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StrongLikeBull

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  1. Cute. A bit on the condescending side, but cute. At one time you were new to all this too, you know?
  2. Yeah I've been thinking about that . Though I don't know how successful these tend to be. Definitely worth looking into though.
  3. I work in a bakery as well and am currently looking for other jobs. I leave work everyday feeling worse than when I got there. The flour is absolutely everywhere, I don' think it's possible for us to to be too paranoid in that kind of environment .
  4. Maybe start with the $99 dollar gluten sensitivity test at enterolab, and depending on the results, decide if you want to do more testing. I believe it checks your stool for gluten anti-bodies. I don't have very much money, nor is my insurance that great, but I opted for the the complete panel ($369) and I believe it was well worth the money. Believe me, I know getting tested for stuff is costly, especially without insurance. Good luck.
  5. I'm African-American and gluten intolerant. But somewhere far, far down my bloodline I have German and French ancestors from which I may have gotten this predisposition. Maybe not. But in the great melting pot that is the United States, you can never be too sure what someone's lineage is, even if they're categorized as belonging to a particular race.
  6. I get the same pain. Feels like a brick is shoved right under my ribcage on the right side. Doc said it was "probably just gas" , haha oh man. I feel a little nauseous as well when this happens. It goes away in a few days. Heating pads and hot showers help with the pain.
  7. Thanks for the responses guys. It's bit of a tough decision, but I'm already looking for other jobs and considering going back to school. It's gonna be rough in this economy, but we'll see what happens. I'm almost positive that I need to get out of that wheat-swamped environment before I can make any real advances in good health. Man, it is amazing how suddenly your life can change. A few weeks ago my girlfriend and I were talking about opening a European-style bakery of our own. I suppose I'll have to reconsider this as well . Ah well, much to think about. Thanks again for the advice.
  8. Hello all, Over the past 6 months or so, I was slammed with a bunch of symptoms, seemingly out of nowhere. Digestive, cognitive, visual, I mean, it was getting ridiculous. But after thousands of dollars in doctor bills and no answers, I think I finally may be on to something. I recenlty took the Enterolab test for gluten sensitivity and it came back positive. I've been on a gluten-free diet for about a month now. However, I'm wonder if I'm being "glutened" from my job. I work at a bread bakery. The irony ! There's wheat/rye flour all over the place. I'm wondering if touching/ breathing it is going to hinder the recovery process. I try to wear a particle mask and gloves when mixing the dough. This seems to be the most symptom-inducing part of the bread making process. If I don't take these precautions, my sinuses and lungs really pay for it. Kneading and baking the dough don't seem to cause any severe reactions. I don't wear the mask when doing those. I'm just wondering if diet alone will be enough. My tests also showed that I'm sensitive to casein. How important is this to recovery? Would it have separate symptoms from gluten or would the symptoms be intertwined (e.g can you get rid of symptom "x" without eliminating both)? How exactly does a gluten "slip up" affect your body? Does it set healing back a week or something like that? I've already seen some symptoms diminish since eating gluten free, but to make a full recovery, should I start paging through the want ads? Any insight is welcome .