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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Hi Everyone,

I have been gluten free for 10 months and am just starting to feel like my old self again. :) However yesterday I started to have fluttering sensations in my stomach and throat and when this happens my heart seems to skip a beat. It is still happenimg today. Does anyone think this could be celiac or gluten related, I don't think I had any but......

Any thoughts before I go to my doctor again.....?

Thanks

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Sue, I get the same problem, and I know that my heart is skipping a beat then, as I've seen it on a heart monitor. I've been told that there is nothing wrong with my heart.

On the other hand, a doctor said that lack of potassium or magnesium can cause these problems. It is possible to overdose on potassium. I suggest you make a doctors appointment and get your potassium, vitamin K, vitamin D, Calcium and Magnesium levels tested, to make sure you know where you need to supplement. You can't really go wrong with supplementing with Magnesium (as long as you don't take mega doses), and eating vitamin K and potassium rich foods. Often that is all that is needed. You can almost be sure that you don't have enough vitamin D in the winter months, unless you live in a warm, sunny climate all year round. Here, cod liver oil is your best bet, I take two tablespoonfuls a day (Carlson's cod liver oil is the best one on the market, and doesn't taste terrible).

My heart palpitations, racing and skipping has improved dramatically with doing what I've just described above.

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I have been gluten free for about 9 months. Just the past couple of weeks I have noticed my heart beating faster than usual at times. I am addicted to Diet Coke - I figure there are a lot worse things that I could be addicted to. At least it is not on the "Can Not Have" list. I have self diagnososed myself as drinking too much caffeine. I feel that by being Diabetic and having Celiac, I am entitled to have one bad habit. If It keeps up, I guess I will try to cut down on the caffeine (I now drink 5-6 cans a day). If that doesn't help, I guess I will have to contact the doctor.

Cindy

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I've been getting heart palpitations and a racing heart quite a lot lately. For me I think it may have something to do with gluten or possibly another problem such as a hyperthyroid. Calcium and magnesium supplements help my heart. Cranberry juice also seems to help.

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The spastic heart palpatations you have mentioned sound like what runs in my family. My mom was recently hospitalized for this, as her heart began to race for just over 20 hours....180 beats a minute.....pretty scary. But my mom and I have had what we call little "run aways" all of our lives. It is true that these are typically caused by a lack of electrolytes....especially potassium. My mom and me both take potassium. I try very hard to include bananas in my diet, they are easy to carry along. I would highly recomend that you check with your doc. If your heart is in good condition, your doc probably won't be able to see the spastic heart condition, it doesn't show up unless you are in the middle of an episode, your doc will probably test your blood and get you on some supplementation if needed. But if I were you, no matter what the doc says, I would add to my diet foods that will help.

Hope this helps!

-Lollie

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My experience is a bit different, but I thought I'd put it out there. In mid Dec., I began to have palpitations--I could both feel and hear my heart pounding almost all the time. Around the same time, I was having trouble with a lot of upper abdominal gas and reflux. The heart pounding stayed the same--no pain or skipped beats that I knew of. When I took Phayzame, it helped a bit, but not for long. Just this week, I tried cutting out orange juice--previously, I drank it every morning. Almost immediately, the pounding stopped. It's been 3 days now, and it's still gone. I can't believe it. Could irritation caused by acid really cause a pounding heart? It's the only thing I changed--the pressure and gas are better, too.

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I have been gluten free for about 9 months. Just the past couple of weeks I have noticed my heart beating faster than usual at times. I am addicted to Diet Coke - I figure there are a lot worse things that I could be addicted to. At least it is not on the "Can Not Have" list. I have self diagnososed myself as drinking too much caffeine. I feel that by being Diabetic and having Celiac, I am entitled to have one bad habit. If It keeps up, I guess I will try to cut down on the caffeine (I now drink 5-6 cans a day). If that doesn't help, I guess I will have to contact the doctor.

Cindy

Cindy, yrs ago I did the 'diet pop thing' trying to loose weight, and it almost killed me [literally]. I didn't understand at the time, because of always feeling crappy, but it was the diet drinks. It got to a point where my face hurt like I'd stuck it in a microwave over or something similar....... I'd been on political discussion/news groups for yrs, and we told each other (other) important news we heard of, that wasn't in the mainstream media, medical system, etc. Right at the time of this problem, someone posted about diet foods, and how harmful they are. I'd already stopped drinking pop, but wasn't sure why it bothered me so much... those chemicals in diet stuff damages the body on a cellular level, and causes far more deaths than the media/doctors/etc even hint of. After all this, we learned of a young woman just down the road that had died, and they found out it was from diet pop!....... We never touch it anymore, we just make flavored drinks with very little sugar... you get used to it within a few months.

GC

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Cindy, yrs ago I did the 'diet pop thing' trying to loose weight, and it almost killed me [literally]. I didn't understand at the time, because of always feeling crappy, but it was the diet drinks. It got to a point where my face hurt like I'd stuck it in a microwave over or something similar....... I'd been on political discussion/news groups for yrs, and we told each other (other) important news we heard of, that wasn't in the mainstream media, medical system, etc. Right at the time of this problem, someone posted about diet foods, and how harmful they are. I'd already stopped drinking pop, but wasn't sure why it bothered me so much... those chemicals in diet stuff damages the body on a cellular level, and causes far more deaths than the media/doctors/etc even hint of. After all this, we learned of a young woman just down the road that had died, and they found out it was from diet pop!....... We never touch it anymore, we just make flavored drinks with very little sugar... you get used to it within a few months.

GC

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GC1,

Thanks for the advice, but right now I am feeling so deprived that I don't think I am ready to give up anything else. Besides, being Diabetic, I wouldn't even be able to have drinks with sugar. I don't mind drinking some water if it is ice cold, but I would like to have a choice in what I drink.

By the way, out of curiousity, how did the young woman down the street die? What in the diet soda caused it?

Also, by the way, where are you from? I'm just curious as to your use of "pop".

Cindy

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The thing in diet anything that might kill you is ASPARTAME! It is pure poison and will make you sick, and might kill you in the end.

It is known to cause heart attacks, blindness, MS, lupus, it will make diabetics often VERY unstable and unable to control their blood sugar levels. It will make you crave carbohydrates, and make you gain weight, not lose it. The list of terrible things it does to your body is virtually endless. Here is a good link to follow to check it out (which leads to more links).

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Cindy... the label tells the name of the artificial sweetener--it's been yrs, and I can't remember the name of the junk they use now. Look at the label and do a Google search... that'll scare you away from diet! She died from cancer, a tumor, or smething... the better-half can't remember, and she's the one who told me about it. She was only about 25 yrs old, but drank around 3-4 cans a day.

I'm a hillbilly from rural North Carolina, so we always just called it cola, soft drinks, or the name brand--it's the better-half that calls it 'pop'... she's from N.Y., and they say "pop". Rubbed off on me; it sounds odd, so I naturally like the term!

BTW, this is how I've come to look at it; if one consumes calories from potatoes, carrots, squash, and/or a number of other foods, then reducing that can allow for a little "sugar" from something you drink... it's [mostly] the same to the body.

GC

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