Anemia & Iron Deficiency
Posted 01 March 2005 - 11:00 AM
I was diagnosed with Celiac in Sept. 04 through a blood test that my abdominal specialist gave me as a result of chronic diarrhea and malnutrition. After going on a gluten-free diet, my health improved drastically within 2 weeks, so I decided not to do the colonocsopy at that time. BTW, I also have diabetes type 1. When I went to see my internist recently, he was concerned that I am still anemic and iron deficient and suggested that I go back to my abdominal doc for an endoscopy and colonoscopy. OK, I have scheduled those for the end of this month.... Now my question(s): Is anemia an ongoing problem with Celiac? Do we ever recover from it? My bones or muscles seem to ache all the time and I am struggling with my new diet and resultant blood sugars. But overall, I really feel pretty good. I would like to hear what others have to say about their experiences with anemia and any of the above.
Posted 01 March 2005 - 11:44 AM
Well after going gluten-free I started using a cast iron pan to make my scrambled eggs every morning. I would also cook my chicken in it occasionally for dinner. I was able to donate blood about 6 months into the diet! My iron was finally up to normal levels and has stayed up, even though I don't use the cast iron pan all the time anymore! The important thing with a cast iron pan is that it has to be new. It can't be an old one, or else it is most likely seasoned well with far to much gluten over the years! So that is one cheap iron booster. And it certainly can't hurt to try it. Just remember NEW pan.
Certainly have your doctor check all your nutrient levels, since there are supplements you can use, and some people might need shots at regular intervals. The gastro doctor should be able to help you in this area.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 01 March 2005 - 08:00 PM
Posted 03 March 2005 - 08:45 AM
gluten-free since Feb 2005
Posted 03 March 2005 - 11:05 AM
Hope this helps.
Posted 04 March 2005 - 09:06 AM
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