First of all, I'd like to thank both of you for responding to my inquiry. Looks like a long road ahead but at least I have people to help me along the way
As for my digestive symptoms, that's complicated. I am 47 years old and was born with a heart murmur. Because of that, I have had to take antibiotics twice a year before dental cleanings. In addition to that, when I got sick I would be put on antibiotics. I have had bowel issues my whole life. It took me years to figure out it was most likely due to the antibiotics. Eventually, I went to a specialist who told me I had IBS and prescribed tranquilizers and sedatives. I didn’t want to live that way. So, I did more research and discovered acidophilus. It helped. But, it didn’t fix everything. My first objective when entering a store would be to know where the bathroom was just in case an emergency came up and one often did. My current doctor prescribed a home remedy of several supplements including acidophilus that I blend together and take daily. It works rather well. But, since I’ve reduced gluten, I no longer need to take that either. Also, I no longer need to premed for dental cleanings. The American Heart Association changed its stance on the practice. So, I think my gut is on the road to recovery. At least I’m feeling better.
I thought I was doing pretty well about cutting out gluten. I figured the small amounts in the cream of mushroom wouldn’t be that big a deal. But, it sounds like that isn’t the case. After reading so much about testing being less than accurate, I’m not sure I want to go through the pain of eating gluten again to get an iffy result.
I’ve also read that toothpaste and make up can have gluten in them too. This is getting a bit overwhelming for me. I’ll need to take this one step at a time.
I’ll check out your links and advice for food substitutions. I’ll eliminate more and more as I go along. I’m certain the website and its contributors will prove to be valuable sources.
I believe my thyroid has already been cleared. But, I've had so many tests regarding my joint pain I get confused. I'll go back and double check that it's fine.