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What Makes You Happiest About Being Gluten-free?

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as per my husband Mike: I finally have a name for my health problem. I finally have a solution for my health problem. I am not crazy like the doctor said I was.

Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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I feel glad that I have a source in all of you and know where I can turn to get support.

I am glad that I don't have cancer, which is what I thought.

I am glad that my husband has realized that this is serious and talks to the waiter before I get a change to open my mouth (I think :huh: ). He has seen so supportive and helped me with trash bag with my favorite jeans in them :angry:

I am glad that I can heal myself, although the burden is high. I sometimes feel that I have handle on the diet and I get slack and it bites me in the a-- all the time - literally.

I am glad that I know what I am dealing with and I am in full controll.

I am glad that I know that Altoids have many uses. Shush, don't tell my husband. I am 51 and my husband is 66 - Karen can have all of mine. ;)

I am glad that we are together in this and we can joke and be friends. :)


Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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I'm so glad I've lost 45 #'s without trying except for going gluten/soy free and mostly dairy...

Tried for years to get weight off and now I have a 'tool' to use

I'm so glad i don't have the horrid big "D" anymore. It was controling my life and that of my husbands.

I'm so glad i don't have the pain of fibromyalgia anymore.

I'm glad that if i keep feeling better, one of my life goals will be to return to Italy and Switzerland. With healing I believe my dream will become a reality. :)

I'm so so so glad I have this group of friends on the forum...You all are amazing. :):):):)

hugs and love

judy in philly

Judy in Southern CA

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I love not feeling sick every single day.

I love being able to make plans and actually not cancel because I feel so sick.

I love having more energy than I used to.

I love knowing that something really was wrong with me all those years and it's not just that I'm they "type of person" that never feels well.

I love having the power to make myself feel better.

And I love my support team here and in most of my family.


Positive Blood test and Biopsy

Inflamed stomach lining

Gluten free since July 6, 2005

Tarrytown, NY

"Sometimes being a b$tch is all a woman has to hold onto." - Dolores Claiborne

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I love not having the big D anymore.

I love that I have lost 35lbs without doing anything and continuing I am continuing to lose. I love that I found this forum and I love all of you and what wonderful and funny things you all come up with. I love that when I see or smell glutenous food that, I don't crave it or even want it anymore. I love that even though I don't feel perfect, I do feel better than before and look forward to eventually being near perfect. I love that everyone on here is getting better and feeling better.



wheat/ dairy allergies, lactose/casein intolerance-1980

Multiple food, environmental allergies

allergic to all antibiotics except sulpha

Rheumitoid arthritis,Migraine headaches,TMJ- 1975


egg allergy-1997

msg allergy,gall bladder surgery-1972

Skin Biopsy positive DH-Dec.1 2005, confirmed celiac disease

gluten-free totally since Nov. 28, 2005

Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism- 2005

Pernicious Anemia 1999 (still anemic on and off.)

Osteoporosis Aug. 2006

Creative people need maids.

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I love it all. Love the sense of serenity and joy I have almost all of the time, and the lack of despair when things don't go well. I love that I had a cold this week and it sucked but I hadn't had one in months and I know just how much worse it could be. Shoot, because I'm something of a control freak, I even love having the excuse to always have dinner parties at my house rather than having to trust someone else's cooking.

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I'm not lovin' it so much. I'm resigned, but not lovin' that I can't have my favorite food... my homemade breads... ever again. My "big D" wasn't so bad and I didn't feel crappy. I didn't get to lose ONE POUND without trying desperately ... rather, I've GAINED weight I didn't need!!

So, now I'm on Weight Watchers, not eating the fav foods I CAN have because I have don't have enough willpower to keep from eating more than I should. I've become much more gluten sensitive, so that now the "big D" IS a big deal... and I'm still huge and still can't eat my homemade bread.

Oh, don't mind me... I'll go get some cheese to have with my whine.


