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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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    • I was working at a anime convention this weekend setting up and running A/V for panel rooms, I know I was handling a bunch of stuff, and around gluten eaters EVERYWHERE, people were walking around eating stuff, and I had to work with equipment others were using while snacking on gluten foods.....and one meal I went and fixed in my room I rushed and did not wash my hands....I got glutened from touch CC, but I was not vomiting like I normally would, either not enough there or perhaps it changed again. I instead about a hour later started zoning out and having brain fog, loopy thoughts repeating, anxiety, heighten pulse up to 183bpm then a hour later EXTREME gut pain to the point of tears. pulse drop to the 30s and I had to sleep it off, and since then I have had extreme constipation, NO feeling in my hands (I pulled a pan from the oven this morning...no cup towel), and I noticed I have red splotches on my face? NEVER seen this, I also have little pimples on my back and chest....NOT seen these since I was a kid.....oddest thing was NO swollen lymp, NO D, and NO vomiting.....the ever evolving celiac response I guess.......I almost questioned if it was gluten, but the numbness, and C is a SURE sign for me of CC in the smallest of amounts....the extreme of it right now tells me I was glutened by a decent amount.  
    • PS I am not questioning you here but mango is a odd food, many people might have a allergy to the skin and out side of the mango but have no issues with the inside meat. Others are allergic to the whole fruit. It has to do with a compound found in the skin that is very harsh and triggers allergic reactions in many people. I myself have a slight allergy to mango, plums, appricots,...Oddly cherries, almonds do not bother me but, those 3 will cause me to get all stuffy, eyes water,  drainage and stuffy galore, and I just feel miserable.

      OH and this as a very old and dead thread you revived, check the date.
    • Hello! I apologize in advance if this is long and a bit detailed, but I'm feeling very anxious, and have so many questions. I'm a 36 year old woman. I've had lots of digestive issues over the last few years. Nothing overly bad, but definitely unpredictable, comes and goes. I deal with anxiety, and have dark circles. There have also been times where my iron, b12, or vot has been on the low side.  In November I started having pain on my lower left side. I made a Dr appt (my Dr. is not great, but its very difficult to find another here). She asked me a bunch of questions...when I told her I had diarrhea she said maybe I was taking too much magnesium. She ordered some blood work and an ultrasound of the area. Things came back normal. I was also having this full feeling, like I had to poop and it was stuck, sometimes also the typical feeling of being full in my stomach. But I was usually pooping every day (sometimes just a little). I would also get some random hives. Just one or two, and they would go away pretty quick. I decided to see a naturopath, and eliminated all grains for 5 weeks. I still didn't feel great (sometimes diarrhea, or that full in my bum feeling, but overall better than on grains!!!). The pain in my side went away. No hives. I slowly started to reintroduce grains, and was generally feeling ok. I wasn't eating much gluten, not everyday. I was on holidays, so I would have a beer or two while preparing dinner (camping), but otherwise it would be every 2-3 days and a small amount (not like before!!) About 3 weeks after going back to grains, I had a tooth infection and went on antibiotics. Still eating the same way, feeling mostly fine (mostly normal poops). 10 days after the antibiotics was finished, I had been at a party wasn't feeling great. I went to the washroom and I had apparently been constipated, as there was a lot, and it was hard and dark. Then there was some blood and mucus. The mucus continued for the next day, sometimes with a small tinge of blood. I also had a few hives again. Of course I was very concerned. I called the pharmacist to ask if the antibiotics could have caused this. He said to see a Dr, but that yes, Clindamycin can do this. My Dr. was away, so I went to a clinic. Dr said the pharmacist was concerned about c-diff, but she didn't think that was it. She ran a bunch of bloodwork (including celiac testing and a test looking for inflammation). I had no gluten for the next couple of days. They ended up calling saying it was fine. Assuming there was no celiac I had some bread, then the next morning a piece of my kid's cinnamon bun Next afternoon Dr herself called to say surprisingly the celiac test had come back positive. She said it was in the grey area  [My number was 24] (under 20 negative, 20-24 indeterminate, 25 plus positive).  She did say, however, because I had only been eating gluten sparingly, for a month, that this could be why it wasn't higher. I've been feeling pretty yuck the last few days. I have the feeling like I can't push out a bm, I've had a bit of diarrhea, I'm thirsty even though I'm drinking water, and I've been incredibly anxious and moody. I spoke to my naturopath, she said that this could all be a flare from having the gluten, especially after having been on antibiotics and all my good bacteria was wiped out.  I don't know if I have some sort of internal hemmroid, or tear from when I had the bleeding, or if this feeling can be part of celiac (if I do have it). I am trying to get an appt with my Dr, because as of right now I don't have one until Sept 14...shes been away.   Does anyone have any advice or experience that may help calm me or shed some light. I'm such a mess right now, assuming I have cancer, and I'm trying to not let my mind wander. I do realize no one here can tell me anything for sure, but from what I gather this disease can do some strange things to our bodies...I've requested a few books from the library, to read up on it.
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