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  1. Denver area doctor

    I live near Denver, near the foothills and I'm looking for a Doctor that either specializes in Celiac or has the disease him or herself. That would be amazing. I have seen 3 different doctors who all sympathize and kind of understand the list of it, but by no means are fully understanding of this. I feel like I'm always telling them why I can't just take any medicine, or do this or that, or why I can't work in a bakery...this all stems from me having to do a lot of disability paperwork and never, ever having it filled out correctly. I was denied multiple times because of ignorance. I would really appreciate any help.
  2. So, where to begin... I was officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease about 2.5 years ago and have been trying to fully heal since then. I knew prior that I had celiac disease but didn't know how serious being gluten free needed to be if you have it. My intestines got so damaged that I had no energy (needed about 12 hours of sleep a day when I normally would sleep 8) and could barely function. I ended up having to quit my job because of how much time I had missed (had used all FMLA, vacation, etc) and spent about 5-6 months recovering till I had enough energy to work a 32 hour/week job but even then was calling out because of gluten exposure. The biggest problem for me has been Rx medication. Food has been hardly an issue at all, at least in comparison. I currently take 2 types of prescriptions and have had problems with both over the past 2.5 years; Hypothyroid medication (T3/T4) & SSRI for depression/energy. I used to go between Paxil and Cymbalta. I would be on one for about 9 months, switch to the other, and repeat (because of the immune system's "short term memory"). I've had a lot of trouble with generic brands and more recently have been using only name brands because they are the only ones now that are listed as Gluten Free on glutenfreedrugs.com, but, now I seem to be having problems with them as well. My doctor has told me that I'm very sensitive to gluten (I think she said I've ranged from an 8-12?). I'm not sure what scale she was referring to, but I know I'm very sensitive based on how my body's reacted to the smallest amount of gluten. When I ingest gluten, my body seems to react by my gallbladder producing a lot more bile (this is most noticeable about 8 hours after I consume gluten), which causes me to have severe diarrhea for about a week (it's basically all liquid). I take my Rx medications everyday, so it's non-stop diarrhea, which makes it hard to stay hydrated. The more water I drink, the more I just end up ****ing it out. I've been taking Benadryl at night because I heard it can help with upset stomach for people with celiac disease. Before I started taking the Benadryl at night I was waking up after about 6 hours of sleeping with extreme stomach pain (too much bile in my stomach?) and having to rush to the bathroom, and would be in there for about an hour. I'm very in tune to knowing when I'm getting gluten exposure for 2 reasons: 1) the slightest amount will cause my stool to get softer and I can smell a difference when I go to the bathroom (my guess is it's from the bile, which has a strong odor), and 2) the amount of long acting insulin required for me per day is less depending on how damaged my small intestines are (I have type 1 Diabetes). I started taking Cymbalta 60 mg about 2 weeks ago and notice severe gluten exposure. I was on it for about 5 days and stopped taking it for a day to see if the symptoms lessened and I couldn't see a difference from only a day. I tried to stop taking it for 2 days but the withdrawl symptoms were too severe (intense sadness/hopelessness, strong suicidal thoughts, etc) and I don't even remember if the gluten exposure symptoms lessened because I could barely function mentally. I'm pretty sure that's where the gluten is coming from because it was the biggest change at the time. I had actually switched from a generic Cymbalta (duloxetine by Mylan) slightly early from my 9 month usual switch because I was having gluten symptoms (at the time, glutenfreedrugs.com listed it on their list but soon changed it to "now questionable"). I'm currently trying Zoloft (been on it for about 3 days now) and the gluten symptoms seem to be slightly less but I won't know for at least another few days. Plus, I don't know if it's actually going to work for me (depression wise). I was going between Paxil & Cymbalta for about 15 years and they were working for me very well (as far as depression) up until recently (because of gluten). I know I've tried Celexa, Lexipro, & Wellbutrin in the past and cannot take them because they either make things worse or the negative side effects outweigh the benefits. I may have tried another type or two of SSRI but it's been so long that I can't remember for sure. I'm making this post to try and get some advice, or even just words of encouragement, on any generic Rx versions of