rdawn replied to rdawn's topic in Celiac Disease - Post Diagnosis, Recovery/Treatment(s)Wow, what an amazing outpouring of support! I truly, truly appreciate it and think that I have gotten a really good boost. I just felt so unfocused and unsure, and your suggestions have been really helpful. I'm in a significantly better mood than I was yesterday, that's for sure. One question I have, tho, about the lactose intolerance thing. I have absolutely no, and I mean no access to any type of soy cheeses, dairy, etc. I have one store in town that has two aisles of "health food" and that's about it. Would taking Lactaid pills help with this since I'm not sure how well I'll be able to totally and completely avoid dairy right now? I just want to know if I can take something if I end up at a restaurant or something and the only gluten free things they have involve dairy? Once again, thank you so much, all! It just appears that this whole thing is a "journey" that I'm just at the rocky beginning of, and it sure does help to have others along the way with me
rdawn posted a topic in Celiac Disease - Post Diagnosis, Recovery/Treatment(s)I am new to this site and, although I am reading lhere ike a madwoman, I am still finding myself somewhat unsure what to do. I struggle with two conditions, celiac disease and insulin resistance. I have been diagnosed with both of them within the last three months, so my world has been totally and completely turned upside down! I have absolutely no idea what to eat anymore, and have found myself just not eating at all to avoid the problem. I was diagnosed with celiac after having a month of severe, severe, can't leave the house, missed a month of work, do I have to wear special underwear at my age, diarrhea and stomach upset (after having 28 years of a "sensitive stomach", as we all in my family called it; after all the blood tests, colonoscopies, upper GIs, biopsies, blah, blah, this is my diagnosis. I have gone as absolutely strictly gluten free as I can know, tackled this with more resolve than I think I have anything else in my life, and I am still stomach sick, not as often, but still pretty much most of the time instead of all of the time. I am trying to eat strictly organic foods, strictly gluten free foods, and low carb foods, and frankly feel like all I am left with to eat is boiled chicken and lettuce (while my fiance noshes on ice cream and pizza and egg rolls and everything else I can't eat anymore). I live in a small rural town with very limited food resources, so I can't buy a lot of the gluten free products available unless I do so over the Internet, which is very expensive. I thought Atkins or some other low carb diet that I am supposed to eat for the insulin problems would fit in really well with my celiac, and when I was first diagnosed I thought "oh good, this will force me to eat low carb". Instead, I'm finding that even the "safe" low carb foods that I thought I could buy and eat have gluten hiding in them, and the only "certified" gluten free foods besides meat and fruits/veggies are all pretty high carbohydrate foods. To top it all off, I'm getting married in a month and found myself weeping hysterically the other day because I cannot eat the food at my own reception and I cannot even have a piece of my own wedding cake (it's my first marriage and I always dreamed about the whole shebang!). My confusion/fear/frustration has gotten so bad that I am going to the dr. in two days to request antidepressants b/c I just don't feel like I can deal with all of this. Does anyone have any suggestions for me as to how to reconcile my two diets and not feel like a bunny rabbit nibbling on lettuce and celery for the rest of my life? I feel very "joyless" to say the least. I used to get a great deal of joy out of food and now I feel like food is my enemy no matter what I do, it's either wheat or carbs, and I loathe the thought of trying to find something to eat, so instead I just stop eating at all. After reading a lot of the postings on this site, I am thinking this may be just what I need to get through this, and would welcome any thoughts/suggestions. Thank you all in advance!