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Member Since 01 Oct 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 05 2014 05:46 AM

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Muscle/joint Pain When Glutened

23 July 2014 - 03:00 PM

Having been almost asymptomatic before I was diagnosed, after several months gluten-free I've now realised that the main symptom for me when I get hit is horrendous joint pain and stiffness, particularly in my neck (causing headaches) and across my back and shoulders. At it's worst this area is so stiff my arms shudder when I move them. I got glutened ten days ago and while the really bad pain only lasts half a day or so I still have a headache and sore neck/back. Does anyone have any tips for dealing with/reducing this soreness? 

Cold Meals/packed Lunch Ideas Please!

02 July 2014 - 02:13 PM

So, I got a job :D And now for the first time in years I'll need to take a packed lunch. 

I'm vegetarian and will have access to a microwave 2-3 days a week which will help, otherwise it might just be the kettle. Also, I am vegetarian, but I eat eggs, dairy and have no other food issues. 

All suggestions gratefully received! I haven't had packed lunches for about six years...oh sandwiches!

Kenya And Swiss Air

26 June 2014 - 09:10 AM

I'm making my third trip to Kenya in August, flying there and back with Swiss Air (so lucky that the cheapest flight also happens to be with the only certified allergy aware airline in the world!) I'm pretty confident about the flight food, has anyone flown with them recently? Any idea if I can carry an extra hold bag of prescription food?


Kenya is going to be interesting. If anyone has been before on a gluten-free diet I'd love to hear about it. I stay with the same family each time so I won't have to eat out but how I'm going to explain what gluten is, what it's in and why I don't trust the housegirl to cook for me any more is going to be complicated and probably cause some offence along the line... I'll report back! On the upside, it will definitely be a whole foods diet for a few weeks as I don't trust the labelling there at all - the only allergic reaction I've ever had was to the additives in a pack of instant noodles I had out there. 

Rant - 'juice Plus'

06 June 2014 - 06:13 AM

This 'Juice Plus+' 'lifestyle change' thing keeps popping up on my Facebook feed (well, it did, I've blocked it all now). It's another fad - £32 a month for a load of milkshake powder and 'dietary advice and meal plans' from people who have no more nutritional/dietary knowledge than I do - so the advice goes as far as 'stop eating junk'. The best bit is it's tagline: 'The next best thing to fruit and vegetables'. Why spend an additional £32 a month to be told to stop eating junk and drink milkshakes instead...why not spend the £32 on fruit and veg?! I know that this is completely irrelevant, one of many such fads and that I'm food-policing people who I'd like to have tolerance for my special diet but...it really bugs me, especially as I see people I know buying into it. And I already bore my friends and family to death enough about food so I thought this was a better place to get it off my chest :P I'm off to eat carrot sticks and feel sanctimonious ;) 

Antibodies Dropping Far More Slowly At Nine Months gluten-free

05 June 2014 - 03:39 AM

I'm just off the phone with my nurse about blood tests I had done May 20th, seven months after going gluten free. I haven't seen the printout yet but she said the ttg IgA is now at 15, with negative being either <7 or <10 (can't remember their ranges off the top of my head). 


At diagnosis in September it was at 128, in January it was 22. So why is it now dropping so slowly? I was tested for thyroid problems and diabetes, which came back clear. I can only think that it was due to a glutening on May 10th (would they still be raised twenty days later?) or problems with CC in a shared house (I don't feel sick, though. I hope not, as I've just moved home after uni and re-adjusting to this is hard enough without going over CC again). 


Has anyone else experienced antibodies dropping more slowly towards 'the end'? Like when weight loss slows down as you get slimmer? 

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