Hi Matty220, Thanks for replying, much appreciated. I couldn't believe it when you said that if you ate oranges as a child you came out in a rash as I had exactly the same trouble when I was a child too except that I came out in great big itchy hives all over my body. Thankfully we had a clever old doctor who understood and advised my mother to stop giving me orange juice. I can still remember the pain and terrible itching. My mother applied calomine lotion at night, it was lovely and cool and eased it a bit. It seems these intolerances start in childhood and continue throughout our lives.
It's interesting that going dairy free has improved your stomach and digestion which must be a bonus but sorry it didn't help your arthritis.
I'm not a bit surprised that there is more gluten in wheat nowadays than there used to be. There has to be a reason why so many people are having problems. If only we knew the whole truth about what they are really doing to our food! Actually, it's worrying when you think about what the children of today are actually digesting, it scares me when I read the terrible additives in fizzy drinks etc.
I'm pleased to hear you are sorting yourself out and finding your way through this maze with the help of your doctor. It certainly takes a lot of time and effort. I'm supposed to be on Vitamin D3 for low deficiency but sadly the capsules I take upset my stomach. I've bought Solgar which are about as pure as you can get. I think it's the soybean oil, gelatin and vegetable glycerin type ingredients, they don't affect most people but I'm so sensitve to just about everything. I am trying to sit in the sun as much as I can to build up some D3 naturally.
I am now changing over gradually from dairy to Rice Milk at the moment, I'm not doing it all in one go as it seems to shock my system so I'm hoping a little at a time will do the trick in the end.
Well, thanks again for getting in touch and all the best on your learning journey. This is such a helpful site, I know when I post a problem there will be some kind soul who will reply and give me some help. Take care and good luck x