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      • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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    1. my3monkees added a post in a topic Looking For Insight   

      I am so mad at myself about the dish rag. I have been doing this long enough to know better. I usually do have a dishwasher though. Mine broke in July.
      I've talked to my husband many times! He listens for awhile, then gradually starts all over again.
      My daughter is a minor but an older one. She is almost 17, graduating this year. So unfortunately trust would play an issue. I have thought of doing exactly that though. What I may do is call her ped and talk to her. I worry about her fear of doctors, I have no idea why she is so paranoid. I know she has held back from telling me she is sick, to avoid the doctor. When I do force hrt in she refuses to talk. This has only developed as she has gotten older and gets worse steadily. So its not something I was able to address when she was younger.
      Teenager plus chronic illness, plus fear of doctors, equals a very stressful combination!
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    2. my3monkees added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping With   

      Looking For Insight
      My daughter has been diagnosed for 5 1/2 years, since she was 11. She is great with the diet, that is not a problem. Unfortunately over the years we have had to eliminate many more foods. But each time she accepts it and moves on. She is one of the few people I know who literally eat to live, not live to eat! LOL
      She has been having more problems lately. I'm at such a loss, I can't seem to pin it down, possible corn. It is also hard, because she often times hides it from me. She hates being fussed over. She also knows, I think it is time to head back to doctors office to get some insight. Unfortunately she is extremely phobic of needles. Not just scared or nervous, but a true phobia. Just thinking about the doctors office makes her sick, so its hard to distinguish nerves and true illness with her. But one thing I have been thinking about is dishes. My dishwasher broke in July and alot of her problems have been building up since then. My home is largely gluten free, but my husband and middle son both still eat gluten. I would like to make the house totally gluten free. But financially I just can't. Especially feeding a 14 yr. old, who is already 5'9 and growing like a weed!
      Neither one of them are as careful as they should be, even after so many years. My husband is the worst offender! He would have a fit, it someone else glutened her, but can be so careless himself!
      My point issomething that just hit me today,  I'm often times cleaning crumbs off counter or table then dumping into sink. Which I have always done, clean rag each day. But normally I wouldn't them move on to washing dishes. But now dishes are being washed in the same sink, using same rag. Gluteny dishes and non gluten dishes being washed together. They should all be being rinsed thoroughly, but the kids are doing alot of it, so no guarantee. I wonder if handwashing dishes could be causing problems? With the dishwasher, there are no rags or towels and water is getting heated to very high temp and rinsing thoroughly. Hopefully we can have it fixed within a month or so. Can't decide if this is a good idea, or am I grasping at straws, so I don't have to take her to doctors office! LOL
      If you have made it thru entire post, I thank you! Any insights much appreciated!
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    3. my3monkees added a post in a topic Babies With Celiac, What Did You First Notice?   

      My dd didn't get diagnosed until 11. But she had food issues from birth. I had to avoid all dairy while she nursed. She always had trouble with gas. We had to delay all food until 6 mo. because she just didn't handle it well. She had never had an antibiotic, but had yeast infections from just a few months of age. By age 3 had huge cavities in all her molars despite all our brushing. Stomach aches were a normal part of life. By age 10-11, she was the most miserable, cranky child. I thought my sweet little girl was gone. Turned out she was still hiding inside! At 15, she is a joy!
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    4. my3monkees added a post in a topic Newly Self-Diagnosed - Get Tested! My Story...   

      Thats awesome that you were able to get in and get tested so quickly!
      Unfortunately for some of us its not so easy. Especially without GI symptoms First you have to convince the primary to run the blood test. Which mine was reluctant to do, despite 3 first degree relatives! Then if that blood test comes back negative, there is no chance in hades of getting a referal to a gastro. Sometimes you gotta love the way the healthcare system works!
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    5. my3monkees added a post in a topic Gluten Free Food In The Hospital?   

      When my mother had open heart surgery 2 yrs. ago. The food was horrible and she wasn't really hungry anyway. So the dietician came up to see why she wasn't eating. My mom told her that she was having a hard time eating, but maybe if she could just have bowl of mashed potatoes that would go down well. At that point the dietician informed her, that no she couldn't eat potatoes, they contained gluten! LOL
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    6. my3monkees added a post in a topic 6 Month Follow-Up After Celiac Diagnosis - Still Poor Growth   

