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Member Since 26 Jul 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 15 2013 07:18 AM

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How Often Is Too Often?!

14 August 2013 - 07:24 AM



I have a question regarding symptoms I'm experiencing and wondered if anyone has experienced anything similar.


I've had constant diarrhea now for months.  Literally months - each time I go to the bathroom its undigested food.  Also whenever I eat I have an immediate urge to go and can't ignore it.  This isn't necessarily after a meal, it could be a few bites into whatever it is I'm eating.


My question is where to go from here?  I've cut out gluten, wheat and dairy but something is obviously still very wrong as it can't possibly be normal to have to tolerate this.  I'm job hunting at the moment and already worrying about this, as I'm a psychologist by profession so can't exactly leave in the middle of a therapy session!


Any advice would be gratefully received.




Gluten Free & Dairy Free - Basic Shopping List For A Beginner

27 July 2013 - 07:18 AM



I was diagnosed celiac 8 months ago, but have been accidentally getting sick - I think mainly due to cross contamination as my boyfriend is a chef and sometimes brings things home, and eats a lot of things in the house containing gluten.  Our kitchen is really small so it's hard to be 100%.  Yesterday I saw my doctor as I keep being ill with lethargy, headaches, diarrhea and bloating/pain and she said to eliminate any dairy and soy from my diet as well.  What I'm asking for is ideas for a basic shopping list or meal ideas as it's quite hard to eliminate all 3 (e.g. dairy free cheese substitutes have soy in them).


Do you have any go-to things to make or that you always buy?  I'm a keen cook so being adventurous isn't a problem.  Unfortunately/fortunately (depending how you look at it) I'll eat anything and everything so cutting all this out is frustrating and confusing for me - although I have to get used to it for my health.



Thanks in advance


New Here - Questions About Symptoms

26 July 2013 - 08:08 AM



My name is Heather and I'm 27 years old, living in the UK.  I was formally diagnosed with Celiacs 8 months ago, although have been having big problems for a number of years now, starting from post-puberty.  I had a few years of not eating anything containing gluten aged 18-20 but then started eating gluten again as doctors thought I was wasting their time and the problem was in my head.  I then moved to New Zealand and that's when real problems started.  I had severe diarrhea and fatigue, headaches, joint pain and bloatedness and finally got diagnosed over there via biopsy and by blood testing.


Since then I have been eating gluten free and very careful to read labels etc.  I've made the odd error as I'm sure most people have, and the result has been for me to be incredibly ill - intense diarrhea and vomiting as well as abdominal pain and bloating.  Basically it had me laid up in bed for days.  My question is how long does it take for the stomach to start to repair itself?  I'm still having severe diarrhea (around 10+ times per day) which is both painful and embarassing and I'm worried that my body will be dehydrated and not be absorbing the required vitamins and minerals.  I'm scared to eat out, as last time the place thickened the sauce with what I'm sure was flour, as my reaction was very extreme.  My boyfriend is a chef and he is convinced this was the case.


I have intense urges to go to the bathroom which I can't ignore - I'm worried that I've permanently damaged my stomach and will never be able to use the bathroom normally, or to be able to eat regularly and safely.


If anyone has any advice I'd be truly grateful.  It was by chance I stumbled across this forum and am keen to use it and contribute where I can.  Also do others find they have issues with other problems such as lactose intolerance etc?  I'm wondering if cutting out dairy should be my next step.



A very fed-up Heather :)

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