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How Long Did It Take You To Really Feel Great?

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I know that we all recover at different rates...but I am wondering how long it has taken people on here to get to the point of feeling great.

If you haven't gotten to that point, how long since you were diagnosed and how far have you come?

For me...I still have that hope of getting to feeling great. It's been 13 months since I was diagnosed. I walked out of my Dr's office with the words, "just stop eating gluten and you will feel better." I really thought it would be a quick thing. Lol! Since then I've also given up soy and dairy and eat almost only whole foods. I've certainly seen improvements...I don't have D all day every day. But I'm not great. I do have other issues...Hashimotos and a thyroid that is functioning worse than ever. I've started a new medication and I'm hoping it helps. One day I really want to be able to say and mean it..."I feel great!"


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August 2014- Hashimoto's

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Almost four years. By three and a half I had ditched my further intolerances but stiil had no energy. Just in the past few weeks I've been taking more vitamin D (went from 4000 IU's to 5000) and I also went from 3000mcg of B12 to 5000. That seems to be doing the trick. I've got so much more energy now that I cleaned my shop from top to bottom last week!


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It took 3 !/2 years but my intolerances to corn, soy, and everything else (except gluten) are gone!

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I still don't feel better. I thought I did for a while but then other intolerances came up, then Vitamin deficiencies, I am tired of having no energy.....


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Almost four years. By three and a half I had ditched my further intolerances but stiil had no energy. Just in the past few weeks I've been taking more vitamin D (went from 4000 IU's to 5000) and I also went from 3000mcg of B12 to 5000. That seems to be doing the trick. I've got so much more energy now that I cleaned my shop from top to bottom last week!

That's so great Bart! It gives me such hope too. Thanks for sharing. I've seen you sharing your excitement on other threads regarding getting more food back...so wonderful!

Question for you...for Vitamin D...what do you take? Liquid or pill for? I've been taking 2000iu since July of a pill for of D3. Last check my level had only gone up 3 points. I'm now at 33 instead of 30.


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August 2014- Hashimoto's

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I still don't feel better. I thought I did for a while but then other intolerances came up, then Vitamin deficiencies, I am tired of having no energy.....

w8in4dave...I'm sorry to hear that you don't feel better. That's so hard and discouraging (hugs). Has giving up your other intolerances helped? Hopefully supplementing your vitamin deficiencies will get things moving in the right direction.

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The ones I take are a little football shaped gel with liquird inside.


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It took 3 !/2 years but my intolerances to corn, soy, and everything else (except gluten) are gone!

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The ones I take are a little football shaped gel with liquird inside.

I have some of those and some tablets. Maybe I just need to take more. Thanks!

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I think the feeling great part can depend on how long you have been UN-diagnosed and how much damage has been done.  Some times your body just can't fix whats wrong.  I believe every small improvement should be celebrated  because when things start going to s$#&, it really goes to s$#& fast and quality of life issues come to the fore front.  I don't want to depress you so I'll leave it at that :)

 

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I think I stopped improving at about one and a half years.  My (arm) arthritis seemed to be at it's best around then, and my migraines and other problems had improved greatly.

 

I still have some issues like periodic, annoying hair loss and fatigue, but I'm not convinced it is celiac linked.  I've developed some sort of arthritis in my hips in the last year or so, and since I was gluten-free a year before that started, there's my proof to myself that not everything is from celiac disease.  I too have other autoimmune problems, so I doubt I'll ever get things as good as I'd like them to be.  And to be honest, I should eat better and exercise more - my lifestyle isn't helping me any!  LOL


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I think I have been somewhat sick my whole 38 years.  After I had major abdominal surgery a couple of years ago is when all the serious trouble began. It took forever to figure out what might be so very wrong and I kept being told it was just from the surgery. 2 years later I should not be so sick. I went through SCD, and gluten free and all kinds of different things because I had no idea what was wrong.  The doctors cannot test me for it either because I cant keep it down. I have been gluten free 100% for the past 14 months. I think I will feel even better the longer I have to heal. I wake up without hurting, the fatigue I have had all my life that has made me crazy is just ..gone.. no more edema, no more getting sick so easily from others, no more gas and bloating, no more vomiting...  I just feel better and better every day.  You know though... I cried when I found this forum.  More than once.  Other people that really understand how sick you can get and why. I am crying now a bit.. just with sheer relief.  I thought I would die there for a while. Actually and truly die. <3

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I think the feeling great part can depend on how long you have been UN-diagnosed and how much damage has been done.  Some times your body just can't fix whats wrong.  I believe every small improvement should be celebrated  because when things start going to s$#&, it really goes to s$#& fast and quality of life issues come to the fore front.  I don't want to depress you so I'll leave it at that :)

 

Colleen

Hi Colleen...I completely agree...it's individual. But it's really interesting to hear people's experiences too. I also understand how things going to s$#& gets going fast. If you want to share more...Please do. It's good for us all to hear how this disease affects others.

