My sister has been sick since...forever!

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You can tell her to try an Apple Cider Vinegar tonic once a day. 6 tblsps water and 2tblsps Apple cider vinegar. Then heat in up like tea in the microwave. She can add honey to sweeten it, but it's just plain gross so she will have to gulp it down no matter what. It works and there are no dangerous side effects. Does your sister have really bad periods?

I want to second the suggestion that it is a hormonal/immune system issue. She might need to clean out her digestive tract. I suggest Green Vibrance. You can get it at Amazon.com. But of course she really needs to get a primary doctor who can test her ph, blood levels, etc.

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It's common for allergies and asthma to worsen during menstruation. Hormones do play a role.
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It's common for allergies and asthma to worsen during menstruation. Hormones do play a role.
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
that is something I never knew. That's good to know.

My sister was denied a care card because she doesn't have a credit history. So we plan to do the things y'all suggested. Hopefully she will be able to get some kind of insurance soon.
Elimination diet. I think everyone should do it - definitely anyone will any physical issues. Dairy is notorious for causing the type of thing you describe. And it's not always as apparent as "I drank milk and got sick/worse." A food intolerance can cause seemingly unrelated symptoms up to a day or two later. For smartphone users, a great food/symptom tracker is Food Allergy Detective by dev EvilTimmy. I am not affiliated in any way - I just found it to be an invaluable tool.
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my sister is starting to eliminate dairy form her diet. its going to be hard, but its for the best until we can get her to the doctor. we cant really afford the gluten free diet becuase theat would mean going out and restocking our own kitchen with gluten free products, we wouldnt even have room to it.

a friend of mine gave her a bottle of fish oil pills and she started taking them this weekend. i'm going to try to find her soem reasoningble prices proabotics bacause she far the only ones i have come across are crazy expensive. If in a month we still havent been able to get her to a doctor or we see no improvement, we will begin the gluten free diet. teh plan for that would be to replace the things we run out of with gluten free products. these things tend to be more expensive but i am sure it is cheaper if it can prevent us from having to pay out of pocket for teh over the counter drugs we have to keep buying her.

once again, thanks for all the help and suggestions, we were at our wits end trying to make my sis feel better.
yea I'm eliminating dairy. cause I can't sing, it's what all singers do.


LOL. I swear I'm a singer, but when I drink dairy like in coffee or eat cheese, it inhibits me from singing in the car, cause then my voice is all awful.

I'm a pretty good singer....in the car.
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You don't have to buy pre-packaged expensive gluten free products to eat gluten free. Brown rice is gluten free and one of the most allergen free foods. A simple diet of Quinoa(another gluten free grain), rice, lentils and steamed veggies for a month could make your Sister feel like a new person. I suggested water kefir in my post on page 1 because it is inexpensive and easy to make and the number of probiotics she'll be getting will be better than using the pills.

As far as the dairy, she has to stop completely, not just cut back to get the benefit. I used to get debilitating migraines twice weekly and over twenty years ago I stopped dairy. Within two weeks my headaches were gone. Now I might get them twice a year and it's almost always an environmental cause. I can eat dairy now but don't because I've learned how it gunks up our system and I don't want anything to do with it.
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she's a very picky eating which is why the gluten free would be so hard for her. she doesnt like brown rice and most beans. i do all the cooking because she cant (as in the food she makes 9/10 is just nasty). i dont want anyone to think my sister is an invalid or anything and cant take care of herself, but my parents babied her so much she is just doing things i have done since i was 16 or 17. if i dont do it for her, it wont get done. i'm looking for dairy free and gluten free recipes, and some of them require things i am in no way going to buy. i love the kid but i am not buying special flour so she can have homemade cookies (the only way she will eat them) when I just bought 20 lbs of white flour. We are on a fixed budget so i cant go out and rebuy when i just got a 20 lb bag of flour, 15 lb bag of white rice and 25 pound of sugar (which i just read she should cut out if on a gluten-free diet )

i did find a dairy free dessert for her I will make this weekend:

