Continuing / New Symptoms
Posted 23 June 2012 - 08:46 PM
So I am a self-diagnosed celiac. I didn't understand about the tests for celiac until after I had gone off gluten and as I'm sure many have said before me, there was no way I was about to start eating it again for confirmation of the actual disease. Whether I had celiac itself or not, I knew that I felt horrible when eating gluten and that was all I needed to know.
I've been off of gluten for nearly a year now and I've seen tremendous improvement in so many areas regarding my health. I feel a hundred times better every day than I have for years. However, I am still struggling with some continued and new symptoms, mainly physical pain, nausea, and bloating. These are not nearly as debilitating as they used to be, but they are a serious issue for me. The pain is mainly in my back and very, very occasionally in my chest as a broad, radiating pain. The nausea generally occurs in the morning and the bloating is after some meals, generally ones involving some type of rice or grain.
The biggest problem is the pain in my back and sometimes chest. It doesn't really feel like a muscular soreness, if you know what I mean. At first I thought it was clearly related to going hungry for a long time (like at work, where I have an physically active and fast-paced job) but now I'm not so sure. I have even been wondering if it was stress related, but I keep feeling like it must be in some way connected with my food and digestive system. It really, really hurts. It's not just a brief, nagging pain. It's something that makes me unable to continue with my work at times. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
I'm also wondering if anyone has tried the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Because of these lingering and bothersome symptoms, I've been thinking about trying the grain/sugar/processed junk-free SCD in the hopes that it will help me resolve whatever my body is still struggling to process. Thoughts?
I've been stalking this forum ever since I started gluten-free living and it's been a great help so here's to hoping someone might have some input for my situation!
Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:15 AM
Keeping a food diary helps. In the past 3 years I had gotten much more adventuresome, and as a result, I was eating things that do not work for me. Tracking down the culprit ingredients was very challenging. Also, packers and manufacturers of food and ingredients constantly change how they do things in terms of gluten. There are many, many packaged foods I have had to give up because my body said they were cross contaminated, even if the food manufacturer said they were not. Also, some companies either move their facilities to ones co-processing gluten, or change suppliers, and they went from "safe" gluten free to "eat at own risk" status. One of the biggest bummers right now is where I used to get inexpensive almonds now has warnings on the bags about being processed in a wheat environment, when they didn't have that particular allergen listed before, so I have been stuck getting them somewhere else for a lot more money. I tried the almonds in the new packaging at the original store and it's a good warning. I may try to talk them into using a different packer and become safe again, since I have sent a lot of people there, plus I end up spending beaucoup bucks $$$ there, but I'm not optimistic.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 05:25 AM
Welcome to the forum! The pain you describe could be an ulcer or something else. I suggest you see a doctor about it. They do have tests now for the H. Pylori bacteria, which causes most ulcers. It's worth getting tested so you know if that is the cause.
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Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and hard work. have a good day! :-) Paul
Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:34 AM
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