Living in the beautiful Ozark mountains in Arkansas

positive blood tests and later, positive biopsy

diagnosed 8/5/02, gluten-free (after lots of mistakes!) since that day

Dairy free since July 2010 and NOT happy about it!!

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HI LOVE YOUR-----Oh, don't mind me... I'll go get some cheese to have with my whine. wine / whine/ what a hoot :lol:

Just a tip if you want....

I STOPPED losing weight when I added back lactose...(milk, cheese & ice cream ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS)..MORE THAN THE BREAD---WHICH WAS MY FIRST FAVORITE THING BEFORE ICE CREAM


Please don't think I'm screaming at you with the 'caps' . People who know me on the forum know I can't see well and the caps are easier for me to see and so many of my posts are in caps.

good luck

judy in philly

Judy in Southern CA

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well this is my very first post here (i've been gluten free for about 2 months now)... but i just had to say that my absolute favorite thing is the effect it's had on my SKIN. i've had ridiculously sensitive skin and constant breakouts for as long as i can remember (i'm 25 now) and within days of going gluten free it was all GONE. i've had a couple very minor breakouts since then, but then it just clears right up again and looks better than ever. i also used to always have these tiny little bumps all over my face, like clogged pores or something. they've completely disappeared now, my skin is SO smooth. i don't know why this happened as soon as i went off gluten, and i don't care! i'm just happy it did! ;)

of course another nice bonus was realizing that pretty much ALL my health problems that have kept me in doctors offices for most of my life (IBS, graves disease, etc etc etc) can be at least partly attributed to this ONE thing. it's still just so amazing to me that not even one of the countless doctors/specialists that i saw throughout the first 25 years of my life ever thought to test me for this, until my new AWESOME doctor finally put all the pieces together. :D

* Tummy problems all my life

* Graves Disease in November 2004

* Ongoing issues with thyroid levels

* Gluten free since February 2006

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I love jnkmnky's thread about the best advice you have ever gotten from this board, and I was thinking, you know, there really are a lot of positives about being gluten-free (and sometimes newbies don't see them).

Here's mine- I think my favorite things about being gluten free are that my depression may have been related to Celiac's. My whole life I could never figure it out. It just didn't "fit" and my doctor and therapist always said I was the clearest case for a biological depression they had ever seen. Turns out they were right- 18 years ago!

i love that I like Chebe pizza crust better than "real" pizza crust.

I love that's it's brought my relationship to a new level with my hubby.

I love that I eat healthier now than I EVER did before.

I love that I can still have a lot of my favorite foods.

I'm happy that I finally figured out why I got sick so often and can control it through my diet and not mounds of medicines.

I'm happy that I feel like I'm finally starting to heal- that waas scaary.

I'm happy that my energy is coming back!!!!!!

Hi everyone,

I love that I can drive my pickup truck without wearing sunglasses anymore

I love that I can't remember when I last had a cold (I used to get 3-4 a year)

I love that Spring is here and I'm not wheezing or sneezing, I can be outside again.

I love being rid of that awful brain fog and migraines.

I love being free from some really awful aches and pains, I had to take early retirement because of them.

The one resolution, which was in my mind long before it took the form of a resolution, is the key-note of my life. It is this,always to regard as mere impertinences of fate the handicaps which were placed on my life almost at the beginning. I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul, but rather be made to blossom, like Aaron's rod, with flowers-Helen Keller

Judy- Gluten Intolerant

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:rolleyes: Hum, well after going gluten free I don't feel much better but .... what i do like about being gluten free and not feeling much better is that after ages of never having enough time to read, i now find me and the bathroom have become quite well aquainted with many books... :ph34r::lol::lol::huh: .sooo maybe it's made me more intelligent :rolleyes: . No erm it's made me more aware of the foods i eat...always thought i ate quite healthy on a veggie diet but when i started reading the labels :o tut tut all the extra rubbish inside....and it has given me an opportunity to learn to cook..not that i have taken up that one yet :rolleyes:

and i found this board and therefore would never have been able to read such an interesting thread such as Sex and Celiac :lol::lol: tooooo funny :lol:

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