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12/28/19 7:53 P

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hahaha - Sometimes I am a veritable source of useless information, and sometimes some useful stuff creeps in among it emoticon

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@SLIMMERKIWI, Wow! Thanks! You're like a treasure trove of useful information.



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Sometimes and in certain situations you can get free or cheaper medications/treatment if you know where/how to look.

Your Dr/Psychiatrist may have meds that the Drug Companies have given them, that they are prepared to give you.

In certain situations the Drug Companies will directly help the patient by funding their medication. You need to ask.

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I urge you to apply.

Hopefully your appointment with your Psychiatrist is sooner rather than later. It sounds like you NEED to be on some form of medication, and unfortunately, sometimes it is a case of trial and error. The problem with going on/off them is that it makes it harder in the future to treat the problem.

Good luck.
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12/26/19 10:40 P

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Too much soy causes me to itch, that's why I take hydroxyzine when I get rashes/welts. Was this an allergy specialist that he consulted with or a dietician? I have reduced at least three allergies to null because I've avoided them, so maybe it depends. My husband has been almost fanatical on making sure we don't have anything with soy, and I've had to tell him to ease up a little bit and that trace amounts are much better than tofu. I'm just wondering if the wheat allergy is the cause of occasional bloating and diarrhea. Since my main concern, healthwise, is belly fat I'd rather not bloat in public.
I've already cut meat out of my diet out of compassion for animals, but I'm not going to cut out all carbs, just be cognizant to not go overboard. I've tweaked the daily grams in my nutritional goals based on low-carb plans but not so extreme.
Meetings:
1. I'm meeting with a psychologist next week, but I have a high deductible and will be filing for bankruptcy soon, so a lot depends on finances. I am already in group therapy, which is more affordable.
2. I'm getting to get some IgE blood tests for food allergies next year (though it's next year in a week). How much do those go for so I can budget for it? Granted, my food allergies are minute compared to my environmental allergies.
3. I'm currently off medications because the last two my psychiatrist put me on had negative side effects, to the point of even being life threatening, but I'll be meeting with her after I get the blood tests drawn.
I guess I have a lot of issues going on to consider. It's good that you're in multiple groups that I'm in so that you know what I'm dealing with.



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My g/son's wheat allergy was relatively mild but caused extensive rashes/welts and he would scratch himself silly causing bleeding and inflamed skin.

I will tell you something that my g/son's Specialist said re g/son's wheat allergy (not gluten allergy). He said that for people who have multiple serious food allergies and are on a restricted diet, to NOT omit it from their diet because altho' it didn't look nice, and it irritated him, it wasn't life-threatening and it was important he still eat it because otherwise he would miss out on a lot of essential nutrients/or be even more restricted in what he eats because wheat is in so much food. This was the same for a number of his other allergens. The ones that were life-threatening, he had to omit, obviously. He had to have regular blood allergy tests as well as skin-prick allergy tests, and when they had come down to a more tolerable level, he then had supervised food challenges which were successful. He now has to eat a little bit of each of those allergens most days of the week because otherwise his body would revert back to life-threatening reactions again. There are only a handful of things he is unable to have in any amount now.

There is a big difference between Wheat-free and Carb-free. (the latter is almost impossible to achieve and can be dangerous to health!)

I would strongly suggest that before you attempt to cut any food out of your diet, you talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. You will likely find that by doing so you will reduce your Anxiety considerably. Make notes of what they say and ask for handouts so you can read it over and over again.

I would also suggest that you ask your Dr for a referral to a Therapist who specializes in your issues re anxiety/depression/panic-disorder/bipolar 2.

How long since you have seen a Psychiatrist re your medications? If it is a while, I would be inclined to touch base again, because it is possible that your medications may need tweaking.

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12/26/19 5:50 P

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I'm attracted to carb-free diets because all my weight gain is in my stomach, and I just learned I have a slight wheat allergy. Also, I have panic disorder and bipolar 2 and heard that it can make anxiety or depression worse. How would a wheat-free diet look differently from a low-carb diet? If it is similar, which low-carb diet would it look most like (e.g., keto, Atkins, paleo, etc.)?

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