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What Good Things Have Happened To You Since Being Gluten Free


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#16 krystynycole

 
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 06:41 AM

-I love being able to stay out as long as I choose with my friends. It is now my husband saying he wants to go not me :)

-Being able to shop with my mom without running to the bathroom in the middle of the store and then having to call her and figure out where the heck she is! Even more being able to shop Black Friday Sales!!!

-Being able to go on vacation and not worry about bathroom locations while riding in the car or if I will be able to go to the bathroom on the plane in a seconds notice without worrying about them being in-use or too much turbulence and the stewardess gets mad when a grown woman says she can't hold it.

-Finding new delicious recipes...I found a great mango peach salsa that my non-gluten free husband loves and asks for all the time. We would have never known otherwise.

-I am able to take long walks with my husband at night in the cool breeze of the summer nights :)

So many more things but there is not enough space to write them all!
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Posted 09 July 2011 - 12:23 PM

I've only been gluten-free for 9 days. I'm so glad to see this question was asked!
It's so nice to see people focusing in on the positives. Right now, it seems like there are so many negatives in my life?
I hope one day I can write a long list of symptoms that have been relieved. :)

Today at the market I found out I can have Boar's Head cold cuts. Yay!
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#18 come dance with me

 
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Posted 09 July 2011 - 03:37 PM

Not really for me but for my dd who tested positive about 6 month ago now:

My dd put on weight and is no longer sick all the time. In semester 2 last year she had 25 days off school but in semester 1 of this year she's been late 10 days due to appoinments but only had 7 days off in total and 2 of those were for hospital appoinments that take all day so she wasn't even sick those day. Her behaviour has improved which I think is because she can focus on her work rather than the pain she was in from the food she was having. In the last few months alone she has gone from being one of the kids at the bottom level in the class to bringing home As and Bs on her report card and reading way beyond her age level. The biggest improvements so far are definitely in her general health and I'm so happy she's now putting on weight. I don't have the problem of her not eating anymore. I used to put food down for her then she'd eat little bit and leave it. The poor little thing knew it made her sick but wasn't able to tell me in the right way why she wasn't eating :(
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#19 UpbeatPete

 
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Posted 09 July 2011 - 06:45 PM

gluten-free since 5/9/11
Fatigue Gone
Migraines Gone
Joint Pain Gone
Only sleeping 7 to 8 hours (Was sleeping 12 to 14 and still felt tired)
Short Term Memory is almost normal again
Able to do Math in my brain again
Running, Swimming, and playing basketball again, finally after 2 years.
Reading for pleasure again
Dizziness has gone away
Numbness and shaking in extremeties has went away
Finally feeling like the old me after almost 3 years
There are many other things, and as I remember I will update this.
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#20 AmyE

 
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Posted 11 July 2011 - 06:47 AM

8years of chronic migraines went away!!! Fatigue even after 10 hours of sleep gone!! Severe digestive pain gone!! Acne disappeared!!!! And I was the one that found out!! Drs couldnt figure it out!!
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#21 jenngolightly

 
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:24 PM

I ditto on the the physical improvements, but I was talking to a person at work today and I realized that since my Celiac diagnosis I have totally re-prioritized my life. I finally get to put "me" first. I know a lot of moms have that problem, and it took me many years to figure out how to do it without feeling guilty or whatever. But now I put my health, happiness, and family ahead of my career. I used to want to be the "boss" - but now I'm comfortable in my job and know that what I do outside of my work day is what makes me be the best I can be.

I'm much healthier now, but I'm oh-so-much happier than before because I spend more time getting to know who I am (besides what I do for work), and I get to enjoy my kids without worrying that I'm not at work. I also like my job. I'm fulfilled.

So how do I spend those extra hours that I used to spend at work? Well, I've learned to cook a little. And the kids help out sometimes, so it's a great chance to spend some time being healthy and getting to spend some time with them - hard to find that time now that they're teens. :)
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#22 Brooksbelle

 
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Posted 17 July 2011 - 10:14 AM

Only 3 weeks gluten-free (except for a couple oopsies/ouchies as I learn what's safe for me to eat) and I feel like a miracle is occurring in my body!
  • I have ENERGY for the first time in over a decade
  • Severe night sweats are GONE
  • My abdomen is "quiet" and pain-free, finally
  • Brain fog is gone
  • My appetite has normalized (not hungry all the time)
  • Did I mention that my pain is GONE!
  • Diarrhea and Constipation gone!
  • Depression is lifting (on meds for years, but going gluten-free is really turning things around

