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Oh........and should I take a probiotic? What is the deal with these? I used to be able to handle s amll sihlohette yogurt and be fine before I got sick. After I got sick I thought all these yogurts with probiotics woudl help, so I started taking activia and that only made my D symptoms worse. Any thoughts on these?

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Octoberme,

Perhaps I should be first to welcome you to the club. Every one of your concerns has been addressed in these blogs and soon you'll have some specific advise from the great people here who are more experienced than me. You can search the past blogs for specific past discussions to your concerns.

At least know that you are not alone. These blogs probably saved my life.

David

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Lol, thank you and yes, I am finding that already. These posts are all so very halpful, but I have to say after becoming obsessed with my health problems and reading these sometimes for 6 hours a day ( ya, no kidding, I am sure my work LOVES me right now ) my mind is just SWIMMING and I am not even sure which was is up anymore.

My concern is just that the specialist will just blow me off. And while I do not want to go in there all pompous and like I know more then him, I do not want him to think of me as a push over that will just take a " oh, it is just IBS " answer and walk out. NOT saying that I KNOW I have a gluten intolerance for sure, or that IBS is not a horrible thing to have.....but I want tests after test and I want to make SURE what it is that is wrong with me so that I can do all that I can to make myself better :-)

Lol....I need to know my stuff.....these male doc's tend to get " weirded " out when I cry, hahaha *jokes*

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Hi and welcome!

I guess the main thing to tell the GI is that you have been gluten free for a while. Most tests will be inaccurate if you have not been eating gluten. My GI put me back onto gluten for a month before doing an endoscopy (worst 4 weeks of my life!)

Also let the GI know that life has been easier since going gluten-free.

You didn't mention how long you had been gluten-free, it can take the body a long time to heal which may be why you are still having symptoms.

Even if your tests come back negative, if you feel better minus the gluten, just go for it! The only thing you would be denying yourself is not at all nutritionally valuable food that makes you sick!


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Gluten Free Since mid March 2008

As well as gluten I can't eat: cantaloupe, honeydew, dairy and most nuts and seeds. I also seem to have a problem with a lot of fruits and vegetables but only when they are raw.

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Hi and welcome!

I guess the main thing to tell the GI is that you have been gluten free for a while. Most tests will be inaccurate if you have not been eating gluten. My GI put me back onto gluten for a month before doing an endoscopy (worst 4 weeks of my life!)

Also let the GI know that life has been easier since going gluten-free.

You didn't mention how long you had been gluten-free, it can take the body a long time to heal which may be why you are still having symptoms.

Even if your tests come back negative, if you feel better minus the gluten, just go for it! The only thing you would be denying yourself is not at all nutritionally valuable food that makes you sick!

Lol, thanks. Yes, I had heard that going gluten free may not be the best idea before going in to see the specilaist, but I just could not wait anymore in that pain / torture. Honestly, I have only been gluten free for about two weeks now I think it is, not long, so yes, that is probably why I am still getting symptoms.

But thanks for the advice. And yes, i agree, if I feel better this way, I am sticking to it!

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