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My son is celiac (confirmed with endoscopy and DNA and blood test). My husband has severe IBS, mild colitis, and possible gluten intolerance. My daughter has also been having issues with gluten. My question is: If they still have difficulties, even 100% strict gluten-free, where do you start looking for what else is going on? How do you know if casein is a problem? Can an allergist test for casein sensitivity? My son has positive skin test for peanut allergy. Should I have my daughter tested? My husband? My husband has been having another bad run with it all. He is very sick. I am so confused about what to do for him. He has had all sorts of testing with the GI Doc. Should we try the allergist? I am trying so hard to keep them all well! If any of you have suggestions, I am looking for ideas. I will take my kids to their well check-ups next week. I wanted to talk to him about where to go from here.

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How long have they been gluten free? Most people take about 4-5 months to start feeling better on a strict gluten free diet. I didn't start to noticing improvements until around 6 months on the diet and the rest of my symptoms starting disapearing after 1 year!

If you suspect casein intolerance, I would suggest eliminating it 100% from their diets. This means that you will have to read ingredient labels for casien. Casein can be found in anything that came from milk such as whey, sour cream, cheese, modified milk ingredients, ect. Some foods that could potentially have have casein include, chocolate, chips, butter, margerine, processed foods, gluten free breads, ect.

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My son has been gluten-free for over a year. My husband and daughter only for a few weeks. My son had been doing great, but in the past few months he has had reoccuring runny tummy (off and on). We did have gluten in the house (under very careful conditions), but we sanitized the entire house and eliminated any gluten at all a few weeks age. My husband had been feeling better, but has had a bad few days (okay, a bad week and a half). It is mostly for him that I wonder if more is going on. But maybe he just needs longer on the diet? I hate to take dairy away because they love it and it would be so much harder to eliminate it, but I would, of course, if it would help. I just wondered if casein intolerance or allergy had specific hallmark symptoms? I know they have problems with lactose. We drink lactaid and limit dairy. I don't know about the casein. It just seems to keep popping up with things I read. So I wondered. . .

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Even though your husband loves the dairy foods, and I know that eliminating gluten is restrictive enough, I would suggest he try cutting the dairy foods out--at least for a month. Then see if there's any improvement. Casein can produce symptoms similar to the ones caused by gluten beacuse the casein protein is very similar to the protein in gluten. The immune system can "mistake one for the other". My doctor actually told me to go dairy free at the same time I began the gluten-free diet. (I was already df, so no problem there!)

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Casein can cause symptoms very similar to gluten. I've read somewhere that the structure of casein is very similar to gluten, therefore some celiacs have problems with casein becasue their antibodies may mistake it for gluten.

Also, I am on a dairy and gluten free diet and I don't mind it at all. I actually just posted some dairy and gluten free recipes that you could use if you decide to eliminate dairy products. Here is the link:

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=13319

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My rec, do not use a conventional allergist or scratch test for food intolerances. You have several options, get intolerance testing done from a lab (ie. Great Plains (i can give you their info) ), do a rotation diet and keep a food journal. I had testing done, but figured out some biggies, like dairy and soy from keeping a food/symptom journal.

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My son has been gluten-free for over a year. My husband and daughter only for a few weeks. My son had been doing great, but in the past few months he has had reoccuring runny tummy (off and on). We did have gluten in the house (under very careful conditions), but we sanitized the entire house and eliminated any gluten at all a few weeks age. My husband had been feeling better, but has had a bad few days (okay, a bad week and a half). It is mostly for him that I wonder if more is going on. But maybe he just needs longer on the diet? I hate to take dairy away because they love it and it would be so much harder to eliminate it, but I would, of course, if it would help. I just wondered if casein intolerance or allergy had specific hallmark symptoms? I know they have problems with lactose. We drink lactaid and limit dairy. I don't know about the casein. It just seems to keep popping up with things I read. So I wondered. . .

It takes much longer than a few weeks to heal. It is common to have bad days on and off. I am at 6 months and am doing much better, but my gut is still healing. For the 1st few months I often had kind of crappy days mixed with good.

My son is celiac (confirmed with endoscopy and DNA and blood test). My husband has severe IBS, mild colitis, and possible gluten intolerance. My daughter has also been having issues with gluten. My question is: If they still have difficulties, even 100% strict gluten-free, where do you start looking for what else is going on? How do you know if casein is a problem? Can an allergist test for casein sensitivity? My son has positive skin test for peanut allergy. Should I have my daughter tested? My husband? My husband has been having another bad run with it all. He is very sick. I am so confused about what to do for him. He has had all sorts of testing with the GI Doc. Should we try the allergist? I am trying so hard to keep them all well! If any of you have suggestions, I am looking for ideas. I will take my kids to their well check-ups next week. I wanted to talk to him about where to go from here.

