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Natalya

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  1. I just came back from my trip to Latin America that, thanks to LAN airlines, turned out to be a disaster. If you ever plan to fly LAN, read below. I flew from New York to Buenos Aires, and from Montevideo back to New York. Gluten-free meals were requested 2 days before the flight, as required. Even though the first gluten-free dinner tasted edible, it was contaminated and gave me severe food poisoning for my entire vacation trip. The following lunch and dinner that were supposed to be gluten-free were confused with Veggie. Couldn't eat. For breakfast I was served boiled apples that tasted so bad that I couldn't eat either. A replacement was denied. On a domestic flight on the way back, gluten-free request was forgotten. As an alternative, I was given a half-rotten fruit. Staff was rude. Hope you store my experience in your mind next time you pick an airline. Or, rather than taking chances, perhaps, you'd be better off carrying a self-prepared meal onboard along with a doctor's note. I'll definitely try that next time. Good luck, travelers!
  2. Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts and links! I think the fiber in oats can only cause problems to those who barely consume fiber on a regular basis. I eat a lot of fiber every day and exercise regularly. There's no reason for the body to react to fiber out of the blue. i do think, however, that many food-related allergies come from non-gluten sources. And since tests are so inaccurate, elimination diet is the key. Sigh... I'm new to this, recently diagnosed by elimination diet, and it'll take years for me to rule out all possible allergens.
  3. Thanks, I didn't know that not all celiac ppl can eat oats. Besides, having developed one food intolerance, I'm at a high risk of acquiring another... whether already present of yet to be acquired.
  4. I haven't had oats in at least 6 months since I was diagnosed. But now that I ate certified gluten-free oatmeal by Glutenfreeda's, I had a classic gluten-related reaction that I used to get before I went on a gluten-free diet. I've heard oats should only be avoided if they're not produced by a certified gluten-free manufacturer. This one is certified... So why did I have the reaction? Should celiac patients still avoid oats?
  5. In regards to the thyroid, as I have already posted this "essay" on this site, I think you may have both Hashimoto (hypothyroid) and celiac decease. OFTEN, THESE TWO COME TOGETHER UNDER THE AUTOIMMUNE UMBRELLA. As I mentioned in my "About Me," ONCE YOU HAVE ONE AUTOIMMUNE DESEACE, YOU'RE VERY LIKELY TO DEVELOP ANOTHER!!! Many of your symptoms sound similar to mine. And my Gosh, how frustrating it is when all a GP can suggest is seeing a psychiatrist! I suggest you check your thyroid ANTIBODIES as soon as possible. Screw the "complete" T-4, T-3, and TSH tests, as they show nothing. Same as with celiac, tests only show abnormal results when thyroid gland has been significantly damaged and is unable to function well. If the antibodies are increased, but other thyroid counts are within the range, still insist to be put on Synthroid (thyroid hormone) - the minimal amount (25mg). Say you just want to try it and see how you feel. I can't describe how happy I am to have gotten my life back after tons of symptoms similar to yours have been gone. Especially the chronic fatigue, which was killing me the most. The very same day I started Synthroid, it was miraculously gone!!! The problem is few doctors are willing to prescribe thyroid medication to patients with similar symptoms. I literally burst into tears in doctor's office when I was told once again my test was OK. I was lucky though to have seen an understanding doctor who agreed to try Synthroid. Soon after I started Synthroid, I went on elimination diet, and the rest of the symptoms were gone. I still happen to eat gluten now and then because I'm still new to this, after which I immediately get sick for days. Good luck!
  6. Your story is so similar to mine! I think you have both Hashimoto (thyroid) and celiac. OFTEN, THESE TWO COME TOGETHER UNDER THE AUTOIMMUNE UMBRELLA. As I mentioned in my "About Me," ONCE YOU HAVE ONE AUTOIMMUNE DESEACE, YOU'RE VERY LIKELY TO DEVELOP ANOTHER!!! I suggest you check your thyroid ANTIBODIES as soon as possible. Screw the "complete" T-4 and TSH tests, as they show nothing. Same as with celiac, tests only show abnormal results when thyroid gland has been significantly damaged and is unable to function. If the antibodies are increased, but other thyroid counts are within the range, still insist to be put on Synthroid (thyroid hormone) - the minimal amount (25mg). Say you just want to try it and see how you feel. I can't describe how happy I am to have gotten my life back after tons of symptoms similar to your have been gone. Especially the chronic fatigue, which was killing me the most. The very same day I started Synthroid, it was miraculously gone!!! The problem is few doctors are willing to prescribe thyroid medication to patients with similar symptoms. I literally burst into tears in doctor's office when I was told once again my test was OK. I was lucky though to have seen an understanding doctor who agreed to try Synthroid. Soon after I started Synthroid, I went on elimination diet, and the rest of the symptoms were gone. I still happen to eat gluten now and then because I'm still new to this, after which I immediately get sick for days. So yes, I agree with the other posts: you ARE celiac. Only 3% of celiac patients get officially diagnosed, after all. On top of that, I also think there