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Just wanted to introduce myself!

I'm new here to the forum, though I think I had visited once before.

A friend's father who is a doctor referred me to this forum for Celiac Support.

I figure I've had Celiac Disease for a long time.

It runs in my family, and my mother, aunts, uncles, first cousins, etc etc have all been diagnosed with it.

I never realized I had it for SURE until recently though, because my DH is different than my mother's and I thought I was just sick, when I was suffering from the IBS.

My mother gets DH on her knees, face, scalp, elbows, etc etc etc, and hers turn red, and she says they itch and burn.

I only get a few here and there, and mine are only on my fingers, scalp, and toes.

I thought the ones in my hair might just be acne or something, and that perhaps I had gotten something stuck in my skin with my fingers and toes, so I never thought much of them.

Mine are clear, and just itch, until I pop them, and they are slightly irritating until they dry up and go away.

IBS was something that I didn't get often up until about a year after I gave birth to my daughter.

I suddenly found myself sick nearly every day.

I realize now it was probably because we were trying to live a healthier lifestyle, and switched to using whole-wheat products! (Lol!!!)

I called up my doctor, and told him I thought I needed to be tested.

He told me we would get the blood test, but that it was a very poor test, and sure enough, it came back negative.

He said, however, that the real test would be to quit gluten for 3 weeks and see how I felt.

So I did, and boy will I never go back!

After I quit gluten I would say I felt 80% better.

Then I realized I had become lactose intolerant, so most dairy products I had to give up, and now I would say I am 90% better.

I have been sick a few times in the last few weeks, but I was told that I was eating too many fats from the nuts in my diet, and in combination with the celiac, I was having IBS again.

Has anyone else here ever had that problem?

I was waking up in the middle of the night around 3am feeling like the food I had eaten was stuck in my stomach, and not passing out of it.

I had to go force down a glass of water, and wait until I felt it move out, and then I would have to make a trip to the bathroom, before I could go back to sleep.

This was all accompanied by abdominal cramping, and I was burping a stagnating taste.

Anyway, reading the forum has answered some of my questions, and I feel that it will be really helpful for me.

I may have to refer my mother here! Haha!

Ashley

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Hi Ashley, and welcome! :)

I eat a lot of nuts with no problem. You might want to keep a food/symptom diary for a while.

I don't have your problem......just wanted to give you a proper welcome!

I'm sure someone will come along eventually that can better relate.

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Many celiacs discover that because of the damage done by gluten, they also have issues with other things, such as dairy or soy. Sometimes these foods can be re-introduced after enough healing has occurred.

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Many celiacs discover that because of the damage done by gluten, they also have issues with other things, such as dairy or soy. Sometimes these foods can be re-introduced after enough healing has occurred.

How long does it generally take? I've been gluten free for a few months now.

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