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About valerie_s

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  1. It's strange - only after I send a letter can I see the form letter. Not sure why that is happening, but I sent letters to my Representative and to the President.
  2. I think I must be missing something. It would be a lot easier to send a note if someone would post the text so we could just cut-and-paste. Does an effective wording already exist? Could someone post it? Thanks, Valerie
  3. Many thanks -- I guess I just wanted confirmation that it could be the gluten even though the response was delayed. I guess my post was too long for most people!
  4. Oh, I forgot to add that I've been gluten free since April 22 - about 2 months. Also, any general thought/opinions regarding my situation are appreciated - don't feel limited by my questions.
  5. I should have titled this "Symptoms Appeared Several Days Later?" Okay, so my situation is slightly complicated. Maybe someone can wade through it enough to advise me. I was never officially diagnosed celiac disease. I am hypo-thyroid (due to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis) and was going through some depression and fatigue, but my thyroid levels were all normal. My doctor suggested testing for celiac disease. I had elevated levels of one of the celiac disease antibodies, but not the other two. He recommended going off gluten to see how my body would feel. I did an elimination diet for 2 weeks, but felt no difference upon reintroducing gluten (or dairy, or corn, or anything else). So, I decided to see a specialist. He did genetic testing and found that I have the Celiac gene. But he said I probably have not yet activated the disease and that I should continue to eat gluten. No biopsy was done. My primary doctor heard this, and convinced me that my body probably doesn't react well to gluten, even if I haven't triggered the disease yet. He suggested that I go gluten-free for six months to see how I feel. Last Tuesday, I went to a very special anniversary meal at an extremely expensive restaurant. In a moment of weakness, I decided to eat a tiny amount of gluten for one night. I have never had gastro-intestinal symptoms. On Friday morning (2.5 days after ingesting gluten), I felt really sick and kept burping all day. In the afternoon, I threw up. I continued feeling sick that night. Saturday and Sunday, I was fine. I ate rice noodles and broth to calm my stomach. But then, on Monday, I got really bad diarrhea - worse than I've ever had it. It has continued through today and shows no signs of stopping. Is it possible that my symptoms are related to celiac disease? Everything I've read has said that symptoms are nearly immediate - could they really be delayed by three days? What has been your experience when you've accidentally consumed gluten? Sorry this is so long. Thanks in advance for all of your help.