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Member Since 25 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Jan 03 2013 12:58 PM

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In Topic: Sertraline - Stomach :)

19 August 2012 - 08:14 AM

I was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly 5 mos. ago, and have been oily d free for a month or two.

I, too, have begun taking Sertraline / Zoloft, but since I was changing from another medication, I started at a higher dose to replace the dosage of the previous medicine. I have been on the Sertraline for a month.

Recently, I have been in a lot of back / neck pain and a lot of stress in getting my son off to college and going back to my teaching career after the summer off. Also, my curriculum has changed and I have 3 new course preparations this year.

Is it possible that the pain / stress could cause the oily d to recur? I am at my wit's end!!

In Topic: Tell Me About Your Repeat Blood Test

31 May 2012 - 12:13 PM

Can one be tested to see if they are clear of gluten. I am a 34 year old female, and I was newly diagnosed 10 months ago. It's been a long road, and I am not happy that I have Celiac Disease, but I am happy someone FINALLY found the answer! I am just concerned about the late diagnosis and how damaged my intestines are. I recently had a scope a couple of months ago to check my pancreatic valve, and was told that the damage to my intestines still looks the same. My doctor feels I am still getting gluten somewhere. I am being so very careful, but I realize living with my Husband and our using the same kitchen to cook can cause problems. I have my own section and supplies, but it doesn't mean I am 100% safe, not to mention potential contamination when we eat out. I was just wondering if it was possible to be tested or have a scope on a yearly basis to see if my intestines are repairing or staying the same.....any thoughts? I have been meaning to ask my doctor this question, and will do so at my next appointment.

I turned 50 on my last birthday and was diagnosed 4 mos.later. That was nearly 3 mos. ago. I believe that I've had celiac disease most of my life. Because of food sensitivities, I have always watched for what set my digestive symptoms off and have mostly voluntarily and without much thought cut those things from my diet. I, too, believe that I probably have much damage, especially since my symptoms have improved but not as much as I had hoped. I recently had a battery of blood tests performed by endocrinologist, but he didn't do many of the tests I thought he should. He didn't check my vitamin k levels and treated me as though I were an idiot when I asked him about it. I bleed very profusely and have broken capillaries all over my legs, arms, and torso. Although my hemoglobin and hematocrit were normal, my red blood cells were low. Also, my vitamin b-12 and folate were low as was free thyroxine. Can someone please give some advice?

In Topic: Dermatologist Was Mean, Made Me Cry...

30 May 2012 - 12:12 PM

We are all wishing you a great night of uninterrupted blissful sleep!Posted Image

I also wish you a great night's sleep; please wish me one, too. I am in the same boat as you and have been trying to maintain a strictly gluten free diet since the last of Feb. - the first of Mar. My rash wakes me up nightly with horrible itching and pain.

In many ways, it seems that my symptoms have worsened, especially peripheral neuropathy and this rash. I have been unable to find a dr. who would biopsy my rash--gastrointerologist thinks it is DH but won't treat it; endocrinologist thinks it is ezcema but wants a dermatologist to treat; dermatologist has been on maternity leave since April and will be untll October. (OMG!! I was lucky to get to take my 6 weeks of leave that I had saved with each of mine!! Yes, I know; sour grapes!! LOL)

I really don't know what to do or whom to see. I am ready to get well.

I also had drs. who wanted to dismiss my celiac disease because I am overweight. As per my most recent blood tests, my iron levels are okay, but my red blood cells are way low. The endo said this was "puzzling" but offered no advice. He also did not do a vitamin k test and acted as though I had grown horns when I asked if he had and if he would. even though I have broken capillaries over ~ 1/2 of my body. I have been anemic most of my adult life and was even referred to a hemotologist even though the referral got lost and I never got an appt. I do drink a good amount of red wine, which could possibly explain the iron levels being near normal.

Does anyone have advice????

In Topic: May Is Celiac Awareness Month

08 May 2012 - 11:17 AM

A local chain of stores which keeps dieticians on staff is having a series of events to educate people, including cooking and baking classes. On top of that they're having month long sales on all sorts of goodies. I know where I'll be shopping all month! I'll get to try so many things I've thought of trying but just been too cheap to bother with out of fear of spending so much money on something that sucks.

Some of the online experts are hosting a 10 day gluten free blog hop with neat giveaways.


In Topic: How Would You Handle This Situation?

05 May 2012 - 08:23 AM

After just a few months I'm already aware that I have to steer clear of anything made in a shared facility. I get to be super sensitive, I'm so lucky. <_< I'm surprised at this point that I don't get sick when the word gluten passes my lips. :lol: Last month, for the first time, I had friends over and made dinner. I'm banking on the fact that the couple has a baby due at the end of this month to keep them from deciding she has the time or energy to invite us over. When the inevitable happens though I'll simply have some salad, pray, and enjoy their company. They do know I have celiac but don't understand it well, and with 2.8 kids in the house I don't really expect them to take the time to learn. If push comes to shove I'm prepared with a statement about how celiacs who don't stay 100% gluten free double our chances of certain types of cancer. Nope, not above telling them I'll die of cancer from eating their food, because at least that is serious enough for them to take me seriously, and should end the discussion about it permanently.

How do you "steer clear of anything mad in a shared facility"? My husband and 2 sons do not have celiac disease and have no desire to share my gluten free lifestyle. I keep my food separate from theirs and try to make most of our shared food things that all of us can enjoy. I can sometimes trick them with gluten free pasta, but they refuse to give up their breads and other gluten-filled foods. I am already struggling with my symptoms and all the stress of managing them; I do not think I could also manage the stress of fighting with them over their food.

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