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updated 11/30/2005

I heartily apologize to all of the folks who have submitted observations that have not been updated to this page yet. Since Hurricane Katrina, I've had very little time, but things are improving. I will be working on this page very soon! (6/17/2007)

Database of nonscientific health observations being compiled by Connie (some are my own personal experiences and others are the experiences of people I know, or who have submitted via this webpage.)

Please make sure that you research everything on your own
before drawing conclusions about anything
related to your health or the health of a loved one.

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Are you Male or Female?
Are you a Senior Citizen, Adult, Adolescent, Child or Infant?
Is there a nutrient or drug or food or chemical involved? If so, please name it.
The Event
The Outcome
Has a doctor diagnosed you with something that pertains to this health observation? If so, what is the diagnosis?
Have you developed a Self-Diagnosis? If so, what is it?
Did you or do you have any major illness?

Suggestions that have been submitted by our readers for what it might be.

These suggestions are not from health care professionals, and are not given in any kind of professional capacity, so use your own common sense and make sure to research this info on your own.

Date Submitted
Female Adolescent Cornstarch I believe that I'm addicted to cornstarch. When i was around 7 I use to see my mom eat it and i was always wondering why she was eating it. As i was growing up she stopped one day i was in the store and i saw cornstarch so i decided to buy some i began tasting it and I found out that I liked the taste. I eat around 10 teaspoons and day I have a very strong craving for it and its something that I have to have. I would really like to stop I'm a teenager and i can see myself getting worstier everyday. I'm addicted No a Dr. did not Diagnose me       11/14/2005
Female Adult Cornstarch my mouth just water at the mere thought of cornstarch. i stopped after the doctor scared me to death with my first baby i needed a blood tranfusion. so now i just chew until it becomes liquid and spit and rinse. i know i swallow tiny amounts but it is nothing serious or worth worrying over. i know i need help i want some now. no outcome just a craving well satisfied and i am happy and you can get along with me better No a Dr. did not Diagnose me

No I have not self-diagnosed

but i read and interesting article about a ailment called pica

low iron   11/14/2005
Female Child washing powder and socks or towels i have a craving for washing powder or if i can not get to that i eat socks and towels   No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness   11/23/2005
Female Adult Cornstarch I eat cornstarch everyday And it has been a habit for about four years. My bill of health is good and am not overweight.   Yes a Dr. Diagnosed me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness   11/27/2005
Female Adult Cornstarch I can't stop eating cornstarch i eat a box a day     No I have not self-diagnosed  

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

7/10/2005
Female Adult n/a   Its just for a few days now that I'm experiencing terrible pokes like pins and needle poking under my feet, but there is nothing under my feet. All I do is soak it in salt water , but the pain doesn't go away. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness    
Female Adult Pure Cornstarch, the one you make gravy with. I eat cornstarch (a pound of cornstarch) just about every other day. I would like to stop. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed High blood pressure

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

6/10/2005
Female Adult n/a

When tired, anxious, worried, etc. or doing even non strenuous repetitive housework, I notice sudden intense pain and become aware that:

My arm, sometimes both are noticeably cold and my hands blue and I can not let go of things or not pick up as I can't feel a thing. I wrap up and when the circulation comes back it is so intense that my fingers can increase 0.5 to 1cm in diameter.

My skin has thinned and so isn't elastic enough so it splits with the slightest knock or even moderate grip will cause a split.

There look like really deep chill blanes and take ages to heal.

I only ever thaw out using layers as my torso is fine that's why I often don't notice it till it's too late.

If I have a cup in my hand and don't keep my eye on it I will drop it without noticing until the crash.

As you can imagine supermarkets, driving, swimming, just about anything active with my 11 year old son can fill me with dread.

My weight can balloon with water retention and inactivity ny 2stones in 6-8 weeks.

I live with my son in a new area with my nearest relative being 120 miles away and very infirm (my Dad.)

