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  1. I have just been diagnosed with celiac disease. I had no idea this disease could cause so many problems and symptoms. I have previousely been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, IBS and Hoshimotos hypothyroidism, and had recently changed doctors because I was disatisfied with the level of care I was getting from my PCP. I was told when I made the appointment with my new doctor to fast because she always likes to do a seriies of blood panels on all her new patients. After meeting her and giving a brief medical history, she told me she thought I could be gluten intollerant and the blood tests she was running would find out. Sure enough they came back possitive for gluten intolerance, pre-diabetes, high colesterol and my Hoshimoto's was in flare. After I spoke with her in her office, believe it or not, I actually felt very possitve, because now I had something that I could actively do to feel better and I wasn't just given a handful of perscriptions and shoved out the door. I also remember that my mother (she passed away 10 years ago) had Celiac disease. She was in her sixties before whe was ever diagnosed, and very very sick. I remember she had all sorts of symptoms her whole life, like anemia as a child, hairloss when she got older, lots of dental problems, infact she lost all of her teeth in her early twenties. Two years before she died she had to have emergency surgery for severe abdominal pain, and they removed several feet of her small intestines whch had gangrenous. I am just 40 now and very greatful that I am able to do something to get well. Back in January I had started a low carb diet, on which I imediatly noticed how much better I felt, and now realize it was because I was not eating any bread products. I am greatful that I am already in the habit of avoiding bread, but now need to refine it to a much greater degree. Any help or encouragement would be appreciated. thanks, Betsy