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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Thanks for the comments. In regards to what my main symptoms are, cramps, diarrhea, bloating, gas. And, as I mentioned before, the only time in the past six or so years I haven't experienced these any of things, was when I ate a very low carb, high protein diet. It feels very much food-related. But I just can't figure out the food! My symptoms are completely sporadic. Also, I gues I can't say for sure, but I'm close to positie I'm not allergic to nuts or fish. I rarely ate nuts and I never ate seafood when all this started. I only started eating these things in an attempt to feel better. Any further comments would be really appreciated. You guys are great.
  2. Hi all, Upon the suggestion of some of you here, I tried an elimination diet because going gluten-free just wasn't helping. I've cut out all common allergens. All I've eaten in the past five weeks are: bananas, grapes, pineapple, carrots, asparagus, broccoli, salmon, tilapia, shrimp, scallops, lamb, walnuts, pecans, and extra virgin olive oil, honey, and garlic for seasoning. I don't feel the least bit better. I don't know what to do with myself anymore. This is so hard. The one and only time I've felt normal in the past six years is when I tried the Atkins Diet my sophomore year in college. I basically only ate meat and cheese (and a few veggies here and there) and my stomach problems just stopped. Could this be a problem with carbohydrates and not with gluten? Does this ever happen? I assumed it was gluten-related for a long time because I had some blood work done a while back that hinted at celiac, I get mouth sores, and I have other problems a doctor told me once could be signs of an autoimmune/connective tissue disorder (positive ANA, raynauds, joint problems), which I've heard is sometimes linked to celiac. Oh, one more thing--probably not indicative of anything, but something I found strange: For four months last year, I was gluten free. Because I wasn't seeing results, I decided to have some gluten, to see if I reacted strongly. Well, I had a LOT of gluten (what can I say...I really wanted pizza and cookies), and not only did I not feel bad, I felt better than I had in months. And, as far as I know, I never had a reaction to that gluten. I realize we all react differently to things, but it still seems so strange. What I'm getting at is, I'm at the end of my rope. I feel like I've got nothing else to try and I'm a student with crappy medical insurance. What do I do? Can anybody help me? I'm so frustrated. Thanks for reading. I appreciate it.
  3. Thanks again to those who replied. I think I will try eliminating dairy, because I do have stronger reactions when I consume dairy, or at least milk and ice cream. I just can't stop wondering why I felt the best when I was practically eating ONLY cheese. And, to answer whether or not I've seen a rheumetologist, yes, many times actually. And, after many tests, she pretty much ruled out lupus. She was the one who suggested it might be celiac. I'm so confused. And nervous. I'm going to Germany in two weeks and more than anything, I want to feel okay while I'm there. Anyway, thanks again.
  4. To all who replied, thanks. I really appreciate the advice and support. In regards to the casein issue, what's interesting is that the one time in the past seven years that I've felt normal was a couple years ago when I tried the Atkins diet. I ate almost nothing but meat and cheese for a couple weeks (I stopped because my dad convinced me of how unhealthy it was) and I felt fabulous, just like a normal human being. It almost seems I'm just allergic to carbs. But perhaps I am unknowingly ingesting gluten. I just can't imagine where it would be coming from. I'm SO careful. Anyway, thanks to all of you again.
  5. I haven't knowingly ingested gluten since early September (and have been excessively cautious about everything I've put in my mouth), and, after three gluten-free months, I feel no difference whatsoever. Granted, I've yet to be diagnosed with celiac, but I've had bloodwork done that suggested I might have it and I can relate to so many of the symptoms discussed on this site. Here's a short list: cramps, diarrhea, bloating, fatigue, joint pain, mouth sores, very rapid heartbeat after eating sometimes. A few I don't remember seeing mentioned on this site: raynauds phenomenon (which is where the blood vessels in your extremities constrict and stop the blood flow, so your fingers, toes, nose, ears, etc. turn white, numb, and very cold); I'm often uncomfortably, sometimes painfully cold; and I've had numerous strong positive ANA (anti-nuclear antibodies) blood tests. My dad is a doctor and my fiance is in med school and they both tell me it seems I have some sort of autoimmune or connective tissue disorder. Does anyone know if celiac is associated with this type of disorder? Also, assuming no gluten is being unknowingly ingested, has anyone heard of it taking over three months of being gluten free to feel any kind of a difference? For the past seven years, these stomach problems have been a constant source of stress in my life, but the past few days have been unbearable. I had a delicious gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner, but spent the entire weekend following it crying and feeling so completely frustrated and depressed because I felt so sick. It was all gluten-free. I know it was all gluten-free. I don't understand. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
  6. Phew! That's a relief! Thanks for posting the answer!
  7. Brie

    Thanks for the replies! Richard, hearing that you've never found a brie that wasn't gluten-free makes me want to do cartwheels!
  8. Hello! I just started a gluten-free diet and I'm a BIG fan of brie cheese. I can't get enough of it. Does anyone know if there's any reason why it might contain gluten? Or does anyone know of any definitely gluten-free brands? Thanks!
  9. When you find out, can you post the answer? I'm on day six of being gluten-free, and I've been taking it. I guess I shouldn't assume that since ortho tricyclen is gluten-free that ortho tricyclen lo is gluten-free too, eh? Thanks in advance!