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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. My husband and I are traveling to Jamaica in July. We will be staying at a Sandals resort. I wrote to them, and they said that the chef will meet with us upon arrival. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to what else I should pack. I am thinking that I want to pack some gluten-free snacks in our luggage. Any other ideas? I am excited, but nervous at the same time. We went to Disney World 2 months after my diagnosis, and it was wonderful. They are very accomodating. Not sure what to expect in a foreign country!
  2. Weight Watchers

    I just joined WW last week. I had to do something. I, too, gained weight once my healing started. I was diagnosed with Celiac in August 2011.
  3. I Got Glutened :~(

    So, on Friday night, we went to dinner and I was very careful about the handling of the food. I won't name the restaurant, because it is not their fault....it's my own stupid fault. I woke up Saturday morning and my stomach felt all bubbly and yucky.......so started the wonderful day I had....D started around 11am....but this time the mental issues were 10 times worse than the stomach issues.....I literally sounded like I was under the influence. I would start a sentence and have to speak very slowly to remember the words I was intending to say. I have never had this before. My husband and I were going out on Saturday night to see a show, and he asked me to look at a GPS map on his phone, and I could not figure out which direction we were headed on the map. It was scary. I slept until 11am on Sunday morning, and I still felt worn out. This reaction took everything out of me. Has anyone experienced a reaction like this before? I am really sensitive-I get hives in the grocery store-we believe this is from the bakery in the store. UGH.......
  4. Just a warning.....this is kind of a rant. I was diagnosed with Celiac on 8/31/11. I started my gluten free diet immediately. I have been glutened twice, both times by foods labeled as gluten free. It has been about a week or so since my last episode, and I started to feel better. Now, the past 3 days, I feel bad again. I have scrutinized every thing I have eaten, and I have not consumed any gluten. I have been grocery shopping, and ended up with hives during my shopping trip-this has happened twice. I was at a class on Thursday with a co-worker, and she was eating pretzels......we had a chair in between us, but her pretzels were on that chair. I have been having D ever since.....Could I be that crazy hypersensitive??? My doctor said my damage on my endoscopy/biopsy was patchy....which he said is a good thing, as far as my healing time. I am so tired of this. I thought I was supposed to be feeling better.......I just want to cry. My husband and I are leaving for a little getaway to Disney World for a few days on Monday, and I don't even feel like going....I feel sad, angry, upset, and just plain tired. Does anyone have any advice for me, how to get through this. I know the end result will be so worth it, and I know that I am doing the right thing by staying gluten free, but sometimes I think-for who for what?! Help me.........sorry for the rant
  5. So you are new like me! I have the nausea on and off. I feel like my stomach is sticking out right now-I guess that is the bloated tummy look.....I have enough padding there without it looking bloated as well! Good luck with your new lifestyle!
  6. Hi My Name Is Gina........

    and I have Celiac Disease! I was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago. I look forward to meeting many new people on here who can support me on my journey. I live in Burlington County NJ. I am 36 and I have 2 children-ages 9 & 11 who have not been tested yet.
  7. 2 Weeks In.......

    Ok, so I received the phone call from my Dr. on 8/31/11 telling me that I have Celiac Disease, and I need to start a gluten-free diet immediately......so I did that. I had no idea where to begin, but luckily my hubby was supportive, and did alot of research. So,fast forward to today-2 weeks in. I have been experiencing symptoms that I would think are like detox or withdrawl symptoms.....I thought this was supposed to make me feel better. I left work early yesterday because I was so nauseous and didn't think I would make it through the day. I went home and slept for 3 hours. Today, I was awakened at 5:30am with the yucky tummy feeling. And achey....like I have experienced on and off for the past year. So, I called out of work....I'm sure the boss loved that So, haven't eaten anything yet today, as my stomach just doesn't feel hungry. I have 2 kids-my older son is 11 and my younger son is 9. I see my GI doctor on 9/20, so I am going to ask him how to go about getting my boys tested. My mom is getting tested, as is my younger brother. My mom and brother both have stomach issues similar to what I had. My younger son does not have stomach issues, but has attention issues. If this can be resolved by way of a diet, I will be relieved. I do not want to medicate him. Then there is my hubby-very supportive guy, as I mentioned before. He has been through alot with me this past year. I started in October of 2010 feeling fatigued and achey-not able to get out of bed for 3 days. I went to my family dr who said that I probably had some kind of viral thing going on, and did a thyroid panel just to make sure. The TSH test came back in range, so he referred me to an Endocrinologist. He did an ultrasound and a more in depth Thryoid panel-both with normal results. He suggested I see a Rheumatologist. So, off to the Rheumatologist I went, who tested me for everything known to man......EXCEPT Celiac.......They tested me for MS, Lupus, Lyme, and many other things-total of 12 vials of blood-yuck & ouch! Everything came back ok, except for the Vitamin D which was low-he said nothing to be concerned with! Meanwhile, I missed alot of work for these extreme flare ups that I was experiencing. Finally in July, I went to see my GI doctor, and asked him if he would test me for Celiac. I felt relief when I received my diagnosis-after the initial reaction.....crying of course! But here I am 2 weeks later. I know I have a long road of recovery ahead of me....which is why I chose to start my blog-I think it will be good for me to document my journey and share it with other people who understand where I am coming from......
  8. I was diagnosed with Celiac 2 weeks ago. I have been experiencing symptoms for the past 10 years......since I had my 2nd son. I had my gall bladder removed about 2 months after I had my son. I have been suffering with digestive problems ever since. I was told that I developed IBS after the gall bladder removal. Since last October, my symptoms have peaked....I have been to an Endocrinologist, who said my Thyroid is fine, and I was sent to a Rheumatologist, who tested me for a wide variety of diseases/disorders like MS, Lupus, RA, Lyme Disease, the only result from his blood tests was that my Vitamin D was very low. I saw my GI doctor in July, and requested a blood test for Celiac. My blood test came back "elevated", and he then sent me for a Endoscopy, and my biopsy showed that I had Celiac. I have been gluten free since he called me with those results. I think I am experiencing withdrawl, detox like symptoms. I have been very achey, and tired and my emotions are all over the place. My stomach is constantly gurgling, and my stools have changed-which I'm sure is due to the diet. Has anyone elso gone through this? If so, how long can I expect this feeling to last? I feel like I am pregnant (which I AM NOT! ) Any input, suggestions, or comments are welcome! I am thankful for this site and these forums.