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Hi, I am new to this forum. I have been suffering from severe headaches, pancreatitis of unknown origin and demyelinating disorder for several years. All of my gluten blood test panels were negative and endoscopy was normal. My naturopathic doctor suggested that it still might be worth trying a gluten free diet, so i did. I attempted the gluten free diet as a last resort, as my headaches were making me suicidal. I also had severe anxiety. With gluten elimination my headaches are down to once every other week vs. every other day and my mood is much better. I am sure, many people on this forum have similar situation... Why are the tests negative, if gluten elimination is obviously therapeutic in cases like mine?

One more thing: The day before yesterday i had an Indian tofu dish and started getting headache immediately along with the stomach ache. does tofu have gluten in it?

Thank you in advance

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You might want to read the book "Dangerous Grains." Headaches have a lot of different causes, but in the right person (for example, someone with the DQ5 and/or DQ6 gene), a gluten-free diet could help. It's very possible that you don't have celiac disease and will never test positive... yet a gluten-free diet is the solution to your problem. There's still SO MUCH research going on! Last weekend I went to urgent care (I had the stomach flu) and the doctor was telling me how much the knowledge about autoimmune disorders has grown since he went to medical school. Twenty years ago if you had something like Hashimoto's (thyroid) or type I diabetes (pancreas) or Chron's (intestines) they just treated the symptoms involving that organ as best they could... the underlying cause was not really considered because so little was known.

So... good for you if you figured out something to relieve your symptoms!! Now you just have to wait for the medical research to catch up ;)

ps - Welcome to the group. You'll find you're not alone.

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Hi, I am new to this forum. I have been suffering from severe headaches, pancreatitis of unknown origin and demyelinating disorder for several years. All of my gluten blood test panels were negative and endoscopy was normal. My naturopathic doctor suggested that it still might be worth trying a gluten free diet, so i did. I attempted the gluten free diet as a last resort, as my headaches were making me suicidal. I also had severe anxiety. With gluten elimination my headaches are down to once every other week vs. every other day and my mood is much better. I am sure, many people on this forum have similar situation... Why are the tests negative, if gluten elimination is obviously therapeutic in cases like mine?

One more thing: The day before yesterday i had an Indian tofu dish and started getting headache immediately along with the stomach ache. does tofu have gluten in it?

Thank you in advance

Tofu doesn't have gluten in it. It's possible that they used soy sauce (which contains wheat) for some reason. It's also possible that you're sensitive to soy. You may wish to consult an allergist to be on the safe side.

You may also want to take B12 supplements, as you're probably years or decades low, at least if you're celiac. Other nutrients we can't absorb or which leak out include magnesium, calcium and iron.

I don't think you'll find a lot of people here who aren't frustrated with the low importance the medical community (particularly in the US) puts on gluten, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. But all we can do is be happy we've found a solution, even if many of us have to find it ourselves.

Welcome to the board, and to the tribe.

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BTW... tofu does not have gluten, but you do have to be careful about cross-contamination (from the bread) if you eat in a restaurant. I prefer to eat Indian food at home... there are tons of companies making microwaveable packets of sauce. You just heat it up and pour it over rice.

Another thing to consider... you might have a problem with soy too. Very common!

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