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My doctor situation when I found out I had Celiac.
Background: My initial doctor who requested blood tests for the Celiac got called for duty and shipped overseas. So my mom and I had to go in and see a completely new doctor who clearly had barely read my file.
Doctor, looking at my file: Do you have a problem with wheat?
Doctor: Oh good cause you have Celiac Sprue Disease. (This is a good thing?)
Me: *facepalm* well what does that mean?
Doctor: You can't eat anything with gluten, but I'm not an expert so you should google.
Me: Okay well am I more susceptible to any allergies or diseases?
Doctor: I just said I'm not an expert, just don't eat gluten okay? If you want to know about your problem, google it. *walks out*
So rude! Luckily, I found this site and a lot of my questions were answered
I've been gluten-free since August and I am realizing just how sensitive I am. If it says same equipment or facility, there is a high chance I will be glutened. I recently started the final semester of college as a student teacher in a high school classroom. I've been glutened a few times throughout the semester, luckily a few of them have been on weekends so I could recover enough to go back to work. I only have so many days I can miss, but I can't help it if my source of food (the cafeteria) accidentally glutens me. I try to cook as much as I can on my own, but with financial restrictions like gas money and no source of income, it's extremely hard for me to afford it right now. I don't know what to do! How do most people deal with this if you are glutened and have to go to work. I have really bad symptoms like severe mood changes, the usual abdominal pains and problems to where I might as well not go anywhere. Any tips? What is it really like to live and be gluten free in the real world?
I totally understand this. I only found out I had Celiac in August after suffering through college living for 3 years i.e: Ramen, easy mac, pizza. All the deathly gluten-full foods we can't eat. If you live on campus or are ever on-campus for meals, you should look into having some sort of option made for you. I will often get chicken in a stew cooked separately for me. I have the same problem when it comes to wanting junk food. I've become a huge label reader for everything I used to eat and try to supplement what I can. Potato Chips like Lays and Cape Cod are gluten free as well as Snyders makes a gluten-free pretzel. When it comes to cooking for yourself, make a big batch of pasta that you can heat up later. The most money I ever spend is on bread cause grilled cheese is so quick and easy. Glutino makes some of the best "junk food" from gluten free Oreos to pretzels to chocolate wafers. Also Chick-fil-a is one of my go-to fast food places if you have one in your area. They bread everything in house and will grill you chicken nuggets. Also if you have a local grocery store like Food Lion or Harris Teeter, get a rewards card and use the coupons and sales to buy stuff that's gluten free or things you really enjoy at a lower price. Good Luck!
I was diagnosed last week after having three years of horrible symptoms. At first I thought it was grease, then maybe it was a soy allergy (everything in my school cafeteria is cooked in soybean oil), but as the years progressed it just got to the point where I couldn't stand it anymore. I had been fine until so much stress hit me that my body just sort of went into overdrive I guess. I haven't been able to get an answer on that one. My doctor called me in and told me that I definitely had Celiac based solely on blood work. My Gliadin Peptide Ab, IgG was 78.6 H and he told that was higher than he had ever seen, but wouldn't elaborate on what it meant and told me to go gluten-free. He kept saying he wasn't an expert and he basically left me on my own and I had no clue where to turn. I'm 21 and going into my senior year of college. While it is great to finally have an answer, I'm still at a loss in some ways. I don't know anyone else with this problem and my friends are barely supporting me. I try to focus on the positive like what I can eat, but everyone around me seems to think the opposite. My mom also has it in her head that when I am gluten free for a while I can start adding some things back in that do contain wheat or gluten. Is this wise? Or would it be worse after not having had it for awhile. I'm so lost and any feedback, pep talk, or advice would GREATLY appreciated.
I'm so glad I'm not the only one. I was recently diagnosed about a week ago and am trying hard to keep away from everything gluten. But when I go to sleep, I'm just SO tired. I'm a college student so I'm used to staying up late, but now I can barely make it to 10 o clock before I feel like I'm ready to pass out. But when I do go to sleep I wake up the next morning around 7:30 and I feel better than I ever have before. I have always had vivid dreams, ever since I was little, but now they have just gotten more vivid and even stranger. I realize this is a bit later than your original post, so I was wondering how long it took you to adjust to it or if you still have it to an extent. I've had to resort to forums and online info to help me figure out what's going on, so any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!