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#23 melikamaui

 
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:22 AM

This is going to be a LONG list....In no particular order:

I lost weight (still overweight and working on this though)

my hair stopped falling out

my hair is thicker, shinier and fuller and it's got a natural wave back (as opposed to being like straw while it was falling out)

my nails stopped splitting and started growing again

Debilitating joint pain is gone

muscle spasms gone

no more seizures--this is major I can drive again

shaky hands gone

improved short term memory--still getting better

improved memory for numbers

no more asthma attacks--I used to react to heavy perfume, not any more. Only time I have had trouble is when I had brochitis/pnuemonia.

seasonal allergies are better

haven't had a sinus infection since going gluten-free

no more anxiety attacks/fear of public places gone

I no longer get car sick

no more nausea when eating

chest pain/racing heartbeat gone--I had cut out caffiene thinking it was to blame but I can now drink caffiene without a problem.

No more depression/suicidal thoughts. I used to have these thoughts of "maybe it would be better if I died". I never really WANTED to die and that was not like me at all but life had gotten so hopeless. I now find I have these fleeting thoughts of death only if gltuened.

no more racing to the bathroom--I can drive several hours without needing to stop wheras for a while I needed to stop at every rest area on a road trip and sometimes couldn't make it to a reststop at all and would be running into a store or ff place to use their facilities.

I can drive several hours--at my worst I was too weak to drive much longer than 30 minutes and even did a 45 minute commute to work/school where I would pull off into a parking lot halfway through and rest for 15 minutes in order to make it all the way.

I'm no longer bed bound from the pain

hand and ankle swelling has gone--I have normal sized ankles and my wedding rings fit me again

no more pregnant looking swollen belly--although I am overweight the belly I had was NOT my normal fat belly. Drs had no way of knowing of course and just thought I was extra fat I guess. I'm certian this why a lot of overweight celiacs are ignored or just told to eat more fiber and exercise and it will go away. I was following drs orders of eating more whole wheat products and I just got fatter and sicker. :angry:

Anemia is gone.

Extreme fatigue is gone.

I can wear contact lenses again--my eye were SO dry I could not wear them for 3 or 4 years and I had worn contacts since I was in 5th grade.

I no longer have trouble with blurred vision/difficulty focusing my eyes. I thought my eyesight was just getting worse with age and I had actaully gotten a stronger prescription in my glasses during the time when I was really sick. When my dry eyes were gone and I went to see if I could try contacts again my eye doctor tested my vision and found it had gone BACK to the same strength as when I used to wear contacts. He had no explanation. I have no explanation. I just know that I got my "normal" vision back.

No more visual migraines/light induced migraines. This goes along with the eye thing--I used ot get eyestrain from very little time in front of a computer. I used to get migraines frequently where all I could do was lie in a dark room. I have had one or two migraines since going gluten-free but they were managable and not light sensitive as bad as I used to get.

My gums don't bleed as bad as they used to. All my life I've had bad gums. No matter how much I flossed they didn't get better. Dentists never believed me when I said I flossed twice a day. I didn't go to a dentist for 6 years because I was so tired of hearing the same thing and I didn't have insurance so why pay extra to be scolded and sit in pain during the cleaning? I went back last year and they didn't say a thing about my gums (I DID have a lot of tarter and regret not going regularly but fortunately no cavities). Then I realized that I have been flossing and I no longer taste blood in my mouth afterward. My gums are HEALING and almost healthy now.

No more canker sores on my tongue. I only get one if I have accidental glutne in a larger dose.

A skin rash on my arms and scalp has gone away. No clue if it was DH or not but it was itchy and painful. The dermatologist shrugged her shoulders at it, didn't biopsy and just gave me a bunch of creams that didn't work.

Haven't had a kidney stone or a bladder infection since going gluten-free. Used to have frequent kideny stones and UTI's.

Intense fear/anxiety of bugs has gone. For a while I was in a state where if I saw a spider I would sceam, run to another room and sitting a corner rocking back and forth while tears came streaming down my face, not knowing WHY my body was in a state fight or flight. NOW, I kill the spider and go on with what I was doing. Sometimes I even ignore the bug completely if it's up high somewhere that I can't reach.

My periods are normal. Never in my life have I had normal, evenly spaced ones before (until now). Hopefully this is a sign of my fertility coming back because I had three miscarriages.

A large cyst I had on one of my ovaries no longer causes me pain. I go back in a few months to see if it is gone or still there (have not have it checked since before going gluten-free).