When I wake up it can take about 1 hour for the blood to normalize in my hands to get to the very acute and painful pins and needles stage which can take 30-45 mins to go.

Obviously dressing is a nightmare every thing has to be planned any slight minuscule detour from plan exacerbates an attack through stress - self fulfilling prophecy - not sure perhaps self inflicted through psychosomatic auto suggestion!

My life has come to a virtual standstill.

We were both becoming well adjusted and happy after an abusive relationship. (physical and mental for me) (non-communicative for my son)

When walking my dog (big and powerful), karate, scouts, badminton, swimming.

Age gave me tennis elbow in both arms and golfers as well in my right.

I also have mildish but getting worse Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right wrist which makes tapestry, embroidery etc - even ironing a no-no at times.

When working Full-time had cleaner/daily so joints not used to work.

Had job as Finance Director and doing dad's share of work coupled with history of arthritis in family.

Desperate, self-harmer suicidal.

Husband fed the paranoia by threatening to have me committed and take my son away - he did 7 times - only to hurt me, not to keep my son.

Husband lied numerous times to police so that initially they even they thought the broken bones were self inflicted.

Yes a Dr. Diagnosed me.

Underactive thyroid and poss temporary side effects of Cipralex - antidepressant, sympathetic but sees it as short to mid term and should be ok!!.

I get anxiety attacks and forget what I need to tell him as basically painful, inconvenient but not half as bad as the myxodemae madness that I suffered from 36 to 42 when I asked for a thyroid test

 

Yes I self-diagnosed myself.

Reynaulds - from about 14 when under pressure at school exam time, I would scream out in my sleep - parents would come in I would be really cold to touch but color didn't change.

Slightest change in temperature and muscles would cramp till I wanted to chop them off ) growing pains.

From 18 onwards, monthly water retention (14lbs!) accompanied by prolonged semi numbness in feet and sensation.

Needles and pins from surface of legs to 0.54cms. Could feel general pressure but not sharp points.

Not that I am aware of, but this has been going on over 2 years/

Mental Health deteriorating as even simple tasks can be impossible some days - increasing depression, failure and zero self-esteem.

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

I too am a sufferer of Reynaulds and I have observed that people with reynaulds are often highly sensitive/emotional in other areas of their life.

I am an NLP practitioner and have come to appreciate that people who are introverted and sensitive quite often suffer from things like muscle tension and circulation problems because we internalise our feelings, which leads to a physical knock on effect to our body system.

Firstly this individual needs to learn that she is a sensitive person - that doesn't mean weak, it means she is a more finely tuned instrument in many ways than other people. Able to detect minute changes not just in temperature, but also in the behaviour of other people, atmosphere's etc because her system is so sensitively wired. There are a lot of positives to being sensitive as well as the negatives that arise if we do not learn to harness this sensitivity for our own good. It also makes you ultra perceptive.

I would recommend a book called 'the highly sensitive person' I can not remember the name of the author but a search on amazon should yeild results.

Reynaulds sufferers also widely suffer water retention and sometimes have thinner skin than their peers etc - interesting that here in the UK we refer to people who are thick-skinned as being insensitive - so being thin-skinned must mean the reverse, ultra sensitive!

Mind and body need to be in balance to overcome this condition - make sure the thoughts you give yourself are positive and kind and that your body gets the nutrients and extra support from vitamins and minerals it may need to compensate for weak organs in the body.

I would urge this person to see a nutritionist who may be able to recommened suppliments to strengthen weak organs (the liver can be a source of weakness in reynaulds sufferers - but not in all cases and sometimes the wrong vitamins can harm rather than heal so you must seek proper advice from a qualified practitioner).

Also be aware hot temperatures can lead reynaulds sufferers and others to poor levels of concentration which you may also beat yourself up for - when it is your condition at fault, not you.

Keeping fit is a good idea, but gentle exercise is probably better than strenuous - everything in moderation applies even more strongly to reynaulds sufferers.

Good luck in all you do!

