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Member Since 13 Feb 2011
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In Topic: Has Anyone Ever Had Negative Ttg Iga And Positive Ema?

09 June 2013 - 01:52 PM

Hi FreeMe808! Thanks for the thanks! :) Its so gratifying to see any posts...old or new... help somebody else out! I had forgotten about this post ...and all the babbling, but reading it now... a few years later... WOW, I've come a long way....and mostly without doctors help, mostly kicking and screaming my way to my diagnosis. They didn't want to even consider it, and I was right. The doctor looked pretty sheepish when he told me my results of biopsy, etc. Interestingly, he pulled my husband aside when I was in the "recovery" area, and told him ..... she can't have ANY DAIRY EVER! ... Not even a spec of powdered milk in a mix or in a piece of chocolate, etc. And he'd been very firm about that to me, as well. He never did tell me why that was such a biggie ,but I don't touch it with a 10 foot pole, between that and gluten being removed from my diet, and figuring out a few other food allergies that I always suspected but that were never confirmed. Now I'm doing great!  Who knew that when melons made my throat itch and made me hoarse... I was allergic to them. I'm so dumb ... I just always laughed it off and ignored it. Sheesh. The best thing I've learned to do, is to listen to my body. It knows what it wants and likes and what it hates....and it definitely lets me know! ;)  Hope you're doing great too! On a final side note.... I haven't been to the doctor except annual exam...since going Gluten-free Casein-free....and I've never felt better!  Blood tests that were all out of whack are now perfect... It's just amazing.

In Topic: Happy Spring, Fellow Gardeners!

28 April 2013 - 09:44 PM

Hey Adalaide,


I'm a tomatoe lover too,! And with multiple food allergies, along with celiac disease, I was sad to find that tomatoes and I don't get along so well. BUT... because I'm stubborn, and do ridiculous amounts of research about everything...and always have... I decided to do a little research and try a few "tests" ...which I often do, to broaden my "safe food" list. After some trial and error I found that I can tolerate quite well actually.... Roma tomatoes ... IF ... I cut out the fleshy center and rinse out the seeds, essentially leaving the outer tomatoe without all the "reproductive seeds and juices". Its amazing what a difference that has made! I can eat them with no problem if I do this little bit of prep work. Just take out the seeds and rinse .... and I'm good to go. 


Nobody was more surprised or happier than I, that I could still eat tomatoes!  I put them on sandwiches, and in salads daily...with no more issues.  I haven't tried this with other varieties...although I'm planting 3 different varieties and will try this with them, as well to see if I can tolerate them. :) Hope this helps you!

In Topic: Disappointed At Chipotle - What Should I Expect?

28 April 2013 - 09:22 PM

When I finally got brave enough to try eating out, my husband and I went to PF Chang's which is fabulous in downtown Sacramento and Roseville, if you're near there...give it a try! They use special plates with PF Chang's logo on them to signify gluten free. The waiters are all trained, and immediately bring gluten free soy sauce, etc. I did get glutened once, when I didn't notice they brought the lettuce wraps on a regular plate and not a logo plate. Now I'm very aware and make sure that's what my food is served on. 


Having, good luck there...we decided to try Chipotle's across from Sunrise Mall. We had seen that they advertised gluten free food, and I was very excited to have another option. When we arrived and waited in line, I keenly observed the crew behind the counter. All had their gloves on... good sign, right? So I watched the first person grab a flour tortilla, and slap it down on the paper in from of him and grab a spoon full of beans and smear it on the flour tortilla...and then toss the spoon back into the beans. Clearly, the beans were off limits. Next he grabbed a spoonful of rice and did the same thing, although the spoon didn't touch as much of the flour, back in the rice it went. BUT, I was hopeful that maybe I could have some meat and maybe some lettuce and tomatoes or something pretty basic. As that flour torilla was passed along to the next person, she grabbed the edges of the flour tortilla and turned it on the paper... guess she didn't like the angle it was facing. :P Then she jammed her flour contaminated glove into the lettuce tub, and then into the tomatoes and what ever else.... THEN she folded the flour tortilla and rolled it up... wrapped it in paper and grabbed the next one coming down the counter... again jammed her contaminated glove into the lettuce, and cheese etc... This went on for 5-6 orders before we got to the counter.


My husband, who is not gluten free, ordered his lunch and I declined. When we got to the register ... the MANAGER of the Chipotle on duty at the time... looked at the order and said... Is this all your ordering? I said, well, yes it is. I had hoped to dine here as well, but your employees have cross contaminated all of your gluten free food. She looked at me and laughed flippantly and said... "Yeah, I guess we should be more careful, huh?"  And that was it! That was all she had to say about it. She didn't care. She didn't apologize, and certainly didn't make any indication that she would attempt to change anything.  I would NEVER  EVER eat at a Chipotle's after that experience.


There may be some places that are okay, but I would watch before ordering. I was much happier to go home and make my lunch, than to be sick for 5-6 days... and I would have been, from what I saw. Just a heads up.

In Topic: Pressure Hives Now? Can't Take Much More

28 April 2013 - 08:50 PM

This sounds like it could be Dermographism. Not a lot of people have it... I'm a "lucky one". :P Along with all my other allergies and intolerances, I was diagnosed with this when I had all my allergy testing. Its something I've had my whole life, and just never really thought much about it, but here are some examples: When I was little, my brothers and sisters and I would be playing and we'd write "notes" on our skin with our fingers...well my brother and I would (he has it too) ... skin would immediately welt and the writing would stay there for a few hours.


If I cry, my eyes immediately swell up, and get really puffy. Once they swelled shut and I looked like I got in a fight with Rocky... just from crying. It took two days for the swelling to go down and for my eyes to start looking a little normal. Yeah, I think gluten had a huge impact on that too, because once gluten free... I don't have as much problem with that anymore. Now, things that would make my skin immediately react and swell, don't as much. I'm still hyper sensitive to things but the swelling is a lot less now.

In Topic: How Soon After Gluten Do You React?

28 April 2013 - 08:14 PM

For me, generally I have symptoms in 12 to 24 hours if its gluten, and usually feel really crummy for 2-3 days, and semi crummy at days 4-5 ...and then pretty much back to good again. 


Something to remember and think about is that if you react to something immediately to within 2-3 hours at the outside, it is generally an allergic reaction, not an intolerance. So if you're reacting to something that fast, you might want to see an allergist. Lots of people don't really understand the differences between allergies and intolerances. If you have both, you should learn the differences to help you identify what's going on with you.


 I have Celiac, along with intolerance to dairy of any sort, and multiple food allergies, andwith the allergies, I react very fast (immediately to within 2 hours). If I get glutened, 12-24 hours have passed, before I notice it...and then I REALLY notice it! :( Its not fun for the next  5-6 days. Hope this helps a little.

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