Callouses on my feet are gone. Although, if anyone can explain how a bed bound person gets calloused feet they are a genius. That's what I had--a thick build up of skin on my feet so that they felt like sandpaper and stuck to my silk or flannel sheets. Now my heels are not smooth as babies bottoms or anything but they are not heavily calloused anymore (and I walk on them every day) and I have not been using any lotion or anything on them.

My lips are soft again--as opposed to cracked and dry to the point of bleeding no matter what I put on them and no matter the climate. I haven't needed chapstick at all this summer (did need it in the winter when we had cold whether but it was normal cold-whether chap that cleared up with an application of chap stick).

I no longer sleep for 12 hours and wake up feeling still tired. I sleep for 8 hours and wake up ready to get out of bed and get going.

I can walk in a straight line next to someone without running into them. Before I had balance issues and was always constantly overcorrecting to avoid running ino the person I was walking with (usually my hubby and this happened even if I was holding his hand).

I'm less clumsy in general, although I won't be trying out for any sports teams any time soon.

I'm sure there's more I haven't thought of. My memory is still not perfect. :D


I could have written this exact list! In fact I showed it to my husband who said "WOW! It's like you wrote it." Isn't crazy how many different things are affected by gluten? I am amazed at how much better I feel having only been on the diet for 7 months. (With several self-induced gluten challenges to "test" whether or not it was really gluten that was making me sick. It was.) I can't believe how much better I'll get to feel when it's been years instead of months! I feel very lucky today. :D
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 10:13 AM

I've been strictly gluten-free for five months and feel no physical improvements except I believe my mega dose of magnesium is helping with calf cramps. I also have other health issues that cause a lot of pain. But I feel good knowing that I am treating my body better (as I should have been all along!). So, I have learned a lot mentally!
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<p>Confirmed celiac disease February 2011 from biopsies. Strictly gluten free March 18 2011.Diagnosed with fibromyalgia April 13 2011.3 herniated discs, myofascial pain syndrome, IT band syndrome, 2 rotator cuff injuries - from an accident Dec. 07 - resulting in chronic pain ever since. Degenerative disc disease.Osteoarthritis in back and hips.Chronic insomnia mostly due to chronic pain.Aspartame free May 2011.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 01:39 PM

Hello All ,

I was just diagnosed about a week ago and my head was spinning at first trying to put everything together. I'm sooo glad tha there is hope for me to finally feel better after countless years of symptoms.

I guess I have to wait just a little longer becuase I was also tested positive for H-Pylori and the antibiotics are severly kicking my behind.

Its nice to meet anyone that reads this.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:18 PM

Well, I can't prove it's due to the gluten-free diet...but my eye sight has always gotten gradually worse every year (since 3rd grade) I go to get my eyes checked. This year, they got better! How weird is that? Also, every time in the past when going to the dentist, they had to scrape my teeth a good amount, the last two times they have hardly had to touch my teeth other than to polish them. I'll take it! Other than that obviously feeling WAY better physically and emotionally since going gluten-free. :D
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2011:
Anemia is gone for the first time in my life, Yay!
Teeth are cleaner according to my dentist (interesting, eh???)
Eyesight has improved for the first time in my life (another interesting thing!)

**My advice to the newly diagnosed** HANG IN THERE!! It gets better and is so worth the seemly long road to getting better. Just be happy you can make yourself healthy with a diet change, and not have to take pills for the rest of your life. :D

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:27 PM

Well, I can't prove it's due to the gluten-free diet...but my eye sight has always gotten gradually worse every year (since 3rd grade) I go to get my eyes checked. This year, they got better! How weird is that? Also, every time in the past when going to the dentist, they had to scrape my teeth a good amount, the last two times they have hardly had to touch my teeth other than to polish them. I'll take it! Other than that obviously feeling WAY better physically and emotionally since going gluten-free. :D


AND I am not anemic anymore!!! I was continuously anemic for 11 years....now I have higher levels than I have ever had in my life!!
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Diagnosed with Celiac Disease November 2009
2011:
Anemia is gone for the first time in my life, Yay!
Teeth are cleaner according to my dentist (interesting, eh???)
Eyesight has improved for the first time in my life (another interesting thing!)

**My advice to the newly diagnosed** HANG IN THERE!! It gets better and is so worth the seemly long road to getting better. Just be happy you can make yourself healthy with a diet change, and not have to take pills for the rest of your life. :D

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:59 PM

I was curious if anyone had any new items to add to the list. Trying to stay positive about this disease!
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:06 PM

Only 5.5 weeks for me, BUT IBS symptons are gone. Normal stools.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:43 PM

I got my brain back and finished my doctorate. B)
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