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Member Since 03 Mar 2011
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#688507 When Do I Start Feeling Better Again?

Posted by on 31 March 2011 - 11:41 AM

Yes, getting glutened after being gluten-free for a while is no fun. I have only bee gluten-free for 5 weeks or so. After 3 weeks of going gluten-free, i got accidentally glutened and it knocked me down flat on my back for 48-72 hours. Had to just sleep it off. To me it was a good reminder that gluten really is like poison to my system, and that incident has made me become more vigilant about avoiding gluten in all forms-I try to stay positive and chalk it up to a learning experience. But while I was in the throes of getting glutened it was hard to think clearly. I understand how you feel now-it WILL work itself out of your system and you should get back to feeling good, like you were when you first went gluten free.

As far as your doctor whom you are frustrated with, I can totally understand your frustration. I was misdiagnosed for 30+ years, and it was my wife, NOT A DOCTOR, who diagnosed me. Without the internet, and my wifes vigilance in finding out what was wrong with me, I would still be sick. I have moments where I can look back, and I get downright pissed-off(for lack of a better word) at all the doctors who knew my symptoms(IBS, Bloating, Diarr and Constip, Agonizing stomach pain, Frequent daily heartburn, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, etc, etc etc.) Yet no doctor ever put it all together and they never mentioned celiac disease. I never heard about celiac until 6 weeks ago when my wife said she thought she found my cure-and it was right.

So, I had 2 options. I could, 1. Stay mad about the dozens of doctors who misdiagnosed me, which would get my blood pressure up and generally stress me out. Or I could 2. Let it go, enjoy my the NEW ME and my newfound energy and health, and just start taking responsibility for my own well being(and not relying on the doctors to give me a pill to fix all my ailments.) I have felt like crap for 2 decades and now that I have found relief and found my cure, I refuse to live in the past and the pain. I choose to move forward in my cure and as soon as your recent glutening gets out of your system you will feel better and have a brighter outlook. I promise.

Good Luck
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#687389 Depression And Celiac

Posted by on 28 March 2011 - 05:53 AM

WOW!!!! Thanks to all of you who can speak freely and candidly about the dark secrets of depression. No one(including myself) has ever been able to put a finger on my depression or help with the desparate feelings. I have seen several psychiatrist over the last 15 years and had several changes in anti-depressant medication, and nothing has come near to changing my moods ands perceptions like going gluten free(5 weeks now). What a wonderful feeling to have that black cloud dissapate. Reading your posts let me know I am not alone in this, for you have all been through EXACTLY what I have been through. If there is a HELL, it does not scare me, for I have been to HELL and back, and I have finally been released from its clutches. Normally, Mondays are really blah, and almost unbearable. But today, even though the sky is black with storm clouds and the temps dropped into the 30's, I can hold my head high and life seems so much brighter-no more doom and gloom-been there done that-and Done with it for good. Btw-I have had an accidental glutening in the last 4 weeks and yes, it took my right back down the spiral stairway to Madness-Gluten is some nasty stuff I tell ya. But WE are the lucky ones. It is up to us to spread the word and try to find the thousands if not millions of undiagnosed celiacs who are living in their own little HELL. You guys and gals have a Bright and Wonderful Day!!!!
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#686144 Should My Family Get Tested?

Posted by on 23 March 2011 - 04:45 PM

I am only 4 weeks gluten-free and have had a miraculous turn-around in my physical and mental symptoms. I am really on "Top of the World", after suffering for over 30 years with a myriad of symptoms of gluten intolerance. I have several family members(parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and siblings that have many of the same symptoms which I have dealt with for many years. My first instinct after discovering my diagnosis and feeling the symptoms vanish after going gluten-free, was of course to share it with my family members- most loving family members want whats best for the rest of the family and want them to feel better. You would think that I told them that aliens had abducted me and cured my illnesses. Lots of denial. Being a recovering alcoholic, I know what denial is, especially in my family. I have not had one family member that takes it seriously. All I can do is be a positive, living example, and let people see for themselves the positive changes that my body has gone through being gluten-free, and eating a healthier diet. My point is, that when it comes to your parents, siblings, and extended family members, yes talk openly about it but try not to get frustrated and/or disappointed if your warnings fall on deaf ears. Believe me, I had to take a step back from trying to heal my entire family, lest I increase my blood pressure and stress when they just don't see the whole picture. As far as your children, I cannot give any advice since I am so new to this and still in a learning phase myself. Best of luck, and take care of yourself and your children first and foremost.
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#683122 Severe Depression/ Thyroid Issues Linked To Celiac Disease?

Posted by on 13 March 2011 - 04:40 PM

I have been gluten free now for 3 weeks and I am feeling wonderful, better than I have felt in decades. Aches and pains have diminished. Brain fog has lifted and I feel like a different person. I was diagnosed with hyper thyroid about 8 months ago(before I found out that I suffered from celiac), and am on thyroid medication. Additionally, I have suffered from severe chronic depression since I was 15 years old(I am now 45 years old), and I remain on several anti-depressant drugs prescribed by my psychiatrist. Since I have been gluten free(and lactose free) for the last 3 weeks, my depression has lifted and I am happy and stress free. It is nothing short of a miracle. My question is this: Is it possible that in the future I will be able to stop taking my thyroid medication as well as my anti-depressant medications?? Does anyone have any success stories where they found they no longer need anti-depressants and/or thyroid medication?
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