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    1. Minstinguette added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pregnancy   

      Corn Sensitivity And Pregnancy
      Does anyone have experience to share about corn intolerance and pregnancy?
      It's my first pregnancy and it's been a struggle. I am VERY sensitive to anything corn-derived and have to get my medication compounded. Being pregnant has been complicated: finding corn-free prenatals (couldn't find any, I'm taking separate vitamins), dealing with cravings on a restrictive diet, pregnancy symptoms vs "glutenings", corn in glucose tolerance test, corn in IV... 
      I am the only one having to deal with this? Doctors don't seem to understand and it's frustrating.
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    2. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Corn Sensitivity   

      Here is what I found on mannitol:
      "Mannitol, a naturally occurring alcohol, is widely used in the food, pharmaceutical, medicine, and chemical industries. It is currently produced as a 25/75 mixture of mannitol and sorbitol (another sugar alcohol) by high pressure hydrogenation of 50/50 fructose/glucose mixture (corn derived sugars) in an aqueous solution at high temperature with a catalyst."
      I am not sure if there is such a thing as corn free mannitol. Maybe another corn free expert on this board can enlighten us?
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    3. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Corn Sensitivity   

      Thank you D. So mannitol in your B12 didn't bother you? It's usually made from corn, so I've been avoid it.
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    4. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Corn Sensitivity   

      Desperateladysaved, would you mind telling me what brand of supplements was safe for you (corn free)? I take some Kirkman Lab's but I am still looking for totally corn free B12. Vit C is not easy to find either.
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    5. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Does Dh React To Corticosteroids And Can It Be Triggered By Corn?   

      Thank you Squirmingitch and Kareng for your input!
      Yes I have been gluten free for several years. My rash appeared after about 2 years gluten free. Contrary to my eczema it always flares up when I eat gluten and sometimes when I eat something processed. Hopefully I'll end up figuring out what it is. But right now I'm pregnant and my rashes are killing me...
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    6. Minstinguette added a topic in Dermatitis Herpetiformis   

      Does Dh React To Corticosteroids And Can It Be Triggered By Corn?
      Hi! Just a quick question for people suffering from DH. Does the itch/redness diminish when applying a corticosteroid cream? I have always had eczema and have been prescribed Triamcinolone for it. Since last year, I have developed a weird rash on my finger that looks like DH (tiny blisters, extremely itchy). I am wondering if it's really DH or just another type of eczema. I get some relief when I put Triamcinolone on it (but it usually bounces right back). Any insight on that?
      Another question for those with DH and corn intolerance: do you get a flare-up if you get "corned"? Just trying to figure out what triggers my flare-ups and if it's really DH.
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    7. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Sleeping Disorders Linked To Celiac Disease?   

      To respond to your question about corn, I didn't know I was intolerant until I took a food intolerance test. I know these are not always reliable, but in my case it was spot on. Corn is everywhere (think xanthan gum, citric acid, flavorings, preservatives etc.) so it's difficult to pin point a reaction to it. However, since I went corn free I have been feeling much better and I can now tell when I get "corned". I am not saying that you are necessarily corn intolerant, but it's good to keep in mind that other foods can also cause problems.
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    8. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Coffee - Good Or Bad?   

      My mom is gluten intolerant just like me and she cannot have coffee. She's intolerant to it. She has been gluten free for a while and every time she tries to add coffee back, she gets sick. So I think it's possible that you might be intolerant to it. I hope not!
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    9. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Sleeping Disorders Linked To Celiac Disease?   

      Did you check your vitamins levels and your thyroid? Also make sure you identified any other intolerance you might have.
      I looked up Idiopathic Central Nervous System Hypersomnia and it feels familiar. I used to think something was wrong with me because I could easily sleep 10 to 14 hours a night, sometimes even longer. I would have an extremely difficult time waking up, drifting in and out of consciousness and feeling "drunk". I would also feel very sleepy throughout the day.
      Now after several years being gluten/corn/dairy free, it's so much better. I still need more sleep than most people and am not a morning person, but I feel "normal" again. I can wake up in the morning and I rarely feel sleepy during the day. When I feel like I need more energy I take blue-green algae, which helps me focus, or I do some yoga/breathing exercices.
      I hope it gets better with time!
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    10. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Recurrent Nightmares And Earworms   

      Thanks for sharing! I used to have these dreams too where you feel like you're falling. I would never have thought that gluten could affect my sleep like that before I went gluten free.
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    11. Minstinguette added a topic in Celiac Disease - Sleep   

      Recurrent Nightmares And Earworms
      I just wanted to share two of my weird gluten symptoms and was curious to know if anyone has experienced the same.
      Before I went gluten free I had recurrent SCARY nightmares, usually involving either water (floods, tsunamis) or violence (somebody trying to kill me, I'm being shot at, and so on) that left me feeling like crap when I woke up. I remember having these as a little girl. I used to wake up remembering sometimes up to 10 different dreams, all very crazy and complex. They disappeared when I went gluten free. I actually don't remember my dreams now. I miss the "good" dreams sometimes... But the nightmares come back every time I accidentally get glutened.
      I also used to wake up EVERY DAY with a different song playing in my mind. Songs that I don't even particularly like or listen to! This also disappeared when I went gluten free but comes back with the slightest glutening.
      Has anyone experienced similar symptoms?
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    12. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Help, What Am I Reacting To?   

      Thank you both for your advice. I just wanted to post an update. I found out that I react to some of Bob's Red Mill gluten free flours. I'm thinking gluten or corn cross-contamination. I react strongly to corn, so that might be it. Now I need to find a safer brand, or make my own...
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    13. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Help, What Am I Reacting To?   

      Thanks notme! No, no soy in any of these things. I know what you mean about soy too, I get the same reaction to soy milk (tamari doesn't seem to bother me though). 
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    14. Minstinguette added a topic in Other Food Intolerance and Leaky Gut Issues   

      Help, What Am I Reacting To?
      I am hoping some of you can help me understand what I am reacting to. I have been having mild reactions on and off after in the last two weeks. I get the usual migraine and feel very sleepy and foggy. I have been trying to identify the culprit but I no luck so far. I get these reactions after eating breakfast and figured it has to be one or several of theses:
      Justin's almond butter
      Bob's Red Mill flax seed
      Bob's Red Mill chia seeds
      Let's do Organic shredded coconut
      Larabar Jocalat hazelnut
      I stopped eating the Jocalat bars thinking it was that, but I kept having reactions. I am confused because  I have been able to have the other ingredients with no problem on other occasions in the past.
      I react to gluten, corn and dairy. I feel like this is more of a corn reaction but I am not sure. 
      Any ideas?
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    15. Minstinguette added a post in a topic Multiple Intolerances And Restaurants?   

      I am intolerant to gluten, corn and dairy. I don't know if it helps but I regularly eat out at indian, thai or vietnamese restaurants. Indian is a good pick because the dishes "normally" don't contain any wheat or corn and they often have vegan options (sometimes I ask to have meat added to a vegan spinach stew for example). I have reacted only once while eating out  in the last year or so (my guess is coconut milk contained xantham gum). I try to pick nicer restaurants and always ask questions. I also eat sushi with no problem (no eel, no fish eggs) or just order some grilled meat/ fish with steamed veggies, or any safe side. You might also try African (West African) food if there's any where you live.
      Good luck! 
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