littlemonkeys posted a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & MedicationsHi-I live in Washington state, in king county, and I was wondering if anyone had any experience in this. We are on food assistance right now-I am in school and hubby is on TANF disability, but not getting any SSI or anything. He just got tested for celiacs yesterday but we are all pretty sure he and our daughter have it. I have already started trying gluten free products-but many of them are quite a bit more expensive than regular foods. As it is, we have to pay about $150 out of pocket for food each month-and that is out of the whole $270 we get each month. Are there any special circumstances that can get you increased food assistance? If he is diagnosed that is. The case worker I spoke to said no, but I know I have gotten wrong answers before and have even worked around things before. I am trying to find the administrative code for this type of thing, but no luck yet. I just wanted to see if anyone else has had any luck with this. Thanks
littlemonkeys posted a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsHi there, this is my first post. My hubby has been diagnosed with IBS and panic attacks and mild agorophobia. Well, his panic attacks are trigered by his stomach problems, so after much procrastination, I convinced him to go to the new doc we have. Well, he was not much help-he did everything but the celiacs test-but his test came out being odd anyway, so they had him come back in. His potassium levels were high, his CO2 levels were low and his ALT and AST levels were boarderline high. So...instead of doing the dang test we wanted, they tested him for hepatitis of all things. We finally convinced the doc to send him to a gastroenterologist. He was awsome! Yesterday was hubbys first visit and the doc was really nice and said he suspects celiacs as well-but he was also concerned about the possibility of Chrone's. So, he did an extensive blood test for about 8 different conditions/diseases, but we dont the results back for TWO weeks!! I hate waiting! Besides the fact that my hubby has a huge number of the symptoms of celiacs, our daughter, who has been basically gluten free for the last month, has had huge improvments just in this short time. She is NOT completely gluten free-she still has the occasional bread product-but her chronic constapation is gone, she is off of laxatives, she has started babbling for the first time, she is extremely close to walking-she wouldnt do anything but crawl until the last two weeks-and she seems much less fussy. I dont know if I will have the heart to put her back on gluten to get her tested if her daddy comes back positive. Anyway, I think I am well prepared if hubby does have it-we have already decided to all go gluten free if he does and I have already started trying gluten free products. Anyway, this is my little-long-intro! Thanks for reading!