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3+ Months. Hope.

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I'm a 50+ year old man. For more than 4 months I suffered severe nausea and diarrhea. After countless tests of various types, I scored >225 on both antibody tests. Before we did an endoscopy, I switched to a gluten free, dairy free diet.

The first 10 days were terrific. I felt a lot better immediately. But then for 2 months I had good and bad times. The nausea still sometimes chased me to my bed where I would spend 3-4 hours 5 days of the week. And certain fatty foods still made me sick, even gluten free.

Over the past month I've had more improvement. I have now had 12 days nausea free, and the diarrhea has stopped.

I'm getting used to the limited dietary choices - thank God for bacon and eggs! - and I feel better by miles from before I was diagnosed and in fact for years before.

My gastro tells me I've probably suffered stomach upset for years because I was undiagnosed. (More toast and crackers, I used to say when I was first sick, and of course that made me worse.)

It's a pain. Eating out is hard. Traveling can be nearly impossible. But Glutino nutrition bars and Mi-Del cookies have saved me on the road many times! Rice, ahhh, the most important meal of every day.

I don't wish this on anyone; it can be severely limiting. But feeling good is the best revenge on the damn gods of celiac.

Everyone, hang in there, especially those of you new to the diagnosis.

Good luck!

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