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RaeSaldivar

Member Since 28 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 11 2012 06:15 PM
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Starting A Gluten-Free Diet After 4 Years...

28 November 2012 - 01:46 PM

Let me start off by saying I am a 22 year old undergrad student that is at her wits end. I never had any type of intolerances growing up, not did i have food allergies or sensitivities. In 2008, I experienced a sever case of food poisoning from meat and have been on this roller coaster ever since.
The first year and a half after that occurrence I lived off of fruits, veggies, tea and oatmeal. The pain I felt was constant and included both constipation and diarrhea. It was as if my body didn't know what to do with the food I ate. I started working out to build muscle mass since I had lost so much weight and got used to not going out with friends since I couldn't eat anything. I've had a colonoscopy, endoscopy, and a biopsy of my intestines. Normal results. I've tried every OTC medicine for gas, heartburn, indigestion, ect. and have been on a few prescribed such as dicyclomine
Eventually I began to feel better and the pain and episodes got farther apart. Well, that leads me to where I am today. The episodes of abdominal cramps and diarrhea have gotten closer together and for the past 3 weeks I've been scared out of my mind because I don't know what else to do. symptoms are as followed:
  • gas
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • lower abdominal cramps
  • nausea
  • chest pain
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • anxiety (idk if this is related)
My boyfriend's bio professor suggested I try a gluten-free diet to see if there are any changes. He suffers from celiac himself and said if I do turn out to have a gluten allergy but let it go untreated I run the risk of facing long term affects from possible damage.
ooOO and i don't have insurance, and won't anytime soon. I'm gonna try this thing for a month and see how I feel. I'm relying on the web to educate me about what i should avoid eating because I have no experience in this. Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated. it's very frustrating and depressing at times to feel like my life is so limited. I don't care about weight or calories, all I want to do is enjoy food like everyone else without considering the consequences and pain i'll be in later.
I'm open to anyone who wants to reply. I suppose I just want to feel like I'm not alone.