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Wondering if I might be MSG sensative.

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Anonymous
 
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 7:03 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi,I'm beginning to wonder if I might be MSG sensative.
I'm female and 20 but if I eat certain foods I have a strange reaction. I've always assumed the link was a high salt content, however foods high in salt can often contain MSG, can't they?

Basically the main symptoms are feeling very confused, lethargic and agitated. If it's particularly severe I will begin to shake and become flushed, my heart rate and blood pressure go up and I feel dizzy. The only solution I've found so far is to drink A LOT of water (sometimes 2 or 3 bottles), afterwards I then feel a bit 'hung-over' (or at least, what I've been told hung-over feels like; lethargic, head-achey etc) but nothing shows up in any blood test.
Does this sound like anyone elses' experience?

I've tried going to the doctor and I've had many blood tests and been admitted to hospital but no one can work out what is wrong with me. I'm getting very tired of being passed around all these different consultants.
Anonymous
 
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 7:07 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Me again...and also my periods have stopped for 6 months (and I'm definately not pregnant), is that ever a symptom?
EmilyS
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 8:19 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi Anonymous, yes, my reactions are similar to yours (except I also have unbearable stomach pains along with the shaking, flushing, increased heart rate and chest pains).

I was 17 when my reactions started and the doctors ran every test possible and gave me a clean bill of health.

I would suggest cutting out all msg from your diet (use the sample diet listed on the main page of this website) and slowly start to add more foods back in. See how you feel after the msg free diet.

Good luck and start your trial diet as soon as possible. Let us know if you have any questions. We are all happy to help!
Roz
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 8:52 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, I've just been through my cupboard and removed anything with any of the names I've heard for MSG so I'll see how that goes.

Fortunately, owing to these symptoms (which have been occuring since I was about 17), I would do a lot of my cooking from scratch so it won't be too much of an upheavel (hopefully).

How can you recognise MSG when you go out for a meal?
And do taking anti-histamines help at all?

Roz (Anonymous)
Deb A.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 9:37 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roz, it's almost impossible to get accurate information from waiters...ask for the chef or cook. If you have our book, take one of the little cards with you and hand it to one of them. If not, make a list of the glutamate cousin additives found on our homepage. Most restaurants are all too familiar with MSG, seasoning salts, sauces, soups, salad dressings, marinades, and other food item rich in this additive. There are 3 restaurants that I can find a few safe choices, but the majority of meals offered are off limits. Don't be afraid to pick you cook's brain, or call ahead and ask about safe choices, telling them that you are extremely "allergic" to MSG, seasoning salads, pre-prepared sauces, soups, dressings, etc. As for ant-histamines, if I feel a reaction coming, I will take 3 to 4 Ibuprofen and one or two Benedryl type pills that are safer generic brands (not the liquid or capsules)and try to sleep it off. It helps me a lot. I continue to take 2 or more Ibuprofen every 4 hours until I feel better.
Deb A.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 9:41 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anonymous, MSG is an endocrine disruptor and it would mess up my periods for years. Many women have a similar problem, along with fertility problems due to MSG. MSG targets the hypothalamus region of the brain which controls our hormones.
Marnie B.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 2:24 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roz, Deb A., Carol H. and John Erb are my rocks in my quest to remain MSG-free. I am still only 3 1/2 months in my quest to be healthy but my suggestion is to be extremely cautious when eating out for now unless you have totally vetted the place with Deb A.'s MSG ID cards found in her book. After 20 years of debilitating migraines and Fibromyalgia, I really want to avoid the problem instead of treating an attack, so I prepare my meals using Deb A.'s book and the excellent recipes on EmilyS's website, www.savoryseasonings.blogspot.com/ and Deb A.'s daughter Krista's website www.tasteofbluesky.blogspot.com .

My 24 year old son just made the MSG connection, after hearing of my discovery. Eric finds that he does well at family-owned restaurants that prepare meals from scratch. Those restaurants work with him to find safe foods.

Hope this helps! Good luck!
EmilyS
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 2:36 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Marnie, thanks for the compliments on the recipes. Glad to hear the recipe blog is helping!

Roz- I personally only eat out unless I have to (client business meeting or a must attend company Christmas dinner). If this is the case, I call and talk to the manager/head chef a week in advance. I call in the middle of the week around 3pm when they are slow and have the time to talk.

I don't try to explain my "allergy" but instead let them know it is complex and there are many ingredients I must avoid. I ask how they prepare their dishes and go from there.

I have found two places I can eat. One is a family-owned restaurant that is very understanding and doesn't take offense when I question his ingredients. The second is a high class formal steak house. If a family event is taking place at a restaurant, then I eat before I go and bring something small to eat while I am there.

I would recommend, if at all possible, first get comfortable eating healthy at home, then once you know what you can and can't eat, start looking for places to eat out.

I hope all of this helps, good luck!
Dianne
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 8:02 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It is really, really hard to find a restaurant that has any 'safe' food either on the menu or that they will alter for you to make it 'safe', but there are a few out there - it just takes some looking. I have found a couple of places that don't mind me bringing my own homemade salad dressing in a tiny tupperware container. I just ate dinner at a new friend's home and took my own chicken, potato and salad dressing. The hostess and other guests didn't seem to mind (they were all informed ahead of time). You just gotta do what you gotta do :-)
Tom Fernstrom
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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 2:27 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roz,

My reaction is rapid heart rate and I can feel it coming on within minutes of ingesting MSG. I always carry a couple of 300mg CoQ10 with me. If I feel the reaction, I take one capsule immediately. If the reaction continues after a half hour, I'll take another. Usually one will do it, but sometimes I need two.
Elaine B
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tom, I am interested in what brand of CoQ10 you can take without an interaction. At this point I am so sensitive to supplements that I am afraid to take any.
Tom Fernstrom
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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 10:24 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Elaine,

It is the Members' Mark brand from Sam's club. I take the 300mg dosage to ofset any MSG that might be included in the product as well.

Tom

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