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NightOwl

Member Since 01 Dec 2007
Offline Last Active Jun 20 2013 10:00 AM
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Hello From Greenville, Sc

30 August 2012 - 03:46 PM

Hi everyone! I actually joined this forum in 2007 but stopped coming here, at the time I lived in W. Palm Beach, FL but 2 years ago I moved to SC. I am a 50+ divorced mother of 2 adult children, and I have a beautiful 2 y.o. granddaughter.

I have never been diagnosed w/celiac but my father died as a consequence of it and I'm sure that's what killed his mother as well. But because I never even told a doctor about my suspicions, it was easy for me to be in denial. Around the year 2000-1 I did begin to see that wheat was not my friend. I remember one time when I suddenly began feeling awfully depressed, tired and my clothes were suddenly tight; I realized I'd been eating whole wheat bread daily for several days so I decided to stop and see what happened and I was amazed when 6 lbs. dropped off me in less than 3 days.

Anyone would've thought that had made a believer of me but it didn't, I thought at worst I just had a "wheat allergy" because I didn't seem to react to rye. The only other cereal I ate occasionally was oats, but it was hard to tell if they affected me because I ate them with honey and molasses and I was supposed to avoid sugars because of my hypoglycemia. So for years I went back and forth avoiding wheat (& dairy too) for months but eventually falling into temptation again.

I'd read somewhere that some people supposedly can eat gluten again after 6-12 mo. of abstinence and I was hoping to be one of those (if they indeed exist), so I guess that delusion helped me continue my destructive pattern. At first there was no reaction whatsoever, then my chronic congestion would get worse causing apnea attacks when I slept (but I often could get around that taking Loratadine), my face contour would change looking rounder and my upper eyelids puffy, and I'd gain weight extremely fast.

But then two years ago I began having clear intestinal problems when eating wheat, I remember being doubled over with colic wishing I at least could go to the bathroom and "get rid of it". Naturally, I stopped but foolishly repeated the same cycle 2 more times, each time with increasingly serious consequences, the last time, because of my Adrenal Fatigue the symptoms were horrendously scary and I swore I'd never touch gluten foods ever again because I do not want to have to go through that ever again, and not only that, it's taken me much longer to recover this time. :-( I'm hoping though that my experiences with this affliction will allow me to help others in the future.

Ok, now that I got my story out, if there's anybody from Upstate SC in this forum I'd love to connect with you, but I'll also be happy to find any friends close to my age from anywhere, I'm sure everyone knows how lonely having celiac can be, it's like others have no clue as to how bad this can be and how difficult it is to try to live in a world where just about everything has gluten in it.