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  1. We went on a rafting trip down the grand canyon for 21 days. Camping out on the sand at night and eating from one menu. I had told the trip leader before we left that I was gluten intolerant, but once we got on the trip, I realized he had completely ignored my request and not made any dietary changes. I learned to eat sandwiches without bread (put the filling in a bowl) but when supper was pasta or spaghetti I had not choice. I probably should have brought emergency rations. I guess from that experience, I don't trust people who say they will accommodate my diet. Good luck.
  2. I like Bette Hagman. She has a whole bunch of cookbooks, but my favorite is the Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread. Try Half.com to buy used books, sometimes pretty cheaply.
  3. I think you might feel that doctors can be clueless, but I think in this case he could be right. I think one of the ways that doctors confirm the diagnosis of Celiac disease is by looking at the villae (sp?) at the bottom of the colon and this can only be done with a colonoscopy. I used to hate colonoscopies, too. I had colon cancer before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, so I had to have them on a regular basis. The worst part, was drinking that gallon of Go-lightly. Fortunately, the last time I went for a colonoscopy they gave me several pills in place of the liquid. You still spend a lot of time in the bathroom, but you don't have to drink a gallon of that horrible stuff. And then, once they give me the drugs to relax me, I fall fast asleep. I would go for the colonoscopy. At least you will have some kind of diagnosis. Your doctor can also look for polyps or other things that might be causing our bowel problems. Hope this helps. Dick's gal
  4. This is a response to all you who exercise. I have been diagnosed as a celiac for about three years. In the beginning I continued to exercise (Jazzercise), sometimes three or four times a week. Just lately I have found myself sometimes short of breath, so I have tried to cut back. But, I really like exercising, it makes me feel healthy. I enjoy this group so much. It's just great. Dick's gal
  5. I have read on this site that one of the symptoms of celiac disease is weakness. I was diagnosed as a celiac about three years ago, but never had any symptoms of weakness. Mostly it was severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, etc. This past spring I began to feel weak, it seems to start just around the time I eat breakfast, seems to be worse around the time I want to eat. Sometimes I have a really fast heartbeat. I took a stress test at the hospital but it didn't reveal any problems. It feels as though my normally healthy body is struggling. Now, I think all this is celiac related. Thanks for any advice you can give. I just joined this site and think it is wonderful. Dick's gal