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Raining Skittles

Member Since 27 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 31 2013 08:04 AM

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Cheese For 1St Time In 3Mos

06 November 2012 - 08:52 AM

So I went off cheese for 3 months to let my intestine heal. I tried a little bit of Swiss cheese yesterday for the first time and had no symptoms. So I tried a little cheddar on a taco and I had a bit of tummy rumbles a few hours later but that was it. I hope this means I can have a little bit of dairy now and then again. I could easily have gone without the cheddar and I'm actually quite used to not eating any dairy now, but I do miss an occasional piece of really good cheese.

Anyone else go back to dairy after being dairy-free? Any suggestions for me?

Suffering Depression - Medication Question

04 September 2012 - 01:11 PM

I'm headed to my doctor the day after tomorrow. I have a few things to talk to him about but one is that I think I need to start taking a depression medication now.
Can anyone let me know which ones are gluten free and if any of them I need to stay away from?
Also I can't take time-release meds since I don't absorb enough.

Thanks in advance!

gluten-free Since 8/15 - How Long Until I Feel Better?

28 August 2012 - 02:22 PM

I thought I started feeling better about a week after going gluten-free then I went to a BBQ. I'm totally new to all this and didn't even think that by eating a burger with no bun would be an issue - but now I know that a BBQ grill can be contaminated. I had a horrible night.
A few days went by and I felt a bit better again until I went to lunch with some friends and ordered steak. It came in an unidentified sauce that I'm certain now must have had some gluten in it. Sigh.

I removed all forms of dairy and gluten from my diet starting on 8/15 - gave away all the gluten containing food in my home.

If I don't eat anything at BBQs or restaurants for a while and am really careful (now that I know more about CC and a ton of other stuff), how long will it be until I really start to feel better?
I'm sure the timing varies depending on sensitivity levels, but some semblance of an idea would be really helpful.
I'm only 2 weeks in and I'm already getting discouraged that not only are my symptoms doing some kind of roller coaster ride, but they seem to be getting worse when I have them.

Testing After Beginning gluten-free Diet?

27 August 2012 - 01:20 PM

I am very new to all of this, and have devoured massive amounts of information in the past two weeks. I think my head just might explode from over information before my stomach does from bloating.
I really need to start keeping a journal of my diet and symptoms.
I have my normal annual doctor appointment coming up next week but I've been dairy and gluten-free for the past 2 weeks. Will I get inaccurate results from not having gluten in my diet for 3 weeks prior to testing (assuming I can even convince him to test me)?
Should I begin eating gluten again until after my appointment? I am really not looking forward to that and would love to not have to do it as now that I've been off gluten, I've noticed that even a little exposure gives me horrible symptoms beyond what I experience before.

The pain is much worse, the symptoms last a full 24+ hours, the bloating is beyond bloating and actually makes me look like I've gained 20 pounds in my mid-section so I can't wear my normal pants and I have rolls that weren't there the day before, the flatulence is grotesque beyond description to the point that I seclude myself in the bathroom for hours "taking a bath" and I get mood swings to rival the worst of menopause; temper flares one minute, weepy the next, then I have a hot flash on top of it all and I want to crawl into a secluded corner and cry.
My spouse has no idea what is going on because I find these symptoms gravely embarrassing and feel like there is no excuse for my biting comments and the arguments we've had when I've been exposed.

I've had all these same symptoms my whole life (save for the hot flashes, those are newer due to menopause). But in the past two weeks it is like my symptoms have been given growth hormone shots every time I have a tad bit of gluten. The first accidental exposure was at a friendly bbq where my hamburger was cooked on the same grill that someone had heated a bun. Very little exposure, but enough to send me over the edge and double me over in pain just a couple hours later and on into the night and the next day.

I feel like my own 'testing' has proven to me that I definitely have an issue with gluten even if it's not Celiac Disease. Yet another part of me wants the diagnosis so people don't think I'm gluten-free because it's becoming a fad diet these days and I can tell them "I'm sorry, I can't have that, I have Celiac."

So, back to the question in the subject line. Is it possible for me to get an accurate test result when I've been dairy and gluten-free for 3 weeks at the time of testing?

So sorry for such a long post and thank you in advance for any feedback.