Whipped Coconut Cream Chocolate Mousse | Baking Chic... plus a little more

I am also going to work on getting the kefir to make the water for her, because as i said before if i dont do it, it wont get done. i just have to find the time to order it and get it started. i guess she could hold off until then.
There are plenty of naturally gluten free foods available and even mainstream foods that are naturally gf. (potato buds, chex cereal, and some ore Ida fries to name just a few). Frankly, I found going gf much easier than going dairy free.
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My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
There are plenty of naturally gluten free foods available and even mainstream foods that are naturally gf. (potato buds, chex cereal, and some ore Ida fries to name just a few). Frankly, I found going gf much easier than going dairy free.
Originally Posted by Ml001
potatoe buds? you mean the instant potatoes in a box?? Oh no. No!! those things will not be coming into my house!!! keep it moving potatoe buds!

i also usually make french fries myself, we buy giant bags of potatoes. its cheaper that way.

i had thought going gluten free would be easier as well, we love dairy in my house. we live on cheese and butter! but then when i went through our pantry i realized she would starve because there was nothing for her to eat. its easier for me to cut out the dairy then gluten. i made a potatoe and brocolli soup yesterday that usually had chedder, cream, and butter in it. i cut all that out and to thicken it I added flour and blended it a little. it wasnt as yummy but was still good.
I'm happy I'm not the only weirdo who has sinus problems closer to my period. I thought it was just me.


I was sick for a long time. many doctors and 18 months later, we figured out that I am allergic to natural red food color (and something yet to be determined).

I know allergy seems off to you, but who would have thought that my sore throat was really my throat swelling. If 8 houses later she is still super sick, it really may be allergies.

Can you start with something simple? for example, eat the same thing (chicken and rice, maybe some veggies) for a week.

Allergies can take some time to kick in. today my throat hurts like hell for something I drank yesterday. No immediate reaction, it happened yesterday. this why it was hard for me to figure it out. I was always looking at what I ate last, not last night.

I feel your sister's pain. I hope you find an answer because I have some of the same issues. For some reason, it always hits me from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I remember looking back at my childhood thinking that I always got so excited about the holidays that I got sick. Looking back with fresh eyes and a greater sense of my symptoms, I am usually on my period both holidays with a horrible sinus infections that extended from Turkey day to Christmas.

She should also track the timing of her symptoms
Just a heads up....

someone upthread mentioned Slippery Elm. I tried it. It makes me throw up. The first time, I just thought I was sick. The 2nd time, when I again threw up 20 mins after taking it, I started to think I was allergic and tossed it.
scrills that is a good idea to have her track her symptoms. when i was asking her about them she was having issues remembering everthing. she could keep a diary and when she goes to the doctors and will help them treat her better.

i asked her again if she remembers having any sinus issues and i asked my parents, because i really am surprised sshe has never had issues with them. they all said the same they, "you were the only one with sinuses issues." She also just told me (or texted me), that once in a while when she wakes up really stuffed up when she is able to blow her nose her mucus is yellow or a bit green. but after the initial blow its back to clear.
she's a very picky eating which is why the gluten free would be so hard for her. she doesnt like brown rice and most beans. i do all the cooking because she cant (as in the food she makes 9/10 is just nasty). i dont want anyone to think my sister is an invalid or anything and cant take care of herself, but my parents babied her so much she is just doing things i have done since i was 16 or 17. if i dont do it for her, it wont get done. i'm looking for dairy free and gluten free recipes, and some of them require things i am in no way going to buy. i love the kid but i am not buying special flour so she can have homemade cookies (the only way she will eat them) when I just bought 20 lbs of white flour. We are on a fixed budget so i cant go out and rebuy when i just got a 20 lb bag of flour, 15 lb bag of white rice and 25 pound of sugar (which i just read she should cut out if on a gluten-free diet )

i did find a dairy free dessert for her I will make this weekend:

