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It never would have occured to me that gluten was my problem. My history is: overweight, despite dieting, CFS, arthritis, depression. I never had any of the classic celiac symptoms. At this point, I'm not too sure what's going on, but it appears that I've made a breakthrough.

The first thing I noticed is that my arthritis is gone. Instead of taking the stairs one step at a time, I trot up and down.

Then I noticed that I wasn't hungry any more. I have been hungry every minute of every day for about 30 years. Losing weight had become impossible for me. I even went to Weight Watchers and gained weight following the diet. I was always hungrier AFTER I ate than before. I've lost a little weight without even trying. Mostly, I give up on my meals before I finish everything on my plate. I can't remember when that has ever happened before. I just get full and finished.

My depression is gone. I've stopped taking my antidepressant. I have energy and my mind is clear. Free at last.

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Welcome. :)

I never had any classic celiac symptoms until the last 3 to 4 years before diagnosis.....but had lifelong, horrible depression, and then mania starting in my early 20s.

Removing gluten gave me not only a new life, but a new brain. Sounds like you are in a similar boat. I did, however, gain 25 pounds with gluten removal - everything went right through me - but for overweight celiacs, quite often the wonderful by-product of gluten-free eating is weight loss.

What made you think you're Celiac? were you diagnosed?

This is a wonderful and invaluable place to get information. Keep reading! gluten is the horrible cause of many, many ills. Even joint pain/arthritis.

:)


SUSIE

Diagnosed January 2006

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells." ~Dr. Seuss

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That's so good to hear! :D

It's just amazing how many things are affected by gluten.


Patti

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans"

"When people show you who they are, believe them"--Maya Angelou

"Bloom where you are planted"--Bev

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I wasn't diagnosed. I always felt really good on the first week of Atkins, but something would bring me down as soon as I started adding carbs. I got the idea for eliminating gluten from a book called the Diet Cure, which was really too complicated to follow directly.

I've been on about every diet known to mankind. Ruling out gluten specifically had never been suggested to me before, so I tried it. I was ready to try anything. When I started reading more about it, it just sounded like me. Well, the atypical part sounded like me. I hope there will be more research on this.

I hope I can keep it up.

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Welcome free at last

I'm happy that the gluten free diet is benefiting you. Your post sounded almost exactly like symptoms and my gluten-free experience, amazing. My leg muscles and joints used to hurt real bad - not sure if this was the beginning of arthritis. Two summers ago I was windsurfing and this winter I was thinking about getting a cane because I could hardly stand. Gluten seemed to sneak up on me - like the frog being slowly boiled I guess. Just be cautious, as it seems wheat/gluten hides in just about every product you can think of.

Regards Mark

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I wasn't diagnosed. I always felt really good on the first week of Atkins, but something would bring me down as soon as I started adding carbs. I got the idea for eliminating gluten from a book called the Diet Cure, which was really too complicated to follow directly.

I've been on about every diet known to mankind. Ruling out gluten specifically had never been suggested to me before, so I tried it. I was ready to try anything. When I started reading more about it, it just sounded like me. Well, the atypical part sounded like me. I hope there will be more research on this.

I hope I can keep it up.

I don't think your going to have too much of a problem with keeping to it. You have had a great response to the diet and chances are really good that your body is going to tell you in no uncertain terms that you need the diet if you go off it.

You have found a great place for info and support, welcome.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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