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I am confused. I have been on a gluten free diet , or trying to be on one, for almost a year. I swear i felt stronger before this diet. I sometimes think i may just have a wheat allergy and not celiac disease as i just sneeze, cough, breakout in my face and get sinus issues if i eat bread or pasta and so forth. However, I got low on nutrients when i cut out the breads and cereals and was told to eat brown rice and more protein. I got better after eating more of that stuff to replace the wheat in my diet. I got the worst gas after that which lasted like almost a month. I thought it was celiac disease again but found out after that it as the pro-biotic vitamins (multibionta) that had caused it. After cutting the tabs out and finally eating some raw garlic to kill those suckers (pro-biotics), i finally got rid of the gas just like that!

So, all that to say this, Could i just be allergic to wheat and not gluten? Whenever I got sick was when i ingested something that actually had WHEAT Flour in it. In the beginning before i even knew about celiac disease I actually switched to Barley flour and was doing quite well my face even cleared up. I live in the Caribbean and I feel so alone as no one here seems to really make time for this stuff. If any Caribbean people out there please give me a heads up on which island is best for this stuff.

thanks

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I am confused. I have been on a gluten free diet , or trying to be on one, for almost a year. I swear i felt stronger before this diet. I sometimes think i may just have a wheat allergy and not celiac disease as i just sneeze, cough, breakout in my face and get sinus issues if i eat bread or pasta and so forth. However, I got low on nutrients when i cut out the breads and cereals and was told to eat brown rice and more protein. I got better after eating more of that stuff to replace the wheat in my diet. I got the worst gas after that which lasted like almost a month. I thought it was celiac disease again but found out after that it as the pro-biotic vitamins (multibionta) that had caused it. After cutting the tabs out and finally eating some raw garlic to kill those suckers (pro-biotics), i finally got rid of the gas just like that!

So, all that to say this, Could i just be allergic to wheat and not gluten? Whenever I got sick was when i ingested something that actually had WHEAT Flour in it. In the beginning before i even knew about celiac disease I actually switched to Barley flour and was doing quite well my face even cleared up. I live in the Caribbean and I feel so alone as no one here seems to really make time for this stuff. If any Caribbean people out there please give me a heads up on which island is best for this stuff.

thanks

I know someone who cannot eat wheat but claims that rye and barley don't bother her. I don't know if she has ever been tested for celiac. For what it's worth.... She also cannot eat potato. Have you ever actually been tested for celiac, or maybe since you live in the Caribbean there is no testing available there???

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I am confused. <cropped>

So, all that to say this, Could i just be allergic to wheat and not gluten? Whenever I got sick was when i ingested something that actually had WHEAT Flour in it. In the beginning before i even knew about celiac disease I actually switched to Barley flour and was doing quite well my face even cleared up. I live in the Caribbean and I feel so alone as no one here seems to really make time for this stuff. If any Caribbean people out there please give me a heads up on which island is best for this stuff.

If you can tolerate barley flour, then you are probably not celiac. From a non-medically tested observation, you are probably just allergic to wheat. If you were celiac, you would react equally to the proteins in wheat, barley and rye.

The only way to tell for sure is to go back to eating all of it and be tested, via labs and endoscopy. Short of that, if eating barley doesn't bother you, go with the idea that you have a wheat allergy and just avoid that. A wheat allergic person's food selections are vastly increased in the U.S. over a celiac's choices. I wish that's all I had to avoid!

~Michelle~

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An allergist should be able to tell you whether you have a true allergy to wheat. I am assuming you were diagnosed with celiac. The sudden additon of more fiber in our diets, like when you added in the brown rice can cause us to develop more gas until our body adjusts to the added fiber. Increasing it slowly can help. I am glad you were able to figure out that the probiotics were bothering you. I usually go with yogurt and saurkraut when I feel I might need probiotics instead of the pill form. For me that seems to work.

One other note, I think some of us, myself included, can have different symptoms from the different glutens. Barley for me cause tooth and jaw pain that wheat does not and the GI symptoms are milder than they are with wheat unless I continue it daily for a while.

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An allergist should be able to tell you whether you have a true allergy to wheat. I am assuming you were diagnosed with celiac. The sudden additon of more fiber in our diets, like when you added in the brown rice can cause us to develop more gas until our body adjusts to the added fiber. Increasing it slowly can help. I am glad you were able to figure out that the probiotics were bothering you. I usually go with yogurt and saurkraut when I feel I might need probiotics instead of the pill form. For me that seems to work.

One other note, I think some of us, myself included, can have different symptoms from the different glutens. Barley for me cause tooth and jaw pain that wheat does not and the GI symptoms are milder than they are with wheat unless I continue it daily for a while.

Thank you guys so very much. This iste is a real help as where i live, this is not something people really know about.

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I know someone who cannot eat wheat but claims that rye and barley don't bother her. I don't know if she has ever been tested for celiac. For what it's worth.... She also cannot eat potato. Have you ever actually been tested for celiac, or maybe since you live in the Caribbean there is no testing available there???

That's the thing I am not aware of testing down here. i am going to do some blood work tho to test to make sure i do not have any deficiencies. I will try also to find out somehow!

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