I've been sitting here for hours scouring the internet for some piece of advice I haven't heard before, something that might make me feel better. I guess I did find something, but I'm not getting my hopes up - if I'm wrong, it hurts less this way. I've read some interesting articles/blogs/research lately that shows a correlation between my perpetually swollen fingers, stiff joints, and my depression and bipolar disorder: FOOD ALLERGIES. I know that going off gluten did wonders for my gut, but what else could I be eating that is causing so many problems? My grandmother paid for a food allergy test yesterday. The blood test checks for 110 different allergies, covering the typical foods one might eat. The results should be available within 3 weeks. I'm so very afraid that I may have a nut allergy, which will be a nightmare for me, since nut flours have been my go-to flours since I went gluten-free. Or could I be allergic to kale, even though I have perfected my super spicy kale chip dehydrator recipe? I'd be happy to be allergic to red meat and chicken - it would be an excuse to become a vegetarian, something I can't do now because of my husband's love for anything meaty. My fear is that I won't have the willpower to eliminate anything the test might reveal as bad for me. I still eat some gluten, even though I know what it does to me.