I am new but new on the forum. I have been reading the forum for about 5 months now and have found tons of helpful information here. I have seen this forum members provide lots of support to others. I have found the stories and the information shared here very informative and very encouraging. Cheers to all of you for such good work
Little about me:
I was diagnosed with celiac late 2013. I had suspected I might have it after my mom was diagnosed with Celiac in 2009 but I guess I was in denial and in university so I decided to push my diagnosis back for a while. My symptoms for Celiac were constipation, fatigue and anemia . Not having severe symptoms also contributed to not take the Celiac seriously but I guess I should count my blessings and be thankful that the symptoms are not severe.
My mood started getting worse (very angry and irritable) last year and I guess so did the damage to my gut. Endoscopy showed grade 3 out of 4 damage (it sound bad given that my GI looked concerned ). I guess I can't cry about it now given this is a consequence of my own choice .
I have been gluten free for about 3 months (well 4 months of I count the big blunders I made in the first month of the diet) and hoping that my health will go no where but up .
I just completed the follow up blood work yesterday and am hoping that it shows some good results of my hard work for the last 3 month. I need some positive vibes from you guys!!!
I'm glad you finally got tested. My Mom had it too and like you, I was in denial for a long time. But I'm so glad I finally went gluten-free. Glad you did too. I hope your tests show great improvement!
gluten-free since June, 2011
Can't eat soy, corn, or foods high in salicylates.
Nightshades now seem to bother me too.
BUT I CAN STILL PLAY MY GUITAR AND THAT"S ALL THAT MATTERS!
Welcome to the group! As long as your antibodies are lower than before you are making progress. You'll be an old-pro in no time!
Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it." Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me. Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and hard work. have a good day! :-) Paul
I was diagnosed on Oct 1, 2013 so haven't been at this for long. I go back for the follow-up blood work towards the end of March. You're very fortunate to have caught this thing before getting severe symptoms. I didn't have any symptoms and yet the biopsy showed moderate to severe villi damage - so the myth about "no symptoms, no problem" (a.k.a. blatant denial) is a load of crap.
Thank you everyone! I got my blood work results back today.
Now way back in 2009 I was tested in diff country while taveling and my ttg was 297and I have been on full gluten diet until last year november Here in canada I they never give a number. It just said > 200.
But happy to say its 160 Yay!! It might not be as low as others might have seen but I am happy for this progress. My other antibody is now NORMAL.
My hemoglobin had jumped from the 70s to 127. My ferritin has gone up to 73!
Just thought I should share the numbers. I am off to celebrate with some glutenfree honey and peanut butter sandwiches