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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Hello I was diagnosed Dec 15 of last year and went totally gluten-free the next day. I actually got worse before I got better - it's a steep learning curve - but now, 4 1/2 months later I'm finally seeing improvement. Hang in there.
  2. Hello and welcome. I was diagnosed four months ago with biopsy. You sound exactly like me. I was shocked by the diagnosis. For the first few days Gluten-free I felt good and then suddenly plummeted into a depression/anxiety like I had not experienced in many years. It made it much more difficult to deal with learning this new lifestyle. I hated hearing that I just needed time. I just wanted my old life back! Grieving is definitely part of the process Well, even though I am only four months in and still on this learning curve, I understand that time really is on our side. As this new life becomes more normal each day I feel better and more able to accept it. Even embrace it. My depression and anxiety has improved significantly and my G.I. symptoms are virtually gone. I know I have a long ways to go but I am very encouraged by the fact that I am healing. I had two mantras in the beginning that helped me a lot. The first one is: "This day." Referring to the fact that this day that I am in is the only one that I need to worry about and I can handle it. The second one is "Patience" meaning that it's so important that you are patient with your body and yourself. Try to find a Celiac group in your area or someone who has celiac disease or is gluten-free. Talking with them helps a lot. Even though it seems hard to believe right now everything is going to be OK. It will become normal and you will be amazed how you came through it.
  3. Hello and welcome!
  4. I am 44 and was diagnosed four months ago. I have been gluten-free since then as much as possible. Soon after my diagnosis I was paralyzed by anxiety to the point where I couldn't eat and had to have a feeding tube placed. Severe anxiety and depression came on very quickly. I had a very hard time leaving the house or being around anyone. I was extremely emotionally fragile. Celiac is such a hard diagnosis. We feel alienated from the rest of the world. We have to eat three times a day to stay alive and suddenly we realize that we are surrounded by food that could poison us. We are different than everyone else and no longer able to be spontaneous. My anxiety and depression has slowly eased away as gluten free becomes my normal. I believe that I had a gluten withdrawal going on as well as the huge life change. For me it started getting much better right at three months gluten-free. Everyone is different but just hang in there. It takes a long time to heal but it does happen. I'm still healing. Love, hugs and prayers for you and your daughter! Just give her a giant hug and tell her everything is going to be OK. And by the way, hug yourself too, everything is going to be ok.
  5. I was just diagnosed a week ago. I was feeling positive and ready to make changes to get my health back. On Friday I was watching "Home Alone" with my son when a familiar icy cold spread down my neck and arms. Panic attack. I have had two episodes of clinical depression and anxiety disorder in my life, both pregnancy related. They both started exactly this way. Since then I have been fighting through every minute of the day. I dread waking up in the morning. Is this detox? Is this because I haven't been absorbing my regular medication? I had a major GI attack the day after Thanksgiving and have had water diarrhea 12x/day since then. Going gluten free is overwhelming and I'm sure contributed to the trigger but it just feels like something more than that. Called my GI saying I need help and she said she had never heard of gluten detox so call my psychiatrist. I feel so trapped in a broken body and mind.