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About LynnJ

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  • Birthday 01/25/1959

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  1. I usually check the restaurant's website first and download a gluten-free menu, if one is available (I have a file folder I keep them all in for handy reference). If the website doesn't have one, I explain that I am gluten-intolerant and ask if they have a gluten-free menu, If they don't, I ask if he or she would please ask the chef what entrees do not contain wheat, rye, barley, or malt and if gluten-free foods are prepared and cooked separately. I have had good luck in most restaurants. When in doubt, I just have a plain salad.
  2. I use Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour and love it!
  3. My gastroenterologist has advised me against using any products containing Ibuprofen, including name brand Advil, because it is hard on the stomach and can exacerbate the issues I have because of Celiac Disease. I had tried Tylenol, and other acetaminophen based products, and because they did not work as well as Advil on my headaches, I went back to Advil. I'm not sure if that is a direct result or not, but this past week I had an EGD and a biopsy of my stomach, and it revealed that I have gastric ulcers, hiatal hernia, esophagitis, and villous blunting. Needless to say, I switching back to Tylenol.
  4. Similar to previous responses, I contact the organizer of the event to let them know that I am gluten-intolerant, and they have always been very accommodating. My family, as well as my husband's family also are aware of my special dietary needs, and have many gluten-free dishes available at holiday and other family gatherings. I've been very fortunate.
  5. I was diagnosed with Celiac in 1964 when I was 5 years old. Throughout most of my childhood my mom made sure I was gluten-free (well, as much as one can be back then). Because of misdiagnosis in my adult years--one doctor told me I did not have Celiac and was not gluten-intolerant--I went off my diet. Needless to say, about 3 years ago at the age of 48, I started exhibiting many of the original symptoms of Celiac and went to see a gastroenterologist, who said my Celiac is quite advanced but had not yet done any irreparable damage (although some issues have now appeared during a recent biopsy of my stomach). I have been on a strict gluten-free lifestyle for most of the time (we all slip up, eh?), but I do notice that I am becoming much more sensitive to even the smallest amounts of gluten.