One step forward, one step back

That seems to be the theme for my diet.

A couple of weeks ago, I successfully added a new food to my safe foods list – strawberries! They were on the low reactivity side of my food allergy testing, but I simply hadn’t gotten around to trying them. Ah, new, tasty, foods. That’s the good news.

Now, for the bad news.

Well, this week, I’ve become progressively sicker, in the typical – for me – food reaction kind of way. It started with a bit of stomach upset and nausea a few mornings, then progressed to major stomach upset and then came the body aches, fatigue and headaches. So, what was the trigger? The only change to my diet in that time frame was starting a new bottle of levothyroxine. I switched the prescription over to a mail order pharmacy and they sent me levothyroxine from a different manufacturer than what I had been taking (Lannett versus Mylan). Guess what Lannett puts in their inactive ingredients that Mylan does not – lactose! If you’ve read a few of my blogs, you may know that milk products and anything derived therefrom are an absolute nemesis for me, even in trace amounts. Okay, so the lesson is, check the inactive ingredients in prescription drugs. Apparently, lactose in levothyroxine is a “thing” on the internet and it causes issues for some people. Sigh…