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LauraB0927

Member Since 16 May 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 04 2014 06:54 PM
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In Topic: Heartburn That Looks/feels Like Heartattack

20 December 2013 - 08:26 PM

I'm glad that someone brought this up because I sometimes get these "heart attack" symptoms too - I just turned 30 so I shouldn't be having any problems with my heart.  When I have my "episodes" (which have become MUCH less frequent since being diagnosed with Celiac), it hurts so bad that I actually think, "well, this may be how I die..."  In fact, it landed me in the ER twice in one day because I couldn't take the pain - the doctors did a ECG which turned out completely normal, so an injection of Pepcid and Ativan was the second choice and knocked me right out.  The pain came back 4 hours later.  The pain builds up in my chest and comes in waves, but is consistently uncomfortable.  Moving somewhat makes the pain subside but I end up engaging in this rocking motion that really freaks my husband out!  I have definitely had symptoms of GERD also (burning in the chest and up the esophagus) and that also has subsided since eating gluten free.  Do you guys think that the chest pain could be related too?  I have varying glutening symptoms so sometimes its hard for me to pinpoint when I've actually been cross contaminated.  While I'm sad for everyone else who's had to experience this, its a bit comforting to know that I'm not the only one who goes through this.   


In Topic: Microwave Popcorn - Yea Or Nay?

07 November 2013 - 05:27 PM

Popcorn Indiana is fantastic and I've also really begun to like the Skinny Pop (in the bag) - all natural with a bit of salt for flavor - so good!!!  I never usually have a problem with popcorn..


In Topic: How To Decline Food?

31 August 2013 - 08:49 PM

 I dunno, maybe I'm weird or something, but I don't hesitate to tell anyone why I can't eat their food.  I'll say, "No thanks, unfortunately that type of food will make me sick."  Of course it leads into other questions, but I'm not embarrassed or ashamed (I'm not suggesting that the OP or any of us are) and frankly I take every opportunity to educate someone on Celiac.  If my two minute conversation could potentially help someone recognize their own symptoms (or the symptoms of a loved one) and get them help, then its all worth it for me.  This is a very misunderstood disease and diet and I feel satisfied when I can correct information.  Its all about confidence.  If you explain Celiac with confidence, my experience has been that people listen better and accept what you're saying - the conversation also doesn't turn into a pity session or "oh my god I feel so bad for you."  Yes I have Celiac, no, I cannot eat your food, and we can move on with the conversation....it also prevents the same food offerings at future events with these people.

 

All that being said, I'm not suggesting that everyone should go out with their "I'm a Celiac" t-shirt on and start preaching on street corners.  It's all about your comfort level and if you even feel like explaining it that day (there are some days where I'm either tired or annoyed and I just decline food without saying anything else).  I just wanted to share because I've never had a negative reaction for sharing why I couldn't eat someone's food - in fact it only led to more understanding on their part.    


In Topic: Nightmares - Glutened In My Dreams!

23 August 2013 - 08:42 PM

Oh I've had those dreams....I had a terrible nightmare where I picked up a big slice of pizza and shoved it in my mouth....then I "remembered" that I had Celiac and I began to cry and panic...

 

I explained to my friend the next day that most people would consider a dream about eating pizza a very good one - its funny to me that its probably our worst nightmare!


In Topic: The Gluten Free Life For Me! - Long Post

23 August 2013 - 08:18 PM

Welcome to the forum!  You will get a ton of great advice on here - so many people are willing to help and share their experiences....it also may make you happy to know that going gluten free to help heal your system may also help with your fertility.  A common symptom of untreated Celiac is infertility and you will see a lot of people on here had much more success with getting pregnant after they went gluten free.  There's a pregnancy forum on here where you can get great advice.  The good thing is that now you have a huge piece of the puzzle figured out - I feel very positive that a lot of those symptoms that you were describing will get better once you begin the diet.  I had pretty bad eczema  that would come out of nowhere.  Started the gluten free diet and it disappeared.  Same with the fatigue, swelling, and water retention.

 

Definitely read the Newbie threat - I know you mentioned stopping the breads and pastas, but there are TONS of other things that have gluten hidden in them - gravy, sauces, make-up, toothpaste, shampoo, play-dough, fake crab meat, etc.  Remember, its not just wheat and the obvious sources.  You will also need to cut out barley, rye, malt, and oats (unless the oats are labeled gluten free).  So beer is off the table now because of the barley.  There are some great free apps on smartphones that will help you in terms of checking ingredients and locating places to eat in the area.  I use "Gluten Free Registry" which has been a huge help in tough situations.  Best wishes to you!!!!