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Chakra2

Member Since 18 Jun 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 01 2010 09:43 AM
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In Topic: Joint Inflammation

13 September 2010 - 06:22 PM

Some people (like me!) find that nightshades cause joint pain, in addition to gluten. Pain that I had for years and that I always thought was running-related vanished on a gluten-free, nightshade-free diet. I do avoid soy, corn, and dairy too but with accidental experimentation I've found out that gluten and nightshades are the big problems for me in terms of joint pain. And this is pretty unlikely but you might want to read about ankylosing spondilitis too and the other autoimmune arthritises just to be aware of those symptoms. Hope your pain goes away!

Chakra2

In Topic: No Period

10 September 2010 - 06:22 PM

My GI doctor recommended "Celiac Disease for
Dummies" and it mentions male and female infertility and period problems several times in no uncertain terms. I was skeptical about this particular book but have actually gotten a lot out of it. Might be helpful if you're trying to learn more. Good luck !

In Topic: Help! Unexplained Scary Symptoms.

25 August 2010 - 09:30 PM

Jessica -- those do sound like scary symptoms. I now think I have had celiac disease my entire life, but after the birth of my first child was when my symptoms all of the sudden snowballed. Many were like yours. I later found out that it is fairly common for pregnancy and childbirth to trigger and/or aggravate autoimmune diseases (like celiac disease). I too had the feeling, deep in my gut (ironic, no?) that something was just not right. You can trust your body and yourself. Don't ignore your intuition. I know someone who volunteers at MD Anderson cancer hospital and says that she hears multiple times a day versions of a statement like this: "The doctors told me my tests were normal but I just couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong." Learning about celiac disease and gluten intolerance has saved me (and my toddler!). I hope you find answers and some peace.

Chakra2

In Topic: Joint Pain Testing

25 August 2010 - 09:04 PM

That stinks about your joint pain. I have had joint pain since I was 13-14 (33 now). Back as a teenager I was told that I had pain because I was a girl who played sports. Over the years I would occasionally go back to doctors about it and was always told that it was inevitable as a runner. At age 27 I had knee surgery to try to address the pain. Didn't help. Was told I didn't do my rehab with enough dedication. In January, I went gluten free just doing an elimination diet to check for food allergies. One realization led to another and I learned about celiac disease. I now think I have had it my whole life, based on childhood health issues. My joint pain improved substantially within weeks of removing gluten and it returns if I get glutened. But it actually got worse a few months into the gluten-free diet. I went to my dr, got tested for RA and other autoimmune diseases, everything negative.

Here comes the good news: I finally went to a holistic nutritionist for a consultation about gluten-free nutrition who said to avoid nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers) while healing. My pain vanished within days!!!!! I cannot tell you what a joy this has been for me. I knew I was too young to have hands and feet (and knees and hips) that hurt every day.

My mom has arthritis and has had it for decades. Not once in all her dr visits has anyone ever suggested that foods could cause joint pain. I am a lawyer so I think I can imagine how hard it is to master a medical specialty and I know what it's like to have people beat up on your profession. So I don't want to dismiss an entire vocation but COME ON, PEOPLE! I can't believe that a dr operated on a healthy 20-something's knee without suggesting a 30-day trial of no nightshades. Free, easy, no side effects. I could have saved a lot of money and time -- I actually put a lot of effort into my rehab! Not one of the 7 or 8 doctors I've seen about joint pain ever mentioned food. Not even as an aside like, "I don't buy into this but some people say . . ." Why not? I just don't get it. When I mentioned to my first GI doctor that avoiding nightshades helped my joint pain he said, "What are nightshades?" Do doctors not use google? Granted, I didn't know about nightshades either but I don't put on a white coat and put myself out there as someone who knows how to make people feel better. Sorry for the tangent -- my doctor frustration is really bubbling up tonight.

In summary -- try cutting out nightshades! I was also already not eating dairy, soy and corn. So those other foods might have played a role too but the nightshades thing was an absolute miracle for me.

Good luck!
Chakra2

In Topic: Missed Periods, Anxiety, Milk Of Magnesia...

25 August 2010 - 08:21 PM

I don't have any real ideas but just wanted to send encouragement. I've been gluten-free since January too and my health is definitely still a work in progress. Anxiety is one of my gluten symptoms. I don't know much about Milk of Magnesia but gluten contamination could be affecting your mental state. Corn causes serious neuro problems for me too. Not sure if that's a possibility for you? I hope you find some peace on this issue soon!