Try raw cheeses instead of pasterized. The pasterization kills the enzymes you need to digest thus causing lactose intolerance. Regular dairy bothers me but raw causes no problems. Go online to read about how good raw is for you and how bad pasterized dairy is! You can find raw cheeses at Whole foods and other natural food stores.

My son is celiac (confirmed with endoscopy and DNA and blood test). My husband has severe IBS, mild colitis, and possible gluten intolerance. My daughter has also been having issues with gluten. My question is: If they still have difficulties, even 100% strict gluten-free, where do you start looking for what else is going on? How do you know if casein is a problem? Can an allergist test for casein sensitivity? My son has positive skin test for peanut allergy. Should I have my daughter tested? My husband? My husband has been having another bad run with it all. He is very sick. I am so confused about what to do for him. He has had all sorts of testing with the GI Doc. Should we try the allergist? I am trying so hard to keep them all well! If any of you have suggestions, I am looking for ideas. I will take my kids to their well check-ups next week. I wanted to talk to him about where to go from here.

Try raw cheeses instead of pasterized. The pasterization kills the enzymes you need to digest thus causing lactose intolerance. Regular dairy bothers me but raw causes no problems. Go online to read about how good raw is for you and how bad pasterized dairy is! You can find raw cheeses at Whole foods and other natural food stores.

My son is celiac (confirmed with endoscopy and DNA and blood test). My husband has severe IBS, mild colitis, and possible gluten intolerance. My daughter has also been having issues with gluten. My question is: If they still have difficulties, even 100% strict gluten-free, where do you start looking for what else is going on? How do you know if casein is a problem? Can an allergist test for casein sensitivity? My son has positive skin test for peanut allergy. Should I have my daughter tested? My husband? My husband has been having another bad run with it all. He is very sick. I am so confused about what to do for him. He has had all sorts of testing with the GI Doc. Should we try the allergist? I am trying so hard to keep them all well! If any of you have suggestions, I am looking for ideas. I will take my kids to their well check-ups next week. I wanted to talk to him about where to go from here.

Try raw cheeses instead of pasterized. The pasterization kills the enzymes you need to digest thus causing lactose intolerance. Regular dairy bothers me but raw causes no problems. Go online to read about how good raw is for you and how bad pasterized dairy is! You can find raw cheeses at Whole foods and other natural food stores.

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My son is celiac (confirmed with endoscopy and DNA and blood test). My husband has severe IBS, mild colitis, and possible gluten intolerance. My daughter has also been having issues with gluten. My question is: If they still have difficulties, even 100% strict gluten-free, where do you start looking for what else is going on? How do you know if casein is a problem? Can an allergist test for casein sensitivity? My son has positive skin test for peanut allergy. Should I have my daughter tested? My husband? My husband has been having another bad run with it all. He is very sick. I am so confused about what to do for him. He has had all sorts of testing with the GI Doc. Should we try the allergist? I am trying so hard to keep them all well! If any of you have suggestions, I am looking for ideas. I will take my kids to their well check-ups next week. I wanted to talk to him about where to go from here.

Allergies are a real mess to sort out because people rarely, if ever, have just one allergy or sensitivity. Having a celiac mother, I knew I had that possibility. I had GI problems and other things going on for most of my life (I'm 56). I figured for a good 25 years that I was lactose intolerant, so I minimized dairy and took lactaid pills (didn't help a whole lot). I finally decided to do the Enterolab full panel and see what I could find out. I learned that I had both a celiac and a gluten sensitive gene. Also a casein sensitivity gene, which in retrospect I should not have been so surprised at. I'm doing a further test for eggs/yeast/soy (I suspect soy is a problem too). When I'm done, I'll know a lot about how I must eat. I may have further allergies, but I believe these are the main ones for me. Personally, I think your husband would be well served by doing the Enterolab complete panel for $349. He'll learn a lot that he probably needs to know at this point in time. The stool tests make a lot more sense when you think about it....these reactions occur in the gut, so that's the place to start testing. It makes a lot more sense that just relying on blood tests. And if you are avoiding gluten/dairy etc. the blood is less likely to show anything. Enterolab stool tests can show your reactivity for up to a year after you stop eating gluten.

I did not want to get into an endless and expensive cycle of dealing with clueless doctors and doing a bunch of very expensive medical tests and other assorted procedures as they fumbled about trying to figure out my problem. I learned more from Enterolab for $349 than I would have by depending on doctors who didn't know much anyway. Thie Enterolab route cuts out all the middle men, so to speak, and gave me the answers I needed extremely quickly (in 2 weeks). Once you get to the heart of the matter, the solution is always the same: don't eat gluten (and possibly don't eat dairy).

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