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  1. Venting

    Frozen rice pizza crusts are awesome in my book. Have you thought of taking a package to this pizza place and asking them to make you something with your crust? What a treat that would be! We have a local sushi restaurant that makes the most phenomenal food. I talked to the proprietor about gluten and gluten-free soy sauce. She went to the local health food store and bought gluten-free soy sauce for me so when I come in I have it. Places like that have made a name for themselves in our area and enjoy the regular patronage of a large gluten-free community (plus all the personal recommendations that comes from them). I have another local gourmet restaurant that makes the most incredible polenta lasagna, but they serve it with a side of garlic bread. I emailed them to say I was disappointed they didn't offer an alternative after I told the waitress I was gluten free. The chef apologized profusely and told me to ask for him personally the next visit and he would be sure I had various choices. This is from a restaurant that just got nominated "Best in Richmond" for 2005, so it's not like they're hurtin' for business. You can find new foods in which to relish, and I bet your overall fitness and well-being will be better for it. I DID miss pizza from my local pizza gourmet, but not anymore. After not having had their pizza for over a year the smell of it turns my stomach. Just think of the grease and fat content and you'll be thankful you have a physical limitation that says you *can't* eat it rather than fighting your own will that says you *shouldn't* eat it. Deb
  2. Beer And The Lower Intestine

    I lactose intolerance blood testing done in January of 04. They ran a panel for Celiac and it came back negative. At the time I was trying to figure out why I had such intestinal distress all the time. My doctor didn't mention a thing about the Celiac results. Later in the year when my own study focused on gluten intolerance I went back to the test and noted it had checked for celiac. Can it be found simply in blood tests?
  3. So far I'm self-diagnosed gluten intolerant. I've been gluten-free for over a year now and been very successful. The symptoms that led me to that diagnosis was horrible, painful gas; my gut would be in a tight knot after eating lunch, which typically involved whole grain pita. I also belched like a 300 pound sailor. I would have varying degrees of this EVERY DAY after lunch and be miserable for the rest of the day. For awhile I thought it was sitting that kept my intenstines cramped, but finally had my chiropractor suggest gluten issues in June of last year. I've lived my whole life with flatulence issues and I don't mean minor. Sounds funny but it's not when it involves pain. I went gluten free thereafter and have literally had no issues with my belly. I also dropped 10 pounds that have not returned. The transition was relatively easy for me because I had a very healthy lifestyle that included vegetables and rice as my mainstay. My diet now does not EVER include bread, pasta, soy sauce, commercial dressings, or the like, but I wouldn't say I need to be so fanatical that I worry about gluten in the air. At times I eat a caesar salad with restaurant dressing. I eat Luna bars during physical activity. I drink vodka (I've gotten hooked on designer martinis). I kind of know my tolerance level. I can do one of these in moderation, but over indulge or do too many at a time and I will feel a reaction. The worst, though, is bread, pasta, soy sauce ( a trip to a sushi bar once almost killed me), brown drinks like Coke. Forget it. I haven't touched any of that in over a year. I've been pretty satisfied with my maintenance up until a week ago. I'm trying to determine if the pain I'm *still* experiencing could have been from what I ate. You see, I didn't drink one beer; I drank two. What can I say? It was 105 degrees out, our refrigerator was on the blink, and I couldn't let it get warm. ;-) SEriously, I've had a beer here and there in the past and was able to deal with the effects. This time, however, it took me down hard. I am a long distance cyclist. I got out on the road the next day and could barely make my legs move. My quads were fatigued and felt like lactic acid buildout almost from the minute I got on the bike. I rode 35 miles, came home, and practically collapsed in exhaustion (as I mumbled to my husband about poisoning myself). ;-) He even commented later that night that he felt a lump in the lower right of my abdomen -- my gut was in a knot. I rested the next day but that's when I started having stabbing pain in my lower intestine, right above the public line. I have been distended and experiencing this pain for a week now. The distension is usually non-existent in the morning, but pronounced by the time I go to bed. It's a very uncomfortable feeling. I look like I'm three months pregnant by the end of the day and feel like I might explode. There has been a little gas, but not much. I took three days off the bike this last week because of the exhaustion (I'm sure the heat hasn't helped). Only yesterday did it start to subside a little. So, being self-diagnosed I always wonder if it something else is going on and I'm restricting my diet for no reason. For example, I'm pre-menopausal and I don't know if any of the other females here can relate to this, but I can feel it when I ovulate. It's a little stabbing pain right in the area above the pubic. This is the same type of pain I've felt all this week and I wonder if it's a hormonal thing happening rather than a reaction to the beer. 1. I guess what I'm asking is whether a gluten reaction could be this severe for this long? 2. Stabbing pain in the area above the public area; is this type and location of pain something others have experienced? It's so close to the ovaries, so could it be confused with hormonal issues? 3. Do you become more sensitive to gluten as more times passes where you haven't had gluten in your system? 4. What are some of the sooting things that can be done to pamper the gut if you've had an intentional or unintentional introduction of gluten? I made a big batch of ginger tea yesterday that is sweetened with agave nectar. It seems to sooth me as I sit and gently rub my belly. 5. Should I avoid beer, beer in the frig, grocery stores that sell beer, cycling past breweries ... damn the beer! This forum is incredibly helpful, but sometimes I feel like any symptom can be associated with gluten. I worry at times that things I'm feeling might be something else I should be paying attention to. Looking for experiences from others who aren't radically gluten-free. Thank you!
