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AJ Leigh

Member Since 21 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Jan 22 2012 10:12 AM

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It's One Of Those Days/weeks/months :(

04 January 2012 - 06:56 PM

I really don't want to be a baby and whine, but sometimes it's just so hard to cope. I swear no matter what I eat it makes me sick. It could be the mildest, most friendly thing for the stomach and I end up with bloating, gas, and terrible acid indigestion. I just don't know what to do at this point. It's not a matter of "will it make me sick?" it's "how sick is it going to make me?" I've had pretty much every test under the face of the sun, from endoscopy to colonoscopy to a billion different types of blood work, and everything is normal. In fact the doctors say aside from me being constantly ill, I am the healthiest person they've ever seen.

I'm running pretty low on hope here. I don't know how much longer I can deal with day after day of joint pain, fatigue, and headaches. I've been on a very dedicated gluten free diet for just under a year and yet I still feel terrible. I just found out I am more than likely intolerant to soy, which I've also cut out of my diet, yet I still feel like dirt. What can I do :(?


03 January 2012 - 01:17 PM

Has anyone used Phillips' Colon Health Probiotics? Are they gluten free? I can't find the info any where.

Soy Intolerance? What Else?

02 January 2012 - 07:54 PM

I self-diagnosed myself with celiac just under a year ago. I went on a gluten free diet, and for about 5 months I felt incredible. I suddenly had energy, my stomach aches were gone, and best of all I didn't need to sleep 15 hours a day. It was such a dramatic change that near strangers noticed a difference! However, for the last couple of months I've been feeling quite ill again. I have terrible burning stomach pain, like acid indigestion, that's bad enough that I had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. Of course they both came up completely negative for anything, save the fact that they discovered I'm severely lactose intolerant (which I already knew).

Anyway, I'm beginning to think I have an intolerance to soy. I take in quite a bit of it between soy milk, ice cream, the gluten free baked goods, and coffee, so I've switched to coconut and almond milk and am trying very hard to cut soy out of all my food, which has been excruciatingly difficult. My question is what kind of intolerance symptoms do you guys have with soy? And how long do you think it'll take to get it out of my system? I've read that soy reactions can linger up to 4 weeks. I just need an idea of when I should consider the fact that it may be something else besides soy.

Coping With Gluten For A Screening

17 November 2011 - 07:40 PM

I've been pre-diagnosed with celiac by my GI. I have yet to take the blood test or the screening, but based on my extensive history of stomach issues and wrong diagnoses (IBS, fibromyalgia, extreme allergies, and sleep apnea) the doctor says he's almost 100% sure I have celiac. I am scheduled for a screening in December, but I've been on a gluten free diet for about 7 months now. The doctor told me in order to show accurate results I'll have to eat about a week's worth of gluten before the test. I am extremely nervous about this because the test falls the week after my finals. I can't be taking my British Literature final and running to the restroom every two seconds! Does anyone have any advice on how to cope with this? And what about the pain and grief of ingesting gluten deliberately for such a long period of time? I am ultra sensitive and I just know this is going to give me muscle aches, cramps, bloating, and so on!

Also, when I went gluten free for the first couple of months I felt great. I felt healthy again. No muscle pain, no more fatigue. For the most part my stomach aches cleared up. Now for the last 2 or 3 months I have just been miserable. I've had the worst stomach aches, acid like there is fire in my stomach. I am excruciatingly careful about everything I consume, and I'm almost positive that I have not been taking in gluten without knowing it (unless it is a very secret case of cross contamination). I am aware that this could be a stomach ulcer, exasperated by my gluten issues. Has anyone had a problem like this? If it's an ulcer what can I do to "calm the fire" until I can get a diagnosis in December? My primary has me on Prilosec in the morning and Zantac twice a day, and Tums as needed and sometimes I still get acidic sour stomach!

Hershey's Contamination?

21 August 2011 - 07:38 PM

I know that there are a few threads on here about Hershey's, but I just had a question. I've been eating candy bars pretty frequently the last month, and I've noticed that I haven't been feeling great. A lot of muscle pain, fatigue, stomach bloating, etc. The two candy bars I frequent most are Skor bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, both Hershey's products. I've read the labels, visited multiple websites, including the Hershey's site, all of which claim these are gluten free. Tonight, after feeling pretty good for the first time in about two months, I ate a Skor bar for dessert. About an hour later I started feeling fatigued, bloated, and even a little over-heated, all symptoms I get after ingesting gluten. I am lactose intolerant, but it takes a pretty significant amount of dairy to bother me.

Does anyone else have this problem???

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