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Member Since 19 Dec 2010
Offline Last Active Jul 26 2011 04:51 PM

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In Topic: Activia Yogurt

26 July 2011 - 04:45 PM

I would like to add that I was foolish enough to get the Activia with the extra fiber (assuming that since I've been ok with the regular Activia that I didn't need to look at the label for this one because it would be safe too). Boy do I ever regret that now. I just ate half of it, then noticed the bright yellow letters on the side that said "Contains Gluten." I now have those familiar sharp stomach cramps and am waiting to get sick.

In Topic: Endoscopy Thursday

28 December 2010 - 11:08 AM

It sounds like we are in very similar situations- I have my endoscopy on Thursday too. I've been back on gluten after a 4 or 5 day hiatus for 2 weeks now, and it is miserable. In fact, I felt worse going back on gluten after being off for even a few days than I ever did just eating it solidly (that's finally starting to get better). However, if it means a good test result, then it'll be worth it in the end. I'm surprised you didn't have to start eating gluten sooner- I was going to have to wait until much later for my endoscopy had I not gotten back on the gluten right away. I only went off to see if that would help me get through finals and a wedding without being sick; it did. 4 or 5 days isn't enough time for any damage to heal, so that's why I'm still good for the test. I'm sure you'll do fine though, your doctor certainly knows a lot more than I do. I hope Thursday goes well for both of us- the sooner we get it over with the sooner we get to eat gluten free! I plan on celebrating with a big pan of gluten-free brownies

In Topic: Specialist Says 'while I'm Reactive, I Don't Need To Be Extremely...

28 December 2010 - 10:56 AM

If you were very healthy while on a strict gluten-free diet and exercising, then you should go back to that. Since there is so much food sensitivity (including actual Celiac) in your family and you're done with your tests, it just seems like a good choice all around to avoid gluten.

In Topic: Family Thinks I Am Neurotic...

24 December 2010 - 12:41 PM

You are most certainly not neurotic and sound like a great, and understandably worried, mother. I had horrible colic as a baby and needed special predigested formula. I have since suffered with all kinds of health and GI problems and am now just discovering that I am intolerant to gluten. You sound like you are doing everything right- trying to figure out what is causing your daughter's problems and making sure she isn't eating breads and such. It is hard to accept the diagnosis or potential diagnosis of any disease, especially when it is your child. It seems like it's easier for you to understand because you seem to have gluten sensitivities as well, so you can empathize with as well as actually see what's happening with your daughter. Your husband will come around eventually, but I'm sure it is very frustrating in the mean time. I hope things turn around sooner rather than later; patience, although needed in vast amounts from any perspective, can be hard to come by. Just keep doing what you're doing, and I'm sure it will all be fine.

In Topic: Anyone Have/had Similar Symptoms?

24 December 2010 - 12:26 PM

I too have had some, but not all of the symptoms (mostly the GI stuff, I have had problems with asthma and allergies/sinus infections so bad that they required surgery, I have bad headaches/migraines, and back and joint pain). I actually just has surgery to look for endometriosis because my periods have always been off too. I'm in the process of being tested for Celiac right now, so I'm certainly no expert. It might not be a bad idea to get tested, but if you do, you will have to go back to eating gluten. Eating gluten free before any kind of test will affect the results (if you have Celiac and you're not eating gluten, your body isn't producing the antibodies or being damaged so nothing will show up). This is the part of testing I'm in (I had blood drawn on Tuesday and am having an endoscopic biopsy next Thursday), and it is miserable, but I do think it will be worth it in the long run. Obviously if you feel better eating gluten free, the best thing to do in the long run is to not eat gluten.; it'll just depend on if you want to get tested or not. From what I've heard, it'll take months for damage and stuff to heal. It's not going to be an instant "I feel better now" type of thing. I hope that I eventually feel as great as everyone who has been on a long term gluten-free diet and that you do too. It's no fun being this miserable, so I hope you get this figured out soon.

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