  4. Unexplained Episode

    Thank you, Kimberly. I'm feeling a bit better this afternoon. I went for a brisk walk in the bright sunshine and moved a lot of the gas. In an acute state like I've been in, the only two things that help is to walk or sleep. If I sit my stomach gets tighter and tighter and the pain increases exponentially. I NEVER, NEVER gave this issue so much credit. OK, I have to confess. I intentionally ate some Christmas cookies on Sunday. I had a weak moment in a state of fatigue and hunger. I typically react within couple of hours, but maybe I'm finding the reaction time isn't predictable. At the time my husband said, 'You're going to pay for that.' I was gloating at him later in the evening because I felt fine. Compound that with the dressing at lunch on Monday and I think everything from there went downhill. My office just had a holiday lunch. Wow ... tons of baked goods, "traditional" fare like buffalo wings, meatballs, etc., etc. Someone said to me, "Don't you have a hard time resisting this?" I had to laugh and thought to myself that obesity would not be an epidemic if the ill effects of what we consumed were more immediate -- and obvious -- like it is for us with food allergies. I guess for some it is immediate but they don't think to question what they're eating. Because of this episode I actually began to doubt whether I had gluten intolerance and leaned more toward seeing a gastroentrologist to be sure I don-- only because I couldn't relate what I was feeling for three days with something that happened on day 1.
  5. Unexplained Episode

    Thanks, Deb. I've heard many discuss the ill effects of soy on the gut. I eat soy a lot. I have made an effort to stay away from isolated soy protein, as my MD told me sometime ago that it wasn't a good source of protein. However, I eat tofu at least three times a week. Are the health benefits of soy (I specifically refer to tofu) over-rated? Is tofu typically included as a culprit in soy allergies? After I have had an episode like this I typically feel the after effects for several days. My stomach is sore, even when walking. I feel like I'm recovering from an injury. I still have question whether it has anything to do with sitting. I don't know how one could have a reaction that is turned on and off. I question the salad I ate Monday. That afternoon and evening I was in bad shape. The next morning I was OK, but by that afternoon I was in bad shape again. In discussing with my husband he suggested that after a night of rest the gut is relaxed. By mid-day it's back into a stressed state. Thanks for the engaging discussion. Deb
  6. <Note: Sorry is this is a duplicate post. I thought I posted this earlier this am, but am not seeing it, so am trying again.> I've been gluten free for over two months. I did it in response to a recommendation from a chiropractor who suggested I had all the symptoms; painful bloating all the time, very bad gas and belching, severe joint pain, etc. The elimination of gluten from my diet yielded immediate relief from the gas and bloating. I felt completely in control over my GI issues that previously I had discounted as "just the way it is." The last two days, though, have been very disconcerting. I started work on a new contract. I am a systems analyst and work at the computer. It was not stressful at all. The environment is very friendly and low-key. I was completely comfortable in the situation. I took a left-over turkey burger with me, which had gluten free bread crumbs and cabbage (great recipe). I ate that around 11:00. Then I went out for lunch at 1:00 and had a spinach salad at a restaurant. It had such a wonderful dressing that I didn't even bother to inquire of its contents. By 3:00 I had searing pain in my lower intestine and it was hard as a rock. I got a pounding headache and fatique by 4:00. I went home, took a nap, had soup for dinner, and went to bed. When I woke yesterday I felt a little better. No pain in abdomen and a normal BM (I have one at the same time every morning, so no problem there). I ate normally for breakfast, walked 3.5 miles at lunch, then ate at my desk a homemade chicken salad (with soy mayo) and half of an apple I had brought from home. By 2:00 I was again in searing pain. I kept having to get up from my desk and walk around the office, feeling like I needed to "stretch" the pain away. The difference from the day before is that the pain was worse and it lasted all night and now I've woke within it this morning and have diarrhea. I feel completely out of control now, whereas before I could control the pain with what I ate, now I haven't really eaten anything that would cause such a problem. Could the salad dressing from Monday still be in my system this morning? I'm beginning to wonder if this doesn't have something to do with sitting slouched at a computer. These were the same types of pains I used to have every day after lunch that led me to a gluten free diet. To be gluten free and have this episode is very frustrating. Any thoughts? Thanks so much. Deb
