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Member Since 10 Sep 2013
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In Topic: Celiac?

12 September 2013 - 04:40 AM

Hi guys,


The doctor just called me to come over tomorrow morning so I'm 99% sure my celiac bloodwork was positive (since it's the only thing I was tested for and they don't call if it's not worth it). I feel a bit of a relieve even though it's gonna be a long battle.  

In Topic: Does This Sound Gluten Related?

12 September 2013 - 01:49 AM

Hi Bert,


I'm in the same boat as you (I've also given up gluten two weeks ago) suspecting that gluten intolerance might be the reason for my ongoing health problems.


For me the neurological symptoms haven't improved much but I understand that it can take a long time, however I have felt a burst in energy since going gluten free. A real eye opener was some accidental contamination (eating some fish covered in a crispy breaded layer) that left me without energy for another two days. 


Funny is that you're experience with caffeine is exactly the same as mine, I used to be a regular coffee drinker (daily Starbucks visitor) and for the first time in 2 months I had an espresso yesterday and I thought I was going insane.


And yes I'n also skinny (I'm 6'1 and weigh 154lbs (a bit more but still in the low ranges and I'm quite athletic)).


My advice would be to get tested asap, it only takes a little blood it will help you to rule out any other causes + the tests require you to have gluten in your system.


Good luck with everything

In Topic: Celiac?

11 September 2013 - 02:13 AM

Hi everyone,


Thank you so much for the replies. 


A couple of things I'd like to add following some of your replies:


- I've had tests done for mono, strep throat and hepatitis (all of these tests were negative). The doctor told me I had mono at some point in my life (probably childhood) so I don't think that's what's bothering me.


- For my thyroid I've only had the (TSH?) values on my blood test. They were slightly higher (hypo) but nothing extreme and the doctor told me this could be a bounce-back from the stress I was under (worrying about my health problems only made things worse). He suggested to test it again in 2 months (which seems like a long long time).


Wether I have celiac or not I expect stress to be the trigger for my current onset of problems (since it weakens the immune system) I've also been walking around with an untreated tooth infection for quite some time (which probably didn't help) but my bloodwork didn't show any sign of infections so I don't think this really bothered me. I've had a treatment for this a couple of weeks ago..


Anyway tomorrow I'll be getting the results from my celiac blood work, I've done another allergy test to identify specific food allergies (quite expensive but it could be worth it) with the results arriving next week. Another symptom I'd like to add is some sort of chronic hunger that I'm getting after eating meals that are high in carbs / gluten (it's like a vicious circle). I've had my yoghurt - fruit - egg breakfast again this morning and I do feel better compared to oatmeal.


I'm investigating vitamin deficiencies, my blood showed sufficient iron and in addition I've taken magnesium tabs. I also read that B12 could really help with things like tremors / brain fog so I've ordered a B12 supplement. All I can do now is wait :).


I've reduced my exercise schedule for now (I'm actually not really in the mood for it at the moment). These problems are also affecting my personal life, I've resigned from my job yesterday and I'm planning to move back in with my parents until I'm fully healed. All of this is really weird for me, I can't remember having anything (a cold, flu) for the last 7 years, people always commented on my physical health but now I'm a bit of a wreck (both mentally and physically).

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