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Yet Another "cinderella" Story?

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Posted 13 February 2005 - 11:38 AM

Just wondered...do some people on here contact each other 'off the board?'
Via e-mail...for more personal support?

Just curious -

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"Get busy living
or get busy dying."

From: The Shawshank Redemption
gluten-free since Jan 1 '05
Positive response to diet within days, felt 'alive again' within 2 weeks

Feb 22 '05:
Diagnosed "Celiac Sprue, and IBS" by a GI doc, Dr. David Lin of Danville, CA
via blood testing 53 days after I began the gluten-free diet on my own:
Test results at 53 days POST going gluten-free were:

Gliadin AB IgA = 29.9
Since 30+ = positive for Celiac Disease when ingesting gluten, my doc
diagnosed me with Celiac Sprue then and there.

Gliadin AB IgG was 5.6 at that point
Endoscopy with biopsies, AND colonoscopy with biopsies were done,
only to rule out other possible GI problems (especially intestinal
lymphoma) - My doctor told me the results indicated "no current damage
found" - and that as long as I stay gluten-free, I don't need another
biopsy for ten years.

Follow-up blood testing was done about one year later, by the same
Gastro doc, in Nov '05:
Gliadin AB IgA =26, Gliadin AB IgG <1

Blood testing done again by him, 5 months later (March '06)
He then told me my tests results were back to normal, and "Keep up the
good work! You can't argue with success!" :-)

I now see him one time per year for routine testing to make sure I am
staying gluten-free.
I was also diagnosed as positive for antibodies and autoimmune
response to gliadin by Enterolab, via stool specimen taken 56 days

and I have one of the two genes that 'cause' Celiac Disease:

"HLA-DQ8," via Enterolabs cheek cell test kit
I began a COMPLETE 'Gluten-free Casein-free' diet in Nov '05, due to:
"positive" for casein antibodies from Enterolab (in Feb '05)
"positive" for casein IgG (Elisa) via York Labs' finger-prick blood
test, Sept '05
and continued 'stomach pains,' although nothing compared to before
going gluten-free....

UPDATE: ALL remaining symptoms disappeared within weeks of going gluten-free&CF!

My PAST illnesses I believe are attributable to Untreated Celiac Disease:

Recurrent ear and throat infections in childhood
Frequent childhood stomach aches, underweight, picky eater
Tooth enamel problems/excessive cavities in childhood
Diagnosed in 20's with non-allergic rhinitis
Two spontaneous abortions (childless)
IBS diagnosis at age 28 (all better post going gluten-free and casein-free)
["Horrible" digestive problems from ages 32-47 - excess gas,
diarrhea gone post gluten-free!]
Reflux diagnosis at age 35 ('reflux' gone post gluten-free)
ADHD diagnosis at age 38 and at age 48 (not as bad with Gluten-free Casein-free diet)
Broke elbow in 2 places, age 39
Osteopenia diagnosed at age 44 (bone scan revealed thinning of spine -
taking Calcium and Vit D now)
Fibromyalgia diagnosis at age 40 (fatigue and pain all gone post gluten-free!)
Minor depression with anxiety diagnosed at age 42 (taking Paxil)
Skin cancer - squamous at age 43 and pre-melanoma at age 45
Adult acne (this, too, went away, but only after going dairy-free)
Topical dermatitis (so bad I needed steroid shots) diagnosed at age 46
(That's gone now, too!)
Excessive bruising of skin began at age 45:
I was told by derm doc AND family physician "That's just thin, aging
skin, nothing you can do about that" (GUESS WHAT?! ...NO unusual
bruising POST going gluten-free! I can now wear skirts and shorts

SO many years of being sick...
Hopefully, others will benefit from Science, and the increasing media
attention being given to Celiac Disease and gluten-based illnesses,
and will not have to go through what I, and others on here, have had
to go through.

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Posted 13 February 2005 - 11:53 AM

I do--I periodically e-mail/PM 3-4 people from the board, and exchange frequent e-mails/IMs with one person from here....I think I've made a few good friends so far-- :)
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 12:03 PM

I've gotten a couple emails, maybe a dozen or two in the year I've been here. Nothing particularly regular, myself, but that's pretty standard for me.
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Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 12:41 PM

I converse with a lot of people
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 01:02 PM

FaithInScienceToo-That is awesome you had a good time with your niece. I bet it was fun to just spend some time with her and your family :D
I talk to a few people from this board online. I like talking to people and building relationships. If anyone wants to IM me or email me they can :D
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 02:31 PM

I PM/E-mail a few people, some are in my local support group, and one I bug when I am visiting his city.

There are good people here!
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Posted 13 February 2005 - 03:15 PM

I've had contact with a few people form this board and all were very helpful and encouraging. That's what were here for.
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10 years of abdominal problems, incorrectly diagnosed with Endometriosis / suffered 7 surgeries. Total hysterectomy 2 years ago!
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Interstitial Cystitis ,IBS, Migraines, Primary Immune Deficiency to name a few. Finally realizing that food intolerances make them all worse!



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Posted 23 February 2005 - 05:13 PM

Mariposa Brownies -- the triple chocolate truffle -- are bar none the ABSOLUTE BEST gluten-free brownie/baked good I have tasted. You could serve them to non-gluten-free people and they's NEVER know the difference.

I am on my second order from Mariposa. They are high quality gourment, as reflected by the price, but soooo worth it!!! I have tried the mixes and some store bought brownies like Crave Bakery in SF and NOTHING is even close to the Mariposa. I think the trick is they do not use a lot of flour so they are super mosit.

I am so happy I have discovered Mariposa Brownies!!!
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