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Katie O'Rourke

Member Since 22 May 2006
Offline Last Active Sep 08 2006 02:13 AM
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In Topic: How Many Of You/your Children Were Preemies?

06 September 2006 - 02:18 PM

My dad was born premature and was very sickly - they thought he woudlnt make it at the time, and has never had a strong immune system since, and finally diagnosed coeliac age 30-ish after kept having "flu" several times a month. I on the other hand am the eldest of his three daughters and was born 15 days late - yes thats over 2 weeks - the most late of the three of us and i am the only one so far to be coeliac.

In Topic: Celiac's Or Undiagnosed Lyme? Candida? Both?

06 September 2006 - 02:10 PM

We do defnitely have lyme disease here in the UK, which is in Europe, though it is thought that you are only susceptible here if you come into contact with wild deer in countryside areas - two examples of this are Silverdale in the Lake District/North Lancashire and the Scottich highlands. i ahve been to both of these places, but supposedly if you check for ticks afterwards and dont have any then you shoudl be fine. however, i had coeliac disease before i went to these areas and had not been to vulnerable areas before being diagnosed as coeliac. just a thought.....

In Topic: Help! A Few Questions

06 September 2006 - 02:01 PM

hiya. sorry to hear about the problems you are having. just so you know, not everyone's gut will heal in 10 weeks, especially if there are other things youre stomach is not agreeing with. try eating less acidic fruit if possible such as bananas. also im not sure about the burning tongue, but i do know that the best treatment (natural) for B vitamin deficiency is marmite as it is the richest natural source of B vitamins.
Ok, i just looked up burning tongue in the "You are what you eat" Giallian Mc Keith boook which is really helpful as it tells you foods to eat to sort things out. for burning tongue it says it is a sign that your stomach is lacking in gastric digestive juices. "You may also experience tummy trouble if you have this symptom". obviosuly. this book is not written specifically for coeliacs lol. solutions:
try taking a teaspoon of Swedish Bitters daily. It will help to increase your gastric secretions.
Drink a cup of dandelion tea twice a day
Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal
HCl (hydrochloric acid) tablets can help to adjust the gastric juices in the stomach.
As for the food in stools issue, tahts is also covered in here - basically it means that your digestive system is weak. says to try chewing food very thoroughly. also im guessing your stomahc will be stronger after being on the diet for a bit longer. hope this helps anyway. take care x x

In Topic: Diseases In Europe

06 September 2006 - 01:21 PM

I would go with some sort of virus as far as the coeliac thign is concerned, as coeliacs are more susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections, yet from my experience practically impermeable to viruses (apart from herpes simplex which technically is dormant in your body for your whole life from childhood, and apart from when coeliacs have ingested gluten). ive mentioned thsi before on here but unless i eat gluten and the same with my dad we never ever catch flu, colds or stomach viral bugs. weird really. same thign with my gran who died from bacterial food pooisonign on a hospital ward infected with norwalk virus. so i would look in that direction.....
and before you ask the plague was one major killer but that was caused by bacteria - Yersinia pestis, so is unlikely to be that....

In Topic: Biopsy Etc. And Amnesiac Drugs - Concern

06 September 2006 - 01:16 PM

hiya. just wanted to say that i had both an endoscopy (gastroscopy) and sigmoidoscopy (the gastro first then the sigmoid about 5 minutes later), and i had both without any drugs at all, including amnesiacs. i was only 19 at the time, and after reading what you put about teenagers and having hallucinations i am really glad i didnt have it. that is sooo scary. i never even knew it was ketamine that they used. very worrying. however, some part of me does wish i dotn remember the gastroscopy - after that i wasnt that bothered about the other one as long as i didnt see the screen as that was gross. gastroscopy was horrible though i started havign a panic attack as soon as they sprayed that stuff on my throat cos i tought i coudlnt breathe properly, and then they offered me the "sedative" yet again which made me panic even more as i am really terrified of needles - thats the whole reason i said no to it in the first place. from then on, i had to watch my hands as i didnt trust them not to try anything while i was distracted. was horrible though i was throwing up loads of stomach acid, and when the dr did the biopsies he whipped the wire up really quick, and the motion is really not good on your gag reflex. :o
though i could understand the dr afterwards all he said was yes so ill write to you when we get the results back. really informative.
however, my dad had gastroscopy with same gastroenterologist about 15 years before i did and was diagnosed with coeliac, but he opted for the drug and my mum said he was still gagging loads and didnt remember anything for the rest of the day and was totally out of it. doesnt sound too smart to me, but thats just my opnion...