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Member Since 18 Oct 2012
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A Question About Malabsorption:

22 October 2012 - 03:43 PM

Im newly (self) diagnosed, via elimination diet. I've been gluten free for about 1.5 months, aside from one accidental exposure, and again to see if I had another reaction . Both times the reaction was severe. Anyhow, now that I know that the gluten has been the culprit, I can look backI on the past 3+ years of my life (Im only 21...) and so many symptoms can be accounted for: severe depression, joint pain, mouth ulcers, fat in my stool, diarrhea, premature labor, headaches, severe bloating, difficulty losing weight, etc. Some of these symptoms indicate a nutrition deficiency, or malabsorption. I know that is one of the major problems created by celiac. I know I ought to get vitamin levels checked ASAP; Which ones would be recommended? Also, in time, does the body heal and start absorbing nutrients again? Should I start taking enzymes? Please, share your experience with me. Have a blessed evening.

What Symptoms Have Been Alleviated For You Since Becoming Gluten Free?

21 October 2012 - 08:09 AM

Hello all!

I've, essentially, diagnosed myself with a gluten intolerance (via elimination diet) and have some concerns about symptom alleviation. I've been gluten free for about 1.5 months, aside from accidentally consuming it once and then again to see if I had a reaction. I definitely did. I know that it can take months for inflammation to go away, and for things to start healing. Right now, I'm having some discomfort in my lower colon area; my naturopathic doctor believes this to be inflammation from the gluten. Anyhow, I'm interested to know, what changed for you after you went gluten free? Did you have more energy? lose weight? gain weight? healthier skin and hair? more regular bowel movements? get rid of depression? any bloating? How long did it take to see changes? What symptoms have not gone away? Did being an un-diagnosed celiac for a long period of time cause any one to have any permanent, un-healable damage or other diseases or syndromes? You guys are a wonderful community, and appreciate all of your advice and shared experiences. Have a blessed day.

I Need Advice On How To Get An Accurate Diagnosis

18 October 2012 - 11:11 AM

About two months ago, I started getting infections like crazy. Kidney infections, mastitis, BV, and an array of other random pains in my body. I felt like I was falling apart. During the midst of getting all of these things treated, a CT scan revealed that the kidney that had been infected was very underdeveloped. This urged me to figure out what was causing the infections so I could prevent any further damage to my kidney. Somehow, one of my friends recommended that I read about gluten sensitivity (or celiac). Everything started to make sense. I could look back on the past year+ of my life and all of the bizarre symptoms I had fell into place. Some symptoms I had were very loose stools, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, brain fog, pelvic inflammation (pain) and obviously, a weak immune system. Despite the fact that I take very good care of my health, and eat a well balanced diet. So, I went gluten free; Today marks about 1.3 months of being gluten free. About 2 weeks after taking gluten out of my diet, I went out to eat at a mexican restaurant with my husband (which, we very rarely ever do), and ate some corn chips. Well, I hadn't thought of the fact that they'd been fried in the same oil as flour tortillas and there's no telling what else. Also, that restaurant corn chips are probably not JUST corn. About 4 hours late, I was in the worst pain of my life. The bloating in my stomach was unbearable. It was worse than labor pains. I felt dizzy, confused, and in so, so much pain. If I hadn't thought that it was caused by the gluten, I would have definitely went to the emergency room. So, a few days ago I visited with a naturapthic doctor; she feels that I do have a sensitivity to gluten. And said there are a few ways to find out 1.eat some gluten, see what happens 2. a biopsy 3. blood test. So, I've decided that I should get a blood test. However, browsing around the internet, reading about other's experiences had been discouraging. False readings seem to be so common. Right now, financially, I'd like to take whatever tests are necessary and figure it out ASAP. What test have the best, most accurate results? For celiac, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Which should I request? Have any of you taken the stool test? Do I need to start eating gluten again before the test can come back with an accurate reading? For how long, and how much? Please share your experiences, what worked for you, and any advice you may have. Thank you. Have a blessed day.

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