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New to site. Keen on making friends with others in similar situations. Sinus and stomach problems and lacking in energy. Many years. Otherwise am a bubbly, bright, educated lady who is interesting and interested in many subjects.

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Welcome to the forum Samantha! Feel free to ask questions and someone is pretty likely to have an answer, or make one up. :) Going gluten-free is quite a journey and it helps to have some friends in the same boat. We can all paddle together. :)

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New to site. Keen on making friends with others in similar situations. Sinus and stomach problems and lacking in energy. Many years. Otherwise am a bubbly, bright, educated lady who is interesting and interested in many subjects.

Hi Samantha, i'm new here too and from the uk also. I have to say, although i've only posted a couple of times, it's been the most helpful and informative place i've found on the internet regarding coeliac/intolerance. There seem to be so many symptoms and they vary greatly from person to person. I've found out so much on here that isn't mentioned anywhere else! I hope you find it as positive as I do :) .
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Hiya, I have been here about 3 months and am from UK too.

There are fantastic folks here, and lots of super bright bunnies. Ask lots of questions!

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