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Member Since 24 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active Aug 24 2012 11:01 PM

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20 May 2012 - 09:26 PM

For the second month in a row (gluten free 3 months) my cycle seems to have snuck up on me early. This isn't a problem because even though I have been very regular for at least 3 years now, it was usually longish, like 32 days. What it tells me is that being gluten free has been changing something. The best thing for me has been the near disappearance of sometimes severe pre-menstrual symptoms. I would feel the peak of manic anxiety and panic attacks near ovulation and almost two weeks of severe brain fog and the fight with feelings of alternating aggression/depression culminating in one sad negative night just before I finally found relief when my period started.

Tonight, while talking with my husband on the phone (he is out of town) I got a little weepy and felt a few moments of negativity. After I got off the phone I discovered I had started my period early. So a few moments of 'pms' was the only sign that my period was imminent.

Is it too much to hope that this isn't a fluke? Has anyone else experienced relief from PMDD going gluten free?

I Used To Make Cakes...now What?

17 May 2012 - 07:36 AM

I started making cakes last year. I found I really enjoyed the decorating aspect, especially modeling chocolate. I found I might have a real talent for it (lots to learn and practice though) but I am not an enthusiastic or patient baker. In fact, discovering I have celiac a few months ago has been freeing because I no longer have the pressure to make cakes for people who were asking. For my sister's graduation I bought a costco cake(for the BBQ guests) and some gluten free cupcakes (she is also celiac) and used gluten free fondant decorations to personalize them. It was very enjoyable so I think I may skip the baking aspect altogether and not miss it but I want to keep decorating.

My question is, I have frosting tips, modeling tools, cutters, cutting boards and candy molds. I tossed the modeling sponges already and gave away my baking pans because they had a rolled edge I didn't trust. Can I wash these other things well enough to be gluten safe? Or do I need to start over with my collection? I wouldn't be entirely unhappy with doing that but my husband might... I am moving so it will all be packed at least 3 months until we find a new house, does that help?

Thank you

How Does Celiac Affect Pregnancy?

15 May 2012 - 02:21 AM

I know there is an association between miscarriage and celiac but I don't understand the relationship.

About 5 years ago I suffered my first miscarriage (13 weeks) after 5 healthy pregnancies and 1 happy adoption. I was 36 at the time. I silently worried it had been caused by stress due to my sister's cancer diagnosis and taking care of her 3 babies along with my own.

Within 6 weeks I was unexpectedly pregnant again with my 7th child and carried him successfully to term.

Finally, a year ago this month I again suffered a miscarriage and subsequent hemmorrhage also at 13 weeks. It was during my examination for this event I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis but no one mentioned what might have contributed to the loss.

I am at peace with the number of children we now have and not planning any more, but I guess, with the anniversary here and now knowing I have celiac (3 months gluten free) I am wondering anew what may have happened and if it might be due to celiac in any way. I also have concerns for my son who was born in the middle of the two. Do I need to be especially watchful if I had celiac while pregnant with him?

Thank you, and if this is not the appropriate place to post this topic, please advise and accept my apologies.

9Yo Daughter No Test Results But Sick

08 May 2012 - 11:23 PM

So, all my seven children have been tested for celiac as of last Friday but I have not recieved the results yet. Before testing, I was making sure they all were eating whole wheat sandwiches and other store bought bread products but I tossed all wheat flour and gluteny ingredients from the home. We ran out of bread a couple of days ago (after testing but before results) but didn't miss it because I was experimenting with gluten free baking.

So...my 9yo daughter is one of my children who I have been wondering about since I was diagnosed celiac. She is my picky eater, often complaining of stomachaches and headaches. After she ate her dinner tonight, within 10 minutes she came to me and said "Mom, I can't eat beans remember, they always give me a headache." Within 20-30 minutes she was sick in bed at 6pm with body aches and a throbbing headache and mild tummyache. Even though she has complained of beans before, I thought to check with Dad (a friend had brought dinner over while I was busy working on a project in another room) and realized she had eaten a whole wheat tortilla with it.

My instinct is to keep her far away from gluten but do I need to continue giving her bread in case we need any further testing?

Son's Test Results Returned Normal?

02 May 2012 - 08:17 AM

My first child of seven was tested and I requested that they mail me all information. He is my adopted nephew (my side where the celiac family history is) but has no symptoms. His iron was tested normal. But I could not get a clear answer from the doctor as to what was being tested for celiac. The lab tech said they would be running a series of tests so I was hopeful he was getting both IgA and IgG but my lab result says: Celiac Disease Ab Screen w/Rfx ordered AND Celiac Disease Comprehensive cancelled

Is that second one the test I want to have done for my other children some of whom have symptoms?

Anyway here are his results:

Immunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum result: 55 Range: 58-358 Flags: L

We were told by the clinic that his results were negative.

Thank you.

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