6/13/2005
Male Senior Citizen n/a

I STARTED SUCKING ON MY LIPS ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO AND IT HAS GOTTEN WORSE.

I'VE SEEN ALL TYPES OF DOCTORS.

THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.

I DON'T THINK THEY'VE DEALT WITH THIS PROBLEM BEFORE.

STILL LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION No a Dr. did not Diagnose me

Yes I self-diagnosed myself

STRESS

no major illness

  6/23/2005
Female Adult Corn Starch I tried it because I had a cousin who had eaten it for over 20 years. I began craving it also but I was only eating a box over a 2 month period. I stopped for a year and now I'm right back at it. I thought we were weird so I searched today to see if we were the only ones. I still only eat about 2 to 3 teaspoons a day but I want to quit. I don't know how to quit. When the box is gone, I waited 3 weeks before buying a new one but I knew I would buy a new one. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

 
Female Adult Baby powder with cornstarch Constant craving for baby powder with cornstarch.   No a Dr. did not Diagnose me Self-Diagnosis: Eating disorder/Pica Unknown

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

 
Female Adult Corn Starch Craving Eating boxes No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed Unknown

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

3/24/2005
Female Adult Corn Starch Eating corn starch.  

Yes a Dr. Diagnosed me.

Eating Disorder

  Diabetes

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

2/4/2005
Female Adult Corn Starch

I have been eating cornstarch from 1994. And in 1999 I stopped for about six months and started right back again. I continued to eat it until Sept. 2003, when I went in the hospital and had to receive blood.

This July, I started eating it again and can not stop.

I may be able to stop for a day or two but then I'm right back at it like a drug addiction.

I wake up wanting it and go to bed needing it.

My husband doesn't like me to eat it so I have to buy it and eat it without him knowning it. Kinda like I'm stealing and that is the part I hated.

It has gotten so bad that if I don't hide it all 4 of my kids will eat it especially my 4yr old daughter. So I try not to let them see me when I'm eating it.

No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

1/2/2005
Female Adult Corn Starch I cant stop eating it, after every meal I have to have at least 3 tbs. I think it makes my stomach bloated. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

11/30/2004
Female Adult Corn Starch I crave having the corn starch in my mouth and just chewing on it 'til it liquifies. I don't really eat or swallow large amounts of it. I may just swallow a very tiny amt. I usually have 1-3 tablespoons almost every morning and night. I may go 1 or 2 days without having any or 2-4 weeks. It's a craving that I've had off and on since I was pregnant with my third and last child who is now 5. Can't seem to rid myself from this addiction, but I haven't really dedicated myself to trying either.

No outcome yet.

I guess since I don't actually swallow it. But my children see me chewing on it and are like,"Mom, you're eating that starch again?" My husband thinks I'm a bit crazy.

No a Dr. did not Diagnose me Yes I self-diagnosed myself - Pica no major illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

9/10/2004
Female Adult No My ear has had a sore in it since 1998... Now it scabs and bleeds... the skin that comes off is brownish black... and I have hearing loss from the ear... and it is painful... could it be cancer? No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

This person needs to see her doctor.

It could be skin cancer.

If not it could actually be from drainage from the ear, again, she needs to see her doctor ASAP.

submitted: 1/6/2005

8/20/2004
Female Adult Corn Starch I eat 2 boxes of corn starch a day. I eat it in place of meals sometimes and eat it as a comfort food. I wake up with the craving and eating it and I go to bed eating it and I eat it before and after meals....its like cigarettes for me. I am not a smoker...but I do find that it comforts me. No No No Major Illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

8/10/2004
Female Adult Corn Starch I have cravings to eat corn starch everyday for the last 3 weeks.   No No No Major Illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

7/20/2004
Female Adult None Second "attack": Extreme nausea, wrenching pain in upper abdomen under ribcage, cannot get easy by standing, laying down, sitting, etc., finally subsides after several hours, trip to emergency room with phengran and demerol.  

Yes, Abdomen Pain, DUH?