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August 2014- Hashimoto's

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I think I stopped improving at about one and a half years.  My (arm) arthritis seemed to be at it's best around then, and my migraines and other problems had improved greatly.

 

I still have some issues like periodic, annoying hair loss and fatigue, but I'm not convinced it is celiac linked.  I've developed some sort of arthritis in my hips in the last year or so, and since I was gluten-free a year before that started, there's my proof to myself that not everything is from celiac disease.  I too have other autoimmune problems, so I doubt I'll ever get things as good as I'd like them to be.  And to be honest, I should eat better and exercise more - my lifestyle isn't helping me any!  LOL

Hi Nicole...I'm not ever sure if my issues are related to many years undiagnosed celiac or many years of undertreated thyroid stuff or maybe something else altogether. It is for sure frustrating.

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August 2014- Hashimoto's

"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice."

Bob Marley

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I think I have been somewhat sick my whole 38 years.  After I had major abdominal surgery a couple of years ago is when all the serious trouble began. It took forever to figure out what might be so very wrong and I kept being told it was just from the surgery. 2 years later I should not be so sick. I went through SCD, and gluten free and all kinds of different things because I had no idea what was wrong.  The doctors cannot test me for it either because I cant keep it down. I have been gluten free 100% for the past 14 months. I think I will feel even better the longer I have to heal. I wake up without hurting, the fatigue I have had all my life that has made me crazy is just ..gone.. no more edema, no more getting sick so easily from others, no more gas and bloating, no more vomiting...  I just feel better and better every day.  You know though... I cried when I found this forum.  More than once.  Other people that really understand how sick you can get and why. I am crying now a bit.. just with sheer relief.  I thought I would die there for a while. Actually and truly die. <3

Aww mycasmom... (((hugs))). Finding this board has been great for me too...I totally get it. It helps talking with others who really get what you are dealing with. It's really good to hear how well you are doing!

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August 2014- Hashimoto's

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Bob Marley

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I was extremely fortunate. Made an immediate and complete recovery the first day I started the gluten-free diet. It was like a miracle!

 

best regards, larry mac


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colonoscopy, upper GI
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positive endoscopy/positive duodenal biopsies (severe villous atrophy, high intraepithelial lympocytes)
diagnosed celiac disease by Gastroenterologist Andrew R. Gottesman, 12-18-06

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I was extremely fortunate. Made an immediate and complete recovery the first day I started the gluten-free diet. It was like a miracle!

 

best regards, larry mac

Wow...that is amazing!

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Yes, and forgot to mention, I was sick for two years before I found a doctor that knew about Celiac Disease. Lost a lot of weight from gastro problems. Of course it's more known now days.  

 

best regards, larry mac


gluten-free 12-18-06

colonoscopy, upper GI
blood, urine, stool tests, prometheus panel
positive endoscopy/positive duodenal biopsies (severe villous atrophy, high intraepithelial lympocytes)
diagnosed celiac disease by Gastroenterologist Andrew R. Gottesman, 12-18-06

"Sobriety sucks. That's why they invented booze in the first place." Denis Leary - Rescue Me

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w8in4dave...I'm sorry to hear that you don't feel better. That's so hard and discouraging (hugs). Has giving up your other intolerances helped? Hopefully supplementing your vitamin deficiencies will get things moving in the right direction.

Awee! Thanks, Well somedays I feel great! Somedays just feel horrid! Like someone sucked the energy right outta me! I have just started taking my Folic Acid for 2 weeks I don't know how long it takes to absorbe or if it is or not. When I am done with this bottle I am going to go get my blood levels checked again.

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Hi icelandgirl,

I'm sorry to hear your still not feeling well. I remember we came on this forum around the same time. I am still in the recovery process too. I feel much better than when I started, but I still have some stretches of time where I have a set back despite a strict gluten free diet.

