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I have read all of the posts, including JulieAC initial post, and I am thankful for ALL of the replies, even the seemingly harsh ones.
I typed into Google, "why do I get sick from gluten when I didn't before" and this popped up. You see, I have been gluten free since September 2012 mainly because my 'Angels, God/Love, Spirit" told me to 'STOP EATING WHEAT' when I truly thought I had stomach cancer.
I'd been in constant pain for nearly 2 years and it culminated in September when I looked about 8 months pregnant (which by the way is IMPOSSIBLE since I had a hysterectomy from cervical cancer at age 21). I was certain I had intestinal cancer and had been to the doctor and received an order to have a plethora of tests. That was on a Friday, on Saturday morning in meditation I heard CLEARLY, "stop eating wheat" and I KNEW I needed to be gluten free. That was the first time I found Celiac.org as I had NO IDEA what being gluten free would entail. I also had NO idea how much gluten showed up in EVERYTHING I had been eating. I mean, barley (in my Teeccino), wheat (obviously in EVERYTHING), malt (do you KNOW how upset I feel that I can NEVER again have a malted milkshake??) and rye... Seriously, is there anywhere that Doesn't have gluten?
So I came here to find out what to do. I was grateful to find recipes, and information about a gluten free lifestyle. Then the test came back NEGATIVE for Celiac. However since being gluten free I was already feeling 1000% better and KNEW to listen to Spirit over doctors anyday, so I maintained a strict gluten free diet.
Then, Saturday night, I was at a work dinner banquet (you know dressing up and all) and I took a BIG FORK FULL of what I THOUGHT was Rice. Turned out to be Israeli Couscous (which is FULL of gluten). Now, I KNEW immediately that this was not rice when I put it in my mouth, and being a high profile person in the organization I didn't want to spit out the food in my napkin, so I reluctantly ate it. I kept thinking 'well, at least I don't have Celiac, and I am just sensitive to gluten so it ought not be a big deal right?' HA! WRONG!!
Within about 20 minutes I started feeling pains in my stomach, then feeling nauseous, and the longer I sat there the worse the pains got. I finally had to leave the banquet early and go home. I felt ill all night, and the next morning (which by the way I had to be at WORK by 6am) I was bloated, experiencing diarreaha, and feeling still nauseated. I worked until about 3pm and when I got home had the WORST pains and diarrhea that I remember having since I had food poisioning over 4 years ago (which actually I DID have food poisioning, gluten is now poison to my body). I started feeling better last night and then today have been exhausted and not even able to get out of bed.
So I wondered, am I the ONLY one who has had this experience? When I Googled the question and found the forum I felt relieved. My sister kept trying to say 'it's all in your head, you can't be that sick from just a little gluten and you're blowing it way out of proportion'. I YELLED back, 'You have NO idea what you're talking about, and I hope you NEVER have to experience what I just did'
I would also offer that to ANYONE reading these posts. Even though I do not have 'diagnosed Celiac', I cannot eat gluten (don't even get me started on GMO's). The fact that I don't have a medical diagnosis does NOT make my symptoms or body behave any differently. Gluten makes me sick, and I now know I cannot eat it, at all.
So what's next? What happens the next time I unknowingly eat pasta, or something with wheat? Well I'll tell you one thing, banquet, wedding or Oscars, I'll be spitting it right out into the napkin!
Thank you ALL for your loving support of this community!