Posted 05 June 2005 - 11:35 PM
I am new here, I am SO grateful to have found this board because I feel like I am on the verge of falling apart. In brief, I wanted to know if anyone has had the experience of getting repeated episodes of bronchitis, asthmatic bronchitis, or other similiar illnesses while still ingesting wheat and gluten. I am too sick to begin to explain everything, but I am only just beginning to go wheat free. I developed chronic bronchitis over a year ago and have had so many antibiotics/inhalers, etc. and I keep relapsing. I am very frightened from being so sick and weak. My life is in standstill, I can barely function or think. Sorry for the poor writing.
I am newly diagnosed and overwhelmed. Very depressed and teary. But most of all, the bronchitis is scaring me because of how sick it makes me and my doc says I will get resistant to meds if we arent careful. I am about to have a sputum culture done as well.
I would be so very grateful for any feedback.
Completely overwhelmed, giselle
Posted 06 June 2005 - 09:54 AM
Sorry you feel so bad but I completely understand. I used to get chronic sinus infections and my husband used to get chronic bronchitus all the time. I know that having celiac disease weakens your immune system therefore you get sick easily and its takes longer to get well. I just want to let you know that there is hope in this. I take Reliv shakes which are nutritional supplement that are taken in liquid form and since I've taken them I no longer have sinus issues that turned into infections. I've completely gotton off of all my sinus medications and have not had a sinus infection since I've been on Reliv. My husband who was sceptical about taking anything finally went to a Reliv meeting and heard all the great health stories and was convinced to start taking Reliv. Since him being on it, he has not had any bronchial infections and is off his sinus meds as well. He also suffered from old athletic injuries (knee, broken vertibre, broken bones and arthiritus) and had severe intestinal damage in his early twenties. When he started taking Reliv he initially started because of all of the aches and pains he had from injuries but wound up benefiting from all other issues his body has been going through.
Posted 08 June 2005 - 02:29 AM
9 yrs gluten-free
...also DH, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, osteopenia, hypothyroid...
After almost 10 years, I am doing soooo much better!
Posted 08 June 2005 - 03:30 AM
Posted 08 June 2005 - 05:45 AM
Posted 10 June 2005 - 02:06 PM
Thanks for the great replies and info. I just got the results of my culture back and found I have Viral Chronic Bronchitis. It's good that I got a second opinion because I had been given 4 different very long courses of powerful antibiotics over the last year. My second doc said I was lucky to have not developed a resistant strep infection (MRSA), scary stuff.
After reading other posts here, it seems I have a severe case of fibro "fog" (also have fibromyalgia like several of you) and I guess that is why I am so mentally overwhelmed about where to begin in starting my wheat/gluten free diet.
I am happy to hear that many of you got relief from your bronchitis after starting the diet, so I guess I have some hope now. Perhaps I should go to the thread about the diet and see how others got going.
Thanks again for your efforts in helping me. In friendship, giselle
Posted 23 July 2005 - 09:18 AM
Posted 23 July 2005 - 11:17 AM
Diag. Celiac Disease by positive blood test 2/03/2004
Allergies - corn, soy, casein, egg whites and wheat
Hypothyroid and Hperthyroid
Fibromyalgia - diag. in 1978 when they called it Fibrositis
PAD Peripheral Artery Disease
Angina and Atrial Fibrillation
Scoliosis of the spine (caused by malabsorption and it is horribly painful) This would be enough reason for someone to go gluten free.
Ocular Myastenia Gravis
Posted 29 July 2005 - 09:38 AM
It just blows me away how many symptoms can be gluten-related.
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