One of the first books I read about Celiac Disease said to expect 6 months to 2 years before feeling better, depending on your systems when you are diagnosed. I was feeling pretty rotten by the time I was diagnosed, so I just always assumed I would be one of the people that take a couple of years to feel "normal" :) . I can't believe how many people leave their doctors office being told they should feel better quickly on a gluten free diet. That type of misinformation can lead to such disappointment. I also read that is can take up to 5 years for nutritional deficiencies to correct themselves, so that could definitely make a person feel not quite right.

I was reading your thread on Hashi's and I think I read your Ferritn tested at 15, which is way too low. If I read that correctly, that could explain some of your symptoms as well. My GI doc told me to expect low ferritin symptom like fatigue and hair loss until my Ferritn level reaches at least 50, but optimally in the 60-70 range. At my last appointment my Ferritin was at 12 and he said to expect it to take at least another year to get to 50, so it's not a quick fix unfortunately. With your number being at 15, it will probably take a while to come up.

I really hope you start to feel better and see improvement soon.


Grateful to be correctly diagnosed at 40.

Likely misdiagnosed since childhood.

Blood test and Biopsies positive for Celiac Disease.

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Hi havanesemom and thanks for your nice response!

Don't get me wrong...I feel much better than I did...but it has in no way been that quick fix my Dr suggested it would be. I'm hoping to continue improving with time. The Hashimotos has set me back for sure. My thyroid functioning has gotten worse in the past few months and the thyroid affects everything! I started a new medication a couple of weeks ago and I have hope that it will help.

Interesting you say that about the ferritin. My Dr said it looked fine. Because it's in the box I'm guessing. I'm supplementing anyway and will recheck blood at the end of the month. If you don't mind my asking...what kind of iron and how much did your Dr suggest taking? I'm still working on my D too. It went from 30-33 between July and November. I'll be having that checked at the end of the month too along with thyroid. I will be reporting back with all results. Lol!


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Awee! Thanks, Well somedays I feel great! Somedays just feel horrid! Like someone sucked the energy right outta me! I have just started taking my Folic Acid for 2 weeks I don't know how long it takes to absorbe or if it is or not. When I am done with this bottle I am going to go get my blood levels checked again.

I really hope that does it for you! I'm trying to get my ferritin and vitamin D up...hoping that helps too!

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I would say that I got there last year. Due to help from this forum, I eliminated some of the sneaky trace gluten from my kitchen and other areas, and I'm sure that helped.


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I would say that I got there last year. Due to help from this forum, I eliminated some of the sneaky trace gluten from my kitchen and other areas, and I'm sure that helped.

That's great!

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Hi havanesemom and thanks for your nice response!

Don't get me wrong...I feel much better than I did...but it has in no way been that quick fix my Dr suggested it would be. I'm hoping to continue improving with time. The Hashimotos has set me back for sure. My thyroid functioning has gotten worse in the past few months and the thyroid affects everything! I started a new medication a couple of weeks ago and I have hope that it will help.

Interesting you say that about the ferritin. My Dr said it looked fine. Because it's in the box I'm guessing. I'm supplementing anyway and will recheck blood at the end of the month. If you don't mind my asking...what kind of iron and how much did your Dr suggest taking? I'm still working on my D too. It went from 30-33 between July and November. I'll be having that checked at the end of the month too along with thyroid. I will be reporting back with all results. Lol!

I'm glad to hear you have seen improvement!

The setbacks can be tough, physically and mentally. I hope the new medication will make a big difference for you. It is very rewarding to be able to knock down another symptom, although it seems to take a while to get to that point sometimes. I finally had a ah-ha moment and realized I am egg intolerant, and eliminating eggs has made a huge difference for me. I wish I would have figured that out a year ago.

 

My GI doctor initially wanted me to take either 325mg of iron salt or 65mg of elemental iron 3 times a day because I had moderate iron defienciency anemia. That was way too much for my digestive system to handle. After trying many different types of iron I found that I could only tolerate Iron Bis-Glycinate at 25 mg of elemental iron 3 times a day. I would have to stop taking it completely for a while whenever I had stomach aches. One thing to keep in mind with iron is that if you are supplementing you should probably talk to your doctor about it, so they can help you find the right dose and check your iron levels every few months. If you take too much, you can end up with iron overload which can cause a whole other set of problems. At this point because iron supplements do upset my stomach, I usually only taking 25mg of Iron Bis-Glycinate once a day.


Grateful to be correctly diagnosed at 40.

Likely misdiagnosed since childhood.

Blood test and Biopsies positive for Celiac Disease.

Gluten Free Since 10/9/13.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~ Dalai Lama

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