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ruthie_ray

Member Since 12 Mar 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 13 2013 10:59 AM
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Topics I've Started

gluten-free Since March - Went From 124Lbs To 140 Lbs...ugh

15 July 2013 - 07:07 AM

Hi All,

I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in early March and have been gluten-free since that time.  I was already a fairly healthy eater before going gluten-free.  I don't buy any of the gluten-free snacks/prepackaged goods.  I mostly eat only foods that are naturally gluten-free, with the exception of Chex and a few peices of chocolate here and there.  Most of my diet consists of Grilled/baked fishes and chicken, potatos, gluten-free rice, some red meat or ground turkey, 2 egg and spinach, pepper, mushroom, omeletts, salads, tacos with grilled meat on steamed corn tortillas, beans, nuts, fruits, smoothies that I I know are low-cal, since I make them myself with fruit and a little bit of yogurt, yogurt, string cheeses.  I have my occasional chocolate (which is gluten-free) and my big VICE is coke-a-cola, since I allow myself 2 each day.  I am 100% sure that my calorie intake and food (in amount) has decreased since turning Celiac.  I work out 3-5 days a week, walking approximately 6-8 miles/week along with mild strength training.  It is so frustrating that I have gained such a large amount of weight, in such a short amount of time, when I am consuming LESS calories.  I count them in everything I eat and prepare.  I've gone from about 280 calories in drinks (2 cokes) + 1500 in food to 280 calories in drinks to 1100 in food calories and my workout is the same.  I've gained 16 lbs in 4 months.  Nothing in my closet fits.  I'm going to cut out the 280 beverage calories and switch to coffee with only 30 calories of creamer and see if that helps, but as I said, I've already reduced my calories and I'm packing on the pounds.  I'm wondering if going gluten-free is affecting my metabolism in other ways or if I was so malnurished (I was likely Celiac for about 10 years) that my body feels obligated to pack on the pounds from the nutrients I am now getting.  If anyone has experienced this and has a herb or something you can take to balance everything out, please let me know.

Thanks,

Ruth


Nerve Pain In First Few Months Of Recovery?

17 June 2013 - 06:33 PM

Hi,

 

I was diagnosed with Celiac disease on March 10, 2013, so I'm a nubee.   Since that time, I've adhered to a very strict gluten-free diet.  I've had to recreate meal times, but my excema went away as did my arthritis and many of my tummy troubles.  My anemia is slowly getting better.  In the past week or two, I've started to experience moderate nerve pain in my feet (mostly), but also my lower back and legs, with some mild tingling and numbness associated with the pain.  It was consistent with the type of pain I experienced before with the arthritis, only with more nerve pain.  I do not think I ate any gluten, as I am very careful, and careful when cooking gluten for my family and careful with other products such as cosmetics, etc.  Is it possible that celiac could cause the nerve pain and is there any reason this would "flare" up after I have been gluten-free, except for the accidental gluten I ate on May 2nd.  :-)  It's been 6+ weeks, so I don't think that would cause the nerve pain this far down the road.  Anyone else experience this.  Thanks.  Ruthie 


Just Diagnosed With Celiac Yesterday

12 March 2013 - 09:07 AM

Hi All,

I just joined this forum today.  I was just given the news by my doctor yesterday that I tested positive for Celiac.  He said that my Endomysial Antibody IgA, t-Transglutamines (tTG) was >100 positive along with Immunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum 436.  I was already on a low-gluten diet for a week or two leading up to the testing, since I had a hunch that is what is was and so did the immunologist.  In the past year, I've been to a rhuematologist, dermatologist, family physician, etc. all treating my symptoms, so I figured that something was causing it all.  I've always had some constipation and bowel issues, skin issues, blood sugar problems, chronic anemia, but in the past 12 months, I started to develop joint pain and inflammation, had elevated ANA levels, confused RA docs, along with exzema. 

 

The immunologist does not feel that a biopsy is necessary, since he feels the test results were obvious enough to him to just start a gluten free diet.  Did anyone else have a physican give a Celiac diagnosis w/out a biopsy?

 

Thanks,


Ruth