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After being recently diagnosed with Celiac, and the more reading I do, the more this is getting to be a lot of information.  After going strict gluten-free almost immediately after my diagnosis I started feeling much better within just a few days.  Actually had a couple of good weeks after that.  Accidentally ingested gluten and wham back to square one again.  Seems like I have been getting "accidentally" glutened at least once a week in the past several weeks or at least it feels that way or there is something else going on.  I have tried to be extremely careful all the way down to only eating things I know that I prepared or have had someone prepare under strict instruction to make sure NO gluten or gluten containing items are crossed with my food or food prep area.  I have been trying to eat the simple foods as recommended however I still feel like some days it is all I can do to go or even think straight even though I know the food I ate was clean.  I do love tomatoes and eat lots of potatoes and now as I do the reading these are considered nightshades and may be having an effect on my system instead of the gluten at this point.  Can anyone shed some light on the most common nightshades?  I see lots on the internet but some of the information does not have dates by the entries so of course it is hard to distinguish what is real and what is false.  I am still having issues, mostly now in my joints.  Some days better than others, and the depression is still there a good bit.  Haven't figure out yet if that is just from having to decipher all of this stuff or if it is just the disease itself.  Also would like to know, can't you just have allergy tests done to determine if you are sensitive to these foods?  Just curious since it mostly is an allergic reaction but don't see where anyone has ever done allergy testing other than within their own home to eliminate things that may or may not irritate them.  Any information or places I can go to that are trustworthy would really be appreciated.



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Here is the deal. It sounds like you have been recently diagnosed. What your doctor probably did not tell you is that it can take months to years to heal from celiac disease. Learning how to eat gluten free is a huge challenge, but it is doable. I encourage you to read the Newbie 101 thread under the "Coping" section of this forum. It contains lot of valuable information. Remember , each accidental gluten exposure triggers an autoimmune attack that can set you back a week or months!

First, most folks with celiac disease have a temporary lactose intolerance due to intestinal villi damage. So giving up dairy for a while may help. But remember, some folks just become lactose intolerant just from age or race. Nightshades? Well, your joint problems could very well be from celiac disease. You could have an intolerance or you might not with Nightshades. Best to keep a food diary.

I wish you a speedy recovery!

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Nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. I had trouble with them at first. Got them back now that I've healed. I ate a very simple diet at first - meat, sweet potatoes (They are NOT a nightshade and are full of nutrition), white rice, fresh fruit and fresh veggies.


Just about everyone I know started feeling good within a week or three, then went backwards for a while. Give it some time and as Cycling Lady said, read that Newbie 101 thread. Click on all of the links there. Take notes. If you follow the advice there you will be on your way to good health. Just keep in mind it WILL take a while, but it WILL happen.

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I too, can not tolerate nightshades. Some day I hope, but not while I'm still healing. Also, I react to sweet potatoes. Jennifer Esposito's book has been a God send to me. Thank goodness I found it or I'd think I was totally crazy! If you can't afford the book, I will buy it for you...it's THAT important.

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