Whipped Coconut Cream Chocolate Mousse | Baking Chic... plus a little more

I am also going to work on getting the kefir to make the water for her, because as i said before if i dont do it, it wont get done. i just have to find the time to order it and get it started. i guess she could hold off until then.
Originally Posted by thelio
If she's still picky she can't be that concerned with her health. I'm not sure why dessert is so important when you are on a diet or trying to get healthy. When I had severe allergies and really bad digestive issues all I ate were steamed veggies and maybe a tiny bit of potatoes(with no dairy) or rice in between. And I LOVE to eat and have a huge appetite. I did that for almost two months. I had dried fruits as a treat.

There are many regular foods that are gluten free.
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Just chiming in to say that the human body isn't very simple when it comes to allergies--it's not like you'd see a reaction immediately after eating something. Also, sometimes changes of any kind will take a lot of time to see an effect. You say she's tried so many things, but has she really committed to each one, independently, for weeks or months? Take Claritin for example--if you take it every single day (no exception) for 2-4 weeks you might start to see an effect, not the immediate relief upon taking it. By taking it regularly, you give it time for your existing histamines to adjust and to turnover into new ones.

Now about the diets--dairy free or gluten free or whatever you're going to try. As others have said, this doesn't have to mean making the same versions of what you normally eat. You just eat something different. You don't need to make a special "dairy free" dessert, just eat a dessert that doesn't already have dairy in it! Or don't eat a dessert!

And it's great that you're helping your sister, but she needs to be committed to this. She's going to have to change her diet if that's the problem (or a path to finding the problem)--you can't change it for her.
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scrills that is a good idea to have her track her symptoms. when i was asking her about them she was having issues remembering everthing. she could keep a diary and when she goes to the doctors and will help them treat her better.

i asked her again if she remembers having any sinus issues and i asked my parents, because i really am surprised sshe has never had issues with them. they all said the same they, "you were the only one with sinuses issues." She also just told me (or texted me), that once in a while when she wakes up really stuffed up when she is able to blow her nose her mucus is yellow or a bit green. but after the initial blow its back to clear.
Originally Posted by thelio
Same thing happens to me. I'm blowing green and yellow in the shower and sniffling the rest of the day. I really think it was a sinus infection.

Have her track her meals, meds, symptoms, neti pot usage and even activities
i just came across the dessert and thought it was yummy and i could try to make that for her as a treat. i know changing the way she eats is going to be hard. she really doesnt have any digestive issues, she eats yogurt everyday, which soon she wont be.

my sister would always go into each treatment regime full force. this has been going on for a while, so she has had chances to try alot of stuff over an extended period of time. when she first started having the issues the doctor told her to take benadryl and she got on a steroid regiment for her asthma. the benadryl knocked her out to much so she was eventually switched to claritin. after about a month or so with no change (by then she was off the streriods), the doctor gave her antibiotics for two weeks. she was clear for about a month but then it came back with a vengence. now another steriod regiment, another go of antibiotics, and countless allgergy meds later she's still miserible. she did the neti pot for a while but it never really seemed to do anything. you could tell her sucking on rocks whould make her breath better and she would do it. sadly, there's really no activity to keep track of. she usually feels to bad or embarrassed to go out. she just go to work and come home. it embarrases her how people points out her sniffling and runny nose. she is known as sick girl at her job. several co-workers have bought her boxes of klennex or cough drops.
if they are just repeatedly giving her a z-pack, the antiobiotics may not be knocking everthing out. She may need a stronger antibiotics. Is she taking every pill in the pack?
both times she had to take them for two weeks and both times she finished them off. the first time she got some relief for about a month. the second time there was no relief at all.
z-packs are weaker antibiotics. They try those first because it that doesn't work they want to have stronger options later. So they start with that and move up to stuff like amoxicillin/penicillin.

Did she go back after the 2nd time? did the doc know that it didn't work? I'm thinking they should have given her something stronger or that spans more days

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