AuntJane Posted April 21, 2015 Share Posted April 21, 2015 Let me start out by saying, I don't know what is wrong with me - I've seen nine doctors so far who have been unable to help me. I have multiple chemical sensitivity, and chronic swelling above my eyes and on my eyelids. The swelling seems to be some type of allergic reaction, and I am allergic to balsam of peru (which no one has ever heard of, but it basically means I am allergic to almost all artificial colors, flavors, and fragrances) and have a benzoate sensitivity (so, no chocolate, vanilla, red or purple fruits, tea, most spices, and lots of stuff that isn't Whole30 compliant anyway). This started last June and has progressively gotten worse. I will admit, I didn't do a very good job of avoiding my poisons for a long time - specifically chocolate and ice cream - and had a horrible three month long free for all last winter (I was depressed...long story...). So I can understand why my issues kept getting worse back then. However. I started a new Whole30 in March but off-roaded twice (Easter weekend and a few weeks prior), and restarted my Whole30 on April 6. Today is day 16. The swelling above my eyes has gotten significantly and noticeably WORSE in the past 16 days. It's painful, and it's ugly. I used to only react to foods that I was allergic to, but now I have a reaction to EVERYTHING. Even a bowl of plain steamed veggies. I have heard that symptoms often get worse before they get better, and a week ago I was still able to convince myself that is what was happening, but still? Is it even feasable to maintain hope that things will start to improve at least somewhat in the next two weeks? I'm losing hope. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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