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My weight loss was 16 pounds in a span of about 3 months. After going gluten free it all came back in about 3-4 months.

Kaiti

Positive bloodwork

Gluten-free since January 2004

Arkansas

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I lost about 5-8 pounds very gradually (1 year) when I first started feeling sick and then I lost an additional 5-8 pounds very suddenly (1 week) when I was at my worst.

Carrie Faith

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease in March 2004

Postitive tTg Blood Test, December 2003

Positive Biopsy, March 3, 2004

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Given that you are 'a newbie,' I am concerned that you may MISTAKENLY believe that Celiac disease, or even gluten intolerance (which is also 'a verifiable illness' to be taken VERY seriously) MEANS that one must lose weight...not so....

I have read a lot now on the topic, and weight loss and Celiac does not always go 'hand-in-hand'...

Just wanted to tag that info on, so you don't make any uninformed assumptions, and try to diagnose yourself based on ONE symptom or lack there-of, or anything like that...

Have you been diagnosed? Are you wondering if you are gluten-intolerant, or have celiac disease? Have you gone gluten-free to see what happens to your health? What have your symptoms been?

Personally, I lost weight over a long period of time without trying (about 10 lbs. mostly muscle mass), and have not been able to put on muscle easily in the past 15 years (that's how long it has been since my symptoms set in)...

BUT, since going gluten-free a short while ago, I am already feeling SO much better ... and even stronger after finally eliminating ALL hidden sources of gluten 10 days ago...and I am hopeful that I will now be able to put back on some muscle...I plan to start exercising again soon, since I finally feel that I probably won't get light-headed, or a 'fibromyalgia flare' afterwards...My last personal trainer got very scared whenever I had to get my inhaler...short-ness of breath is another celiac disease symptom that I get...I was diagnosed as having 'exercise-induced asthma'...but, as with all of my many bizarre diagnoses over the past 15 years, I believe now that it has all stemmed from 'that da_n gluten' messing with my immune system...

OK...

there's my 2 cents...

Tell us more about why you are asking this, if you want to...

Gina

"Get busy living

or get busy dying."

From: The Shawshank Redemption

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gluten-free since Jan 1 '05

Positive response to diet within days, felt 'alive again' within 2 weeks

Feb 22 '05:

Diagnosed "Celiac Sprue, and IBS" by a GI doc, Dr. David Lin of Danville, CA

via blood testing 53 days after I began the gluten-free diet on my own:

Test results at 53 days POST going gluten-free were:

Gliadin AB IgA = 29.9

Since 30+ = positive for Celiac Disease when ingesting gluten, my doc

diagnosed me with Celiac Sprue then and there.

Gliadin AB IgG was 5.6 at that point

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Endoscopy with biopsies, AND colonoscopy with biopsies were done,

only to rule out other possible GI problems (especially intestinal

lymphoma) - My doctor told me the results indicated "no current damage

found" - and that as long as I stay gluten-free, I don't need another

biopsy for ten years.

Follow-up blood testing was done about one year later, by the same

Gastro doc, in Nov '05:

Gliadin AB IgA =26, Gliadin AB IgG <1

Blood testing done again by him, 5 months later (March '06)

He then told me my tests results were back to normal, and "Keep up the

good work! You can't argue with success!" :-)

I now see him one time per year for routine testing to make sure I am

staying gluten-free.

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ADDTIONALLY:

I was also diagnosed as positive for antibodies and autoimmune

response to gliadin by Enterolab, via stool specimen taken 56 days

gluten-free

and I have one of the two genes that 'cause' Celiac Disease:

"HLA-DQ8," via Enterolabs cheek cell test kit

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I began a COMPLETE 'Gluten-free Casein-free' diet in Nov '05, due to:

"positive" for casein antibodies from Enterolab (in Feb '05)

and

"positive" for casein IgG (Elisa) via York Labs' finger-prick blood

test, Sept '05

and continued 'stomach pains,' although nothing compared to before

going gluten-free....

UPDATE: ALL remaining symptoms disappeared within weeks of going gluten-free&CF!

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My PAST illnesses I believe are attributable to Untreated Celiac Disease:

Recurrent ear and throat infections in childhood

Frequent childhood stomach aches, underweight, picky eater

Tooth enamel problems/excessive cavities in childhood

Diagnosed in 20's with non-allergic rhinitis

Two spontaneous abortions (childless)

IBS diagnosis at age 28 (all better post going gluten-free and casein-free)

["Horrible" digestive problems from ages 32-47 - excess gas,

diarrhea gone post gluten-free!]

Reflux diagnosis at age 35 ('reflux' gone post gluten-free)

ADHD diagnosis at age 38 and at age 48 (not as bad with Gluten-free Casein-free diet)

Broke elbow in 2 places, age 39

Osteopenia diagnosed at age 44 (bone scan revealed thinning of spine -

taking Calcium and Vit D now)

Fibromyalgia diagnosis at age 40 (fatigue and pain all gone post gluten-free!)

Minor depression with anxiety diagnosed at age 42 (taking Paxil)

Skin cancer - squamous at age 43 and pre-melanoma at age 45

Adult acne (this, too, went away, but only after going dairy-free)

Topical dermatitis (so bad I needed steroid shots) diagnosed at age 46

(That's gone now, too!)

Excessive bruising of skin began at age 45:

I was told by derm doc AND family physician "That's just thin, aging

skin, nothing you can do about that" (GUESS WHAT?! ...NO unusual

bruising POST going gluten-free! I can now wear skirts and shorts

again!)

SO many years of being sick...

Hopefully, others will benefit from Science, and the increasing media

attention being given to Celiac Disease and gluten-based illnesses,

and will not have to go through what I, and others on here, have had

to go through.

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