(Editorial comment: That's a darn shame!)

Yes, Gallbladder problems     6/24/2004
Female Adult None My mom had colon and gallbladder problems for 3 1/2 months - Her gallbladder was removed last week and now she can barely eat cause she really hasn't eaten for 3 months - she has almost bulemic symptoms but she isn't bulemic cause she wants to be. Now that her colon and gallbladder issues are taken care of everytime she eats she throws it up - They also removed a portion of her small intestines cause they said it was flat and are now concerned with her liver as well. All places that deal with bulemia deal with it because its a psych issue - her's wasn't from psych - she was in so much pain she could hardly eat and it took 3 months for them to finally diagnose her right... *gallbladder* etc - she's gotten so weak.

Looking for information.

What can she do besides continue on supplements anbd bosters?

Any suggestions on how to build her strength back up?

No No (info not provided)

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Could it be an ulcer of the duodenum, hidden in a fold?

Could it be Celiac Sprue (Allergy to wheat gluten)?

Could it be a twist in the colon somewhere?

Could she need need digestive enzymes?

Possible helpful Supplements:
>Emer-Gen'C
>B12/iron shots
>Ripe Bananas every day
>Unripe Coconut water for the liver
>Zofran (presciption) for the nausea.

6/13/2004
Female Adult Corn Starch I have been having these cravings to eat cornstarch and it is really becoming a habit. I have not been to the doctor yet because I thought it would pass. I have been eating corn starch now for three weeks. I think I am becoming addicted to eating cornstarch. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

I have the same exact problem except I have been eating powder which contains cornstarch. I have been to a doctor about it and he says I have a condition called (Pika) not sure I'm spelling it right but it is pronounced Pie-ka.

(Editor's note: pica)

Anyway, (I've been told that...) it is a craving for carbs and it is like being addicted to alcohol, the problem is you will gain a massive amount of weight and not know where it came from. I guess the only way to get over it is to treat it like any other drug or alcohol addiction and take it one step at a time. (Editor's note: Finding the cause, such as a specific nutritional deficiency may also resolve the problem.)

 
Female Adult Cornstarch

I have been eating cornstarch for years and i dont know why I crave it sooo much. I would like to know more information on it why are the cravings soooooooooo strong.

I had gotten to a point where I was eating 4 boxes a day.

  I have not gone to the doctor yet. Kinda scared.

Searching for more info.

Please email info to:

sbrna506@hotmail.com

No major illness.

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Talk to your doctor your are probably lacking one of the essential vitamins that your boby may be lacking. I found that I was lacking iron and after going on iron therapy I was back to my old self and no longer crave starch.

Also, there is a group on yahoo called The Cornstarch Discussion Group that helps people who want to quit and also for others who like to talk about their PICA.

 
Female Adult Onions I eat onions in the winter I get cold symptoms   Allergic to winter onions OR my body changes in the winter and cannot tolerate onions Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult   I had surgery I got fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia Inner-Ear problems from the anesthesia & also anemia Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    

Female

Adult   I got an inner ear problem Had a hard time getting an MRI done on my head, I had a panic attack A previous MRI (before the inner-ear problem) had given me no trouble.   Inner-Ear problem from anesthesia from surgery and from being anemic Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    

Male

Adult   I lost the hair on my arms and legs I had a pituitary brain tumor Pituitary Prolactinoma Tumor   Brain Tumor, Bleeding ulcer    
Male Adult   I lost the vision in the sides of my eyes I had a pituitary brain tumor Pituitary Prolactinoma Tumor   Brain Tumor, Bleeding ulcer    
Male Adult   I got little red moles all over my body (mostly upper body - waist up) I had a pituitary brain tumor   yes - the doctors didn't relate the red moles to the tumor, but I did Brain Tumor, Bleeding ulcer    
Female Adult   I was really cold all of the time I had colon cancer Colon Cancer   Fibromyalgia, Colon Cancer, Tumors in the neck    
Female Adult DHEA I took DHEA, which really helped my memory and pain problems from fibromyalgia My periods got heavy, then I got anemic, so I stopped the DHEA     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult   In winter, when heater is on a lot, and the air is dry I get blood in my nose, when I blow it     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult

