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    I have always had minor sinus problems - sinus headaches a lot, and sinus infections warranting antibiotics every few years. I always used the sudafed that you have to sign for and get from behind the counter because it's used to make meth, and at times I would have to get my husband to buy it for me because I had used my "allotment" for the month.

    I had been totally grain-free for almost a month until this Saturday. I attended a bridal shower and family get together for my niece, and ate 2 breaded chicken tenders, one cookie, and 2 slices of thin crust pizza during the course of the day.

    Yesterday I had the most horrendous sinus headache and lots of drainage when I woke up - first one since going primal. I didn't really connect it to eating grains until today, I googled and found that wheat can cause sinus problems - who knew? I never thought I had problems with grain products (besides eating too many crackers and too much pasta). I took a 12 hour sudafed around 12:00 yesterday. This morning no headache, no drainage or congestion. I am starting to feel a little bit of pressure right now, though.

    Of course, it could be coincidence, I was out in the wind a lot Saturday. But between how bad I felt yesterday, and the love of my much much less bloated looking stomach (though I never had any stomach problems, just looked bloated, never hurt or bothered me) my avoidance of grains has been reinforced.

  • #2
    Mwuhahaha. I was a bread fiend. HUGE bread fiend. I brought homemade cookies to work every Friday. I figured my sinus problems were all genetic.

    Guess what?

    When I stopped eating wheat, I stopped having 7 or 8 sinus infections + 2-3 bouts of bronchitis every winter.
    Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

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    • #3
      When I stopped eating wheat, I stopped having 7 or 8 sinus infections + 2-3 bouts of bronchitis every winter.
      This happened to me too. This past winter I didn't have a single cold, sinus infection, bout of flu, or bronchitis. In the past I would have had at least three incidents of one or more of these. Being grain-free has truly helped.

      I'm hoping to make it through allergy season with much less pain this year as well. I am doing some preventative work on that, which I hope combined with being grain-free, will allow me to breathe through the spring.
      Food should be fun--Thomas Keller

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      • #4
        For me, I stopped eating grains, and my allergies are history. GONE. :-)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by UndergroundNutritionist View Post
          For me, I stopped eating grains, and my allergies are history. GONE. :-)
          I'm counting on this, and I'll find out in a few weeks as my allergies tend to kick in around March.
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          • #6
            I have been healed from sinus problems by eliminating grains. I used to always have problems with the weather change in the spring and fall and would always carry an upper respiratory infection at least once a year. It has been over 2 years since I have had any issues. It is the greatest thing ever as I have been living with these issues for a long time. I thought it was hereditary too since my father, mother, and brother all had "allergies". My brother can't breathe through his nose due to inflammation and the doctor said it was from "allergies".
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            • #7
              My hubby has chronic sinus issues, and since I went primal (meaning he went primal too by default since I do all the cooking), his sinus issues have dramatically decreased. He still sneaks in a few bread products now and then during his lunches at work, but I can almost always tell when he's done that because he'll complain that night about feeling really stuffy. I'll ask him what he had for lunch and he'll sheepishly admit it was pizza or a sub sandwich.

              So even though he didn't go primal to lose weight (since he doesn't need to lose weight), he's had some major side benefits to his health. Also, when he's not stuffy he doesn't snore much, resulting in a happier and more well-rested wifey.

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              • #8
                I had a similar issue- inflammation of my eustachian tubes which caused a feeling of pressure in my ears and sometimes when it was bad I couldn't hear properly as sounds were distorted and rumbly. Went along with the asthma I developed. Off wheat it was pretty much gone within a few days.
                Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

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                • #9
                  I had chronic stuffy sinuses. They cleared up as soon as I cut out the grain. We went on vacation to Maine and relaxed our eating to allow for blueberry pancakes, popvers and other local delicacies and bot my husband and I were stuffy the whole week. After we got back on track it went away.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Adrianag View Post
                    I had chronic stuffy sinuses. They cleared up as soon as I cut out the grain. We went on vacation to Maine and relaxed our eating to allow for blueberry pancakes, popvers and other local delicacies and bot my husband and I were stuffy the whole week. After we got back on track it went away.
                    Me, except it was going back to the Philippines for Christmas. I almost didn't even notice my sinuses clearing up, but when they got stuffed again back home a light bulb went off in my head.

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                    • #11
                      I wish I'd known this about 15 years ago when I had an operation to clear a blocked sinus. While it improved things, infection was still chronic until I adopted an antiinflammatory lifestyle
                      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                      • #12
                        Not sure if it's sinus-related, but since starting Primal 2½ weeks ago I haven't had my formerly constant crusty, yucky dried boogerscabs inside both nostrils. I can blow my nose without it hurting or bleeding and can now take truly deep, refreshing breaths.

                        I keep being blown away by the number of physical improvements I'm experiencing after such a short time into this.

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                        • #13
                          Wow, your stories are so encouraging! I've had sinus and asthma issues for years, and have been trying to deal with them without meds in the past year. I don't think being grain-free will completely cure me, but if it brings significant improvement I would happily accept that.
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                          • #14
                            It's only wheat for me as far as I can tell, so I occasionally still eat oats and rice.

                            My husband has always had problems with sinus pressure and would often complain a lot and have to take sudafed when the weather changes. Since cutting out wheat the pressure is gone. Every time he does have bread or pretzels or something, the next day he will have problems.

                            I have had severe asthma since I was 5, as well as dark circles under my eyes no matter how well rested I am. Being off wheat, I have fewer asthma attacks (cut in half or maybe more) and those dark circles are gone! Mr Pitter says I look 5 years younger. (I'm 29 now, FYI).

                            Neither of us has any digestive problems eating grains, but these symptoms going away makes us have ZERO desire to cheat and eat baked goods.

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                            • #15
                              Yup, sanepshycho you could be telling my exact story.

                              I used to have sinus issues all the time, I was constantly congested, got sinus headaches at least once per week or more, and sinus infections 5-6 times per year. This also resulted in snoring so bad my wife had to sleep with earplugs, and sometimes I woke myself up. I even had surgery to have my turbinates reduced and my septum straightened, and that didn't help.

                              I went primal, and my sinus issues cleared up. No more chronic stuffy nose. Snoring is almost nothing. I can sleep on my back again. I've had ONE sinus infection, and that was related to a cold.

                              In fact the only times I've had any sinus issues since is when I cheat and eat grains. Any sort of grain product will do it, even, unfortunately BEER... *sob*

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