      I can't say my dd had a huge growth spurt after diagnosis, but she was older 11. Even now at 15 she is very thin. But even without a huge change in size, she was healthier. Before diagnoses she actually looked sickly, toothpick arms and bloated stomach. Looked like those pictures of malnourished children. Which actually she was, come to think of it! LOL Her height and weight didn't change dramatically. But her overall appearence improved drastically, more proportioned. While she is still thin, she is a healthy thin, not sickly and skinny. Hopefully that makes sense. Regarding the casein. We figured out when she was an infant that she had dairy issues. I couldn't have any dairy the entire time I nursed her. Otherwise she had horrible gas issues, and eczema. She did seem to somewhat outgrow it for several years. Then for awhile she could handle lactose free dairy. But now she can't handle any dairy in any form. HTH
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    7. my3monkees added a post in a topic Gluten Challenge And Awful Symptoms   

      I have to admit, I don't always see the need for all the testing. Maybe for children, too allow for school accomodations. But for an adult, if you feel better while gluten-free, you have your answer! Why put yourself thru misery just to receive the "official" diagnoses. Its not going to change anything, the outcome will be the same. Besides what if it is just and intolerance and not Celiac disease. The testing will come back negative again. But, it still doesn't mean you can eat gluten. I think a little common sense goes a long way. JMHO
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    8. my3monkees added a post in a topic 13 Year Old Sick All The Time :(   

      Another thought, shared items like butter, peanut butter, mayonaise etc.. My dd kept getting sick and I realized we had all gotten lax, about keeping her items seperate. Although everyone was careful, enough cc was getting into these types of items to cause problems.
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    9. my3monkees added a post in a topic Confused About Reaction To Oats   

      When my dd was first diagnosed, a friend warned me to be careful when reintroducing oats. Remember gluten free diets can often be lacking in fiber. Unless you make sure to get enough from fruits and veggies. So a large bowl of oatmeal on an unsuspecting intestines, can make you a tad uncomfortable! LOL As long as your are not having a true reaction, just some bloating and gas. You should be fine, just go for smaller portions at first.
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    10. my3monkees added a post in a topic When To Wean Of Antidepressants   

      I'm not very familiar with Zoloft, but I have taken both Paxil and Effexor.
      I would wait at least a few more weeks to a couple of months into the diet. The diet is enough of s stress right now.
      What doctors don't often tell you with anti-depressents, is that they are a awful to back off of.
      It took me almost 6 mo. to come off the Effexor and I was on a low dose!!
      What ever you do, don't stop cold turkey!
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    11. my3monkees added a post in a topic Cooking Gluten Free For Kids   

      My 9 yr. old, always LOVED Kraft Mac and Cheese. It was always a special treat. He doesn't like good mac & cheese. Only powdered cheese for him! LOL
      So every so often I will buy a box, throw away the noodles and use the cheese with gluten free noodles! I have heard that you can buy the cheese packets from Kraft without the noodles. But I don't do it often enough to be bothered.
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    12. my3monkees added a post in a topic Hematuria & Gluten Intolerance?   

      Some people do seem to have issues with the urinary tract that is related to Celiac. I am actually trialing gluten free, to see if I can clear up the same problem. I always have trace blood in my urine and abnormal cells. They tell me the cells are probably due to inflammation somewhere. Celiac can cause inflammation. I was thoroughly checked, to make sure that it was nothing else. Urologist has run all kinds of test, but can find no answers. I have been told that some people just have the microscopic blood, and as long as everything else is fine, not to worry about it. I will be curious to see if gluten free helps. I do know that my knees feel great, I can bend them completely. I was able to climb on a chair using my left leg to push off with the other day. My knees haven't been strong enough to do that in a very long time! So I apparently had inflammation in my knees, that I didn't even know I had. I just attributed it to age and weight! HTH
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    13. my3monkees added a post in a topic Maltitol   

      Just an FYI, that is a sugar alcohol which can cause tummy trouble in alot of people!
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    14. my3monkees added a post in a topic 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins   

      Better yet, cook up a couple pie pumpkins, scoop out the filling and throw in the freezer. Beats the canned stuff hands down!

      If you have kids let them roast the seeds.
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    15. my3monkees added a post in a topic First Doctor Visit   

      The pediatrician diagnosed my daughter without the endoscopy. Technically I think her chart reads "probable Celiac". She improved so drastically when we did a food trial, the doctor was willing to work with that. The ped. GI was 2 hours away and my daughter didn't want to go back to eating the gluten for the challenge. The doctor even told me, what was the point, weather the test was preformed or not, she needed to be gluten free. The test wasn't going to change the outcome. The diet worked stick with it. If at some point in the future, my daughter wants to be tested, she could do the endoscopy then.
      I agreed, I wasn't willing to put a child who had been sick and miserable for so long, through more misery, just to get an official test result! JMO
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