Co-Q10

When I take Co-Q10 My Keritosis Pilaris gets much better     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones    
Female Adult trace minerals When I take a certain brand of minerals My gums stop receding and go back to normal     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult trace minerals When I take a certain brand of minerals My chronic gum irritation goes away (pitted gums, inflamed, tender, bleeding)     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult trace minerals When I take a certain brand of minerals My tooth sensitivity to cold & heat goes away     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult   I had painful sexual intercourse I had colon cancer Colon Cancer   Fibromyalgia, Colon Cancer, Tumors in the neck    
Female Adult prednisone I had blurred vision/flashes of light I took prednisone and the flashes of light went away Fibromyalgia   Fibromyalgia, Colon Cancer, Tumors in the neck

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

She may need to get her thyroid checked.

 

 
Female Adult   I had extreme foot pain, and callouses on balls of my feet and not enough fatty pad on bottom of my feet I got a prosthetic shoe insert and the pad got thicker and the pain is much less 4th metatarsal bone out of line   Fibromyalgia, Colon Cancer, Tumors in the neck    
Female Adult Fruit When I eat fruit I get a burning in my stomach     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult Sugar When I consume sugar I get headaches     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult Corn Products When I eat corn products My stomach gets swollen and really pokes out     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult Rum When I drink any rum (even just one drink) I get a headache & vomit   Allergy to rum Fibromyalgia, Colon Cancer, Tumors in the neck    
Male Adult cholesterol lowering meds When I took cholesterol lowering meds I got muscle pain     Asthma    
Female Child/Adult   When I touch something cold My fingers turn red, then white, then swell, then over the next week or so the skin peels and comes off   Reynaulds Phenomenon None

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

I too am a sufferer of Reynaulds and I have observed that people with reynaulds are often highly sensitive/emotional in other areas of their life.

I am an NLP practitioner and have come to appreciate that people who are introverted and sensitive quite often suffer from things like muscle tension and circulation problems because we internalise our feelings, which leads to a physical knock on effect to our body system.

Firstly this individual needs to learn that she is a sensitive person - that doesn't mean weak, it means she is a more finely tuned instrument in many ways than other people. Able to detect minute changes not just in temperature, but also in the behaviour of other people, atmosphere's etc because her system is so sensitively wired. There are a lot of positives to being sensitive as well as the negatives that arise if we do not learn to harness this sensitivity for our own good. It also makes you ultra perceptive.

I would recommend a book called 'the highly sensitive person' I can not remember the name of the author but a search on amazon should yeild results.

Reynaulds sufferers also widely suffer water retention and sometimes have thinner skin than their peers etc - interesting that here in the UK we refer to people who are thick-skinned as being insensitive - so being thin-skinned must mean the reverse, ultra sensitive!

Mind and body need to be in balance to overcome this condition - make sure the thoughts you give yourself are positive and kind and that your body gets the nutrients and extra support from vitamins and minerals it may need to compensate for weak organs in the body.

I would urge this person to see a nutritionist who may be able to recommened suppliments to strengthen weak organs (the liver can be a source of weakness in reynaulds sufferers - but not in all cases and sometimes the wrong vitamins can harm rather than heal so you must seek proper advice from a qualified practitioner).

Also be aware hot temperatures can lead reynaulds sufferers and others to poor levels of concentration which you may also beat yourself up for - when it is your condition at fault, not you.

Keeping fit is a good idea, but gentle exercise is probably better than strenuous - everything in moderation applies even more strongly to reynaulds sufferers.

Good luck in all you do!

 
Female Adult Beer Products When I drink beer or nonalcoholic beer I get leg cramps at night     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult   I yawn a lot I am usually having sinus problems     Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult aspartame When I consume aspartame I get pounding headaches and an itchy rash     unknown

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

Stop eating it, you are allergic to it. (I've been told that...) Each and every time you are exposed to an allergy it gets worse to the point of anaphylactic shock.

