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cdog7

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Hello all, I'm still in the process of getting diagnosed, but I've pretty much figured out I have at least *some* issue with gluten. Since my mother has celiac, I'm just kind of expecting that's the deal.

I never believed my mother that I should be worried about having celiac disease, because up until relatively recently, I had no noticeable symptoms (aside from being the typical, underweight, undertall type Irish person). But in the past year that has changed with a vengeance!

I hear some people develop symptoms after something traumatic like a car accident

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Hi Carolyn and welcome to these boards. It sure sounds like you've had gluten intolerance all along, but with the divorce stress it turned into full-blown celiac disease.

You realize that you will need to keep eating lots of gluten in order to get positive tests, right? Because if you are trying the gluten-free diet before testing, you'll more likely than not end up with false negative test results.

Of course, with celiac disease being genetic, and your mother having it, it is pretty much a given that with those symptoms you have it as well.

Too many of us have been told over the years it is 'all in our heads' and being dismissed by doctors. Good for you that you don't believe that nonsense and switch doctors instead.

In the end, if everything else fails, you can just decide to put yourself on the gluten-free diet, since no doctor can tell you what you should or shouldn't eat. Many of us here are self diagnosed and are so much better without gluten.


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Intolerant to all lectins (including gluten), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) and salicylates.

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You should be able to find a lot of stuff in Baltimore, if you didn't already know that haha. I have an internet from there and a couple times she sent me little gluten-free things in the mail!! I just don't know exactly where she found these things, I think a lot of it just in the grocery stores.

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Hi Carolyn,

Welcome. I am sorry you have had such a rough time.

Just a bit of a side note, the Center for Celiac Research located there in Baltimore has an annual Celiac 5k walk/run- This year it will be Sunday, May 4th. They have tons of info and vendors present there as well as celiac researchers and specialists.

We plan to be there - we had a great time last year.

Best of luck.

Gina


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gluten-free since 2001

Son dx celiac March 2005

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Hi Carolyn,

Welcome. I am sorry you have had such a rough time.

Just a bit of a side note, the Center for Celiac Research located there in Baltimore has an annual Celiac 5k walk/run- This year it will be Sunday, May 4th. They have tons of info and vendors present there as well as celiac researchers and specialists.

We plan to be there - we had a great time last year.

Best of luck.

Gina

Hi Gina, thanks! I recently discovered that, and plan to go, myself! I think my mom might come too, we'll see. I guess this is a pretty good town to be in if you happen to have celiac disease!

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You realize that you will need to keep eating lots of gluten in order to get positive tests, right? Because if you are trying the gluten-free diet before testing, you'll more likely than not end up with false negative test results.....In the end, if everything else fails, you can just decide to put yourself on the gluten-free diet, since no doctor can tell you what you should or shouldn't eat. Many of us here are self diagnosed and are so much better without gluten.

Hi Ursa Major, thanks for the welcome! Yes, I'm still 'glutening' it up for now, though it gets harder to do. I used to love beer so much! But now it just feels like I'm drinking battery acid and starts turning my stomach fast. Pasta, too. I'm so glad there's gluten-free alternatives for both now! I'm trying to eat at least one gluten meal a day now, it's just not pleasant to eat anymore.

And yep, if all my tests come back negative, I'm fine with just going gluten-free on my own! We'll see what happens with that.

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Hi Carolyn and Welcome to the Board

I am in the Harrisburg PA area. I have been to Baltimore a few times, my husband sees an oncologist at John Hopkins. If you get a chance, check out Whole Foods, they have a bakery which does some great gluten free items. I am not real sure of any other places in your area.

If you take a drive up I-83 to the Hunt Valley exit you can go to Wegmans which is great for gluten free shopping.


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Hi, welcome to the site! I am also grateful for this site, there is so much info and everyone is so kind and understanding...

I am so glad you are pushing and pushing for a diagnosis. Sadly, it usually takes years and years for people to get diagnosed... and I suspect that almost everyone here was told they were depressed or something like that when the Dr.'s would not or could not really address our physical symptoms. I was told I was depressed and had an eating disorder and had pill seeking behavior myself. I RAN from that Dr. as well. Anyway, any time a Dr. acts like a know it all, or is rude to you, or suggests you have mental issues and not physical, or won't refer you to someone who can help you, RUN! The fact that your mom has Celiac should have set off a round of the usual bloodwork tests at the first appt. It is, after all , a genetically linked disease! I suggest that you bring in an article or two to your next Dr. visit, and have the specific tests that you want run (blood work) on a list. If they refuse to do the testing, ask for a GI referal at the least. I had to fight to be tested myself, as did many of us! You are not alone in that frustration! Stick to your guns and get the bloodwork or a referral at the very least! Good luck and I hope you improve on the gluten-free diet.

