Hi, this is my first time replying on webmd so not quite sure how this works but I hope you get this message. I found this board because I have always long suspected that right before my period started that my immune system weakened or something and then my allergy symptoms show up or worsen, but this isn't my main reason for replying!
After reading about your symptoms I immediately could see that you have a food intolerance and that most likely gluten and dairy are your culprits. If you cut them out you are likely to see your RA, ADD and psoriasis go away along with sinus infections and allergies in general. That's what happened to me. I thought a gluten-free diet was for kooks until I happened to have a day where I accidentally didn't have any gluten for a day and noticed that my stomach felt great at the end of the day, so a few months later I made the decision to go ahead and try a gluten and dairy free diet (I already knew I was dairy-intolerant but still ate it anyway) and I was amazed at what other ailments left me! Now, you may have heard about celiac but if you go and get tested for celiac disease and show negative that does not put you in the clear for gluten ingestion. Gluten intolerance is very real and most people will not test positive for it. And, you don't have to show stomach pain for a food intolerance. Some only exhibit neurological problems, immune problems, etc. Good news is that you don't need a test to determine if it's something you should try. Just try it for a couple of weeks and see how you feel. For me, I was amazed to see months old eczema start healing 24 hours after starting the diet. Joint pain also disappeared within the first day! Even my PMS became super mild or nonexistent. This gluten stuff affects me in so many ways, hormonally, neurologically, etc. but it especially affects my immune system. Oh, and almost forgot to mention, the biggest symptom that left me was my migraine! Hallelujah! I had been avoiding MSG and diet drinks and nitrites and nitrates because I noticed that those things gave me a migraine but there were times when even though I had avoided those chemicals I still would get migraines and that was because of the gluten.
For many years I suspected I had ADD and now I no longer have those issues! I can concentrate now, I have a ton more energy, the positives go on and on and I realize new things that I no longer contend with all the time. Anyway, just wanted to let you know because I know I started seriously worrying about my health because year after year I would have a new ailment show up and I just chalked it up to aging and I foresaw a future full of prescription drugs and declining health but now that I've seen everything reverse I want to help as many people as I can realize that something as simple as a food intolerance can wreak havoc on your health and eliminating them can be a miracle for your body! You can look up RA and gluten, ADD and gluten, MS and gluten, depression and gluten, fibromyalgia and gluten, etc. It really runs the gamut! Also, leaky gut is part of the problem which may also be caused by the gluten. Look up leaky gut syndrome. That's why things like MSG would give me a migraine because the perforations gluten had caused in my intestinal lining was allowing tiny particles such as msg to cross the barrier into my blood stream. That's how you get RA. Things are getting through the barrier into the blood stream and settling into your joints. I do notice that I can tolerate more msg and the like after going gluten and dairy free. My leaky gut must be somewhat on the mend.View Thread