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About Elfunk11

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  1. I've been gluten free for about 6 months now and my symptoms have improved a lot. However every now and then I experience severe bloating and my stomach is visibly distended. I look 6 months pregnant! Not to mention its hard and very uncomfortable. I've been having one of my bloating episodes for a week now with no relief in sight. Also my joint pain has worsened and I've been having "foggy brain" and can't seem to focus. I've been taking Schiff digestive advantage probiotics for about a month now. And I don't think I could have been glutened cause I eat and prepare all my meals on my own at home. I've heard that culturelle is supposed to be a good probiotic and I'm thinking maybe I should switch. Does anyone have any thoughts? I'm very uncomfortable and I'm having trouble finding clothes to wear to hide my distended stomach. I don't know what else to do. Any advise would be greatly appreciated !
  2. I was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity in May and have been on a strict gluten-free diet for 73 days now. Most of my gastric symptoms have disappeared and I'm feeling better. However, I'm still struggling with extreme fatigue and my joint pain flares up from time to time. I felt like I was getting much better, but occasionally I have set backs and days that I feel really bad. I'm starting to fell discouraged and wonder if there may be some other problem with my health.i feel worse now than I did about a month into the diet. For people who have been gluten-free for a while, how long did it take you to feel normal again? Is it normal to relapse on the road to recovery? Some days I feel fine and others I feel like I'm starting from square one again.
  3. I was just recently diagnosed with celiacs and have a true passion for baking. I've been looking at different recipes and all of them seem to call for different types of flour (coconut, rice, etc) to replace all purpose flour. Is there a certain type of flour that works better than others or can be used in all recipes as a substitute or is the type of flour specific to each recipe?
  4. I'm confident that I can avoid gluten when cooking for myself at home but am worried about eating out. I know the big chains have gluten free menus available but what about eating at "mom and pop" restaurants?
  5. So sorry for all of your losses. My test results for celiac came back negative but I am convinced I have the disease. I lost my grandfather to colon cancer and my father has symptoms similar to mine but refuses to consider Celiacs for himself. I don't want to lose him too because of untreated celiac but I'm the only one who's been tested and my results were negative. Is it possible to have the same side effects and cancer from NCGI?
  6. Great to know- I too take Loryrna!
  7. I am a college student and have to eat from the buffet and salad bar in the dining halls. Does this mean that I will constantly be exposed to gluten regardless of what I eat?
  8. Is <1:5 positive or is it >1:5 for the endomysial test?
  9. Thanks I just registered and was wondering the same thing
  10. I was tested for lactose intolerance when I was about 12 and it came back overwhelmingly positive. Since then my gastric symptoms have continued but I had just decided that was how I was and to deal with it. I suffer from constant diarrhea and constipation as well as severe bloating. I experienced highly irregular periods so I went on birth control to help regulate them. It wasn't until I suffered from post-reactive arthritis from a strep infection that I went to a rheumatologist who suggested I might have Celiacs. I have experienced nearly all the symptoms of celiac except I do not have the DH rash. However when I got the blood tests these were my results: Total iga: 134 (within range) Endomysial ab IgA: <1:10 Ttg IgA: 6 with <20 being negative Gliadin IgA: 5 with <20 being negative According to this, all of my tests are negative for celiac but I am convinced I have the disease. Though I have not been on a gluten free diet, I have pretty much stopped eating all bread products since October (7 months ago) could this have effected my test results? Or do I likely not have celiac?