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texastricia

Member Since 18 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 24 2012 12:47 PM
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Celiac And Weight Gain

24 November 2012 - 12:48 PM

Since being diagnosed in June and being completely gluten-free, I have gained 8 pounds. This is enough to make many of my clothes too tight to wear. HELP!
This seems the height of unfairness: my diet is severely restricted from things I love, yet instead of losing, I gain! The nutritionist said I should be encouraged that I was gaining - that it indicated my celia were healing and absorbing nutrients. Easy for her to say .... each morning in the closet I begin the Great Search for something to wear.
Can anyone relate? Does this level off or will I lose some weight eventually? I admit that extreme fatigue has limited some of my physical activity, so this may be playing a part. I am an active person who walks the golf course (with a push-cart) three times a week and attends exercise classes 3/week. I am worn out after 9 holes these days - very depressing. It seems a vicious circle.

Are Periodic Blood Tests Warranted?

18 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

I was diagnosed in June, 2012 as Celiac through a blood test and follow-up biopsy. These were done in Lexington, KY by a young female GI to whom I will be eternally grateful. I have suffered for years and seen multiple GI's who never tested for Celiac. Now I am in Arizona and recently saw a GI doc at Mayo Clinic. This doc told me there was no need to do blood work as I was already diagnosed, and the antigen numbers from a blood test would give no valuable information. When diagnosed my blood count was over 100 (normal is less than 4); six weeks after being gluten-free it was 75, a positive sign, I thought. Now that it has been 5 months, I had hoped to see that my numbers were way down, a further sign that I was healing. Do any of you have doctors who track your blood count?