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Coming Back To Gluten Free
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Hello all,

 

I am coming back to a gluten-free diet, as well as DF.

 

While I have more symptoms of wheat allergies, rather than Gluten allergies, a couple years ago I had great results.

 

I was still eating my usual portions and the stuff was even more starchy because of all the gluten-free foods.

 

However, I lost about 20lbs and was SO much less swollen.

 

These days, I even cheat with beer! My face is puffy and Im carrying some weight. GRRRRR

 

So, here it goes again!

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Why not get tested for Celiac before you stop eating gluten? Maybe if you had a " real" medical diagnosis, it would help you stick to the diet.

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Pree

 

Why not get tested for Celiac before you stop eating gluten? Maybe if you had a " real" medical diagnosis, it would help you stick to the diet.

 

Pretty sure I dont have celiac disease. I believe it is a wheat allergy/intolerance. i just dont have the main symptoms of celiac.

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You have none of these? How do you know you have any kind of "intolerance"?

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CDCFactSheets10_SymptomList.pdf

Tough love - I think you don't WANT to have Celiac because you can cheat and don't have to be as strict if you think you have just an " intolerance".

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Whoa! I thought you HAD to have severe symptoms, like fecal problems. Thanks for updating me. Whats the best way to get tested?

You have none of these? How do you know you have any kind of "intolerance"?

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CDCFactSheets10_SymptomList.pdf


Tough love - I think you don't WANT to have Celiac because you can cheat and don't have to be as strict if you think you have just an " intolerance".

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Also, i know you said any doctor can do the bloodwork, but would going to an allergist/immunologist be better in regards accuracy? And, I have to be "on" gluten to get accurate results, right? How accurate is the bloodwork tests?

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You can have both celiac/gluten intolerance and a wheat allergy or hay fever or other allergies to any sorts of things.  Allergies = histamine reaction.  Celiac = auto immune reaction where body is bothered by proteins inside and makes antibodies against itself.  Gluten intolerance  = like celiac without the official diagnostic seal of approval™ (okay, that last part was a joke.) 

 

Go to a PCP/ regular doctor at first for the bloodwork, because an allergist is a specialist who will be looking for ....  allergies.  I have allergies also, (to some members of the grasses typically used to make hay for livestock)  and yet I've never tested out as a "don't eat wheat" in any test, and yet am definitely gluten intolerant.   No doctor ever tried pegging me as celiac, because to them I just don't look like one, (so much for that Irish part ancestry... :rolleyes: pffffffffzzzzzzzz )  and gut problems were not my main symptom. 

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