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Member Since 19 Mar 2011
Offline Last Active Apr 26 2011 04:00 PM

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In Topic: Gf Make-up

16 April 2011 - 09:03 AM

What about Dermablend, make-up forever & Too Faced products?? I have been trying to research and have been unsuccessful.

Hi Madatgluten! First, let me welcome you to the group. I am very new to this gluten free thing as well (just about a month Gluten-Free) and I can tell you, you have come to the right place for help. Just be sure to check the date on forums. This one is very old and no one has added to it for a while so chances of getting response are lessened.

I checked it out because I have been in the same boat. I am trying to replace all of my cosmetics and skin care with safe products and I have found it very frustrating to find information on what is safe and what isn't. I did find a new cosmetic company that I like. It's called Joelle cosmetics and it's completely gluten free. They produce mineral powder foundations like Bare Minerals but they are substantially cheaper. I have been using it for about a week now and I love it! Joelle can only be purchased online.

I just started using Dessert Essence skin care as well. I tried the Pomegranate Facial wash and skin serum and I like it. Many of their products have tea tree oil (or melaluca) in them which I am allegic to so I have to be careful but I like what I have tried so far. I have heard wonderful things about their shampoos and conditioners so I am going to try them next. You can get them at Whole Foods or online. Online is a little less expensive.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

In Topic: Gluten Headaches

30 March 2011 - 11:30 AM

Hello all. I just received my diagnosis of Celiac Disease on Feb 25th, which came as a surprise since most of my symptoms (acid reflux, gas, bloating, nausea) were mild compared to y'all's. I'm only a few days into the diet so I haven't noticed much.

However, I have suffered from near 24/7 headaches since I was in high school, and I was wondering if they were gluten-related or not. They reside mainly behind my eyebrows, and feel as if my eyebrow muscles are constantly tense (even if they're not, like if they're being massaged) or that something is trying to push its way out of my head. It mostly feels like a dull ache of pressure, not sharp or stabby. When they're really bad my eyes get all blurry and they hurt as well, my forehead and cheeks hurt worse, and sometimes there is a stabby pain or two coming from my eyes area.

I used to think they were eye-related, since the pain is concentrated near my eyes and my eyes get tired very easily, but I was assured that my prescription glasses are perfect, and I was tested for other headache-causing sight problems to no avail.

Then I thought maybe sinuses, since my cheeks hurt sometimes too, and it seemed to focus around the sinuses. Tried several allergy medicines and sinus headache stuff to no avail.

Then we decided they were sleep-deprivation related, since I have a lot of trouble sleeping at night (including bizarre symptoms such as pre-sleep hallucinations) and never feel fully rested when I get up. A doctor prescribed me 20mg of Elavil a night for the headaches, and it has improved my sleep (no more waking up every few hours) and the headaches have definitely improved as well.

But they don't respond to any pain medications at all, including migraine medicines (I don't think they're migraines), and caffeine makes them worse and makes me sick to my stomach.

Could these begin to resolve on the gluten-free diet? I always assumed that I just had to deal with them for the rest of my life. :(

I had a positive blood test for celiac in early January of this year but was not able to have a biopsy to confirm until mid March. I had to keep gluten in my diet for two months knowing it was what was making me sick. I did a brief test during that time and limited my gluten intake for about a week. I would basically eat gluten free but include one food that contained gluten everyday. I was shocked to learn that the headaches that I have been suffering for as long as I can remember were being brought on by gluten! Every time I ate gluten I would get a headache within a half an hour.

I've been completely gluten free for two weeks now and my headaches have completely disappeared. I've had maybe two headaches in the last two weeks and they have been a direct result of a accidental "gluttening".

I hope you will have similar results. It really has been wonderful to not be in pain all the time.

Hang in there!

In Topic: Why Are Cosmetics So Frustrating?

30 March 2011 - 11:16 AM

Thanks everyone. I am trying to take all of this in but it's really overwhelming. I'm doing pretty well with food right now but I figure it makes sense to eliminate gluten in everything I use if I can. I'm just trying to take it one day at a time and change things out slowly.

Thanks for the advise.

In Topic: Is There An App For That?

25 March 2011 - 02:07 PM

Thank you so much for the responses!!! I was just thinking how cool it would be to just be able to scan the upc to see if it was gluten free...... Maybe someday in the near future.....

Hey WitchyWoman,

I also have the Iphone app. "Is that Gluten Free?" and i have found it very helpful as a newbie. I don't really use the actual product list but I find the list of ingredients very helpful for reading labels. And, I like that there is an area with each product where you can take notes. I'm sure I won't use if forever but right now, while I am trying to learn what ingredients to watch out for, I really love it.

In Topic: How Long Till I Heal?

20 March 2011 - 07:56 AM

Thanks Mushroom and Chili! I appreciate the words of wisdom. I am starting to wonder if my medication is making me sick. I've been on Synthroid for about 7 years now and I just ran across a website last night that said it could contain gluten. I tend to feel worse at night which leads me to believe that it may be something I am taking regularly (I take Synthroid every morning). I am going to talk to my doctor about switching to the generic that is gluten-free.

Thanks again!

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