Hi everyone! I've been lurking on this board for a few months now. Last August I had an endoscopy done because I had the feeling of a gas bubble stuck in my throat constantly for weeks on end and reflux medicine/Gas-X did nothing. They took a biopsy (I was unaware that they even did this), so I was pretty surprised when I got a call back saying that my biopsy indicated possible celiac disease. It took me a few months, but it was confirmed by a blood test.
I'm beside myself. I've had the diagnosis for about two weeks now, and I'm going to start the diet this coming weekend (had to have my last hurrah with Thansgiving). I'm frustrated. I was in a very traumatic car accident about 6 years ago, and ever since, I've felt off. I lost a hundred pounds and ended up underweight, suffered from low blood sugar, frequent diarrhea, and I plow through Pepto Bismal. Looking back, I've had most of the symptoms of celiac, but it has never been mentioned as a possibility to me. Everyone kept telling me it was stress from the accident, that it was all in my head. It's almost a relief to get a diagnosis!
My doc hasn't quite been helpful, and I have an appointment with the nutritionist tomorrow, but I have a few questions in the meantime.
I know I need new pots and pans. What about stuff that can go through the dishwasher? Is there still a risk of cross-contamination?
When I first start the gluten-free diet, how I know if I'm doing it right?
I have a night guard. Do I need a new one? Or can I sterilize my current one and get off any gluten particles?
Can I kiss my daughter after she's eaten, let's say, a piece of bread?
My doctor mentioned that some people with celiac disease need to cut out lactose when starting the diet. He didn't necessarily tell me to do it. Do I need to, even if it doesn't seem to be a problem?
Thanks in advance!