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    Quote Originally Posted by Willow16 View Post
    Has anyone found a link between eating wheat and anxiety? My son is in such a state of anxiety right now and we're trying to find ways to help him. He doesn't eat any wheat at home but does eat it when out with his friends - probably 10-20%. He has suffered from anxiety since middle school where he would have stomach pains and wouldn't want to go to school. It has progressed since he has been in high school - last year, after having surgery on both knees, he started throwing up for the two weeks before swim team season started. It was so bad his doctor did give him Xanax which didn't help at all. Then in January he fractured his lower back during swim practice so that was very stressful.

    We've had him to doctors, therapists, etc. He hasn't been doing too well in school and now has developed pain in his abdomen in the gall bladder area. We've had him to the doctor and last night the emergency room after he said he threw up after coming home from his high school's college rep night. All the tests were negative including his abdominal ultra sound. We have started some amino acids that help with anxiety (NAC, l-theanine and gaba) so we'll see how that goes. Also, magnesium. Our next step is a gastroenterologist but I truly feel it is all from anxiety.

    If anyone has any insight I would be truly grateful. It is so difficult watching your child go through something like this.
    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.

    Also how did he fracture his lower back in swimming? That's insane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Will View Post
    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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.

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    Maybe look into testing for the MTHFR gene mutation. Especially if its something that seems to run in the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willow16 View Post
    Has anyone found a link between eating wheat and anxiety? My son is in such a state of anxiety right now and we're trying to find ways to help him. He doesn't eat any wheat at home but does eat it when out with his friends - probably 10-20%. He has suffered from anxiety since middle school where he would have stomach pains and wouldn't want to go to school. It has progressed since he has been in high school - last year, after having surgery on both knees, he started throwing up for the two weeks before swim team season started. It was so bad his doctor did give him Xanax which didn't help at all. Then in January he fractured his lower back during swim practice so that was very stressful.

    We've had him to doctors, therapists, etc. He hasn't been doing too well in school and now has developed pain in his abdomen in the gall bladder area. We've had him to the doctor and last night the emergency room after he said he threw up after coming home from his high school's college rep night. All the tests were negative including his abdominal ultra sound. We have started some amino acids that help with anxiety (NAC, l-theanine and gaba) so we'll see how that goes. Also, magnesium. Our next step is a gastroenterologist but I truly feel it is all from anxiety.

    If anyone has any insight I would be truly grateful. It is so difficult watching your child go through something like this.
    Willow,
    Here is your answer. Spend some quality time at this website. Dr. Davis describes exactly all of the very serious health problems caused by modern wheat. Including depression, anxiety, leaky gut, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, bad cholesterol, much more. Search this site for key words such as anxiety, adhd, depression.
    Wheat Belly Blog | Lose the Wheat Lose the Weight

    "John has become a vocal advocate for the wheat- and grain-free lifestyle, having experienced reversals of obesity, hypertension, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and joint pains. Here’s his terrific story:"
    No fake foods for Truemarrow | Wheat Belly Blog

    "How do we KNOW when acid reflux, bowel urgency, depression, anxiety, asthma, joint pain and myriad other health complaints are due to consumption of modern wheat?"
    Wheat Belliers share their wheat re-exposure experiences | Wheat Belly Blog

    "Typically, someone will be wheat-free for at least a week. Re-exposure from, say, salad dressing or seasoning mix then triggers wheat re-exposure fireworks. The most common re-exposure phenomena to are:"
    Deja ewww! | Wheat Belly Blog

    I suggest reading his book, Wheat Belly.

    Grizz

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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!

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