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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. 22 days til BahamaS! *Yayy* hopefully, the tummy will look normal for vacation!

  2. For what seemed to be forever, I dealt with dandruff--the worst was noticing it on dark clothing. Redken Anti-dandruff shampoo/conditioner is amazing! It did wonders with my scalp. I no longer have dryness/dandruff on my scalp (except verrrry little when the weather just changed) and nothing ends up on my clothing anymore.
  3. I am excited about an Autism Awareness fundraiser walk I am taking part in on May 23! Send me a msg. if ur interested in making a conribution :-)

  4. I have the same problem too with the depressing bloated belly that looks pregnant! It is sooooooooo extremely frustrating to only see my stomach flat and "normal" maybe once a month--it sucks that bloated tends to be my normal belly that I forget what it's really supposed to look like. I feel super uncomfortable with certain shirts/jeans b/c of it also. I'm attempting to be strict with no gluten--have not been diagnosed with anything besides IBS, hiatal hernia, and gastritis.
  5. Camera Capsule?

    Thanx for the input! I was reading up on it after I read the newspaper article and it sounded interesting. My endo. didn't show anything and I was considering looking into this- just to see for a clearer answer instead of "take miralax and prilosec and see me in June"
  6. Has anyone had the camera capsule test to check for celiac? I saw an article in the newspaper the other day about a local hospital now using it, rather than endoscopies b/c it travels through the entire intestines. I was just curious if it was worth looking into that.
  7. What Is Your Daily Diet?

    Another breakfast idea that doesn't seem to bother me is yogurt with gluten-free granola & fruit.
  8. Anyone Else With...

    I can totally relate to you too. I fall into the category of being either Celiac or gluten intolerant and have dealt with constipation for yrs. now- with the occasional stoimach attacks in which I have diarrhea (which is rare). For about a yr 1/2 (stopped in Oct.), I actually went for colonics monthly and I could not believe the amt. that came outta me. I was literally 5 lbs. lighter after each one, but then I would think I'd be eating "healthy" the following day and would bloat right back up again.
  9. Frustrated With Results Of Endo. Biopsy

    That's good about your Dr. visit. I think mine is satisfied with the IBS diagnosis. He just told me the other wk. to take Miralax and Prilosec for my heartburn. sO, I guess it's up to me now That's good you have a friend to share that stuff with. hehe. It helps The pregnant belly blows! I get the same way when I wake up like wOoHOo and then midday i'm like WTf?!
  10. Hi, I was just skimming through posts and came across yours. I have not yet been diagnosed with Celiac or Gluten intolerance, but fit into the category of having at least intolerance. A few people responded to a post that I had summarized my ordeal with alleged IBS and suggested I try a gluten-free diet. I feel a bit overwhelmed and noticed that you wrote you're a "gluten-free mentor." If you could provide any help, that'd be awesome :-) -StepH
  11. Frustrated With Results Of Endo. Biopsy

    YEah really! It's great to find so many people on here who have the same problems. It''s funny b/c my best friend has the same issues and we'll be like "YAyy i pooped today!" without being grossed out..anyone else would be like uhhh thanx for sharing Aww that sux your mom has the same problems after kickboxing! LAst month, I had a full week of non-bloating and every morning I was like "Omg Yay it's flat" lol my friends thinks I'm crazy when I say i'm feeling gross and bloated...I looked pregnant sometimes with the bloating, yet i'm like a size 1/2-3/4. How did the visit to the Dr. go the other day? We can work on losing the puffball Buddha BEllies! :-)
  12. Frustrated With Results Of Endo. Biopsy

    -Yeah seriously! That Dr. was such an idiot. He told my best friend to lose some weight when she complained of her bloating not improving (and she wasn't fat either). I'll work on the diet. I think my doctor is going to think I'm a crazy hypochondriac if I tell him I want more tests. lol I'm determined to eventually get a correct diagnosis, rather than just "OH you have IBS"
  13. Frustrated With Results Of Endo. Biopsy

    -ThanX for the info. I'm a teacher and off for spring break starting tomorrow, so i plan on researching what to eat/not eat while I'm off and try my best to be strict :-)
  14. Hi, This is my first time on here. I have not yet been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but I have convinced myself that that is what is wrong with my stomach. On March 17th, I had an Endo. with biopsy done. This morning, I was told that my results were "negative," which I figured would end up being the case. Sorry if this bores anyone lol but I thoguht I'd ramble about my stomach probs. and see if anyone could provide any feedback. When I was in grammar school (I am 28 now), my parents were told that I had a "nervous stomach." Whenever I had a test or something to make me nervous, I would be dying in the bathroom with diarrhea. Also, if I had too much ice cream, I would be dying as well..yet, I was never told to watch lactose or anything. Throughout high school, I cannot recall any problems with my stomach. Around 2002 (give or take a yr.), I began suffering from chronic constipation. I self-diagnosed myself with having IBS since that was all I heard about and my G.I. prescribed Zelnorm & aciphex...Zelnorm was ineffective as time progressed. After a few yrs. with that Dr., I switched to a diff. G.I. Dr. (B/c when I told him I was bloated 24/7, he claimed I should do sit-ups b/c i had a "good 5inches of fat." It was not fat at all) lol anyways, with the 2nd dr. he prescribed Miralax and Zelnorm. I had a colonoscopy & endo. done back in 2005. The only results were Gastritis & hiatal hernia from the Endo. I was prescribed prevacid, which I used for a bit. After some time, I was not happy with the constant bloating/constipation and did not want to rely on meds., so I went to a nutritionist until my insurance visits ran out. About 2 yrs. ago, I went for monthly colonics to help "clean myself out" for about a yr 1/2 (I know people have mixed opinions on that.) Also, 2 yrs. ago, I began going to a therapist- I have generalized anxiety disorder- which I know contributes to my stomach issues. For a whole week in the fall and another week last spring, I had nausea and pretty bad diarrhea each morning, but the G.i. Dr. did not seem concerned. Typically, I'm bloated, constipated (currently taking miralax and that helps with constipation a bit), and gassy. I also was told I was anemic in December. From time to time (since I was in grammar school), I've had low iron (which was assumed b/c I didn't each veggies often enough. I've been going to kickboxing classes 3-5 times a wk. since November, so one would think my bloating would improve, but "eh" I still feel uncomfortable. On rare occasions, I will actually have "flat stomach days"...which I really miss. lol So sorry for rambling, but I'm convinced I have celiac disease and do not know which step to take next. I also have brittle nails that are usually peeling and my top front teeth seem to have the enamel wearing away (I read those are symptoms as well). I would greatly appreciate any feedback! -Steph :-)