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EricaM15

Member Since 12 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 26 2013 09:16 PM
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In Topic: Is This Celiac/gluten Intolerance Or Something Else?

20 March 2013 - 11:44 PM

You can call me Erica. :)

 

I was previously misdiagnosed with IBS and I was never able to eat greasy food without paying a price. I think untreated gluten intolerance exaserbates sensitivities to food in general. After going gluten-free (before I discovered additional sensitivities), I was actually able to handle greasy foods better than I could before, but unfortunately, I can't eat those foods now. If you're reacting to dairy at all, I'd consider that a sign of a food sensitivity. Casein, a protein in cow's milk, can often cause a latent reaction the way gluten does. I didn't think I was sensitive to dairy either. I would get a stomach ache and diarrhea right after having something like ice cream, but everything else was just random. I tried slowly eliminating it anyway since I knew it was probably a problem. Eventually I went a week or two without any dairy. Then I just happened to have some cheese on a sandwich without really thinking about it, and the next day I was in soooo much pain. I haven't had any dairy since.

 

You most likely have food sensitivities. I saw several doctors for several symptoms that I had, which were all caused by Celiac, but I never got a Celiac diagnosis because I tested negative and was never offered an endoscopy and I didn't know that was part of the diagnostic process until much later. If you want an official diagnosis, don't stop eating gluten before you're tested, otherwise you'll definitely test negative. However, even if you do test negative (like I did) and your endoscopy happens to be clean, I would recommend you try going gluten-free, regardless. It's easy to get a false negative.

 

Bleeding could be a sign of an anal fissure from strain on the tissue. I'm sure it's possible for Celiac to cause it, but it could also be a lot of other things. You should definitely see a doctor and make sure it's not something else like Crohn's, although Crohn's patients can also benefit from going gluten-free.


In Topic: Eye Discomfort

20 March 2013 - 10:12 PM

Yeah, I can't remember where I read it, but apparently the malnourishment that people experience from Celiac can lead to poor eyesight and bad teeth (often causing an underbite, which I experienced myself). I've worn glasses since I was six and I had all sorts of orthodontic work growing up. Expanders, retainers, headgear, braces. So much fun... I always just thought it was my genes though since my mom has bad eyesight and had the same sort of issues with her teeth, so I don't know. It could be a combination of the two. I think it's also possible that my mom could have undiagnosed Celiac as well.

 

Oh, I have plastic frames. That's what they recommended for me since they're lighter (not light enough) and make the thickness of my lenses less noticeable. I also just like how they look on me best.

 

Yeah, contacts take some time to get used to, I guess. I've been wearing them since I was 10 or 11, so I don't really think about it anymore.


In Topic: Eye Discomfort

20 March 2013 - 08:20 PM

My contacts do that at times. Have you tried using clear care solution to clean them? It's more like an enzyme and will seriously clean them. As for eye sight...I have both of you beat! My glasses are a -8.0 and my contacts are -7.5.  I'm so blind, I sleep with my glasses on so I can see when I wake up! :P

I haven't tried that one. I've been using Opti-Free contact solution for as long as I can remember. I can't imagine sleeping with glasses on. I just keep them next to my bed.

 

I actually read somewhere about a correlation between Celiac and nearsightedness along with the need for braces. I'm not surprised to find so many people with poor eyes here.

 

I had the same problem.

 

Have you been prescribed a new medicine?  It sounds like an allergic rection.  If you are taking vitamines or any  unprescribed drugs, stop for a week or two and see how you feel. Drugs can interact, leaving the eye less hydrated or lubricated.  PM me if you prefer.  :)

I've been off all my prescriptions since going gluten-free (I was on Prozac before that). It started a little after I ate almonds about a week and a half ago. I didn't realize the almonds were the issue right away because at about the same time, I happened to eat something with a CC label. So I kept eating almonds the rest of the week, hoping that the initial reaction was from CC, but my symptoms kept getting worse until I eliminated them. Maybe I'm slightly allergic to almonds?

 

I wore my glasses all day today and my eyes feel fine now, but I'm not sure how it will feel once I try to wear contacts again. It almost seems like my contact lenses get contaminated by my reaction to food.


In Topic: Is This Celiac/gluten Intolerance Or Something Else?

20 March 2013 - 08:02 PM

Based on the foods you mentioned, dairy sounds like a possibility.


In Topic: Grain Sensitivity Reality

20 March 2013 - 06:22 PM

How do all other mammals get the nutrients they need without cooking? What you're saying doesn't make sense. Fruits and vegetables in their raw form have enzymes that aid in digestion, cooked food does not. At first, it's harder to digest raw vegetables, which is why I recommended smoothies because smoothies are much easier to digest. Maybe you feel better when you eat cooked food and meat, but most people would benefit from having more raw foods in their diet. Maybe you should read about it before you start criticizing. I realize it's controversial and it goes against what you've been told all your life about food, but it works. I've been recovering rapidly thanks to the raw vegan diet and I think a lot of people could benefit from it if they'd simply try it.

 

Meat is not easier to digest than vegetables. It's dense and takes days to go through the digestive system, and I imagine it's even worse for someone with a damage digestive system. There's also an ongoing debate as to whether or not our bodies are meant to have meat (or animal products in general) in the first place. I cannot digest meat, and many other people can't either. Yes, nuts and seeds are high in fat, but they're certainly easier to digest than meat, especially if they're soaked. Someone recovering from Celiac certainly needs more fat in their diet because like you said, a damaged Celiac gut doesn't break down fat easily, but on a raw vegan diet, it shouldn't take long a person start breaking down fat once again.

 

You imagine nuts and seeds will have CC--you don't know. I eat nuts and seeds every day, I'm super sensitive, and I have no issues aside from the one time I became intolerant of almonds. You're more likely to have CC issues with roasted and salted nuts and seeds, which are less healthy.

 

Honestly, I ended up on this diet as a result of my distrust for doctors. I went 22 years without being diagnosed and was instead diagnosed with numerous other disorders that had no real treatment. I probably could have lived a very short, miserable life if I let it go on. So I don't really trust anything that doctors say in regards to diet or health. Not to say that all doctors are bad, but they really have no education in nutrition whatsoever.