 
Female Adult hot dog When I ate a hot dog I had a gallbladder attack    

Diabetes, Gallstones, Congestive Heart Failure, Spinal Stenosis

   
Female Adult high blood pressure medicine When I took high blood pressure medicine I got diabetes     Diabetes, Gallstones, Congestive Heart Failure, Spinal Stenosis    
Female Adult high blood pressure medicine When I took high blood pressure medicine I got a dry hacking cough     Diabetes, Gallstones, Congestive Heart Failure, Spinal Stenosis    
Female Adult   My periods are really heavy I got anemia Anemia   Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult   When I eat carbohydrates like cake or bready type of food in the morning... My heart starts racing. But... I can eat them at night with no problem at all.     unknown    
Female Adult   When I eat chocolate (especially dark chocolate) in the morning... I get sick to my stomach. But... I can eat it at night with no problem at all. (This is the daughter of the previous person)     unknown    
Male Adult (ink) markers I worked using permanent markers for about three years. I lost my sense of smell.     Unknown    
Female Adult cats When I am in a room where there are cats... I get a headache, runny eyes, itchy burning eyes.   Allergic to cats! unknown    
Female Adult cats When I am in a room where there are cats... I get a headache, runny eyes, and a feeling of having cat hair in my mouth and in my eyes, even though there is none.   Allergic to cats! Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult   I had strep throat. I got a headache and an earache.     Unknown    
Male Adult     Male pattern baldness and grey hair do not occur in the same spot.          
Female Adult The pink sweetener I didn't use it for a long time. I used Stevia instead. I used it and that night and the next morning, I noticed that my fingers were swollen and I have a feeling of general uneasiness in my body. n/a n/a Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult, Adolescent any hard alcohol drinking hard alcohol Cramps and harsh stomach aches in the abdomen for around 4 days afterwards. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me Yes I self-diagnosed myself, perhaps an ulcer No major illness    
Female Adult, Adolescent   this is all the time partly Blurred vision, dizzy spells, headaches, fatigue, can't concentrate No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness

(Use your own common sense about this reader suggestion and make sure to research this info on your own:)

1.) She may need to get her thyroid checked

2.) pregnancy, hypothyroidism (esp. if overweight and cold all the time), anemia, anorexia/bulemia, allergy to alcohol, certain brain tumors

 
Female Adult   dry and chapped lips always applying lip balm diagnosed me with the anemia, but did not tell me about the dry lip problem I read about this myself Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult   My tongue gets smooth patches on it When I take B12 it goes away, and if I take B12 and iron it goes away. diagnosed me with the anemia, but did not tell me about the smooth tongue problem I read about this myself Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult Prednisone Bad reaction to prednisone burst which was prescribed to calm my asthma during the allergy season. It made my fibromyalgia symptoms worse and created some hormonal problems as well. I am now being weaned off prednisone and am taking pain killers to quell the ovarian pain. Yes - painful ovarian cysts and umbilical hernia Yes I self-diagnosed myself - Systemic overload due to Prednisone usage Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Asthma, Allergies, Hypothyroidism and Hemiplegic Migraines    
Male Adult   Yawn, runny nose, lack of ability to concentrate   Yes a Dr. Diagnosed me - sleep apnea   no major illness    
Male Adult Aspartame (Nutra-Sweet(TM)) Severe ear-aches lasting weeks at a time. It took me several years to determine the cause, which was the consumption of foods/drinks containing Aspartame. I now have a hypersensitivity where even a small amount (1 diet soda) will trigger the symptoms. No Yes, Aspartame Toxicity due to Aspartame Consumption no major illness    
Female Adult No From (maybe) weather changes and then in cold weather any type of pressure to my skin brings them on too. I get severe hives. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed no major illness    
Female Adult Chocolate/caffeine Consumption of caffeine (chocolate beverages or food, coffee, tea Joint aches--shoulders, knees, ankles. At times, swelling at ankles. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me No I have not self-diagnosed

