Increasingly, I am seeing patients who have had many medical tests in an attempt for a diagnosis, but all results are normal. While it is good that there does not appear to be any serious underlying illness, it can be frustrating as there is no obvious treatment. Typical symptoms include:
fatigue or sluggishness
feeling of low blood sugar
tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Other factors to consider:
- symptoms may worsen with stress and menstrual cycle
- cyclical bouts of illness
- you may react badly to aspirin
- you may get symptom relief from anti-histamine medication e.g. Clarityn
Food intolerance may be a cause or contributing factor to symptoms. Examples of food triggers include gluten/wheat, fermentable carbohydrates or chemicals found naturally in foods e.g. salicylates or histamine. The symptoms of these intolerances are many, and confusing in their presentation.
It is my job to assess your individual set of symptoms, your previous medical history, your food and symptom diary, determine the possibility of a food trigger, and to guide you, when appropriate with dietary treatment.
What my patients say:
Mr RD, IBS (March, 2016): Hi Sarah. Hope you’re well; I came to see you a year ago to help with IBS issues which have improved dramatically. I very rarely suffer any of the symptoms I used to – brain fog, stomach cramps etc and find I’ve been able to reintroduce a lot of foods that did give me problems previously, so thanks again!
Mr A.J. (February 2014) Chronic Fatigue, IBS. “Thank you so much for helping me identify the gluten issue, you’re right that it’s very positive, it’s made a huge difference to my energy levels – a big lifestyle change! I didn’t realise how tired I was getting until I reintroduced it, amazing how quickly we adapt to feeling a certain way!”