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drjmarkusic

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  1. I've not had a cleanse performed but have a blood screening performed every 3 months. The procedure consists of withdrawing all of my blood, running it through a machine and all the while putting it back into my system at the proper temperature. I have this because I have hyperoxaluria as well as celiac disease. This test is performed to determine oxalate content and kidney function. However, since I was diagnosed with celiac disease 1 1/2 years ago my oxalates have been normal. The only side effect of this test is exteme tiredness for a day. Jim
  2. Before I went gluten-free I could sleep all night long with no type of Insomnia. However, since I've been gluten-free I have sleeping problems such as not going to sleep at all. I'm on 100mg of Trazodone and it works great, I take the medication about 9 1/2 hours before I am to awaken and when I wake up I feel completely rested. I have no side effects of the medication. Somewhere in this thread it was mentioned that if another medication doesn't work use Klonopin. I don't suggest it. Klonopin is for anxiety and yes it will help one to go to sleep but is hightly addictive and when it's time to come off of it because it no longer works for sleep there are many irritating, agitating, frustrating side effects that renders individuals not being able to stand up straight let alone drive. Klonopin is not a sleep medication its purpose is for anxiety disorders. Jim
  3. I live in Springfield, MO and was just diagnosed in May '05 after having severe abdominal pain and constipation for a two year period which was commensurate with a low iron count that continued to drop to 4 even after having been prescribed Ferrex for two months. Following an EGD I was diagnosed and have been gluten-free since. However, I had one incident when I ate at Outback Steakhouse, which has a gluten-free menu. I was in severe lower back and abdominal pain for 7 days. Believe me that will be end of that. I've found a few recipes I like made from scratch. Meatloaf is my favorite and then there are desserts like brownies. Usually I am able to use food items I purchase in the grocery store except bread and that comes from Akin's Health Food Market. I'm always willing to try something new and have been that way all of my life so that's a good thing. My wife does pretty well with my diet and when she wants something else I'll make it for her or go out to a restaurant (the restaurant is a luxury since I've been gluten-free) but eating at home is usually fun. I've learned quickly to focus on what I can eat and make it worth the while. Nice to hear from someone in the area.
  4. celiac disease presents with other physical ailments, sad to report, whether or not these ailments are decreased in symptoms or even "cured" is another story. We don't have enough research relative to the many other disorders which are created. It is a waiting situation. Hopefully, the Ocular Surface Disintegration will begin to repair itself.
  5. I checked with my a/c and he informed me that to take any type of food on taxes it must be scripted by a physician and the receipt must specifically state the type of food that meets the prescription. You know what??? that's difficult to achieve as health food stores give blanket receipts and not detailed receipts. As well the product is not sold in a supermarket. My a/c told me if I want an audit by IRS (no thank you) try it. I've found many foods that are gluten-free at super markets which are less expensive than at health food stores. As well, I've asked the markets here to carry some items and they have accommodated. Just some $.02 worth.
  6. How about that Bailey's???? That's a nice drink with coffee, even in the morning (LOL) Richard.
  7. I was concerned about ketchup too and found that Heinz is gluten-free. Thank goodness, I'm from Pittsburgh and it would be heartbreaking to think I couldn't use Heinz.
  8. Thanks, I really like KC Masterpiece Original and haven't had any for three months now. Now I can get a new life, LOL.
  9. Does anyone know if there is a steak sauce out there that is gluten-free? Also how about Tabasco?
  10. I agree, I'd forget the crust and just use the pumpkin. McCormick spices are gluten free except those that are blended
  11. I'd be all over it too if I still lived in PA. Headed back there in a couple of years.
  12. Advil is gluten-free. There are many prescription meds that are gluten-free. Most of the time your PCP will not know if they are but ask your Pharm and he/she will probably know. If not use the fone and call the pharmaceutical. Jim
  13. The absolute diagnostic tool is the EGD and the biopsy of the villi. If this hasn't been done I would suggest it be scheduled.
  14. I have looked in my list of medications and cannot find that Phayzme is gluten-free. That doesn't mean it isn't, it is just not on my listing of gluten-free meds.
  15. I'm a dr. and there are diagnostic codes we use which end up in a centralized data base. When HIPAA went into effect in May a few years back it sure messed some things up.