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Baltimore is great! The surrounding cities have some good gluten-free things to offer, too. CHeck out Sweet Sin's baked goods and the food at Great Sage. Downtown Baltimore has a few restaurants with gluten-free menus, too. Good luck!

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Hi Carolyn,

I'm moving to Baltimore in July, so any tips you have about the area would be great. Good luck with everything and keep us posted.

Laura

Hi Laura,

One great thing about this area is the supermarkets -- we have several Whole Foods markets for instance, and a couple Trader Joe's, both of which have great gluten-free selection. And now there's a Wegman's, which I hear is possibly better! I'm still figuring out the eating-out possibilities, but I do know we have lots of sushi joints, and a P.F. Chang's downtown (which has an extensive gluten-free menu). As far as doctors go, we have a Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, which is pretty awesome. In all, I gather this is a halfway decent place to end up in if you have celiac. :) Maybe I'll see you around!

Carolyn

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Hello and welcome! I'm from Baltimore (Hampden) too! You should check out One World Cafe and Lillit (in Bethesda) for amazing gluten-free pizza and cakes, just an FYI! :D


I watch Gilmore Girls obsessively and it makes me incredibly jealous of their ability to consume gluten-ous foods. (Isn't it ironic that glutinous and gluten-ous are eerily alike? :o)

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Suffering since 09/09/88

I had many ridiculous, painful, worthless tests before I was given a simple blood test.

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Hi Carolyn,

I'm moving to Baltimore in July, so any tips you have about the area would be great. Good luck with everything and keep us posted.

Laura

Hey Carolyn and Laura,

I'm originally from baltimore- this is the first time i've been back since i was Dx in Nov 07. I've had mixed luck. lots of places downtown/dc metro, but not in the areas where i live in baltimore county. try bonefish grill- a chain but good, and theres a new place in owings mills called the "artful gourmet bistro"

they do like, real food entrees. they dont have a gluten-free kitchen, but one of their waiters (mike) is super great with me and my needs- their menu is EASILY accomodated for celiacs. i had a tuna steak on mashed potatoes with asparagus and it was amazing. i cant guarentee no contamination because i never got stomach symptoms, but mike said he checked in on the kitchen and they were informed and understanding and accomodating.

good luck!

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I am in the Baltimore area, and have a business at Camden Yards where the Orioles play. I run Boog's BBQ and am happy to tell you everything but the roll is gluten free! ( Boog's is voted best ballpark food every year by ESPN, Sports Illistrated, and Playboy) I have trained my managers about cross contamination. If you come to a game, we'd be happy to help you. We are lucky to have Whole Food's, Trader Joe's and David's natural Markets. I still get nervous eating at most restaurants, I'm Gluten-free Casein-free so it is a little harder. My sister is gluten-free only. Hope to see some of you at a game.

Anne

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I'm from Baltimore! I live in Canton and am planning on running the 5k this year...I'm so excited!! I'm new to the gluten-free life so I didn't run in the previous years. I ate at Red Star in Fells recently and they were very accomodating. I had a salad with salmon (balsamic dressing). They didn't put any sauce or anything on the salmon. It was really good though. I'm also not exremely sensitive, so I have it a little easier.

Anyway, just saying hi to all the fellow Baltimore peeps!! :D

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Hi

I will be in Hunt Valley for three days on a business trip.I read all the threads . Can anyone tell me what is close to the Hunt Valley area for gluten-free . I love pizza, American Fare & Italian foods... any idea on good bakeries & besides Wegman's any good shopping. Can one buy a Noah's gluten-free soft pretzel around this area?

I'm sure traffic is horrible so after five I'm not sure how far we can get.

Any info will be appreciated. thanks

mamaw

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There is an Outback right by the Wegman's in Hunt Valley. I have eaten at Jesse Wong's in the same area with success. Wegman's has signs all over proclaiming that their food may be contaminated with allergens, but I have eaten there as well with no problems but I am not overly sensitive. There is a Chipotle there as well. There is a japanese restaurant across York Road (near the Giant) called Greenleaf, that has a nice sushi selection.

lbd

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