Ok...I just woke up and read your post. My father is 100% german-born(immigrant) and my mother is a mix of Welsh and English (American-born)
I'll start with the symptoms. I've had head/nasal congestion almost every day but even as I write this it is always the worst when I wake up. Eyes dry. Summer is always bad for me. I have the AC running right now in my bedroom. I have been in far away places where I just clog-up instantly. My bedroom is in a basement of our house. I was actually thinking I am allergic to mold.
Finger and toe nails are white-specked, brittle and sometimes a layer of dead skin will seem to grow under the nail almost like a second nail. This was mainly in the Winter. Right now, they look the best they have looked in quite some time!
Hands-almost ALWAYS DRY. I use lotion. They tend to have a yellow-tint to them but I was told that may be a side-effect of the medication I am on as perscribed from my doc. He had me on Librax (a bit $) now he switched me to Clidinium/CDP caplets to be taken before each meal. Supposedly they are an anti anxiety/IBS pill. My breathing is sometimes short and my chest is tight. Possible side-effects from the meds.
Fatigue...comes and goes. When I wake in the morning, my arms are stiff and they "pop" back into position when I stretch. Same with my neck.
I know we were first chatting way back when I had that job change and I listed some symptoms during that time. That's when it seemed this all started. I know I was eating too many damn hot pockets for lunch or dinner and too much bread back then. Also beer, Subway/Quiznos, chips,coffee, cookies and those morning breakfast granola bars. My dinners were healthy because my friend's wife was cooking for me...but the stress and anxiety of the job (I couldn't concentrate and learn )and my guilt and paranoia (because of my friend cheating on his wife, and the instability of his company) consumed me. I basically had a nervous breakdown and packed it in.
Well, I also seem to be temperature-sensitive. I explained that already. That was happening and I asked if the vent above my cubicle sould be replaced. Sheesh, did that cause a ruckus with my boss. Can you tell this guy was an ***? My eyes would water and I was sitting there literary FREEZING my *** off. Trembling. I was also having mini black-outs. Felt like my head was bobbing up and down.Thought I would hit the monitor, heheee. When my hands and feet would freeze they looked like all the blood was sucked out of them. All wrinkled over. "Deflated", I would call them.
I do think I have OCD and ADD, somehwhat. I do tend to "drift" in conversations especially listening, unless I am just losing interest. If I drop something on the floor, I can never pick it up right on the first try. Sometimes 2-3 tries. Weird. When I clean something it's like I'm on a deadline. Fast with purpose. I'm not afraid of germs like wearing gloves or stuff like that.
I do have scattered thoughts too. Sometimes negative. I find it hard to think of stuff that will make me happy. I'm not suicidal, but sometimes I'll think things like :"well, when it's my time to go" , or "maybe I have cancer". I am definitley a "glass is half empty" guy.
Now some gross stuff. My stool has been very pale yellow in color the last few days. I believe that this is a good indication when I've had too much bread or gluten. This does change though,too. When I was taking all that Prilosec or Pepcid pills months ago, my stool was almost black and it looked all stringy and had no real form to it. This has stopped completely now. So that to me shows that there has been some progress. I even had that sample tested at my doc's for parasites and H-pilori. All negative.
Tongue: white and sometimes looks like a brillo pad.
The belching I still have. Hell, even my father does it. So I do see where the gluten thing will be hereditary. But he is very "old-school" and doesn't know or "CARES to know" about anything about it. I've tried explaining it. I will wake up in the morning and have GERD. Possibly because I have been laying flat all night. I try not to eat anything past 8:00 pm. Swallowing sometimes difficult, scratchy throat. Sometimes I can "hear" the acid coming up my throat and then back down, even before I ate anything.
Hm-mmmm...I don't get headaches very much. I think I sleep pretty good but on some nights I do pull my sheets out from being tucked.
My hair seems to fall out a lot too. It was much worse months ago. I attributed this to the stress and malnutrition.
My eye lids or finger-nerves sometimes twitches. Little muscle spasms. Probably strain just from being on the computer. Need to wear my glasses more.
Depression? I guess I do have this. Not to the point where it keeps me locked up in a room all day, but I do look at things a bit cloudy. Mental-fog maybe? Most of my friends are married and I get asked "when am I getting a girlfriend or wife" but that's a normal thing...only then I think, "I'll never meet anyone" "I'm too self-absorbed" "I'm too different" Very low self-esteem thoughts. I think my whole outlook on that would change if I had a better job and didn't live with my parents at 38 yrs. old. It's humiliating. I know I am not the only guy going through this in the world....but it does effect my attitude when I meet new women..well, if at all. (See..I did it again! LOL)
On the bright side, though I love to make people laugh and I am very giving. I am quite creative when I paint or draw. I also am pretty good at photography. These things I focus on, no probem. Only thing is I lack the sel-confidence to actually "go anywhere" with it. I have no business sense or the self-discipline to make a career out of it.
Now, for what I eat: I get hungry almost every two hours. I still eat eggs in the morning and cereal (I know...bad, right?) and I limit my bread to maybe two slices a day. I try to stay away from fast food as much as possible, but it's hard when I'm at work and there isn't much time to get something or choices for that matter. I am eating more veggies & fruits. I was eating apples, but I think the skins were bothering my stomach. I make protein shakes, but I guess I need to stop that too because of the milk or ice cream I was adding to it? Maybe every two weeks a pizza. Love potatoes and brocolli.
I make burgers at home and chicken every now and then. Just had pork chops last night.
I drink PLENTY of water. I go through 3-4 bottles a day. I take a B+C complex vitamin, a Multi-Oil formula of 3,6, and 9 fatty acids, and a multi-enzyme supplement which seems to really help break down whatever I ate. These were recommended by a freind of mine at GNC. He seemed to really know hat he was talking about when I explained to him my digestive problems way back.
Well, that's it I think. Quite a bit for one post-I apologise. I appreciate your advice. Maybe we are both similar?