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Member Since 06 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 17 2013 01:47 PM

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In Topic: Strangest - But Positive - Effects Of The gluten-free Diet?

25 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

The excessive blushing/flushing!  I had gotten so bad that I would feel my face burning red even if I thought someone was looking my way.  I haven't felt that since being gluten-free.  My face was almost constantly red too, but that isn't the case now!  It was embarrassing to blush all the time and to look like I was always blushing!


Night sweats and being extremely hot at night has stopped.  It is so nice to not turn the heat down so low AND have the fan blowing on me all night throughout the winter!

In Topic: British Tv Mrs Brown's Boys

15 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

Sounds funny. I'll look for it. I love all the re-runs of the British sit-coms PBS has or had.

found some full length episodes here


Excellent! Thank you!

Now I have my weekend set out for me! Just took a peek at the site and looking forward to watching episodes I haven't seen yet!

In Topic: How Old Are You?

15 February 2013 - 07:45 AM

After my mom turned 40, she always told people she was celebrating the anniversary of her 39th birthday.

I just celebrated the 9th anniversary of my 39th birthday.

Perhaps I'll switch to dog years . . . I'm almost 7.

I think along the same lines as your mom. I celebrate anniversaries too. In May I will be celebrating the 19th anniversary of my 29th birthday!

Oh my goodness, I've lost track of my age! I first put 20th anniversary then thought, no that makes me going on 49. Put in 18th, and that makes me turning 47.

LOL then I actually had to count the decades then use my fingers to add the additional years from my birth year to figure out what my age actually is! How sad is that? LOL

In Topic: How Long Did It Take To Get Diagnosed Wtih celiac disease? Any Misdiagnosis...

03 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

the doc who said no, based on "not wasting away"., have you communicated with him? I have a very uncomplementary name for him.....

Oh believe me I wanted to get in touch with him. Problem is that was during my 8 years of living in Ireland (have since moved back to Canada) And that dr has retired. I was so relieved to get my results, then the anger with him kicked in!!

In Topic: How Long Did It Take To Get Diagnosed Wtih celiac disease? Any Misdiagnosis...

02 February 2013 - 12:20 PM

Officially diagnosed celiac disease on January 14, 2013. A life changing day for me! Finally I got answers! :) At the age of 47.

For me, I have been lactose intolerant since childhood. As an adult, I went through prescription after prescription for indigestion, heartburn, constipation, migraines. I always thought I just had a bad digestive system. IBS, constant bloating and and in 1997, diagnosed with diverticular disease. Suffered 2 miscarriages (2001 and 2002) then infertility. I had a major surgery in 2007 and that's where it all kicked into high gear. Perimenopause started shortly after that. Wonderful rashes (funnily symmetrical in pattern!) started within weeks of my operation, I thought I'd picked up an infection in the hospital! (prescribed creams and ointments for allergies, eczema, dermatitis, menopause symptom) 2007 - Asked my then doctor if it could be celiac. He replied that because I wasn't wasting away, no.

My rashes persisted. The ones behind my ears (beautiful welts) were always there, sometimes to the point of scratching till they bled. Clearing up now, but scarred.

About 4 years ago, bloodwork done and I had to start taking prescribed iron and B12 supplements. That was it, no investigation into why. Just the "age" thing. Oh and the hypertension so more meds!

From the I time started perimenopause, attributed everything to that, including the weight gain. Went to the dr a couple times because I couldn't understand why I couldn't lose weight, gaining when I should be losing. "At your age....", "When a woman is going through menopause...." "Maybe you have to exercise more than an hour daily..."

In mid to late 2012, the symptoms got worse. Bloating and gas was awful and I was suffering severe reflux. I wasn't sleeping at night but was exhausted when I went to bed. It started affecting my joints. I was barely able to walk with knee pain, couldn't walk up or down stairs normally. Ankle pain intense. I felt and looked older than 47. "The old lady walk" we referred to it as.

Memory bad, foggy, numbness in the face, inside tremors, panic attacks. Extreme fatique (couldn't dress in the morning without taking breaks between clothes items, did the dishes in stages... water in sink, rest, wash half the dishes, rest, wash other dishes, rest.....) no energy whatsoever. It put a strain on the marriage cuz hubby was doing everything and I couldn't.

He must've thought I was lazy but I honestly believed I was dying :( And the doctors could find nothing wrong.

Finally my doctor actually listened to me and got the ball rolling. She's a star! LOL I think she was almost willing to give me a diagnosis without the tests just by what I was telling her and what I had written down. I took a full family history. I think my mom is undiagnosed with her symptoms. And I think that my late grandmother who suffered ill health and died at age 54 was undiagnosed based on her symptoms and illnesses.

So yes, for me it was years and years of being told it "was this or that" mostly because I was had weight gain and constipation, as opposed to loss and diarhhea. Oh well, still, a new lease on life!

Best of luck to you all on this journey!

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