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Odd Benefits Of Going Gluten Free


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#61 Austin Guy

 
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:39 AM

Within 48 hours of going gluten free 7 weeks ago acne on my back vanished. I used to get it every summer and one problem was that it itched a lot. I would scratch and bleed and stain shirts, sheets, etc. I've noticed that my skin in an overall sense is better as well. Not as dry, no blemishes and my face actually looks younger. Pretty amazing!
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Self-diagnosed gluten intolerant May 10, 2011 after going gluten free May 8.
Allergic to cat dander, salmon, nuts, lots of airborne pollens and mold.
Soy intolerance August 2011
Dairy and egg intolerance November 2011
Peanuts 2013
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#62 Judy3

 
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:11 AM

I'm 7 months gluten free - My odd things that happened (and maybe not so odd but surprising to me) My diabetes has gotten so much better that I'm off medication completely and the flaking and peeling inside my ears has gone away...

yay! I'll have to see about the mosquito's.. hmmm that would be cool!!



It's official... I am no longer a mosquito magnet... who'da thunk. I was at an outdoor concert on Saturday and everyone including the band was complaining about getting eaten alive. I did not have one bite. I pulled a couple of them off of me but they weren't biting... hmmmm

This is wonderful!! Hope it continues
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Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2005 and it's gone now that I'm aspartame and gluten free. Hmmm
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:08 PM

It's so encouraging to see all the improvements you all are having!
I still have so many of the bad symptoms, but I feel more hopeful now.
One REALLY big thing that bothers me is that all of my allergies became more pronounced about 2 years ago. I was having trouble breathing. Got tested and had tons of positive hits. I've been getting 2 shots a week ever since and they're still out of control. I hope once I heal I'll have less trouble with all of those allergies too!
My Dentist is pretty sharp. Over a yar ago she said my teeth and gums seem to be getting affected by my immune system. I have no idea how she knew? Now that I'm Dxed I keep realizing there were TONS of clues!
I have to add to my eyebrows with eyebrow powder..now that I'm Gluten-Free maybe they'll grow back? BUT then I might have to go back to shaving my legs? :o
I love learning things here!
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:15 PM

I feel no different now than I did since going strictly gluten-free 5 months ago (gluten-free house, no CC). But I wasn't feeling sick from gluten to begin with. The only thing I notice is, as I already mentioned, my fingernails are now straight. I cannot wait until some neuro issues disappear! Now, however, I am having abdominal issues so I think it is time to begin an elimination diet. :( My physical and bloodwork is coming up in two weeks so perhaps we can narrow it down.

Seasonal allergies were extra bad this year and the mosquitoes adore me.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:22 PM

I have had a problem called cytolytic vaginosis for well over a year. It is fairly horrible and makes life somewhat miserable (and sex impossible) for 2 weeks out of every month. Last month is was better and this month.... GONE! :D Yippee!


I would kill to get your results. The last gyno I saw told me my pain was vestibulitis and said, "good luck!" My PCP suggested it was probably related to my chronic abdominal pain. I never considered that it might be related to my possible gluten intolerance... it's good to know other people have seen results on gluten-free diets.


:lol: :lol: yuck....and no more of those "pink and blue icing roses" either...


Eeeewww... thinking about storebrand cake is making me feel ill. It's my birthday and my sweet ole' mamma ordered me a chocolate cake from a local gluten free bakery. I'm pretty excited.
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#66 Bubba's Mom

 
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:03 PM

Eeeewww... thinking about storebrand cake is making me feel ill. It's my birthday and my sweet ole' mamma ordered me a chocolate cake from a local gluten free bakery. I'm pretty excited.

Do you think your Mom would adopt me? :D
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#67 Marilyn R

 
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:31 PM

As for benefits of going gluten-free, we are saving money!!! :D

I've been gluten-free for 15 months. At first it was more expensive because I was buying really expensive repacements for the processed food we were used to. That didn't always work out so well, probably because I have more food intolerances,

By eliminating dining out and cooking only whole foods, we're saving over $300.00 per month.

