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julirama723

Member Since 10 Oct 2008
Offline Last Active Feb 10 2010 08:51 PM
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Topics I've Started

Gallbladder Problems After Going Gluten-free?

08 May 2009 - 06:43 AM

Hello all,

For the past month or so, I've been having recurring symptoms (nausea, fullness, cramps, etc.) with nearly every meal/snack, and the area below my ribs constantly aches. I've also had 2 "attacks" in the past 2 weeks that have left me lying on the floor, in pain, at the verge of vomiting, with chills and shortness of breath. The doctor thinks it's my gallbladder, and I'm having an ultrasound done on Tuesday.

I'm inclined to agree that my symptoms point to gallbladder problems. I will have a better idea of what's going on in a few days.

I have read many posts about people having gallbladder problems BEFORE being diagnosed celiac/before going gluten-free. I have been gluten-free since December, and have only had these new symptoms for the past month. Is there anyone out there who has had gallbladder issues AFTER going gluten-free? Are the two related? What are your experiences?

Stomach Pain After Eating

21 April 2009 - 06:54 AM

Hey everyone. I've done searches and read a few threads that were related to this, but most seemed to be about heartburn and talk about symptoms that I am not experiencing. I apologize if this is something that's posted/asked about often.

I have been completely gluten-free since December, and have also discovered other intolerances along the way. I no longer eat those problematic foods. I've been losing weight again (which I need to do!) and have been able to exercise like I used to. All in all, things have been progressing nicely.

BUT, for the past couple of weeks, I've been having stomach pain after each meal or snack. It doesn't matter what I eat, when I eat, or how much, though I will say that when I eat more I have more pain. The pain comes on IMMEDIATELY, it's not any of this 30-minutes-later stuff like if I'd consumed gluten or another food that I am intolerant to. It's been getting worse as each day goes by. Now it's getting to the point that when I eat, not only do I have intense pain, but also nausea and I feel like I'm going to throw up. (I'm not sure if the nausea is its own symptom or just a coping mechanism for the pain.) It's not a food intolerance issue, at least not like anything I've experienced related to food intolerance, as it feels completely different. I have no gas (until the next morning); instead I feel like my insides are being eaten, or that I'm being hollowed out, or really, that someone just pummeled the heck out of my stomach. It's just intense, solid, pain starting in the middle of my abdomen, between my ribs and navel. I feel raw inside, yet my food seems to just sit there. My BMs are unpredictable, too. Some days it will be D, others, C.

I have an appointment with a GP tomorrow, and I'd like to go in there armed with information. I've been doing some research and I've come up with some causes to investigate. I took the "baking soda test" this morning...it's been 2 hours and I still have NOT burped! Please tell me if I'm on the right track or if you've experienced anything like this.

Possible causes:
*gastritis
*ulcer
*low stomach acid
*pancreatitis
*h. pylori

Anything else I should ask about? Thanks in advance!

Question About Raw Honey

29 January 2009 - 08:05 AM

I apologize if this question has been asked before.

Normally, I would assume that raw honey is gluten-free and safe to eat. BUT, what if the beehives are kept in an area that grows wheat and/or is surrounded by wheat fields? Is there a chance that gluten would be in the raw honey, or is that me being a worrywart?

The reason I ask is because I ate some raw honey in my pumpkin puree last night, and I had stomach issues all night and currently am experiencing all the warm, fuzzy feelings of a good glutening.

It could very well be something else causing this, but I'd like to know if this raw honey is OK to eat in my situation--we have a HUGE tub of it and I would hate to waste it!

Post Egd/gluten-challenge Rant

12 December 2008 - 11:04 AM

I just got off the phone with the doctor's office and I am LIVID.

I am convinced that in the 2-month span that I've been researching and reading about celiac disease and gluten intolerance, that I know MORE than the so-called professionals at that office.

I received the results from the biopsy today, and they were negative, just as I'd suspected. I did not expect to hear the other information I recieved.

"The doctor only took 1 sample, as your intestines looked normal. Yes this is standard procedure."

"The biopsy came back normal. There were no celiac cells present."

<I thought the biopsy looked for atrophy> "Oh, no, atrophy has to do with muscles when they become weak."

<No, I am referring to vilious atrophy, I thought the biopsy looked for vilious atrophy.> "Oh well, when people have celiac disease, they have a certain look."

<I am VERY upset that only one sample was taken. I was under the impression that NUMEROUS samples, 8-12+ would be taken.> "Everything looked normal. You probably just have a gluten allergy. Maybe try changing things in your diet and eating less gluten?"

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I have come to the conclusion that I will never know if I have celiac disease or not. It seems I got the run-around from this doctor. If I had been told he was only taking one biopsy I would not even have bothered with the test! Even with multiple samples, I knew the surety of receving a positive diagnosis would have been iffy.

It's like he did the test to shut me up, but did a half-assed job with it which isn't fair. I, of course, had no way of knowing how many samples they took until after. And I'm pretty sure that the nurse mentioned "multiple samples" before I was given the pain meds.

So I just needed to get this off my chest. I have no faith in these people anymore. It's one thing if they'd have been precise and followed through and done things as they should have, as well as having KNOWLEDGABLE nurses and support staff. But to have the discussion I did with that nurse, and to hear about what little they did during the procedure, it makes me sick.

All this procedure did was pay for his mortgage payment and utilities this month, I have no peace of mind from this.

So do I give up and join the ranks of the self-diagnosed? I'm never going back to gluten, that is for sure. Do I need to pursue this any more with medical professionals? What do I do now? I'm horrified that I'll end up with some nasty autoimmune problem, all because the doctors didn't care enough about me to give me the time of day.

Thanks for listening...

2nd Period This Month!

27 November 2008 - 12:23 PM

I'm on a gluten challenge and have been for the past 2 weeks. I got my period in the beginning of November, and it was right on schedule. Yesterday, I got a SECOND period, I'm not "scheduled" for another one for two weeks! Could this be due to the gluten challenge? I know my body is NOT liking it (from a GI standpoint) but can this also effect menstrual cycles/hormones?

My cycle has been messed up in the past year (2 missed periods, periods early or late +/- 4 days) but I've never had 2 periods in a month.