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Alrighty then, i have a few questions:

1. Is it possible to have Celiac for a long time and never realizing it?

My mom was thinking back on my childhood (i'm 20) and i was always small, i had one main growthspert (major one), but i still remaind small (i was wearing 2T clothing in the 2nd grade). After my major growth spert i developed a 'pot belly' and stomach problems (i guess i was around the age of 8 then). I also had major problems with calcium laying on my bones (my heal was like a jagged saw at one point in time, not fun). I contined to have small growth sperts until i reached my total height of 5'4. My parents are tall (dad is 6 something and mom is 5'9). I have a somewhat short grandmother on my mom's side that could contribute to this, but somehow i'm doubtful.

2. Vitamins, what should i take?

I understand being defiecent in vitamins is somewhat common in Celiacs. I'm trying to keep mine up by eating sweet potatos and drinking milk, but i know i'm still missing some. Suggestions?

3. What can i do to make sure i get a lot of veggies in me?

I'm a fan of veggies, but it gets old. My mom is planning on making a spegetti like sauce and pulverizing some veggies to toss in (spinage and other things). Is there any other way i could 'hide' them?

4. What can i do about my lack of energy that i've had today?

I've pretty much been in bed all day. I don't have the energy to get up and move about. I'm also getting dizzy spells (which may be due to vitiman levels) and light headedness. My chest is still doing that indigestion like crap and my throat is doing the same (i've had this for so long, i know it has to have something to do with this). Tips? Suggestions? I'm just glade i'm on summer break right now lol.

Thanks! :)

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Yes it is possible to have long term undiagnosed Celiac disease. I do too. Had symptoms all my life and never figured this out until 47. While you are healing vegetables will be hard to digest unless peeled and well cooked. It is a good idea to puree and "hide" the good stuff in spaghetti sauce etc.

Milk and dairy products are not well-tolerated by damaged villi. This is because the enzymes are produced on the tips of the villi that have been destroyed. It is recommended that dairy be eliminated during the first 6 months or so. It may be contributing to your fatigue and other symptoms. Just something to consider.

I had a hard time giving up dairy but eventually had to when I still had symptoms. Now every time I try to eat a gluten free pizza or something with cheeze, I get nausea, fatigue, feel lethargic, and get stomach rumblings if not full blown D. The indigestion you are experiencing could also be dairy related.

Vitamins- You need to take a good multi vitamin that is gluten free. I use Nature Made vitamins but there are other brands. I take a multi, D, Calcium, B 12, a B complex and extra C.

The vitamins Celiacs are usually deficient in are A, D, E, K, Calcium, B 12, the other B's, magnesium and zinc so you will want to make sure your multi contains these.

Also watch for the other food intolerances such as soy, corn, fructose, nightshades, and of course dairy.

Stick to whole foods simply cooked. Grains and pastas are hard on the digestion so keep these to a minimum.

welcome - I hope you will find out what works for you and that you heal really soon.

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Mine seemed to cycle on and off for a decade of more. In fact it was almost 10 years ago that a doc suggested I might have it but never followed up. It seemed to "go away" and then come back every now and then.

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1. Is it possible to have Celiac for a long time and never realizing it?

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It is the norm to have celiac for a long time without it being recognized by doctors. They say the average time to be diagnosed is 9 years.

2. Vitamins, what should i take?

I understand being defiecent in vitamins is somewhat common in Celiacs. I'm trying to keep mine up by eating sweet potatos and drinking milk, but i know i'm still missing some. Suggestions?

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I take a B-complex, cal/mag/zinc, and D several times a week. Sometimes I take a B-12. I avoid the kitchen sink multi-vits.

3. What can i do to make sure i get a lot of veggies in me?

I'm a fan of veggies, but it gets old. My mom is planning on making a spegetti like sauce and pulverizing some veggies to toss in (spinage and other things). Is there any other way i could 'hide' them?

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Make your veggies part of a dish. Say, fry some ham and onions and add some lima beans. Or even stir in a an egg for breakfast.

Green beans and onions with egg are good for breakfast too.

Don't forget to throw some mushrooms in the pan with your veggies, they are good for you.

4. What can i do about my lack of energy that i've had today?

I've pretty much been in bed all day. I don't have the energy to get up and move about. I'm also getting dizzy spells (which may be due to vitiman levels) and light headedness. My chest is still doing that indigestion like crap and my throat is doing the same (i've had this for so long, i know it has to have something to do with this). Tips? Suggestions? I'm just glade i'm on summer break right now lol.

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It takes time to adjust to the gluten-free diet, and learn how to eat foods that our body tolerates. When you start out going gluten-free, you change the foods that your gut flora lives on. After a while they will adjust to a new "normal". It doesn't hurt to take some pro-biotics, and avoid sugar and dairy.

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Thanks everyone :)

I'm doubtful on the dairy, as it was one of the first things i cut out when i noticed i wasn't doing to good (along with greese and other crud like that). I went off it for about 3 or so weeks and noticed no change :(

Nature made, i've heard of that brand, i'll look it up :D thanks.

I had forgotten about stirfrys and such (tells you where my mind has been lately), I'll try it :).

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