Hello, I want to share my story because after many years I’m finally free of that debilitating brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, joint pain and lots of other problems that made me seriously suicidal. It all started back in 2013 when I took finasteride for hair loss. I was on it for 6 months and then had to stop because my brain fog got so severe I had to drop out of college and go back living with my family because I couldn’t function. My main problems were difficulty in finding the right word, short term memory problems, total inability to concentrate on anything, mental fatigue, very slow processing speed when reading and in everything else, anxiety and lots of other things. Going off finasteride didn’t help with this problems. I tried everything but the situation only got worse. A couple years later I also developed joint pain, migraines, some numbness, GERD and a host of other problems. I was really suicidal. Nothing helped and I tried everything.
I read hundreds of books and papers, tried every supplement on the market, steroids, diets…nothing helped.
Until one day I came across an article that linked gluten to brain fog and a host of other symptoms. I felt it was impossible that gluten could be the problem because I didn’t have gut problems but I was willing to try since I already tried anything. So I got tested for celiac and the result was negative. I wasn’t celiac but still I gave it a try to a gluten free diet. And thank god I did because it literally cured me.
I want to say something here: I was extremely strict, not eating even a small bit. The thing is that even a small bit of gluten made me feel like shit.
I also believe in eating a healthy diet with lots of veggies, fruits and cutting-out all processed food and junk food. Also, greatly reducing sugars.
I now believe gluten is behind all the symptoms I have had and could be the hidden link of all of us who experience these symptoms despite coming from different background in terms of medications taken.
I know it may sound complete bullshit to you (or at least it sounded like that to me) or you may have done a celiac test that was negative but please consider a strict gluten free diet to see if it helps you. I believe we have a thing called non celiac gluten sensitivity. Almost no doctor are aware of this and is extremely tough to diagnose but all my symptoms correspond and personally it cured me.
If you try this, please report back. I think it’s important to be extremely strict for at least 3 months. It took time to notice improvements but already after a week I noticed some slight improvements and kept getting better little by little.
Nowadays I live symptoms free but if I ingest gluten, even a very very small amount, I will get brain fog, migraines and joint pain again that lasts for 24h/48h until it clears (of course it clears if I don’t eat gluten). I believe finasteride activate some genes in us that made us sensitive to gluten and if true we can then sue Mecks. So please report back if you try this diet.