Cymbalta (and Paxil as well, but I won't be taking it for a while so it's less relevant at this point) that people have recently had success with. I've searched online & this site but haven't been able to find anything recent about these medications (most of the posts I've found are from many years ago). I'm scared. Scared of all the times I want to kill myself in any given day because of not taking an SSRI to try and reduce the gluten exposure. Scared that things will get as bad as they've gotten before and I will have to quit my job again. Scared to cry because I'll become even more dehydrated and may not be able to keep fluid in me because of my body is currently not being able to absorb water the way I need it to. The past 3 years have been really tough and I don't really know where to turn at this point. Sorry if this post isn't the most organised. I'm currently an emotional wreck while typing this and at least trying to get out all the important info. Here is a list of new things I've been eating in case someone reads this and sees something they've had problems with that might (also?) be causing gluten issues: Schär Gluten Free Artisan Baker Multigrain Bread (to try and soak up some of the bile, but with constant gluten exposure this doesn't help much) Ensure Original Nutrition Shake (says Gluten Free on it) Pedialyte Advanced Care+ Benadryl
  3. Hi there! I hope anyone can help me... From a young age I have been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis. My mostly effected body parts are my hands, inner elbow(?) and the back of my knees. I've been using cortisone creams (weak and very strong ones) for as long as I can remember. I've never seen severe or any effect of using any of these.. My dermatitis do go away sometimes (usually goes away when I go on holidays to tropical countries). I would say I've had dermatitis for maybe 70-80% of my life. Two or three times I've had "flareups" on almost identical areas of my body. These flareups consist of dermatitis around my mouth (looks horrible and affects my self esteem a lot) and on my neck. I think the first time I had it was when I was 15 (it lasted for 1,5 years) then when I was 18 (lasted for 4-6 months) and I just got it again at age 21. I got extremely upset because I knew it would last for some time due to the past incidents. I searched for hours online, and tried thinking of correlations between the earlier flareups. I found an article about dermatitis herpetiformis which caught my eye. Because I was desperate to see improvement of the dermatitis I went gluten free the same day. At this time I'd had the rash for 3 weeks without ANY improvement, and it was especially bad in the mornings (maybe due to lack of lubrication during nighttime). The next morning I woke up and the dermatitis around my mouth was almost COMPLETELY gone. I was in shock!! I couldn't believe it was some sort of coincidence, so I continued eating gluten free and haven't seen the dermatitis around the mouth since then. Haven't been eating gluten for 2 weeks besides one time by mistake (I got signs of the mouthrash only an hour after eating). I also wanna add that I do get the typical liqiud-filled blisters that are characterized with dermatitis herpetiformis; in my moutharea and hands. Sadly I still have it on my hands, some on my neck and inner elbows, but I do feel it's less itching and irritated. I hope people can help me with my questions. 1) Could it be that I have both atopic dermatitis and dermatitis herpetiformis? Has anyone ever heard of that? Or is it possible that the areas that are still affected will get better by time? 2) I've read the only way to diagnose this disease is by skin biopsy; does this mean I have to be eating gluten in order to get a positive result? I really don't want to go around with the rash in my face when I know I can avoid it by eating gluten free.. 3) I couldn't find much about this online, but is it common to have other symptoms such as feeling tired and exhausted, migraine, anxiousness and depression etc... when having dermatitis herpetiformis?
  4. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease back in October 2009. I seem to be OK as long as i stick to a strict gluten free regiment which can be challenging at times. It is difficult to know if a product is truly gluten free when its labeled as such. I only buy gluten free labeled products and i'm still having problems with my stomach, specifically pasta. In the past year i switched from Tinkyada brand pasta to Barilla. I had heard and read that the taste and consistency of the Barilla gluten free product was not much different from traditional pasta. Being Italian, we typically have pasta every Sunday so this was great for me. In the past few months my body has been rejecting the Barilla gluten free pasta and i'm not sure if its due to a cross contamination issue. I'm tired of feeling sick and being in pain and would like to get to the bottom of this ongoing problem. Has anyone else had any problem with the Barilla gluten free brand?
