When I had Mirena in, I noticed that I would get extreme stomach pain and diarrhea when I ate shrimp. This had never happened until Mirena, I'm a seafood lover. So being the hard headed woman I am, I would refrain from it but every couple months I'd give in and eat it thinking maybe I wouldn't get the symptoms again. One time my mouth got all tingly and I started having shallow breathing. I recognized the signs as my daughter is food allergic, so I took a Benadryl but had an epi-pen ready. The next day I made an appointment for an allergy test, and a few weeks later tested negative for shrimp allergy.
Fast forward to earlier this year, I had increasing stomach pain and my gyno told me it was IBS, and gave me medicine. It didn't really help. I was researching some health issues for my daughter and realized maybe I was suddenly gluten intolerant. Cut out gluten. I felt much better. I've been gluten free for about 5 months now.
I had my Mirena removed 3 weeks ago. Things have been crazy around here and I've been eating worse. Funny thing is, my body isn't reacting crazy like before when I would eat gluten. Has anyone else experienced any food related issues with Mirena? Does anyone believe all of this is somehow linked together?
Yes I know that the mirena can cause women to become allergic to things they never have had allergic reactions to before. My daughter has had so many problems, it's been a living nightmare. One year post removal she is finally getting her life back. At her worst she became allergic to everything and was constantly itching, or breaking out in hives, having allergic reactions to where she couldn't breathe, bright red collar like rash around her neck, her whole immune system went haywire! She used an epi pen daily and was constantly having to go to the hospital. She went to an immunologist/allergy doctor who put her on a very aggressive treatment. She took zyrtec, singular, hydroxizine, benadryl, and zantac (which is a stomach medicine but also a histamine blocker and very important to prevent allergy attacks) and eventually she finally quit having the allergic reactions post mirena removal and on this medication. Now she is on just a few allergy meds but rarely has attacks. She has to be very careful of her environment though, during all of this she went gluten free which really helped we believe, and also started using fragrance free products such as detergent etc, uses air purifier, etc. There is something about the mirena can destroy a women's immune system and make them allergic to things they've never been allergic to before. This is happening to thousands of women worldwide, and causing so many other horrible side effects! It does get better though with time, so don't lose hope and keep fighting. You are not alone! Best wishes, hailey
It is just so crazy to me that this can happen! I was fortunate that 1) my reactions were not too severe and 2) that I carry an Epi-pen for my environmental allergies and my daughter's food allergies as well. I mean, had it happened to someone who does not carry an epi already, that would have been death within minutes.
I'm trying to stick with the gluten free diet, as I feel better overall on it. I just thought it was odd that my body would practically punish me for eating it while I had the Mirena ( 4th of July I had a burger w/ bun and two beers, spent the next day curled up in bed). And now, my body doesn't seem to react half as bad.
I didn't really react to foods with the Mirena, but I did start reacting to metals for the first time in my life. I couldn't wear earrings especially. It only started to improve once the IUD was out. Now I'm back to normal (3 years post-removal ;).
I also developed food intolerances while using Mirena.
I had the Mirena placed Sept of 08 and had no problems until Dec of 2010. I started to get sever cramping which led me to the Dr where I heard the same song and dance as all of you. Could'nt be the Mirena. An ultrasound was done everything looked normal.The cramping subsided. Spring of 2011 I started to have dizzy spells, anxity attacks, brain fog,blurry vision, shortness of breath, and heart palpatations. Through out that summer those symtoms would come and go.In Sept of 2011 I started to have terrible nausea and URQ pain. I was loosing a ton of weight and was sick to my stomach everyday. Like morning sickness. In Nov of 2011 I went to the ER with the URQ pain thinking it had to be my gallbladder. They did an ultrasound and it was normal.I then had a Hida Scan which showed a low fuctioning gallbladder. I went to see a surgon who said he would take my gallbladder but was not sure if that would help me.He thought I should look into food intolerances. I was so sick at that point I went ahead with the surgery. The pain never went away. I Feb of 2012 I went to see a holistic Dr. He suspected high cortisol levels and ran a sliva test that showed my cortisol level was very high. The test also showed a high gliadin level. Gliadins are polypeptides found in grain glutens. I took the gluten and dairy out of my diet and with in 3 weeks the URQ pain was gone. I only have pain when I am unknowingly exposed. I now take quite a few Standard Process supplements and a cocktail for my adrenals.
He also suggested having the Mirena removed. I at this point still had not connected my symtoms to the Mirena. I stumbled upon this sight and began reading stories just like mine.
I did have the Mirena removed in June and have had some crash symtoms new and old. At 4 months post removal I still have some bad days but all in all things are looking up.
This sight has helped me through some pretty tough days. Thank you all for sharing your stories.
Elizabeth, your symptoms sound so similar to mine. Did you find that removing dairy and gluten helped your Mirena symptoms while it was still in? Funny, I had my gallbladder removed maybe a year before I had Mirena inserted. Wonder if gallbladder function, or the lack thereof, have any bearing on whether some will have these symptoms...
Nile, removing dairy and gluten from my diet did help my nausea and URQ pain. The other symptoms still remained and still do on and off. The holistic Dr that I see explained that the hormones from the Mirena will effect the liver function over time, which in turn could effect gallbladder function. He is pretty sure I am now estrogen dominant, and I am in the process of doing a saliva based expanded female hormone panel. Should be interesting.