamburger. Regardless, I had a milder reaction about an hour later.
I'm realizing now that this mess happened years ago after I gave birth and took iron supplements. I never figured it out and thought I had panic attacks plus rosacea. For a LONG time after, I had trouble with flushing after drinking wine plus some other foods. I didn't know why though. It got better over time.
Everything on the internet says that sulfate and sulfite are different. So why do I seem to be reacting to both at exactly the same time? Also, I've read that our bodies break down the sulfites into the "safe" sulfate form. Does this mean I'm allergic to sulfates, and therefore also sulfites because ultimately my body is breaking sulfates down into sulfites?
My doctor waved off the reaction to a temporary side effect of iron--as if it were in the same kind of thing as getting constipated or something. This feels different. It's physical with the flushing, plus a weird feeling of anxiety or sometimes irritability. It makes me emotional. Very strange and stressful.
Any thoughts? Is it all in my head? Does this make sense? If it is real, anyone think it might be temporary? On the upside, I've lost a few pounds ;) because I'm afraid to eat anything but pears, apples, unseasoned meats, and whole wheat pasta that's not fortified.