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ravenwoodglass

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#926110 Don't Know If I Should Leave My Job Or Not!

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 02 August 2014 - 11:55 AM

I don't think a mask is going to be enough. Plus having worn them myself at times they are uncomfortable and unless they are respirators air does leak around them. I baked for a living for a short time and know that you are likely covered in flour by the end of the day. If you really love baking and there isn't a gluten free bakery that is hiring near you perhaps you could start one up. Depending on your city's codes you might even be able to do it out of your house or a converted garage. 

I am sorry you are being put in such a tough spot. I hope you can come up with a good resolution to this problem.


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#923338 Just The Left Side, Or Just Me?

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 09 July 2014 - 01:59 PM

Have you had any celiac testing yet? If not ask your doctor to test. Has your doctor ruled out anything else it could be? Have you had any testing done like barium swallows, ultrasounds, x-rays etc? Projectile vomiting like you describe is not to my knowledge common with celiac but that is not to say it can't happen. 

Do keep eating gluten until all celiac related testing is finished. 

I hope this gets figured out for you soon. 


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#922081 Contamination Anxiety- Help!

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 30 June 2014 - 12:23 PM

 

 

I have read that one research test program showed that 10 mg of gluten did not damage intestines of adults with celiacs in the program and that 50 mg of gluten did damage intestines.  So "a few molecules of gluten" may not be harmful, but you do need to minimize your gluten intake.

 

 

 

It is true that we can have a very wide variety of sensitivities to small amounts of gluten and do have to do what we need to do for us to respect our own sensitivity level.

 

My issue is with studies like the one you wrote of above. It seems so many studies only concentrate on the damage that may be done to our intestines. Researchers seem to totally ignore that Celiac (not celiac's) is an autoimmune disease not just a gut disease. We can have many more impacts that involve body systems that are pretty much totally ignored, like the brain. Just because the villi don't get damaged IMHO does not mean that the antibodies are not attacking another system. Many of us have to be very strict to heal things like ataxia and DH or to avoid fatigue, joint and muscle damage or damage done to other systems from the inflammation that the antibodies cause. 


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#922027 Recoving Quikly After Eating Contaminated gluten-free Food

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 30 June 2014 - 04:02 AM

gluten-free I was thinking the same thing. The tight throat concerns me. It is possible to have both celiac and an allergy. OP you need to mention this to your doctor as allergic reactions can go from annoying to deadly with no warning. 


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#921586 Vertigo/peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 25 June 2014 - 02:43 PM

If you never had these type of symptoms prediagnosis you should strongly consider heading to your regular doctor. ERs can only check for so much and your GP can give you a full workup and a referral to a specialist if needed.  As another poster stated not everything is gluten related. This needs to be checked out, IMHO.

I hope your feeling better soon and welcome to the board. 


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#918133 How Do You Deal With Waves Of Depression Post Exposure?

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 28 May 2014 - 11:13 AM

Those horrible dark feelings are for me the first sign I have been glutened. If life seems not worth living I know I am in for a couple of rough weeks. It does help pinpoint a gluten incident for me also. You need to be as strict as possible with the diet. It can be hard when your new to the lifestyle but it will get easier in time. 

I wish I could be more helpful in ways to deal. I try to stay busy with mindless stuff and make sure I do something that I consider a treat. I know that my mood will impact how I perceive stuff other people say or do around me. I try to keep that in mind so that I don't snap at someone or burst into tears over a misunderstanding. 

I make sure not to forget my vitamins, especially my sublingual B12. Excercise, a long walk, hot bath and lots of chocolate seem to help a bit also. 

It may not be the case for you but over time the duration of my depressions has gone from days at the beginning to just 1 day now that I have been gluten free for long time. 

I hope things get better for you soon.


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#916205 Left Side Pain, I'm New In Town Help Me Out!

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 16 May 2014 - 03:56 AM

It would be a good idea to mention this to your doctor. It could be celiac related but it could also be something unrelated. Are you having other issues like D or C ? If your female you could have something going on like ovarian cysts or another problem in that area.

Hope it resolves for you soon.


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#912649 Starting To Wonder (List My Symptoms)

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 15 April 2014 - 04:03 AM

Do go get yourself tested as your symptoms do sound like they could be celiac. Do not go gluten free yourself or have your daughter go gluten free until all celiac related testing you want to have done is finished. After that go gluten free for a bit to see if it helps.


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#909743 Another Request To Help With Test Results

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 21 March 2014 - 11:09 AM

Glad I read this, it's similar to my biopsy report. Waiting to take the genetic test. 

Genetic testing can be part of the diagnostic process but it is not a definate that you don't have celiac if you don't have either of the two most common celiac associated genes. If you do come back negative on the gene test don't let that convince you not to do a gluten free trial when all your celiac related testing is done.


