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Member Since 02 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Apr 16 2007 03:45 PM

Topics I've Started

How Long?

10 April 2007 - 07:34 PM

I have just recently gone gluten-free. I have felt leaps and bounds better, however, I still LOOK terrible! My skin has started to clear up (acne), however my skin just looks unhealthy. I look like I'm sick and tired (I have horrible dark circles no matter how much sleep I get.) People always ask me, ARE YOU OK CAUSE YOU DON'T LOOK SO GOOD?!? hahaha. I can finally tell them, yes NOW I am. Anyway I was just wondering how long until I look as good as I feel now that I'm gluten-free?

Blood Test While On Gluten Free Diet?

05 April 2007 - 03:24 PM

I just went to the doc. today. I've been eating gluten free for a month with wonderfull results. After explaining my situation, he said it sounded a lot like Celiac. He drew blood to test for antibodies even though I've been gluten free for almost a month. He said that it could still show antibodies. Has this happened for anyone else?

Anyway he told me to start eating gluten again and we'll do a biopsy in a month unless the blood test is positive in which case I'm dx celiac. I started eating it again earlier today and I've already had D twice in the past 2 hours, my stomach hurts, my body hurts, and I have a headache. I thought it would at least take a few days of eating it again that I'd feel sick! I don't know if I'll last a month....

Any Comments Would Help!

02 April 2007 - 02:58 PM

I am not sure if I have celiac disease or not at this point. I have a GI appointment on Thursday so I will talk to a doctor about it (for the first time). However, I am not all together trusting of doctors for many reasons some of which I'll talk about in this post. So I was wondering if anyone could give me any comments/ideas about my story please!!!!!

First of all I am a 22 year old female. I am of normal weight for my height with a BMI of 22. As a kid I was always very happy and outgoing and had no problems ever with my stomach (except for a gallbladder problem for which I recently had to have my gallbladder removed). Then, when I was 17 years old, I still remember the FIRST time I ever felt that pain. It is like this cramping pain in the area between my belly button and the bottom part of my ribcage. It's like I'm REALLY hungry even though I have always just ate when pain begins. Looking back now, ever since that day it just all went downhill for me health wise. I had this cramping pain pretty much all the time, unless I just didn't eat much. So often times I did just that- didn't eat much. And I lost a lot of weight. I also became very depressed and began to get intense migraines. Additionally, I began to break and fracture my bones from doing absolutely nothing where a "normal" person would break a bone. For example, I severely fractured the bones in both my shins just from walking a little more than I normally did (when I went away to college.) Or I would break a toe just from stubbing it. (that happened a few times.) So I stopped doing any type of sports.

From the time I was 17 until now I had extreme problems with depression and anxiety. They went off and on. However for the past year I have actually been depression free. Other symptoms include: loose stools/constipation/D (it alternates), constantly needing to eat something (I actually thought I was hypoglycemic for a while because I can not go for more than 2 hours without eating or I feel like Iím starving to death), bloating, very gassy, acne and strange rashes (however they do not itch), I get fatigued very easily, and just an overall feeling of malaise.

Recently I was talking to a family member of mine who has celiac. I was telling him about my problems and he recommended that I go on a gluten free diet and see what happens. Well I did for about 15 days and I felt absolutely AMAZING! No pain, no diarrhea, no depression, bloating went down, decrease gassiness, skin started to clear up... It was honestly amazing. Then the other day I had some wild rice that had wheat in it unbeknownst to me. And after that the cramping came back almost immediately. Then the following day I had horrible D and just felt really sick.

I'm at the point where I don't even want to go to the doctor because it really doesn't matter what he says, I'm never eating gluten again. However, do you think I should still go? I know that if I go I'll be tested and if I'm tested I'll have to eat gluten again. Do you think it's worth it? Also I have another reason to go and that is my parents and my friends. For years Iíve been complaining of everything Iíve just explained. By now they think Iím some kind of hypochondriac. Now that Iíve said I think I have celiacs they donít believe me. So itís difficult to go out to eat with them because they get all weird when I wonít eat bread. I know this is not a real reason to care about, but I do think an actual diagnosis would make them more sympathetic. Basically are there any real reasons why I should involve a doctor? Does it sound like Celiacs? I'd appreciate your thoughts! Thanks so much for taking the time to read this!!!:)

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