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Hearing Loss - Plugged Ears

28 June 2012 - 09:09 AM

OK, so I'm about to go crazy here. This is not really a celiac question but I trust the wisdom here and am just bouncing ideas.

Of course, I'm celiac on gluten-free diet. I'm pretty strict but I do have to eat out for my job occasionally. Have had one or two small CC incidents in the past month but nothing major.

Three weeks ago, I woke up one morning with no hearing. Both ears "blocked" like when you are on an airplane and they feel like they need to "pop". Somewhat painful at times, comes and goes. I waited a week and then went to doctor and she said "There's nothing I can do...take sudafed." I hate sudafed and hadn't tried it but have been on it now continuously for a week (the “real” stuff not the new formula). Ears are a bit better: Sometimes one or both are clear but not continuously and still painful from the pressure. And the lack of hearing is killing me, especially at work or with clients.

I’ve never had blocked ears like this prior to diagnosis and don’t think it’s the result of small CC.

I am toying with the idea of seeing an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist doc, but hate going to doctors and getting nothing for my trouble. I have allergies to pollens and general “hay-fever” year round. So then I started thinking that maybe a food intolerance might be causing inflammation which is in turn causing the blocked ears.

So, has anyone ever had this linked to food? Dairy was my first thought. Then I did some online research and found this:
“Forty percent of people with pollenosis or airborne allergies often have food sensitivities that correlate to the specific pollen. For instance, grass allergies correlate with tomato, melon, watermelon, and kiwi. Ragweed correlates with melon, watermelon, banana, and gourds and Birch with apple, carrot, potato, celery, fennel, kiwi, hazelnut, pear, and peach.”

Our whole family has allergies to grass (can’t lay in the grass because it causes welts and itches) and I think it’s grass pollen too, as hay bothers me. I know that I get an oral allergy symptom when I eat cantaloupe (haven't had any in 15+ years) but don’t notice problems with honeydew or watermelon.

So my other question is should I do an elimination diet, or just cut out tomato, all melons and kiwi? Should I cut dairy at the same time to make it faster?

Any other ideas that don’t involve going to the doctor? (I’m a strange combination of not liking doctors –because they missed celiac for 30+ years - and also being wary of snake-oil sellers on the internet pushing liver cleanses etc.)

Restaurants In Columbus Ohio?

21 May 2012 - 10:25 AM

I'm traveling on business and am in downtown Columbus this week.

Anyone ever been to Barrio Tapas?

Any other ideas for close-in restuarants? (I know Bonefish, PFChangs and Red Robin are here but they're too far from downtown to take a taxi to...)

Anyone Been To Five Graces Restaurant?

06 April 2012 - 09:51 AM

Anyone been to Five Graces Restaurant in Redmond Washington? It is billed as a "healthy eating" place that is fully gluten-free.

Eight of us family members are going tonight. Amoung us we have one celiac, one gluten-free dairy-free, one Paleo and one dairy-free vegetarian. If this restaurant pleases everyone that would be amazing. (Indian restaurants are the only other place that really works. We like the Mohgul Palace in Bellevue. Mexican can also work.) But it looks to be pretty expensive...good thing I'm not paying.

I'll post a review later. Website is graces5 dot com.

Chocolate Mug Cake - Gluten Free And Easy!

17 February 2012 - 11:13 PM

Chocolate Mug cakes are all the rage now. They're good for a simple treat after the kids have gone to bed. I've tweaked this recipie and it's good gluten free.

Chocolate Mug Cake
-1 T gluten-free flour plus 1 T ground almonds
-1 T cocoa powder (unsweetened)
-1/8 t baking soda
-pinch of sea salt
-1 egg white or 2 T egg substitute
-2 T milk or almond milk or rice milk
-About 2 t sugar (or 1 packet Splenda)
-1 tsp vanilla
- 1 T oil, yogurt or applesauce
-1 or 2 T chocolate chips
- Cinnamon, or if you're feeling bold, a shake of cayenne pepper

Grease a coffee mug (nonstick spray is fine if you have it). Add the dry ingredients. Mix in the wet ingredients and the sweetener. Mix well to get bubbles out. Add the chocolate chips last, placing most of them in the center of the mug.

Microwave for about 2.5 minutes. Be forewarned that the cake will rise up over the rim of your cup, and you will panic, but it will not get all over your microwave. It sinks back down when it's done cooking.

I use almond flour because I like the taste with chocolate but you could use 2Tblsp of flour instead of almond flour/gluten-free flour mix.


Happy (Re)Birthday To Me!

01 February 2012 - 09:35 PM

Happy Birthday to me! And Happy Re-Birthday to me too! Thursday is my birthday – yes, I’m a Groundhog. And in two weeks, it will be five years since I was diagnosed and went gluten-free. I have to say that this is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, after the birth of my kids.

Since diagnosis, I’ve adapted to eating gluten-free and manage most situations pretty well. Business meetings and travel are still a challenge, but not unmanageable. I’m known for having both a KIND bar and a LARA bar in my purse at all times.

My recovery was pretty easy and a lot of problems cleared up unexpectedly. What had become daily episodes of gas, burping, indigestion, stomach gurgles/rumbles, big D, nausea - all gone. Canker sores – a monthly or weekly occurrence – gone except for after glutening. Arthritis in knees, hips, spine, feet…90% gone. Anxiety – mostly gone. Plantaar faciitis, a problem for three years, gone never to return. No more dental cavities. I’m overall healthier and when I wake up in the morning, I no longer feel like I’ve been hit by a truck: Prior to diagnosis, I just thought I was feeling old (at age 47).

I think I became celiac as a kid but the real symptoms started showing up at age 17: One doc thought I had rheumatoid arthritis and did lots of tests for that when I was 18 but ultimately said that I didn’t have it but didn’t know what I had. He was pretty close, since RA is also an autoimmune disease. So that’s 30 years undiagnosed, with docs telling me during that time that I just had a “sensitive” stomach and implied that I was a hypochondriac. But I had it easy compared to some on here.

I was really oh-so-lucky to have had two relatively easy pregnancies and two healthy babies. The greatest benefit of my diagnosis is that my son was able to go gluten-free (and dairy-free) at age 15 and is now happy and healthy – 6’3” and in college. He was spared the 30+ years of ill health that I had. My brother tested negative but went gluten-free anyway and is enjoying better health.

Right after diagnosis, I found that my reactions to accidental glutening were intense and made me miss work and stay near a toilet for 2-3 days. Now, I consider myself pretty sensitive so I can tell 30 minutes after eating that I had some gluten as a result of cross-contamination: The reactions are some D but not enough to miss work or make me miserable. I have forever sworn off buffets, even if the chef tells me it’s ok and I don’t eat food that friends prepare, with a few exceptions (mother, MIL, sister).

I love to cook and have mastered gluten-free cooking and baking as much as I need to. I make some things that are just great – not as substitutes but good in their own right – pizza, brownies, carrot cake. I don’t bake bread often but find that Rudi’s bread and Udi’s hamburger buns are good for everyday use. I still miss croissants, puff pastry and phyllo dough…though not enough to think about it very often.

I’m really thankful for this board as it’s a wealth of information and a good place to hang out with some very knowledgeable people. Especially long-timers like Ravenwoodglass, Lisa, Jerseyangel and others I’m sure that I’m forgetting…you’ve helped me immensely. And thanks to Scott for starting this board.

I’m posting this as a celebration for me but also to encourage anyone at the early part of their celiac journey.

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