And by the way, my neighbor has a great skeeter spray. She mixes ground up rosemary, lemongrass, water, cheap vodka and citronelle and lets it steep, then strains it through layers of muslim and bottles it in cheap spray bottles and gives it away for presents. It works really good.

The other thing I like about going gluten-free is that I have real fingernails again! They used to be paper thin and would tear off and expose the nail bed.

Sleep is good. I used to miss a good night's sleep terribly. Same with sense of humor. I'm not missing horrible depression. And I really appreciate not having uncontrollable D. Hope that's not TMI. Good luck to everyone. :)
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As of 2/12, tolerating dairy, corn, legumes and some soy, but I limit soy to tamari sauce or modest soy additives. Won't ever try quinoa again!

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:42 PM

I also seem to not be as attractive to bugs as I used to be. I rarely get bit anymore.

Another oddity is that my eyebrows used to stop about 2/3's of the way across and since being gluten-free for a few years they go all the way to where they should end. A little thing, maybe, but it makes a difference.


The eyebrow thing is also a sign of hypothyroidism. My husband is hypothyroid and has this issue. Here is a link to auto-immune symptom checker. The eyebrow thing is listed under "hair"

http://www.thyroid-i...e-checklist.htm
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Gluten Intolerant-April 2010
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October 2012- I learned that I am 1/2 Irish with a strong family history of Gluten Intolerance/Celiacs. I will never know If I am Celiac because I will never eat gluten again in order to test postive, it's poison and I do not ever want to feel the way I felt before implementing the gluten free diet EVER again!!!

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 05:39 AM

I would kill to get your results. The last gyno I saw told me my pain was vestibulitis and said, "good luck!" My PCP suggested it was probably related to my chronic abdominal pain. I never considered that it might be related to my possible gluten intolerance... it's good to know other people have seen results on gluten-free diets.


I am sorry your GYN was so unsympathetic. :huh:
You need a new GYN!! (in my humble opinion)

Vaginal/pelvic floor pain can be a result of gluten
intolerance! The lack of tissue integrity is often associated with gluten exposure and nutritional deficiencies. Inflammation in the body can cause many associated GYN issues--the tissues, ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor are greatly impacted.
My GYN saw inflammation from a swab she took and said "I never
saw dyspareunia or vaginitis as being gluten-related until you asked me about it. Now, I know what to do to try and help women with these disorders and burning pain"(glad I was so persistent about getting this pain treated!)

My PT --who specializes in pelvic floor pain treatment--suggested I use vaginal probiotics. (yup, just put one right up there every night! ;) and the results are amazing. I take probiotics orally as well and that has helped me immensely with getting things to calm down. I was burning from head to toe. I could not sit without pain for 3 years.

I heard a similar dismissive remark as you did from a urogynecologist I consulted. He suggested I take huge doses of neurotin and anti-depressants and just "live with" the burning pain from the waist down. huh? No way! I suffered from more than a few GYN issues in my life (including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, multiple miscarriages--which we NOW know are celiac-related--and a very early menopause)
Then, I developed an inablity to sit comfortably and had burning pain in my buttocks, hips, pelvis, legs when the celiac triggered for good.My GYN, PT and I agree---This pelvic floor pain is certainly related to bowel inflammation and muscle weakness from gluten intolerance as well as estrogen depletion. It can cause pudendal nerve entrapment-and that is no picnic.

There are physical therapists who deal with this kind of pelvic floor pain. You do not have to live with vestibulitis or vaginitis or painful intercourse! There are treatments. Search for someone in your area to help you. Google Pelvic floor pain and physical therapy. There is a registry of PTs.

Since using probiotics "up there" --it has greatly reduced the inflammation and pain! I do stretches from the PT and the GYN gave me estrogen cream to apply to the area. The nutritional deficiencies associated with these GYN issues are : vitamin E, vitamin A,Vitamin B3 (niacin) and Vitamin B9--Folic Acid. (I learned all this from several sources, including Recognizing Celiac Disease by Cleo Libonati, RN and Heal Pelvic Pain by Amy Stein PT.

