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Member Since 17 Apr 2004
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In Topic: Omg Nefarious Gluten!

Today, 11:20 AM

Thanks bm - it's not embarrassment. It's fury. I've been struggling since September 2013 with this, trying to figure out what I can and can't eat after going 47 years never having a single problem eating anything until this suddenly all hit me. I've eliminated dairy, soy, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, nightshades and now, thinking I'd discovered another one, red meat. Now I have no clue what is real and what's the salsa and god knows what else I've missed. I'm so tired of this, I really am. I don't honestly know if I can continue this way. I'm really tired of being sick all the time.

Don't be too hard on yourself. It happens. Even with some of us real old timers. Just last week I went to Wendy's and ordered a delicious salad that the menu said was gluten free. Didn't read the fine print or notice the asterisks. Sure should have since the nuts were not gluten free and the chicken though grilled was cut on the same board as the breaded stuff. Work was not fun last week and I know that it will be another week or two before I am really back to normal.  

A magnifying glass is a great idea it can be really helpful not just with food but also topicals. Give yourself some time to heal and then maybe slowly add back in some of the stuff you thought you were reacting to when it was really the salsa. Fresh salsa is pretty easy to make so when you are feeling better you might want to make your own. You may never want to go back to the jarred stuff. 

In Topic: Endoscopy Necessary?

30 March 2015 - 11:15 AM

I hope things go as smoothly as possible during your treatment. Have your doctor make sure he notes on your chart that you are gluten free. The pharmacist can check your meds for gluten and you might want to have a talk with the pharmacy before the day you go in for treatment. It also might be a good idea to check with their Nutritional Services dept. ask to speak with or get a call back from the Head Cook or Dept Manager. Sometimes folks will have freinds or family bring in safe food but don't know if that would be an option.  

I hope you are feeling much better soon. 

In Topic: Help!

29 March 2015 - 12:04 PM

Welcome to the board. You never need to apologize for 'foggy brain' spelling, grammar etc.... If you can find understanding for that anywhere you will find it here. 

Did anything change a month ago? A new supplement, refill on a generic script, did you add a new gluten free item? You could just be getting more sensitive to CC or a different intolerance may be rearing it's head that was masked a bit by the gluten reaction. I went down hill at about the same point as my soy intolerace became more obvious. For some nightshades like potatoes and peppers can be an issue. 

Be sure to read the Newbie 101 thread at the top of the Coping section it will have some good info for you. Gluten can be really sneaky. 

I hope the doctors can get to the bottom of your problems and that you are feeling much better very soon.

In Topic: Struggling...

28 March 2015 - 10:06 AM

Thanks for the support, guys. I definitely have hit a rough patch, but today is a new day, and its the weekend to boot! Yesterday's salad was actually delicious, and I made a frozen Amy's pizza for myself for dinner -- it was pretty good! I ended up with stomach issues in the middle of the night again -- three times so far, each time after I had a gluten-free bread replacement, so something in there isn't working for me yet.

Did you order that salad from a restaurant or bring it from home? Being woken in the middle of the night with an upset stomach can be a sign that we have been glutened. That said it can take some time to heal and trying to eat only food you prepare yourself can help speed the healing. 

In Topic: Cooking Gluten Free And Regular Food Together? Please Help

27 March 2015 - 01:03 AM

You really should get tested before going on the diet. A challenge after a bit of time gluten free can be quite difficult and painful so it is always best to get tested before the diet starts. Any doctor can order the tests for you. 

While you are waiting on tests and the results do be sure to read the Newbie 101 thread at the top of the Coping section.