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Try to eat lots of protein. Meats, peanut butter, avocadoes, things like that. Try to avoid processed (pre-made) foods like frozen pizza, cereals, pot pies, cookies etc. There gluten-free versions of many of these foods, but they are best saved for later on like 6 months after going gluten-free.
If you are just starting out gluten-free, eat a simple diet of mostly foods you make yourself at home. Also, try not eat eating any dairy (milk, cheese etc) for a couple months. Oats are also a thing to avoid eating for a couple months. You may not have any problem with dairy or oats, but some people do.
Welcome to the forum Niza!
I am. I went undiagnosed for years and years and I honestly thought I was dying. I had been trying to gain weight even before my diagnosis and could barely gain a thing. I am so relieved to actually have an answer as to WHY! I was just diagnosed last weekend so I still have a lot of internal healing to do after years of villus atrophy. I have been drastically underweight for some time now, although I am slowly gaining. I am currently eating around 2,500 calories a day and not doing any strenuous exercise. I am only 74 lb (at 5'2") and I started out at 67 back in the beginning of December. I eat as much as some of my guy friends eat in order to "bulk" when they are lifting heavy at the gym and yet I still seem to gain at a slower rate. Just goes to show how messed up your intestines can become after years of abuse.
In theory (based on some studies), your small instestine should heal pretty fast (within weeks), but often there is collateral damage that can take longer (like your bone pain). For me, personally, a gluten exposure can set me back three to six months. My antibodies can last over a year. And worse, I now developed autoimmune gastritis and hives. Yikes!
I had some hip and rib cage pain when I was first diagnosed. Two months later I fractured some vertebrae. I had been undiagnosed for so long, that I developed osteoporosis. I assume that once on a gluten free diet, your pain should diminish based on a strict adherence to the diet and your previous experience.
I hope you feel better soon!
This thread might help you.
You say you never have "heartburn/GERD".
You can have something called Silent Reflux.
It could also be NERD.
some of these links are in this thread but I will post some releavent information in this reply as well.
here is a good overview of the difference in this fox news article.
but if your throwing up it is probably from Bile Relfux. . . . instead of acid reflux.
I actually wrote a blog post on celiac.com about these conditions.
the NYTimes article called Bile Reflux a "Shadowland" in Medicine and part of the reason for the title of the post.
here is the NYtimes article about some of the issues you are describing.
throwing up is actually a protective reaction.
and this normally protect us from poison's or food poisioning etc. but when our biofeedack loop is broken down like having bile in the stomach instead of the small intestine . . . it can be hard to break this cycle.
The green portion is probably the bile portion.
It is actually very caustic as Plumbago pointed out. this would/coul scald our insides (lower GI/Small Intestines).
Normally stomach acid is neutralized by bile after it leaves the stomach . .. not while in the stomach.
I wouldn't never recommend anybody do this on purpose . .. but if you are already puking your food up then simply buy a pH test kit.
testing your food/chyme/puke (food outside the body) you will quickly get an idea of how acidic/basic your food chyme (digested food) is.
It will almost be a pH of 4.0 or more.
the paleo nurse explains this well why strong stomach acid is important to your health.
quoting the paleonurse.
"In the infinite wisdom of the human body, the stomach was designed to produce the acid that is necessary for proper digestion of food. When functioning properly, the parietal cells of the stomach secrete hydrochloric acid that bring the stomach pH to a range of approximately 1.5 to 3.0"
if it is a higher pH than this you can benefit from taking BetaineHCL to restore your stomach acid to more natural level. . . especially if you are not already taking PPI's since a proton pump inhibitor is lowering stomach acid. .. . by their very ability to cut off almost all stomach acid production.
**** this is not medical advice I only know taking powdered stomach acid (BetaineHCL capsules) helped me.
I was not barfing my meals though. . . so your experience my be different.
Maybe Ennis_tx will comment because he has some of the same symptom's/issues.
But if I was puking I think I would be curios to know what my pH really is?
And not Assume? anything at this point.
If you test your stomach pH with easy to buy pH strips you will know whether it really is high pH (low stomach acid or a little stomach acid as your describe it) or low pH (really high stomach aid) that is causing the issue's.
Once you know for sure you will know who to go about correcting it.
Supplementing with BetaineHCL is fairly harmless . . .unless you have an ulcer.
And you will/would probably know it instantly if you take some BetaineHCL and it feels like someone is putting out a cigarette in the middle of your stomach. It is acid burning your sore/ulcer.
thankfully eating protein/food quickly neutralizes/raises stomach acid especially when taken with a glass of water.
staying hydrated with a meal also helps improve digestion so be sure to take some water/drink like a tea or juice etc. for example if you want to the BetaineHCL to work properly.
Milk has the opposite effect. If you feel a burning milk can coat the lining of your stomach helping to erase/ease the effect of strong acid.
And why people who eat hot **** five alarm peppers aka known as Hot heads keep milk close by if they need to dampen the fire in their stomachs from eating too many peppers. . . . and drinking water can aggravate this practice of eating the hottest peppers you can find.
I hope this is helpful.
I have rambled on long enough.
be sure to read the sickboy user in the medhelp thread of how he helped his GERD/bile reflux.
here is medhelp link for easy reference included in the "silent reflux" thread if you haven't read it yet.
he was suffering for 5 years and got better so don't lose hope.
It can seem very daunting but people on this board do get better.
we have used different methods but people do get better.
again this is not medical advice just things that have helped me.
good luck on your continued journey but it is not a long way back if you know the way.
2 Corinthians (KJV) 1:3,4
3) “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4) who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them (sufferer still suffering) which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
posterboy by the grace of God,