Once again I'd like to thank everyone for their wonderful and always appreciated feedback! So, I think I might have food intolerances, not allergies, because the symptoms take more than 20 minutes to show up. Because of this, I have really limited my diet. I'm trying the elimination method (I think thats the one where you slowly introduce foods) and a food diary to figure out any food intolerances. Right now I'm staying away from rice, potato, corn, soy, gluten, lactose, and squash. It seems like everything except meat, fruits and most veggies are making me sick. But then again it might be just one or two food intolerances that are causing these problems. Or I may have no food intolerances and my sickness is a result of damaged intestines from the gluten.
I'm thinking that I probably have a food intolerance because my symptoms have changed from a nauseous feeling to a cramping, nauseous feeling. But from what??? I don't know how long I can keep up this limited diet, I feel like I'm going crazy from the repetition of it all. Yet it seems like it takes so long to figure out what's making me sick. I'm so impatient. Am I going about this all wrong? Any advice would really help. I feel like I'm stabbing in the dark here. All I keep thinking is that this is the prime of my life and I'm wasting it watching tv and sleeping because I feel so bad.
Thanks so much for all the great answers. I really appreciate the help and positivity. It's definitely what I need, especially now. I think I ruined my 4th of July by eating scrambled eggs this morning. The last three days I felt great, but this afternoon has been one of the worst ever. A couple of hours after the eggs I got stomach cramps, naseau, and insane weakness. It's been awhile since I've had symptoms so severe. I'm guessing this is probably a reaction to a food allergy or accidental gluten ingestion. I have no idea why I would react so badly to eggs though, its only been about 4-5 days since I last had them. Can allergies become more severe if you avoid that food for awhile? Also, does anyone have similar symptoms to eggs that I had? If I am egg intolerant, then does it seem reasonable that it took 2 hours before I became symptomatic?
Wclemens, that must be really tough with all those intolerances. Do you have trouble digesting any fruits or veggies (esp. potato)? Does anyone have recommendations for really easy, tummy friendly foods that I can eat while I find out what I am allergic to? I heard berries are good...
And KaitiUSA, it seems like we have a lot in common! The tests I had done were Gliadin AB IGA (neg.), Gliadin AB IGG (pos.), and tissue transglutaminase (IGG) (neg.). Also, after the first couple of days starting the gluten-free diet, I've felt much better- excluding today.
One more question- Can anyone recommend a calcium supplement that is lactose, gluten, soy, rice, corn, and egg free? (I'm guessing they would be egg-free, but who knows)
Thank you thank you thank you! This feedback is really appreciated.
Hopefully this topic hasn't been covered too thoroughly yet...
I was recently diagnosed (well, somewhat diagnosed- through positive bloodwork and by my endocrinologist) with Celiac's Disease and was told to follow the gluten-free diet for the next week before my gastroentrologist appt. I've been following it for a week now. That's all the information anyone has told me, so I have a bunch of questions. The first is the topic heading:
1. Do people with Celiac's Disease also have other common allergies? I know many are unable to tolerate lactose after diagnoses. When I first started the gluten-free diet (I know, it hasn't been too long at all) I felt better immediately. The last two days, however, my symptoms (naseau and bloating) have returned, but with less severity. I was thinking maybe I have other allergies as well, but have no idea how to figure out what they are. Are there any really mild foods I should focus on and others I should avoid? Also, are there certain tests that determine allergies?
2. Last year in the dorms I was diagnosed with a pretty severe case of Mono. I moved back home for a couple of months but wasn't getting better. When I visited the doctor in May, she diagnosed me with Thyroiditis, which supposably was triggered by the Mono. Still wasn't getting better, so she tested me for Celiac's Disease, which I tested positive for. I know thyroid problems are related to Celiac's disease, so my question is: Is mono related to Celiac's Disease in any way? Or was it a wierd domino effect that led me here?
3. Does anyone know of a good way to stop hair loss caused by Celiac's Disease or do I just wait it out? I miss thick hair and eyelashes very much.
4. For when I visit the gastroentrologist in a week: If he wants to do further testing on me, will the results be flawed because I've been on the gluten-free diet? His nurse told me to keep doing gluten-free, but everything I've read says that will give me inaccurate bloodwork, biopsy, etc. I feel that maybe I should start eating gluten again and just tough it out so my results will at least be accurate.
5. Any money saving ideas for the grocery store? This disease is definitely not convienent for the typical starving college student.
Thanks so much for looking over these questions. This site has helped me so much. Just reading the other posts about people who have conquered this dumb disease is so inspiring and helpful.