Celiacs often have a folate deficiency (I did)and since
supplementing with prescription folic acid, I am not exhausted and the issues of the pelvis are greatly reduced.
Have your vitamin/mineral levels been tested? It may give you a clue as to what may be deficient.

Please--try to get someone to help you resolve this pain.
No one should have to "live with" these painful symptoms--and if they are related to your gluten intolerance--you should get relief from a gluten-free diet and some nutritional support.

Sorry this is a long post, but having lived with this pain and searching endlessly for relief (before I knew I had celiac disease) I hate to hear that others are suffering from similar issues.

Hope this helps! ;)
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 06:55 AM

I dodged a lunch outing I didn't want to go to. :D

I too must confess to this! B)
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 05:18 PM

I am sorry your GYN was so unsympathetic. :huh:
You need a new GYN!! (in my humble opinion)

Vaginal/pelvic floor pain can be a result of gluten
intolerance! The lack of tissue integrity is often associated with gluten exposure and nutritional deficiencies. Inflammation in the body can cause many associated GYN issues--the tissues, ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor are greatly impacted.
My GYN saw inflammation from a swab she took and said "I never
saw dyspareunia or vaginitis as being gluten-related until you asked me about it. Now, I know what to do to try and help women with these disorders and burning pain"(glad I was so persistent about getting this pain treated!)

My PT --who specializes in pelvic floor pain treatment--suggested I use vaginal probiotics. (yup, just put one right up there every night! ;) and the results are amazing. I take probiotics orally as well and that has helped me immensely with getting things to calm down. I was burning from head to toe. I could not sit without pain for 3 years.

I heard a similar dismissive remark as you did from a urogynecologist I consulted. He suggested I take huge doses of neurotin and anti-depressants and just "live with" the burning pain from the waist down. huh? No way! I suffered from more than a few GYN issues in my life (including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, multiple miscarriages--which we NOW know are celiac-related--and a very early menopause)
Then, I developed an inablity to sit comfortably and had burning pain in my buttocks, hips, pelvis, legs when the celiac triggered for good.My GYN, PT and I agree---This pelvic floor pain is certainly related to bowel inflammation and muscle weakness from gluten intolerance as well as estrogen depletion. It can cause pudendal nerve entrapment-and that is no picnic.

There are physical therapists who deal with this kind of pelvic floor pain. You do not have to live with vestibulitis or vaginitis or painful intercourse! There are treatments. Search for someone in your area to help you. Google Pelvic floor pain and physical therapy. There is a registry of PTs.

Since using probiotics "up there" --it has greatly reduced the inflammation and pain! I do stretches from the PT and the GYN gave me estrogen cream to apply to the area. The nutritional deficiencies associated with these GYN issues are : vitamin E, vitamin A,Vitamin B3 (niacin) and Vitamin B9--Folic Acid. (I learned all this from several sources, including Recognizing Celiac Disease by Cleo Libonati, RN and Heal Pelvic Pain by Amy Stein PT.

Celiacs often have a folate deficiency (I did)and since
supplementing with prescription folic acid, I am not exhausted and the issues of the pelvis are greatly reduced.
Have your vitamin/mineral levels been tested? It may give you a clue as to what may be deficient.

Please--try to get someone to help you resolve this pain.
No one should have to "live with" these painful symptoms--and if they are related to your gluten intolerance--you should get relief from a gluten-free diet and some nutritional support.

Sorry this is a long post, but having lived with this pain and searching endlessly for relief (before I knew I had celiac disease) I hate to hear that others are suffering from similar issues.

Hope this helps! ;)


I'm responding to this in a personal convo if you don't mind, just cause I feel weird about taking over the thread talking about my lady region...
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Posted 14 July 2011 - 12:58 PM

Wow..man maybe I'll finally get rid of that third arm.
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