no major illness

   
Female Adult Beer When I drink beer... I get leg cramps. Cramps in my calves. No No, I know that something in the beer must either cause the cramps, or cause a deficiency in something else that gives me the cramps. Fibromyalgia, Anemia, Gallstones, Inner-Ear problems    
Female Adult nutrasweet When I have nutrasweet... My the skin on my lips become almost instantly thin and starts peeling. If I pull at the skin, it is excrutiating and instantly bleeds. I literally get 3-8 scabs on my lips an hour or so after consuming something with nutrasweet and it lasts for 3 to 4 days. No a Dr. did not Diagnose me Yes I self-diagnosed myself If so, what is it? consistent peeling/bleeding lips after eating nutrasweet I suspect I might have Cushings disease.    
Male Adult

Radiation treatments for cancer of the salivary gland after surgery.

The surgical procedure was called a Partoidectomy (partial). It was a surgical proceedure. The radiation was a follow-up to treat the tumor "bed". Though the margins of the tumor were clean, the cells are microscopic so the radiation is to kill any cells that might have escaped notice and to cause the lymph glands to become more resistant to invasion.

Caused a very bad 'sunburn'. The effects were: Sensitivity, redness, sloughing of the skin (like the peeling from bad sunburn) the skin behind my ear split. I was given different lotions to help, but my skin was too sensitive to apply them without taking painkillers first. I had to have eardrops prescribed because the same thing that was going on on my face was going on inside my ear as well, causing itching and drainage.I am unable to grow facial hair were the 'field' was. The treatment also causes pronounced fatigue.

At one point about 5 weeks in I pretty much lost it and refused to continue.

The Dr. made me take the week off from work (he was surprised to find out that I was still working).

I would sleep for 12-14 hours at a strech.

I was surprised at how much difference a week (10 days) made.

Afterwards they changed the 'field' and I finished up with 7 treatments.

The skin is still a little red but the fatigue is gone and I feel pretty much my old self.

It made all the difference.I was able to finish the treatments and begin to really recover.

Yes N/A N/A   4/5/2004
General Observations listed below
Female or Male Adult   People who have had surgery before the age of 50... Live to be really old.          
Female Any age   When I was anemic My fingernails were very thin, and I bit them constantly, and when I did force myself not to bite them, they would break to the "quick" and bleed. Now that I am treating the anemia with iron and other minerals, they only break rarely, and then they never break to the quick.          
Female or Male Adult   People with low cholesterol... Are prone to getting cancer. (Maybe the people with high cholesterol all die of heart attacks before they can get cancer???)          
Prolactinoma/Aspartame query submitted by visitor to site:
Prolactinomas are tumors of the pituitary gland in the brain. My wife has been diagonised with a prolactinoma which is currently and successfully being treated with Dostinex (generic Cabergoline). Symptoms were tiredness, sore breasts and nausea in the mornings. She was a big consumer of nutrasweet. Could any people who suffer with prolactinoma, describe their consumption of nutrasweet (aspartame) (prior to the onset of the condition) as Daily, Weekly, Rarely. If aspartame is associated with this disease we should see a pattern emerging.      
My husband consumed aspartame prior to his symptoms starting - approximately 4 packets, twice per week. He was diagnosed with Prolactinoma in 2000, but had suffered with many symptoms since at least 1994. He consumed the aspartame from 1986 until approx 1991. His main symptoms were exhaustion, memory loss, hair loss over the body, tiny red spots (moles) all over his upper body, weight loss, and more. He had brain surgery to remove the tumor in 2000, but it grew back to some degree, and it's now being kept in check with Dostinex. He lost some of his vision from the tumor pressing on his optic nerve, but he got most of it back after the surgery. He does need glasses, but not much. It's mostly the over-40 vision thing. He is 45. Weekly