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Member Since 27 Feb 2013
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#874526 Happy Recovery Stories?

Posted by on 14 June 2013 - 12:36 AM

Check out the blog Gluten Free Girl and the Chef. Shauna, the author, has an AMAZING upbeat attitude about life with Celiac. Whenever I hit a rough spot, I go read her blog. It's also full of good recipes. 


As for good recovery stories... I'm doing pretty well with mine. I started this whole process in February where I had just accepted I was going to be sick and never fully grow out of my ADD. Then I finally got tested. Ever since I started going gluten free after my endoscopy, I am such a happier person. I can remember things more easily, my anxiety and insecurity has almost disappeared, I don't have to use my ADD meds any more and I feel great. 


One of my favorite things about Celiac is that we don't need medication or anything like that. We can heal ourselves just by eating all these amazing foods that most people are never exposed to. My best advice for helping this process be more "rainbows and butterflies" is to keep an open mind and positive attitude about what you're going through. And allow yourself to feel everything. By that I mean don't try to shut down the sadness or frustration when you can't eat something you used to love. It helps it not boil up into resentment. I also tell people not to pity me when they find out that I can't eat XYZ. Finding out I have Celiac changed my life in a really positive way. 


Hope that helps and makes sense :P

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#871959 Do You Think A Person Can "recover" From Gluten Intolerance?

Posted by on 01 June 2013 - 01:44 AM

I know the norm is that the longer you're off gluten, the worse your reaction is, but for me that has been the opposite. My reactions at the beginning of being gluten free were violent and debilitating. But as I accidentally found out a couple weeks ago, I don't react that badly anymore. I will never eat gluten again because I don't react strongly to small amounts, but maybe people who think they "out grew" it or "recovered" just became asymptomatic but they're still causing damage. I don't know the research as well as others, it's just a theory.

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#866482 Loss Of Courage

Posted by on 02 May 2013 - 05:13 PM

I noticed I got really insecure when I continually eat gluten, to the level where I can now understand why I stayed in an emotionally abusive relationship for 3 years. Celiac's can mess with more than just your gut. Well, the messing with your gut can mess with your mind. The types of losses in courage and determination can be associated with depression, which (according to this article: http://www.psycholog...g-you-depressed) is over 4 times more likely for people with celiac disease. This is because over 90% of our serotonin is produced by the gut (http://www.scientifi...ut-second-brain). If you listen to or read any anti-depressant medication advertisement, they mention dopamine and serotonin as being key to "fixing" depression. But if your gut is damaged, you can't absorb nutrients or produce serotonin --> depressive symptoms. The good thing is, that if your loss of determination is caused by a nutrient/hormone imbalance from celiac's then once your body heals on the gluten free diet, you should go back to what you thought of as normal. I've found it really helpful to have people to talk to about all of the issues as well. 


(Full disclosure, I do study psychology and have a personal interest in the biological basis for pathologies, but I haven't done any personal research on these topics. I've cited my sources so feel free to take a look and form your own opinions)

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#864293 Last 48 Hours Before Gluten-Free Forever

Posted by on 19 April 2013 - 09:28 AM

And I'm done!! Everything went really well today. The doctor only took one or two biopsies after he said he was going to take 8...which is slightly frustrating. But he also said there was enough visual damage that I should start being gluten free today, which was the plan anyway. I'm still a little sleepy and groggy but I don't remember a thing after they said "here comes the first wave of medicine" referring to the anaesthesia. I feel perfectly fine now and so content that this is all over. My mom is here and going to make me spaghetti with brown rice noodles for dinner. Thank you to everyone who ever read or replied to a post throughout this journey. I know this is just the beginning but I'm just so happy to know what was wrong.
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#861381 Biopsy Positive- Now Doc Wants Blood Work?

Posted by on 01 April 2013 - 08:17 AM

If you had a positive biopsy result then you have celiacs. I don't know why your doctor wants blood tests unless s/he is testing for something besides celiacs. Your initial tests could have come back negative because a few weeks is time enough to heal.
Celiac can turn on at any time so make sure your children stay on at least a light gluten diet for at least 3 months before testing and if their tests come back negative, continue to get them tested every couple of years.
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