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    • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Gluten withdrawal?

      Not everyone feels better overnight. Some people that have had problems for years and then go gluten free, a lot of damage has already been done, so it makes sense that it takes longer to improve their health.  In the case of coeliacs, which may or may not be the same for you,  damage is done not only to the gut, but other areas are affected, for example, anaemia, malabsorption of nutrients, hair loss, bone thinning, muscle weakness etc., and these things don't disappear overnight.  I found my gut problems improved, but also had withdrawal symptoms, including vomiting after meals.  Everyone is different and you can't compare yourself with others. Carry on with your gluten free eating plan as things should settle down eventually. 
  2. Hidden Gluten?

    When you say the stock contained glutamate, do you mean monosodiumglutamate (MSG?) because that usually is derived from wheat and not suitable for a gluten free diet. Also, if you have not been on a gluten free diet for long, it could just be your body detoxing. When I first went gluten free I felt great but then every week or so I would throw up everything I ate at dinner. Eventually this stopped happening, I believe my body was going through a detox at the time.
  3. How serious?

    I agree with the comments made above. You need to take coeliac disease seriously and cut out all wheat and gluten, as well as avoiding all cross contamination of gluten etc too.  The way you'd phrased the questions, I get the feeling that you had already given these issues serious thought and that you just wanted someone to confirm what you'd been thinking.  It can seem a little daunting when you are first diagnosed; I think you just need a little time to get your head round it.
  4. Newly Diagnosed - Please Help!

    Hi,   It took a few months for my body to settle down after giving up gluten and wheat.  It won't be an overnight miracle; think of all the damage that the gluten has done to your body over time, so it may take a while before you start to feel anywhere near 'normal'.  I found that my body went into detox mode after giving up gluten and wheat, and that can take its time to resolve itself.     We are all different though, so bear this in mind.  I was also like you, I was malnourished after all the years of not absorbing vitamins and minerals.  My ferritin levels were rock bottom and I was so weak, I had to walk with the aid of a stick.  Don't be too disheartened, you are just starting out, the good thing is, you've had your condition diagnosed, now give your body a little time to heal.
  5. I didn't realise they all had wheat germ oil in them. I will email the company though. Thanks.
  6. Last week I did my usual root touch up with a water soluble hair dye; but in the mixing process I accidentally spilled it and I accidentally inhaled the powder. Later that day I noticed the familiar gluten contamination symptoms. Feeling sick, stomach cramps, extra trips to the bathroom. I am wondering whether there was any wheat derivatives in the hair dye. (I am still suffering). In the past I have had gluten contamination through eye drops and eye ointment that has drained into my stomach, so I am presuming this has happened through the hair dye. Has anyone else had these kind of problems?
  7. Acid Reflux Contuinues... Help!

    Hi, What stood out from your post, was the fact you are eating Quinoa. For all it is supposed to be gluten free - technically. It can actually mimics the protein found in wheat and gluten and some coeliacs can't actually eat it, as it makes them suffer the same symptoms as when consuming gluten/wheat. This happened to me and I stumbled up information on the Internet by pure fluke and was able to eliminate it within a week of consuming it, it took more than a week before I improved though. Obviously, it may not be the same for you, but I suggest you take it out of your diet and see if you get any improvement. Other than that, I would keep a food diary, and write down everything you eat and drink (at the time of eating it, not later in the day, as it is easy to forget things). Hope this helps. One last thing, dairy intolerances can also cause similar symptoms to what you have described- I can't consume any dairy products.
  8. Please-- Is This Normal?

    Whilst I had bad symptoms before being diagnosed, I also had problems for a while after giving up gluten. It is the body's way of detoxing from what it perceives as poison (which it is to people with coeliac disease). Hang on in there, it will improve soon. I believe that it can effect any part of the body including the skin, as after all, it is the largest organ of the body.
  9. Grocery Store

    That is extreme! We get our groceries delivered to the door and we get the gluten free stuff packed in with the gluten things all the time. If I rang up and asked them not to do that they would think I was a sandwich short of a full picnic
  10. I agree with the other comments, it's only a week! Do you not eat the same meals? If I prepare a meal when family stay, everyone eats the same thing (and if anyone staying has an allergy I always respect that and cater for their needs). I would feel terrible if I'd made someone else ill through not catering for their intolerances or other dietary problem.
  11. NoGrainNoPain, Last week I had some gluten free crackers that were made with quinoa (from my local health store) I have been in pain ever since, it took me a couple of days to work out what was making me ill. By that time, I had eaten them 3 days in a row. I have had terrible stomach cramps etc. When I read an article about the protein in quinoa mimicking the protein found in wheat, barley and rye I was astounded that it can be classed as safe for Coeliacs to eat. I know a few people have said they don't have a problem with quinoa, but it may be they don't have symptoms, but it still maybe damaging their gut.
  12. Fixing My Vitamin D Levels

    I can understand that. I have found that I need to take supplements all the time, as I don't absorb enough if certain vitamins and minerals. Before you get pregnant you should get all the levels checked, and take your doctor's advice on which supplements you can take whilst pregnant.
  13. Fixing My Vitamin D Levels

    Mine used to be low too. How long have you had celiac disease? It can take a while to build yourself up again from a host of deficiencies (vitamins and minerals). I wouldn't advise a tanning bed, these carry their own health risks without adding to what you have already. Supplements are a much safer alternative.
  14. Thanks Cristiana, So I'm now a member of the wonky blood test results brigade . I will be speaking to my doctor on Monday, so hopefully I will find out then if it's the same as elevated blood protein. It seems we all learn from each other when we pool our resources. I would have hoped that by now though, my test results would have improved, being diagnosed in November 2011, but there again, it might be that I was misdiagnosed with IBS in 1983 and my gut has not fully repaired. All in all, the posts on this thread are quite enlightening.
  15. Hi Cristiana, I don't recall having elevated protein levels, (or not that I've been told), but have had other abnormal results, one in particular is liver enzymes (waiting for an appointment with doctor as I write this). Gemini, where did you go in Britain? In my neck of the woods, there's not many that specialise in gluten free