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Member Since 23 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 02 2013 04:28 PM

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In Topic: Intolerance To Alcohol

02 March 2013 - 03:48 PM

I always have to be different!! Before I figured out my gut problems, when I was really flared up, the only way I could quieten it down was to coat my stomach with neat scotch - I guess it burned the lining into submission (lol


Every time I drink alcohol, be it just a couple glasses of wine or a more greedy portion, I seem to get sicker.

When I first started drinking, this never happened. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about 4 years ago and have been on the gluten-free diet ever since. I should note that my reactions to everything overall seem to be getting worse (accidental CC, dairy make me feel much more awful these days than they did just a year ago.) Each time I drink alcohol, my body's response is more extreme.

I'm in college, and I would like to be able to go out with my friends and have a good time. My response to alcohol is a tiny bit different than that to gluten. I get the same bloating, cramping, headache, stomach pain, and diarrhea as I do with gluten. However, my stools are a different consistency and less odorous after alcohol consumption (sorry for the gross details, but I really want to figure this out!) Last week, I drank on Saturday night and I did not start feeling normal again until Wednesday.

I know there is no gluten in what I drink. I am very careful. Last week I had Bacardi rum and Cuervo tequila. A few weeks before that, I had white wine. The time before that, it was vodka. All of these are gluten-free, yet made me sick. It has gotten to the point where I am scared to drink, and it makes social events awkward.

If anyone has had a similar experience, or has some idea of what's going on, I'd appreciate your input!

You have to be careful when you go to a bar, a lot of these bars will put well spirits in their labeled top shelf bottles to make money. So for instance, they will take a cheap well vodka, probably made from wheat and contains wheat, and put it in a Ciroc bottle. Trust me it happens.

In Topic: Lost Sense Of Smell

02 March 2013 - 12:38 PM

I just realized today that I don't have much of a sense of smell. I can't even remember when I lost it. It is interesting to read these posts. I can smell strong odors, but I recall being able to smell very well when I was younger.

In Topic: Did You Have Hair Loss From Celiac?

23 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

YES! Started thinning 8 years ago after the birth of my daughter. Fortunately it was pretty thick to begin with, but I could tell a big difference. Hoping that some of it will come back now that I'm gluten-free.

Have you had luck with your hair growing back?

In Topic: Did You Have Hair Loss From Celiac?

23 February 2013 - 09:51 PM

Paula, I have been gluten-free for 6 months. I hate to tell you this because I do not want you to be discouraged, but mine still sheds. unsure.gif

But, EVERYONE is different and I have some severe vitamin/mineral deficiencies and I had undiagnosed celiac disease for MANY years, so I am going to take longer to resolve my gut issues. (remember the small intestine is over 20 feet long!)

So, you may not have the same healing time as others.

You may have resolution a lot faster! Depends on your age, too.

Most people see the hair loss cease within a few months to a year. Some take 2 years. Do not worry if it does not happen over night.
It will come back.
No worries.... okay?!...because stress will just add to the mix.
You're going to be all right! wink.gif

Any hair growth improvements???

In Topic: Hair Loss - When Will It Come Back?

23 February 2013 - 09:11 PM

In the last 2 years I've lost about 80% of my hair. No bald patches but thinning terribly and breakage everywhere. I can't wear it down, I fear using an elastic, I only air dry it, I use hot oil treatments and all kinds of leave in conditioners. I was sent to a dermatologist who said that since I don't have bald patches there's nothing she can do for me. My doctor did blood work and it turns out my iron level is at 10. I guess it should be at 40. Anyway, I took supplements for 3 months but my iron only went down...that eventually led to my Celiac Disease diagnosis (amoungst other symptoms). My question is....did anyone else have hair loss issues? If so - did it ever fully grow back??? I'm praying the answer is "yes". Please also let me know how long it took to grow back.

Thanks in advance...


I have spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out what is wrong with me because my hair has significantly thinned in the last 6-7 years and I'm only 29. I have also spent countless hours researching why. I found out I was allergic to gluten amongst many other things. I have decided to get tested for celiac's, even though I don't want to undergo a colonoscopy. I am now convinced that gluten is the culprit of my hair loss. My question to you is, did your hair grown back once you became gluten free, about how long did it take and did any of those suggestions work for you? Please HELP!!

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