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since going gluten free i have regained a non bloated stomach, stomach pains greatly lessened, lost 2lbs, feeling of wellbeing has increased greatly... all in only 6 weeks (been CCed a few times)

so tell me what has happened to you for the better.

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I only started 3 days ago, and my stomach feels a bit better. Thanks for sharing - that makes me hopeful!

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I get fewer migraines and my allergies and acne are less severe. Also, I can think more clearly.

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since going gluten free i have regained a non bloated stomach, stomach pains greatly lessened, lost 2lbs, feeling of wellbeing has increased greatly... all in only 6 weeks (been CCed a few times)

so tell me what has happened to you for the better.

In the three weeks since being diagnosed celiac and starting my gluten-free life I have lost two very embarrassing G.I. symptoms, have more energy, have more hope, AND have lost a bit of the bloat over the upper abdomin. (Been CCed at least twice.)

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Wow, great idea for a positive thread! Since going gluten free....

I went from looking like I was pregnant to having a waistline again, the bloat is gone and I need to buy new (smaller) pants!

I went from being almost bedridden with joint pain and fatigue to being able to do household chores again (who knew being able to do the laundry and the dishes could make me so happy :) Oooh and an added side benefit I can open jars and bottled water again on my own..yes I was so weak six months ago I couldn't open a bottle of water on a bad day.

My mind used to be in a fog and my short term memory was terrible...now I'm as sharp as a tack...most days anyway.

I can drive again! I was restricted from driving by my doctor for a few months because I kept falling asleep at random times (scary, I know) They did every sleep test, brain scan, heart test etc, the extreme sleepiness only stopped when I stopped the gluten. I actually took a 15 hour road trip with my husband last month. He still did more driving than me, but it was so great to be able to drive for a few hours without getting sleepy.

I'm sure there are many more benefits, but these were the first ones I thought of.

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since going gluten free i have regained a non bloated stomach, stomach pains greatly lessened, lost 2lbs, feeling of wellbeing has increased greatly... all in only 6 weeks (been CCed a few times)

so tell me what has happened to you for the better.

Let's see....

Lost 90+ pounds, (I'm still a bit stunned over this - I knew I had some fluff, and I knew being tall meant I could hide more than the average bear... but 90 pounds? Just weird! :P) not ONE desperate sprint to the bathroom in months (well. Not one due to celiac stomach troubles. Long car rides and stupid purchases of HUGE water bottles don't count lol), skin is clearing up, the horrible rash I would get on my chest (equal to a 2nd to 3rd degree burn at times over the years) is completely gone, and for the first time in 30 years of living - I FEEL good. Getting active, enjoying life far more.

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Let's see....

Lost 90+ pounds, (I'm still a bit stunned over this - I knew I had some fluff, and I knew being tall meant I could hide more than the average bear... but 90 pounds? Just weird! :P) not ONE desperate sprint to the bathroom in months (well. Not one due to celiac stomach troubles. Long car rides and stupid purchases of HUGE water bottles don't count lol), skin is clearing up, the horrible rash I would get on my chest (equal to a 2nd to 3rd degree burn at times over the years) is completely gone, and for the first time in 30 years of living - I FEEL good. Getting active, enjoying life far more.

Wow, you and I have a LOT in common, I have lost 73lbs. No more horrible sprints to the bathroom (unless you count that I drink a LOT of tea :-). The horrible itchy mess that was my buttocks has cleared up and so have the other spots that the dr told me was old age "barnicles" grrrrr. I am going to go on vacation for the first time in three years and am going to try and not be sick, even if I get "wheated" (I am guessing that is what you all call CCd). The last 3 out of 4 vacations I was rushed home and the last one I had to have meds called into me in another state because I was violently ill. I leave for Maine in two days and thou I got into something today (it was in green tea of all things) I should be better by than.

Thanks for letting me share.

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  • Realized that actually, I was mildly bloated and am no longer.
  • Pretty close to digesting fat again (yea!!) and concurrent return of ability to not be close to a bathroom for the first 4 hours of the morning. Like, I could go hiking!
  • Greatly reduced acid reflux w/ no meds.
  • Significantly decreased tummy pain.
  • Probably decreased joint pain (this was variable, still a little hard to tell)

Still waiting for the fatigue to truly resolve, but probably still being contaminated some.

Two weeks gluten-free (round two).

