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Member Since 07 Nov 2004
Offline Last Active Feb 08 2005 01:12 PM

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What About Cd Causes Infertility?

25 November 2004 - 07:26 PM

Am I going to be infertile? Does it depend on how long I've been tearing up my intestines with gluten (aprox 27 years!) ? Are underweight women Celiacs infertile because of amenhorrea? About what % of us are infertile?

I know lots of women with celiac disease have had successful pregnancies, but what makes the difference between a celiac who becomes pregnant and one who doesn't? (besides sex :rolleyes: ) I'm not healthy enough right now to try for a baby, but I'm a little concerned to hear about infertility among Celiacs. My sister had four miscarriages before she carried a child to term. I understand (I think) why the body would miscarry: if it's not even getting enough nutrients to sustain one life, it's definitely not going to support two. I just don't understand what part of Celiac Disease would cause infertility.

Any info would help. Thanks!

Side Effects From Going Gf?

16 November 2004 - 09:39 PM

I've been gluten-free (aside from two accidents, er.. "learning experiences") for 12 days now and am wondering if the stuff I've been experiencing is fairly typical.

Aside from GI symptoms lessening (YAY!) and my skin looking a little better, some things about going gluten-free have not been pleasant. SHEESH! For all the hard work of starting a gluten-free diet, I guess I was expecting rainbows to appear and birds to sing every morning, for crying out loud!

Today I had no appetite at all (I'm 27 and that's the 4th time in my life to have ever lost my appetite) and even less energy. I was in bed most of the day. Also, I used to be able to go to the gym for a couple of hours at a time, but since going gluten-free it's like my body's attention is somewhere else and I'm not able to work out but 30-45 min before I'm ready to pass out and/or throw up. My menstrual cycle's going crazy too (more than usual).

Sorry if any of that's TMI, but I'm feeling not a little lost in this new world and was hoping some of you could clear up some of this confusion I'm feeling. What did you experience after going gluten-free?

N00b Questions I Can't Find Answers To...

12 November 2004 - 08:10 AM

1.) A reaction to even the SMELL of bagels??

The other day I stopped in to Einstein Bros to pick up some bagels for my husband. While in line I watched as people carried their trays of sandwiches, panini, and bagels back to their tables to eat. I began feeling nauseated. By the time I got through the line and paid for my half-dozen, I thought I was going to throw up. I made it out to the car, almost in tears. After that it was several hours more before the nausea subsided and I could eat anything.

Nothing like this has ever happened before, and as I have only been gluten-free for 7 days now, I'm pretty confused.

2.) What can I expect at the start of going gluten-free?

My eyes are puffy with dark circles and I am much more tired than usual. I am more prone to depression and anger. These are things I haven't experienced since childhood. On the upside, all my gastrointestinal symptoms have lessened or vanished.

My mom thinks I may be experiencing "die off" of a previous population explosion of naughty bacteria from when I was eating gluten.

3.) Does a gluten-free diet affect menstruation?

4.) At what age do the effects of eating gluten begin to do permanent damage?

I'm 27 and worried at what I have done to my poor intestines over the years.

5.) How long before I can reintroduce milk products into my diet?

Right now I'm lactose intolerant, but I've read that can go away once the tips of the villi have had time to heal. How long is usually long enough?
*edit* -found 6 mos to a year is typical.

Thanks for all your help and tips. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience with me! I REALLY appreciate it.

Share Thanksgiving Recipes!

08 November 2004 - 09:41 AM

This will be my first gluten-free Thanksgiving and I am scared to death! My husband and I are going over to his parents' for dinner and there's so much it seems I can't eat (I'm allergic to milk & products as well).

I'm planning on bringing a few of my own dishes, but is cross contamination inevitable at a gathering like that? Do people get offended? (I guess it's their beef if they want to get offended at a thing I can't help in the first place).

ANY favorite gluten-free/CF recipes (or links) and I will bear your children! (Hehe, or stories from your first gluten-free Thanksgiving to help me feel better!)

Thx a TON!

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