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I'm a glutant added a topic in Celiac Disease - Post Diagnosis, Recovery/Treatment(s)Symptoms Recurring -- Positive Dgp-Igg But All Else NegativeHi all,
I was diagnosed with Celiac 8 years ago with positive bloodwork (all of the tests came back strongly positive -- at the time, it was tTG, IgA and IgG). I've been on a gluten-free diet ever since, and I'd been feeling just great (except for the rare accidental exposures).
But 4 months ago, I seemed to get an accidental exposure (or my symptoms recurred anyway - mainly gas, D, "leakage" :-/, & joint pain). And this has gone on and on, ever since! I've eliminated all dairy, and almost completely stopped going to any restaurants or friends' homes for meals. But still, it's going on. Aargh.
I had blood work done, and my tTG and endomysial antibodies are now negative. However, Anti-Gliadin antibody IgG (DGP) is still positive. So, my GI doc thinks I'm still getting small amounts of cross-contamination or some other source of gluten. Does this sound right? Are there any other explanations? Anything else I should be trying?
I'm also waiting on results of an upper endoscopy, but I'm not sure how much that can tell me, other than just how much damage there is right now... :-b
Thanks in advance for any help!!
p.s. The problem began approx. 2 months after my 2nd baby was born, not sure if that has anything to do with it... Any thoughts/ideas would be very welcome...
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I'm a glutant added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping WithHelp -- Buffet Lunches?Hi folks,
The organizers of some upcoming buffet lunches at work have asked me for ideas about what to serve that would give me gluten-free options. (Very nice of them! ) Other than a build-your-own-taco bar (which could include corn tortillas, of course), I was having trouble coming up with buffet lunch ideas for large numbers of regular folk as well as gluten-free me...
There are a few of these events coming up, and I'm sure they won't want to do tacos for every one of them. On the other hand, it seems like they're hoping to do something that would work for me AND for everyone else (which may not be all that possible)... Suggestions? Any help would be much appreciated!!
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I'm a glutant added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & MedicationsFsa Reimbursement For Gluten-free FoodsHi folks,
Has anyone submitted a claim form for reimbursement from their FSA (Flexible Spending Account) for the price difference between gluten-free food and the "regular" variety? If so, would anyone be willing to share their strategies for finding and listing the comparison prices?
My FSA administrator just wants a fairly simple spreadsheet, but for each item, I can use a different store -- if relevant -- for the comparable price. For example, I get gluten-free bread at Whole Foods, but if I didn't need the special kind, I would probably just get much cheaper bread at Ralphs or something... Short of going to Ralphs and writing down the comparable price of every item, is there a simpler/faster way of compiling these comparison prices?
Thanks in advance for any tips on how to do this efficiently!
Fiona (glutant) :-)
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I'm a glutant added a topic in Gluten-Free TravelGluten-free Travel In Japan?In a few months I'll be travelling in Japan for about a month. I don't mind packing lots of my own gluten-free snacks, my own soy sauce, etc. However, I will of course want to eat some food in restaurants there. Between soy sauce, some miso soups, etc. being so often gluten-full -- not to mention potential language issues (I have the Triumph dining card in Japanese, but don't speak it myself) -- I'm feeling a bit daunted as to how to deal with food. Any advice would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance,
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