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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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About slickdaddy0077

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    New to Celiac and gluten free and am looking for answers and information.
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  1. Is This Withdrawal?

    Yes, I had slight headaches in the back of my head and frontal lobe that weren't severe but just irritating. About a week for me until they went away completely. I also cut out caffeine completely the same day that I went gluten free so that may have been the cause for mine. Sorry about your child.
  2. Shocked And Overwhelmed

    Thank you all for your suggestions and your help. You have no idea how much this is helping.
  3. Shocked And Overwhelmed

    Into the 2nd week gluten-free and here is what's going on. Decreased appetite Sharper senses Better concentration Memory is better Calmer Very very thirsty Vivid erotic dreams Regular BM once every morning Elevated mood Sense of increased Lobito Cravings for salt or salty foods or beverages Muscle cramping (while climbing cell towers) which I don't know if its the warmer weather or a lack of potassium, dehydration or all of it. My meds are stronger than usual. No surprise there. I'm going to get in to my dr. ASAP for blood level tests. Ringing in my ears constantly. I think that is a symptom of one medication that I take when there is too much in the blood stream. Did I mention thirst?? Holy cow The invisible cloud in my brain seems to be going away. I didn't realize how bad it was until now Skin is drying and peeling in some areas I did have a minor setback though. I ate some of my favorite beef jerky and what a big mistake that was. Oh my. Abdominal pains, bloating and swelling. I threw the rest in the trash and now I'm paying the price. I read the label and all was ok but they do not say what is in their recipe as far as "other flavoring" is concerned. I guess that would be giving the completion their secret ingredient which sets them apart from the rest. Well it didn't agree with me at all. I just wanted to share my experience and maybe get some feed back on this. Thank you again everyone.
  4. Strange Things Going On

    Interesting. Thank you. And yes, one day at a time.
  5. 1 Wk. Gluten-Free: Lack Of Appetite Normal?

    I too don't have much of an appetite and am less than 2 weeks into my gluten-free diet. When I do eat, I'm full with a lesser amount of food and for a longer duration. I eat at about 11:00am and then again at 6:00pm. No munches anymore either. Not sure if this will continue or balance out. I have about 5 lbs to lose so this should be a good thing?
  6. Strange Things Going On

    So I'm about 10 days into my 100% gluten free diet because of celiac disease and let me tell you, it has been interesting to say the least. About 2 days ago, day 8 I started having very vivid dreams. Mostly erotic dreams, go figure!! Haha. Anyway, I know that we all dream but it seems like my subconscious has taken a walk down the red light district. The last time that I can really remember dreaming like this was when I quit smoking 3 years ago. It seems like I have the ability to stop and start and control when and where my dreams take me. Strange right? It must be a byproduct of my new lifestyle changes. Also, my anxiety and irritability has subsided considerably. My memory is working better and my mood has elevated and is more stable and I find it easier by the day to be my old self of glass half full again. I guess that it really is true that you are what you eat. No explanation for the red light district thing though but who's really a victim here right? Has anyone else experienced these types of things? What seemed to be a real bummer 10 - 12 days ago, has really turned out to be a very good thing so far. I just thought that I would share this with all and get some feedback.
  7. 1 Wk. Gluten-Free: Lack Of Appetite Normal?

    I am 10 days into a gluten free diet and I have noticed that I don't feel like munching constantly. 2 good healthy portions of a meal, 1 around 11am and the other around 5pm and i'm full. Have lost 75% of the bloated belly and 5 lbs. I'm not sure what this means but I'm not near as hungry as I was 10 days ago. Good luck and let us know.
  8. Depressed About Eating A Restricted Diet

    WOW!! 7 days after changing my diet and lifestyle, I have noticed a HUGE difference in how I feel to be gluten free. I want to thank this forum for sharing all of their experiences and keepeing me positive through this. I am seeing and feeling positive changes and could not be happier. I have more energy, no more belly cramps, elevatet positive mood, am actually enjoying the foods that are available etc. I do have one very strange thing happening now. I crave salt. Onion salt, Garlic salt, not so much sea salt. Any idea why this could be? Once again, thank you all for your support. I will continue to post my progress along the way. This week will be a test. I am traveling and living in a hotel for a week. I have some gluten-free snacks with me but will have to search for gluten-free fre restaurants. Wish me luck!
  9. Shocked And Overwhelmed

    Thank you ravenwoodglass! I will researche that now. thank you so much. I never even considered that. I guess rhat the binders in the pills could contain gluten. Checking my BP meds too.
  10. Shocked And Overwhelmed

