There is a correlation between gluten and anxiety. If you google it there's quite a bit of information about it. Also what could be happening is that he could be very low in omega 3 fatty acids so I would suggest you look into a fish oil supplement and take a lot. Like 20-30 grams a day.
Originally Posted by Willow16
Also how did he fracture his lower back in swimming? That's insane!
I have been giving him some fish oil supplements but not that much. I'll give it a try.
Originally Posted by Iron Will
In May 2012 he hurt his lower back while picking up his backpack and it was diagnosed as muscle spasms but, in retrospect, it was probably a fracture that wasn't picked up on an xray and he reinjured it in January 2013. The thought is that he grew too fast for the muscles to support the bones (he grew like crazy last year). This seems to be common in 15 to 16 y.o. athletes although everyone was perplexed that he did it while swimming. He did a flip turn, pushed off the wall, did a few butterfly kicks and felt a snap in his lower back. It started radiating down his leg so my husband took him directly to the ER. After an MRI didn't find anything they discharged him and gave us names of neurologists. Unfortunately, the trend in neurology now seems to be that they don't accept insurance, at least in my area. Can you imagine going to a neurologist not knowing what insurance would cover or if you have a plan where they won't pay out of network? We finally found an orthopedist spine specialist. He diagnosed him right away from symptoms and put him in a back brace for 4 months.
I didn't have bad anxiety before going gluten free...never on medication although in the months prior to gluten free I felt it was bad enough I likely needed medication. After going gluten free I do feel calmer. I mean things annoy me but the anxiety--esp about handling a really crazy day at work--seems to have decreased. Initially going gluten free I bought gluten free imitations of foods. Not what I would recommend for most people but if you are trying to just get him gluten free for a few weeks to see how gluten affects him...the gf products might make it easier for him to stick to for awhile.
Maybe look into testing for the MTHFR gene mutation. Especially if its something that seems to run in the family.
Originally Posted by Willow16
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I wanted to update what's been going on with my son. First of all, he is eating less wheat since he does acknowledge he doesn't fell great after eating it. What has really helped him are the amino acids. He has been taking L-tryptophan with B-6 at night and, on Saturday, he started taking DL-Phenylalanine in the morning and afternoon. The NAC didn't seem to do anything for him so we stopped that. He has been able to sleep and he seems much calmer. I did take him to a psychologist who immediately wanted to put him on an SSRI. I refused. I just don't see why we shouldn't try the precursor to serotonin (L-tryptophan) instead of a medication that stops the serotonin from breaking down.
Thanks for all the great advice from everyone!