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#908803 Over 25 Years Of Chasing A Diagnosis, Please Help, Elevated Ttg Iga

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 13 March 2014 - 03:11 AM

Since my addition of gluten since I was told I had to go back on gluten for two weeks before my endoscopy, it's been horrible. I have more stomach issues now then I've ever had and my blaring headaches, chills, brain fog and extreme fatigue are worse then they have been in 20 years. Could this be simply a worse reaction by adding gluten back in? I lasted six days, I felt like I was dying. My eyes were burning and black and red underneath with swelling, I looked like death. My husband is traveling and I couldn't take care of our five year old. Two days ago I needed a break, I went off gluten again. I just couldn't take it anymore. Besides a massive headache when I woke this morning (I get neck headaches due to two slight herniated disks in my neck and slight arthritis), I felt better today with more energy and more clear then I ever had. I ate gluten free all day again today, I never felt so FREE! Tomorrow it all comes to an end, my husband yelled at me and told me I better listen to the doctor and eat my gluten. I have cried so many times today that I have to start ingesting again. Now being off gluten twice in the past few weeks and going back on has convinced me gluten is 100% poisin to me. No matter what my test results may be, there is in no way, shape or form I will ever be ingesting gluten ever again. 6 more days of gluten and then the rest of my life can begin! I live in NY and the thought of a NY bagel used to get me so excited. Today the thought of it makes me ill. That is so crazy because bagels were my favorite foods in the world. So tomorrow, wish me luck, what should I eat? I can't wait till my husbands home so I can roll up in a ball and wait out the rest of my time.

Sorry you are suffering so much. Call your doctor's office this morning and ask to speak to a nurse about what is going on with your symptoms. Your doctor may tell you to stop the challenge. Reactions after stopping gluten even for a short time and then adding it back in can be severe and are an important part of the diagnosis process. Your doctor may even give you a diagnosis based on that reaction and your blood test results.


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#907765 Dr Office Called For Appointment To Discuss Results. Bad News ?

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 03 March 2014 - 03:27 AM

thank you for your answer.. Is this regardless of the symptoms ?

Gene testing can not fully rule celiac in or out. There are folks with the 2 most common genes who don't have celiac and folks without those genes that do.

It doesn't look like your doctor did a full celiac panel on you. Did they test for your total IGA? If you have low IGA then any IGA testing is worthless.

If your testing is finished for celiac then your next step is giving the diet a strict try for at least a couple months to see if the diet helps. Sometimes our body knows answers that the tests don't.


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#906582 Bad Doctor?

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 19 February 2014 - 02:32 PM

What a horrible excuse for a doctor. As others have stated we have all had too many experiences like that. My worst was the neuro that found my brain lesions. After a spinal tap confirmed that I didn't have MS after all he stated that the lesions meant nothing. I just wanted to be sick.

I think we all need voodoo dolls. After all we can't really do anything to them since there are 2 places most celiacs really don't want to go. One is a hospital. The other is jail...


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#903347 ~So Confused! Help Me Understand! Dr. Saying My Ms Isn't Ms It...

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 21 January 2014 - 04:15 AM

You could ask your doctor to redo the lumbar puncture. If you don't have the debris found with MS that is pretty conclusive that what you are dealing with is not MS.

I was thought to have MS until my neuro did the puncture. Then the clueless guy told me that the brain lesions I had meant nothing and I just wanted to be sick!  I also had false negative blood tests (the older tests not the newer ones). It wasn't until 2 years after celiac diagnosis when I had been seeing my MS symptoms resolving that some research showed me that the lesions we get with gluten ataxia are very similiar to the lesions seen in MS.

I have to be very strict but within 6 months gluten free I was able to walk without canes and my aphasia improved. Nervous system recovery can take much longer than gut recovery.

I should note that my neuro symptoms first appeared at a very young age so I had years and years of damage to repair. I did not develop GI symptoms until I was in my late 30's but had the neuro impact and DH from childhood. I still wonder if those of us who have more neuro impact than gut impact are more likely to show false negatives with blood work and biopsy. I will likely not recover any more than I have in the last 11 or so years but at least I can walk and talk normally now, unless I am glutened.


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#902619 Enterolab Results: Positive

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 14 January 2014 - 04:40 AM

How did your body respond to being gluten free and how has it responded to the challenge? IMHO that is the most important thing to which you should be paying attention. While it can be helpful to get a firm diagnosis if the diet is helping you should stick with it after all your testing is finished no matter what the results.


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#902618 Grrrr Gene Testing-Results Not What I Expected

Posted by ravenwoodglass on 14 January 2014 - 04:29 AM

Not all celiacs have DQ1 or DQ2.  I myself am a firmly diagnosed celiac who is a double DQ9 and was close to death by the time I was diagnosed.  I have a family member who was diagnosed by both blood test and biopsy who recovered on the diet but then was gene tested a few years later and told they were not celiac because they also didn't  have DQ2 or DQ8. There is still much to learn about genes and if you have had some positive blood work that has gone into normal ranges and you have seen relief on the diet IMHO you are celiac. Continue healing and don't worry about what label under which you fall.


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