I would like to know if anyone else is battling this mold and if they've ever healed/lessened the sensitivity to it? Should I throw out my bed and furniture, clean them, or are they fine after airing out away from the mold? Do I need to avoid peanuts, cashews, onions and grapes?
I'm nearly positive I am reacting to this mold b/c the house I moved out of 4 months ago had tons of mold. When we were moving our bedroom things out, I found mold all along 2 walls and in the attached sunroom. It had a dirt basement with white powdery stuff along a wall and rotting window frames. None of this was evident without a close inspection.
I never had food allergies before I lived in that house (at least known) but have been gluten, casein, corn, wine, and sugar - free and low on grains, honey, and tomatoes, water kefir and fermented pickles. My ears get inflamed, sometimes filling with fluid (no infections) and the fluid may move into my nasal passages. My neck gets very tight and my jaws can ache. In an extreme reaction I get so itchy I want to scratch my head off and 1-2 days later I have bowel issues.
To complicate matters, I had major jaw surgery to correct an underbite about 11 years ago and am having TMJ issues now. I think the eustachian tube has been so inflammed it has really messed up my jaw. It swings to the right a lot when I close my jaw.
Additionally, I'm on the GAPS intro diet right now and have had almost no die off symptoms which is odd, only a tiny amount of gas (TMI, sorry) and slight itchy head. I also started my period which does not help in the TMI department. While I don't want to add gluten and sugar back to my normal diet (not that they were in it much to begin with), I want to be able to eat out and with friends. My hope was to heal my gut enough to get some foods back but if I don't have a leaky gut then is GAPS even going to help? If I make sure to eat a fermented veggie with beets, I pass the pee test. If I forget, I don't pass.
Recently I was diagnosed with a small fungal skin issue on my neck. Tea tree oil twice a day is kicking it.
I have seen or am seeing a:
Naturally minded MD - mostly a waste but did give me great referrals
Acupuncturist - Really helped calm my ear down. Am not seeing her anymore but would if I thought it would help
Chiro - 2. First one got me comfortable but didn't help me push to healing. Second one I am currently seeing is wonderful. He is the #2 person in town for TMJ issues. He says I am a special case b/c we've corrected my jaw once and it won't correct anymore. Grr. May be referred for an orthodic.
ND - currently seeing. Thinks we can definitely heal my food sensitivities as she does it all the time. She did not seem to know a ton about aspergillus niger but was researching it. Is supportive of my choice to try GAPS and wants me on as few supplements as possible.
Massage - got my first theraputic massage for this just today. It helped a TON.
Insurance does not cover the massage and possibly the ND.
My current care plan is to continue GAPS, am taking bottled probiotics 1-2 caps a day, eating homemade sauerkraut 1-4 x day, digestive enzymes with nearly every meal, 4-6 caps a day of FCLO, 3 x daily of OxyPerm and Permeability Factors by Integrative Therapeutics, and 2000 iu's of Vitamin D3.
Anyone know anything that could help?