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nurse diesel

Member Since 13 Apr 2004
Offline Last Active Aug 16 2005 07:17 PM

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In Topic: I Can't Get Enough Sleep

04 August 2005 - 07:27 PM

I know before the new wave of hormone treatment,soy products etc., our ancestors just had to "grin and bear it". That is kinda what I am doing, just hoping it will pass with age.

Hi, Mom.
Just my 2 cents worth on the joys of menapause...
You're right about the natural approach that seemed to work for generations and still works for other countries (the US is by far the biggest market for hormone replacement). Several years ago I began using progesterone cream, made from some type of wild yam. Check with a trusted health food store to see which brand they recommend. You just rub it on your belly or breasts (it's absorbed into the fat). The research behind this is explained in a book called "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menapause", and I'm sorry, I can't remember the author. Hang in there!

In Topic: Do You Ever Just Not Care?

31 July 2005 - 04:49 PM

Please take the advise the others have already given to heart...they know what they're talking about, and I promise you, we all felt the same at some point.
One thing I'd like to add about the missing work because of "the poops" or any other celiac disease GI complaint, is an FMLA. I urge everyone to check with their employer to see if they work the required hours to qualify for FMLA leave. I, too, was in danger of loosing my job, but my GI doc filled out the forms for an "intermittant" FMLA--meaning I can take a day here and there as needed for testing or illness, and my job can not penalize me for any of those absences. You parents of celiac disease kids out there need to apply, also....the "F" stands for "family" and your job will be protected, too, while you take care of the little one's medical needs.
Don't wait until you're sick as a dog and need time off...most companies will not "retro" the start date back to the previous/current illness, but will only begin coverage from the day the paperwork is approved. Check with you HR department for more info...and don't take "no" for an answer!!
Job security is the last thing we need to worry about, protect yourself, and take care of yourself...you deserve it ;)

In Topic: Products Containing Wheat

31 July 2005 - 01:12 PM

Don't forget Tropicana juices!!  *Not* gluten free! 

- Michelle :wub:


Who knew about Tropicana juice?! I had NO IDEA..but it certainly clears up a few bacon/egg breakfasts out that ended in disaster!
Thank you so much, this one in particular really makes a difference to me.

In Topic: Overweight Celiac.

31 July 2005 - 01:09 PM

Yep - it comes down to how many calories do you take in, and how many calories do you burn. 

If your thyroid issues aren't treated appropriately, then you may not be burning as many calories as most people do in their basic resting state - has your doctor adjusted your medication sufficiently?

If you eat  large volume, even in the healthiest of foods, you may end up consuming more calories than you burn - have you tracked how much you're taking in every day?  (if not, www.fitday.com is a good place to do this.)

If you are doing low-intensity exercise, or not very much exercise, you may be burning fewer calories than you expect in your daily activities - do you track this calorie expenditure as well?

Even then, it's still slow going... half a pound a week, or two pounds a month, may be all your body feels up to at the moment.  But that is still progress!


Right there with ya, sister! I've been hypothyroid since high school, but not diagnosed until my mid 20's. After 20+ years on synthroid and several doctors, I can only confirm what you already are learning...there are no easy answers. In all these years I've only had one doctor who would allow my "theraputic" level of TSH venture outside the "normal" levels. Only he acknowledged some people just need more to feel right. Everyone else has cut my dose to fit what THEY think it should be. I'm still battling that one.
I found I gained alot of weight when I ate more of the gluten-free "substitute" foods, ie: gluten-free crackers, cereals, etc. The grains used to make these have a higher glycemic index, thereby wreeking havic with blood sugar levels and metabolism (already a problem with celiac disease and hypothyroid).
Yes, it ultimately comes down to intake/expenditure, we just have a wider chasm to bridge. Keep up the good work, and it will come. If you stop, it never will. We can do it!!

In Topic: Top Three Worst Gf Products

29 July 2005 - 05:05 PM


Ditto again on the ener-g bread. I no longer waste my $ or expectations on gluten-free breads.

Potato pasta....looked, smelled, and tasted like I cooked the box instead. Even my garbage disposal flinched! :blink:

Bad luck with cookies except for Kinikinnick...the others are either bland/dry or chewy but taste like play-dough. Don't need 'em anyway!

My staple....reece cups, sangria and chips and salsa (gee, and I wonder how I gained 60# :lol: )

Hang in there, everyone...we've got eachother!! :rolleyes:


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