    Wow! Thank you all for the replies to this post. Glad to see know that this will be my new home for coping and for support and information to get on with my life. So yeaterday, I went to 'New Seasons Market' by my house and did a little bit of shopping. I can't really stock up on groceries because of my travel schedule. I will be out of state and even out of the country form tomorrow until the end of Seeptember. A few weeks in between at home so that doesn't make much sense to let a bunch of food go bad. I have no idea what I'm going to do when I get to Russia the end of summer. Haha. What I did buy was 2 lbs. of 10% fat fresh ground beef, gluten free corn tortilla salad bowls, organic tomato sauce, fresh tender organic sweet peas, pamasean cheese, sour cream, gluten-free hot sauce, and assortment of gluten-free chips, organinic triple washed organic lettuce, gluten-free refried beans, onion powder, garlic powder, bleu cheese crumbles and made some sort of a Mexican style hodge podge of a meal out of it. I thought that I could eat 2 of them but after the first one, I was as full as I wanted to be. I put the other one in the fridge for today. Wow, was it it good! As strange as this might sound, I waited for the enevitable bloated and gassy, nausiating feeling that normally would come from eating something like that but, It never came. I feel pretty safe and also very satisfied that this could be a starting point or a baseline if you will for being the 'go to' staple in my diet for now. I will venture out soon and try other things as my situation will allow. I have also been checking my blood pressure more frequently and it hasn't changed. It is alway consistantly in the 120 / 80 range. It may fluctuate slightly but just a few points to the lower side. Can anyone recomend a smart phone app for gluten-free free food checker and places to buy? I live in a 100% digital world and an app would be a real life saver for me especially wile traveling. One that knows your current location and can give the location of gluten-free friendly stores? I love to eat beef jerky while traveling. It's good and tasty comfort food and a good source of protein so I googled my favorite brand, "Old Trapper" They don't list if their products ar gluten-free so I will call them since it is manufactured about 15 miles from where I live. 1 - very large bag of the old fasioned style will last me a couple of days. I will not get the teryaki flavor anymore (My favorite) for obvious reasons. Anyway, abdominal swelling is down 100% but it only takes one little mistake and its back to the drawing board. Btw, I was in a pinch on Friday and stopped in Subway. I ordered a footlong Philly Cheese Steak sandwhich without the bread. You should have seen the look on this young girls face. "You have to order bread sir!", No I don't young lady. I asked them to put the meat and cheese in a salad bowl and heat it up. (They charged me an extra $1.50 for the bowl.) Are you kidding me? Then she made a bed of lettuce, poured the meat and cheese on top of the lettuce and I added salt and pepper, pickles, cucumbers and a dash of mayo. It was actually pretty decent and filling and I had no side effects. Does anyone know if this is a viable alternative when in a bind? Thanks again for all of you help and the links that you have posted on her so far. I'll check back in a few days. I need to get creative today and come up with something quickly to take on the road. I always get motel / hotel rooms with a fridge and microwave so now I need to bring the ingredients. I will be 40 miles from any civilzation for 3 days so it's all on me to make this happen. Cheers for now.
  11. I Do Not Fit In

    My girlfriend has been very supportive. She has bought glut free cook books and she is even going to change her lifestyle and eating habits so we will both live healthier. She chooses to do this and doesn't have celiac disease so for that I am very thankful.
  12. Hello. I have just recently been diagnosed with celiac disease and I am overwhelmed and quite shocked. My PCP did the tests and gave me the diagnosis about a week ago. I have been scouring the web looking for one place to get information regarding the symptoms (obvious and not so obvious). Also having to re-invent my whole life of eating and nutrition. I am in day 5 of my new lifestyle and things are really strange. I feel like I just got let out of the car in the middle of nowhere and have to find my way back to civilization. This is going to be a real challenge for me I know but I will surely feel better and live healther as a result. My Dr. gave me no information as to what to do now so here I am and so far I have found tons of information on this forum that I will live by for sure. Thank you all for that. I have noticed that my abdominal swelling has finally started to subside after the 4th day of gluten free, or the best that I have been able to do so far but I have nausia, pain and some shakey hands still prevail. I am very physically fit and for 47 years old am in very good shape. I climb cell towers and high rise radio towers, a Wireless Broadband Engineer. I trave a lot and I'm really feeling nervous about what and where to eat while on the road. I also have to take blood pressure meds, and I have anxiety disorder and have been prescribed Xanax for the past 18 years. I am worried that the absortion of these meds will be different now and that really concerns me. When you are 2, 3, 400' in the air on a tower, that is NOT the time to find out that the meds need to be adjusted. I am a very picky eater to start with and don't like many veggies but I will have to re-discover the ones that I like and don't like again. While running this morning I found a supermarket that only sells organic foods and has a large aisle of gluten free items and it's only 1/2 mile from my home. I'm not quite sure what to do at this point but I thought that I would jump in to a topic here and get on with it. Slightly depressed