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Member Since 23 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 30 2012 07:49 AM

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First Real Gutening - Ugh!

09 May 2012 - 09:40 AM

Hi everyone,

I am positive I glutened myself yesterday - still trying to figure out what exactly but I think it was a seasoning I bought. It's the first big screw up I've made since I went gluten-free (had a taste of gluten sauce by accident last month) and it is an excellent reminder to myself to be more careful! I should have read more carefully. My stomach is upset, belching, eyes sore and my sinuses are on fire today. I'm sitting in my office with the lights off because of the headache. I haven't felt this bad for a while. *sigh*

Thanks for reading, I just needed to whine a bit to people who have been there.

Blood Sugar Frustration

01 May 2012 - 11:36 AM

Hi everyone. I've always been hypoglycemic but since going gluten-free, I'm having a lot of issues. I was eating vegan prior to my diagnosis but added small amounts of animal protein (eggs, chicken) at my doctor's recommendation. It has helped with the hunger. However, my blood sugar has been dipping a lot and my curve show's that I'm reactive. My endo says she's seen this happen to other people as the heal from any sort of illness and recommends I do something along the lines of the Paleo diet. She says that some folks level out as they heal and I will need to watch this to make sure it doesn't develop into diabetes.

Any experienced advise out there? I'm struggling lately with eating in general (planning, finding the time to cook, finding things that sound good, etc.) Going to the grocery store and meal planning feels overwhelming lately.

Dh "spot"

12 April 2012 - 08:01 AM

Hi everyone. The beginning of this year, prior to my blood work, I got a nasty spot on my arm that at first I thought was from a reaction to a bite or something but it stayed for months! Long story short, it was DH. Went gluten free and it finally started clearing up. I can still see the mark in the area where it was but my skin marks really easy.

Accidently glutened myself Monday and by Tuesday, the spot started to re-appear with little blisters. It's not nearly like it was in January and it was a small amount of gluten but I'm wondering if it will heal quickly or if it will take forever to heal again. :(

My first real "gluttened" mistake - I'm sure there will be others - but I can't believe how bad it made me feel! The interesting thing was it helped me realize how far I've come.

Dating Frustration

10 April 2012 - 10:22 AM

Hi everyone...I just need to vent.

I've been seeing someone for a while now. We met last year, before my whole illness adventure began. He likes to go out on Saturday nights and usually wants to eat some where. I've told him, in depth, that I can't have gluten or dairy and why. I've offered him plenty of reading material on gluten. A friend gave me a book with restaurants that have gluten free options and I take that with us now. However, every time we go out, he wants to go somewhere that serves pizza, pasta, fried something... That would be ok except the places he wants to go don't have a gluten free menu and the risk of CC and me getting sick would be big.

I don't think he's doing it to be difficult. I really think he's having a hard time understanding what I can't have. He gets the dairy part but not the gluten. We went some place that I was able to get a salad from and I asked the waitress to double check that there weren't croutons. She left and he turned to me and said "didn't you want croutons?". I said no, I can't have croutons. "oh".

How can I help him understand what gluten free means? Am I expecting too much? I'm at the point I just don't want to go out to eat with him at all because I feel terrible telling him the places he wants to go aren't ok for me. Don't even get me started if he wants us to go eat with his family....I don't want to make a big deal out of food but I don't want to be sick either. Any suggestions would be great!


Terrible Sleep!

13 March 2012 - 07:16 AM

Hi everyone. I have been gluten free for 2 1/2 weeks now; casein free for much longer. I had a positive blood test but have not had a biopsy yet. I'm meeting with an allergist to do some more blood work and I have an appointment with a GI but I don't know if I will gluten up for the biopsy or not yet. Anyway...

Since going gluten free, I feel better in so many ways. But my sleep has been terrible the last couple of weeks. I wake up constantly, can't get comfortable, too warm, then too cold. Last night I had these cold sweats - not physically sweating, just feeling like waves of cold chill/sweats were washing over me. Being chilled but sort of too warm head to foot. Hard to explain. Today I feel terrible! I feel like I'm walking in quicksand and I just want to sleep. My stomach is upset too. I just turned 36 and not perimenopause yet though I've had night sweats occasionally since I was 16 during my monthly from time to time. My doctor said some women do around that time of the month but all my levels are fine.

I am taking a good vitamin and iron (anemia) and just prior to going gluten free I was on 3000 mg of antibiotics a day for a really bad infection so I am on probiotics now. I've been on them for about a week. I feel like my sleep is even worse since starting the probiotics.

I went over everything I ate yesterday and no hidden gluten or casein. Could this be part of my body healing? Or something to do with the good bacteria rebalancing things? I guess it could be another food allergy as well. I suspect I may be sensitive to soy. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

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