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since going gluten free i have regained a non bloated stomach, stomach pains greatly lessened, lost 2lbs, feeling of wellbeing has increased greatly... all in only 6 weeks (been CCed a few times)

so tell me what has happened to you for the better.

I am going on 9 months gluten-free and would not go back to eating gluten again. I lost persistent stomach pain and bloating, and some other embarassing GI stuff. My acne has started to get better, thank GOD!, and I have saved money because I have been eating home-made lunches for the last months. Ive accidentaly eaten gluten once, and it has been a reminder of what life was like in the past. Im a massage therapist, and it was NO fun to have sudden pain or flatulence (!) in the middle of a session. That SUCKED. No more of that! YAY!

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  • Realized that actually, I was mildly bloated and am no longer.
  • Pretty close to digesting fat again (yea!!) and concurrent return of ability to not be close to a bathroom for the first 4 hours of the morning. Like, I could go hiking!
  • Greatly reduced acid reflux w/ no meds.
  • Significantly decreased tummy pain.
  • Probably decreased joint pain (this was variable, still a little hard to tell)

Still waiting for the fatigue to truly resolve, but probably still being contaminated some.

Two weeks gluten-free (round two).

I am only about 4 weeks into being gluten-free and so far the bloating has disappeared and some of the reflux is gone

however, I still get sick from fatty foods. Do most newly diagnosed celiacs have trouble with fatty foods even ones such as olive oil if used too much and salmon or tuna packed in its own oils?

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I get fewer migraines and my allergies and acne are less severe. Also, I can think more clearly.

Yes, this! Usually at this time of year I have to take daily allergy meds and those never took care of all the symptoms, just dulled them enough that I could function. 5 months gluten-free, I maybe take two doses of Alavert per week and that's more as a preventative rather than in response to symptoms. I've never in my life had such an easy spring, allergy-wise. And the daily headaches- gone.

Also, I can eat dairy again. I ordered a mocha in a coffee shop the other night, took only one lactase pill, drank about 3/4 of it, and had no problems. Guys, this is huge. A few months ago, three lactase pills wouldn't have kept me from needing to run to the bathroom after a few swigs (I know- I tried it). I doubt I'll ever again be a regular milk drinker (I've been mildly lactose intolerant since childhood so I got out of the habit) but it's nice not to have to worry about a small amount sending me straight to the bathroom.

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I am only about 4 weeks into being gluten-free and so far the bloating has disappeared and some of the reflux is gone

however, I still get sick from fatty foods. Do most newly diagnosed celiacs have trouble with fatty foods even ones such as olive oil if used too much and salmon or tuna packed in its own oils?

Yes, this is me too, I cant eat fatty foods, they make me sick. Also I have to be careful with cheese of all things, can drink milk and eat yogurt but cheese really does me in. I think being a celiac means you need to figure out what makes your tummy happy and what doesnt. :-)

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Many celiacs have difficulty with certain foods during the initial stages of the diet. If you have intestinal damage, it takes time to heal. Until it does, some things may cause a reaction which has nothing to do with gluten.

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Acne stopped, hair loss stopped (and has finally started to regrow!), dermatographism almost completely gone, energy improved, chronic sinusitis much less severe, don't run out of energy half way through a workout anymore, lactose intolerance gone, anxiety gone, brain fog gone, increased flexibility, increased drive, hypoglycemia stopped, insomnia stopped and my ab muscles no longer disappear after breakfast!

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Also doing a Candida Cleanse for 12 weeks but since quitting gluten 3 weeks ago I've noticed increased energy, less joint pain, getting my mind back (no more brain fog and able to form complete sentences without forgetting words and thoughts halfway through -that was soooo frustrating!), the bloat is GONE, more normal bathroom sessions, have lost 14 lbs so far, and the rash that a doc once told me "looked" like herpes on my lower back but I now know is dermatitis herpetiformis is now gone! I could have been diagnosed 12 years ago if the doctor would have tested me instead of just looking at it and giving me her opinion. It's been nice and I can't wait to reap more benefits... Oh, and as an added bonus, I'm really liking the girl I see in the mirror these days. I've been getting compliments I have gotten in 10 years!

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Gluten free for 7 months (has it really been that long?):

-No constant nausea anymore

-No more stomach cramps and pain!! :)

-Able to stay awake during the day, although still fighting some fatigue

-No more joint pain and body aches, Hooray!!

-Finally starting to gain a little bit of weight (I'm very underweight)

Hooray for gluten free!! Love this thread, by the way! Very encouraging!

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