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  1. Hello I'm Gary, new to the forums and gluten-free. A.K.A. gluten-free. I got a kick out of your comparison between doctors and accidental gun deaths. You make a good point! Not to Doctor bash, but... I've had a few doozies. When I was 19 I had Mono. I went to the doctor and said "Doc, I think I have Mono-neucleosis." He said No you don't! I'm the doctor here. Sure enough when I didn't get better after about a week I sought another opinion, he did the blood tests and it was confirmed that I had it. In other words, that first Doc couldn't diagnose a disease if it walked in and hit him in the face. (it did, he didn't) Just one in a string. Needless to say I never went there again. I was in the Hospital for a week and all the kings horses (or horses *%$#@) couldn't put a finger on this celiac disease. I admit it's not an easy job but I think sometimes egos get in the way. Just MHO.
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    I have to say it's been interesting, as well as painful. This is not the worst thing that could happen to a person, but it is oddly inconvenient as I'm frequently on the road. Because of this being gluten free will be a challenge. I have had the most common syptoms for aproximately six years, but I suspect that I have had celiac disease for a much longer period of time. Frequent childhood illnesses, vaque allergies lack of energy. I have been trying to maintain a gluten-free diet since being diagnosed about a week ago and I have to say that I feel so different that it blows my mind. I had a bad bout with the disease a couple of years ago, which actually put me in the hospital for a week. The doctors were baffled at the cause of my apparent lack of vitamins and minerals and were all set to chalk it up to excessive drinking. (I really don't drink much at all) They said my liver was showing signs of malfunctioning and I guess it was convenient to pin it on a bad lifestyle. They did however suggest that I stay on a regimen of vitamins, which I did and it helped me get through the next couple of years. After a while I began to get tired of the symptoms I had which had never completely disappeared. So I went to another Doctor who sent me to another Doctor who sent me to another Doctor who......???? Finally suggested that I have the test for celiac disease. I was somewhat relieved to have found someone who could give a name to what was bothering me. The test came back positive and I began doing some research on the net. That's how I found this website. I have found that I am not alone, also that the disease I had feared can be managed. So here we are! I am looking forward to working through this and also hoping that something I say will help someone else to be able to deal with celiac disease. I count my blessings that it wasn't something more serious and even though I know it will be hard at times I'll be fighting all the way. Here's to a good battle!
  3. Hi, I am new to this list, so please excuse me while I get used to the system. I wanted to reply to the post about frequent trips to the bathroom at night. I have had this for a long time. Lately it has not been as severe, but I have been taking a lot of vitamins and I think it has helped alot. I was wondering if anyone has experienced cramps in the legs. I frequently get a "charlie horse" which is quite painful. I have to get up and walk it off. I am newly diagnosed and trying to go gluten-free, but as you know it seems that Gluten is everywhere! Hope this may help someone.