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Member Since 23 Sep 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 18 2012 08:46 PM

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Brain Fog Is Going To Kill My Career

16 December 2012 - 06:16 PM

Hi everyone,

I have been recently diagnosed with coeliac and have been on a gluten-free diet since September. Lately, I have been experiencing 'brain fog' and it is a nightmare.

I have always considered myself to have an awesome memory and always bragged about my short-term memory as I would be able to look at my notes just before being tested in an exam and remember what I had looked at quite accurately to get those extra marks. But lately my short-term memory is stuffed and I am only just realising. I have not liked my job for some time as I get so bored and there is no urgency in what I do. I started to not be able pay attention or concentrate well and put in down to "creating bad habits in a job I hated".

It is not so much the inability to concentrate but my forgetfulness is now shocking. I am building a house and it took me three days to remember to send through the title, I forget to put numerous things onto my shopping list. And worse, I have been offered an awesome new job and received a phone call to pick up my job contract over a week ago and just plain forgot. Even my boyfriend asked a couple days ago if I heard and I said I hadn't, even stating that it was "weird" I hadn't heard from my new boss about my contract. It took me a whole day to remember that he had called to come pick it up. I feel so awful and promised myself to pick it up today.. however he called this morning and asked me if I picked it up and sounded disappointed I hadn't. How can I explain it is not my fault and unlike me without sounding like it will affect my new job as I have so much learn.

I read that it can be an affect of cheating on the diet.. I am so careful, however my partner is not and still ingests gluten at home and I still get sick on occassion. I have decided that tonight I am going home and disinfecting the whole kitchen and removing all gluten from the area (at least until I figure out how to create a gluten friendly kitchen with gluten in it).

But does anyone have any tips on how to improve my short-term memory and inattention or stop gluten contamination from happening to me? I am so scared I will not be able to concentrate or remember things in my new dream job :(

An Aussie G'day!

23 September 2012 - 10:28 PM

Hi all, I am a 23 year old female from Geraldton, Western Australia. I have had positive blood work, am awaiting my biopsy results and have had a positive reaction to my new gluten-free diet. I have been gluten-free for only two weeks!!! I am working on creating new eating habits, being very careful and not being tempted (as yet). But I am feeling healthier everyday, so I don't feel I could be tempted. Still have a lot to learn, so if anyone has any advice they would like to offer that they maybe wish they receive when starting this diet that would be great! :)

Frustrated Of Waiting!

23 September 2012 - 07:22 PM

Hi all.

I am a 23 year old female from Australia. I never thought I would be dealing with the possibility of coeliac (celiac) disease and am currently awaiting the results of my biospy which is taking forever!!! I just want to know how long it takes to get your results? I have been waiting for three weeks and am waiting to hear back from the doctor's office today as to when my appointment is (I thought it was today but it is not :( ) I want to know if anyone thinks I will get positive results. What happens if it is negative? And if you think my symptoms describe coeliac?

It all started last November when my partner and I made a big move across the country (about 37km away from home). I was probably eating the most unhealthy foods I have ever had as we drove for four days and then the unpacking, I was eating lots of takeaway and gluten foods. A few weeks after arrvial I began to feel nauseous, and sufferred from stomach cramps, fatigue, constipation and then later diarrhea. And I improved my diet, opting for healthier foods but was still sick.

My first visit to the doctor was in about Feb. and my doctor attempted to diagnose me with IBS and gave my some horrible medication that made me feel like the walking dead. So I went back weeks later and he decided to test me for Coeliac. I must say I was completely shocked (and so was he) that the results were positive. Especially since my regular diet consists of less gluten than the average person as I eat little bread and always choose rice over pasta as that is my preference.

I booked in for my biopsy in April but had to cancel due to my asthma, which has never really been problem, got really bad that I was coughing way to much to undergo the procedure. I was relieved though as my surgeon was very rude and impatient to the point of inappropriate. Also, he told me that my blood results were low so he did not think I was coeliac but still ordered a biopsy. I then waited till I felt better and my asthma treatment was working, I booked with a new doctor, knowing it would take longer - this was about 3 months later.

I had cut down on gluten for about 3 weeks (which was wrong but I was over it) and as soon as I was booked in for my procedure, I decided to begin the horrid, "gluten challenge" - approx 6 weeks leading up to the procedure. Two days before my procedure I was the sickest I have been, stomach cramps, nauseous, diarrhea - so I didn't eat that day. I also experienced severe pain in my knees - they were just aching.

I had two biopsies taken from my stomach and after the procedure I continued eating gluten for 5 days and it was unbearable. My doctor hadn't told me whether I could be gluten-free and was worried I might need more tests. So I did some research and saw others had gone gluten-free straight after, so I did. Three weeks later, I am feeling much better... I do not feel completely recovered but I feel like I have started the journey to full recovery.

I am worried I have not done enough to get a positive result. I just want answers and am hoping I can get a diagnosis and move on to live a healthy life again.

Also, I think what triggered the Coeliac is that I visited Malaysia and ended up with Traveller's Diarrhea and last year visited Thailand only to get ill over there too.

I feel like I have been waiting forever and am scared that I will get a negative result even though I feel like a am coeliac.

Thanks for reading my essay lol. Sorry it is so long.

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