  7. I've been gluten free for over two months. I did it in response to a recommendation from a chiropractor who suggested I had all the symptoms; painful bloating all the time, very bad gas and belching, severe joint pain, etc. The elimination of gluten from my diet yielded immediate relief from the gas and bloating. I felt completely in control over my GI issues that previously I had discounted as "just the way it is." The last two days, though, have been very disconcerting. I started work on a new contract. I am a systems analyst and work at the computer. It was not stressful at all. The environment is very friendly and low-key. I was completely comfortable in the situation. I took a left-over turkey burger with me, which had gluten free bread crumbs and cabbage (great recipe). I ate that around 11:00. Then I went out for lunch at 1:00 and had a spinach salad at a restaurant. It had such a wonderful dressing that I didn't even bother to inquire of its contents. By 3:00 I had searing pain in my lower intestine and it was hard as a rock. I got a pounding headache and fatique by 4:00. I went home, took a nap, had soup for dinner, and went to bed. When I woke yesterday I felt a little better. No pain in abdomen and a normal BM (I have one at the same time every morning, so no problem there). I ate normally for breakfast, walked 3.5 miles at lunch, then ate at my desk a homemade chicken salad (with soy mayo) and half of an apple I had brought from home. By 2:00 I was again in searing pain. I kept having to get up from my desk and walk around the office, feeling like I needed to "stretch" the pain away. The difference from the day before is that the pain was worse and it lasted all night and now I've woke within it this morning and have diarrhea. I feel completely out of control now, whereas before I could control the pain with what I ate, now I haven't really eaten anything that would cause such a problem. Could the salad dressing from Monday still be in my system this morning? I'm beginning to wonder if this doesn't have something to do with sitting slouched at a computer. These were the same types of pains I used to have every day after lunch that led me to a gluten free diet. To be gluten free and have this episode is very frustrating. Any thoughts? Thanks so much. Deb
  8. I am a new member who has come here to seek some support and advice. I began going to a new chiropractor two months ago. I described the lower abdominal pain (never diarrhea) that I have every day after lunch; sometimes after breakfast, and that by dinnertime I usually ate on top of an already full, uncomfortable stomach just for the sake of soothing the discomfort. I also described other symptoms, such as severe arthritis in my family. He immediately said I was gluten intolerant. Being a very healthy, active 43 year-old female I was open to hear about this previously unknown topic of gluten intolerance. Everything he said made sense, so I started to eliminate gluten from my diet. I have had huge success in eliminating the horrible bloating, gas, belching and stabbing pains in my lower gut. I guess it's safe to say I'm gluten intolerant. I know I react to gluten. I have lived with bloating and gas all my life and just thought it was "normal." Once I eliminated gluten I felt 10 pounds lighter because I wasn't blowing up by the end of the day. The range of foods that give me gut pain is incredible. Something I love, sushi, is no longer an option. After eating a california roll a few weeks back, I had a reaction so severe I had to retire for the night because laying down was the only thing that relieved the knot in my gut. Yesterday I ate a Flax cereal that had isolated soy protein. Boy, by lunchtime I was in distress; bloated and very, very smelly gas. Does that mean I may have a sensitivty to soy or would it be the gluten in ISP? I eat tofu all the time and don't seem to have a problem with that. The cool thing about eliminating gluten; I can now freely eat legumes and vegetables without the side effects of the gas. I guess it's because my gut is in a better state to be able to handle those foods now? I have contemplated the Enterolab tests, but really question their validity. Cynicism prevails here. Who is Dr. Fine? What are his credentials? Are his research protocols available for public consumption? A couple of local practitioners recommend all their patients get that test. I'm very skeptical of any one person who holds a real or imaginery monopoly on a market. How many people has Dr. Atkins "convinced" they can only maintain a healthy weight by eating a restrictive diet? I can't bring myself to pay that kind of money for a test that noone can really prove the validity of, so I'm currently holding out that I don't need to spend $400 to have someone (who??) tell me I'm gluten intolerant. I am beginning to wonder if the gas in my children is also related. That's where the issue becomes bigger and more complicated. I have four teenagers aged 19, 18, 17, and 14. They complain about gas all the time, but try to get them to quit eating at McDonalds!