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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Thanks for such a detailed reply! It was very helpful.
  2. I write to ask whether anyone has any ideas on what condition I might have. I have an array of symptoms which strongly resemble celiac disease, but tested negative after blood tests and a colonoscopy/endoscopy. The symptoms include chronic brain fog, fatigue, inability to concentrate, anger and anxiety issues, warts on my hands and feet, dizziness, disorientation, stiff back neck, mild seizures (while sleeping, I at times wake up and cannot control my thoughts; my eyes keep fluttering), chronic headaches, word salad, an inability to connect to people during conversation, heart palpitations, eye floaters, and too many others to name. I do not know when the symptoms started, but I do know that they started to get very bad when I was a junior in college. Upon graduating college, they were absolutely awful. My friends would make fun of me suggesting I was hypoglycemic, since I always felt shaky and dizzy. I'd eat a lot of carbs when I felt that way (pizza especially), and that would take away the shaky/dizzy feeling but replace that feeling with a hangover type feeling. I was always told I am very bright, but at times I found myself reading the same simple paragraphs over and over and still not understanding them. While watching tv, I was unable to follow even simple plots or empathize with characters. I am now a 29 year-old male. I have undergone a battery of tests and am out of ideas. In the past, probiotics, garlic supplements, and healthy eating have helped enormously, but as I write this I still feel depressed and unable to work (I am an attorney). At times, my symptoms disappear entirely, but this is very rare. Sometimes, I grow extremely dizzy, and at the end of the dizziness spell, everything clears up as if I were never sick at all. On three separate occasions, I tried a diet consisting of nothing but sweet potatoes, chicken, bell peppers, and broccoli, and felt extraordinary. But each time I cheated eating something that does not contain gluten (e.g. ice cream), and the symptoms came back. I am now on a gluten-free diet (the one I just described) and have been for over a month, but I cannot return to the same feeling of well-being I had the first times I tried this and do not understand why. At one time I tried garlic supplements and again my mind cleared up. I also tried a product called Threelac and felt fantastic. But both types of supplements only worked for so long. Eventually, all of my symptoms come back. When I feel free of these symptoms, I feel like an entirely different person -- confident, happy, energetic, young, intelligent, fun... My hair grows in thicker and my facial skin looks younger / more vibrant. My eyes no longer look red and look completely white. My tongue looks redder too. I should also note that on two separate occasions my thyroid tested somewhat low. I am trying to get a doctor to prescribe thyroid medication now. I was previously on it for three weeks, but it had no effect, so I discontinued it. Anyone have any ideas as to what this could be? Why would a sweet potato and vegetable diet work in the past, but not now? Why would garlic tablets and probiotics work? Thanks in advance for any help.