  5. Hello everyone! I haven't been on the forum in awhile hope everyone is doing well! After about almost 3 months of being gluten free I'm finally feeling quite a bit better. I have so much more energy and just a better outlook on life. I'd say my good days are finally outweighing the bad! So I had question (I wasn't exactly sure which topic to classify it as though). Is anyone on here a vegan as well as being gluten free? I have been really getting into eating healthy and working out and I've been watching many documentaries on food. Almost all the ones I've watched say a plant based diet is really the best route to go. So I had been thinking about going Vegan since about March I'd say, I for the most part, am almost a vegetarian (meat is like an occasion). After watching another health/food documentary last night called "What the Health?" on netflix it really made me want to go vegan. In the doc. they explain how the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION did research and actually classifies processed meat as a "GROUP 1 CARCINOGEN" right next to CIGARETTES!!! They also explain all the cancer, diabetes, and heart disease risks that go along with animal products and how genetics only really play a role about 5% of the time. Now believe me I go into these shows open minded but skeptical since I know there's a lot of bias information out there but this documentary really blew me away. I have a decent background in science (having a bs in animal science pre-vet studies) and everything they say makes scientific sense (to me at least). How would one go about even being vegan if there is so many grains we cant have? Is there anyone out there thats done this? Thanks in advance!
  6. I found out roughly 3 -4 months ago by accident that I am gluten sensitive. One day I woke up and had joint pain in just about every joint on my left side. ie, elbow, wrist, knuckles, hip, knee, ankle and feet. I was already having issues with intense foot pain that I mistook for plantar fasciitis. Once I googled the symptoms, and realized ALL of several other things were happening at the same time as a result of gluten as well, I knew the answer. I had been bloating in my belly for decades, and also having migraines for years, but as of this year, I was looking VERY pregnant after each gluten episode. This was highly upsetting. I am 52, and fairly active otherwise. I had Migraines, depression, anxiety and now joint pain and peripheral neuropathy. I'm on anxiety meds, and have hypothyroidism and diabetes 2. Getting to the bottom of the problems with my symptoms finally, has been exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. I cannot test for Celiac because my insurance won't pay for this since I am not anemic and have no family history of Celiac. Since I have been eating gluten-free, I have been feeling better, besides the mistakes that produce symptoms within 30 min-an hour. When I make a mistake, my symptoms come on faster and faster, and also more intense. For example, I ate at a restaurant thinking I was okay, and by the time I got home and exited the vehicle I looked 7 months Prego, and my feet felt like I was walking on razor blades. The last week or two has been the best for not making mistakes, and finally I can eat without feeling horrible. Here's the thing: I still can't wrap my head around this! I comb through the forum for answers and have learned so much! I have an extremely supportive boyfriend. I just am in so much denial about this. It's emotional for me and some days I just can't handle it. I know many people with full blown Celiac's disease have it way worse than I do, I just can't deal with this very easily. Has anyone else been through the denial phase and emotional upset upon realizing the life changes that have to happen just to feel better when eating? What did you do about it?
  7. Iron: 17 mcg/dL (Low) November 11, 2016 Ferritin: 1.8 ng/mL (Low) November 11, 2016 RBC: 4.05x10^6/uL (Low) November 11, 2016 Hemoglobin: 8.5 gm/dL (Low) November 11, 2016 Vitamin D: 25.7 ng/mL (Low) February 22, 2017 ANA Profile : February 27, 2017 FANA: Positive FANA Titer: 1:640 FANA Pattern: Homogenous Gliadin IgA: 2 units June 29, 2017 Gliadin IgG: 3 units June 29,2017 TTG Ab IgA: <1 units/mL June 29, 2017 TTG Ab IgG: <1 units/mL June 29, 2017 Immunoglobulin A: 59.1 mg/Dl (Low) July 10, 2017 Immunoglobulin M: 44.2 mg/Dl (Low) July 10,2017 Immunoglobulin G: 1010.0 mg/Dl (Normal?) July 10, 2017 Immunoglobulin E: 5 KU/L July 10,2017 My RBC and Hemoglobin have come up and are normal. My iron levels will get high (too high) when I take 65 mg elemental iron twice a day for several weeks but my ferritin has never gotten over 42 ng/mL. When I stop taking my iron supplement my iron and ferritin plummet in just a matter of weeks. My hair is falling out, I get rapid heartbeat when I get too low on iron and if I get my iron too high. My whole body hurts especially my finger joints, back , knees and really all of my joints. Going to the bathroom at least 2 times day and sometimes up to 5 times a day. Extreme fatigue, Brain fog, extremely emotional and irritable. I just went gluten free July 1, 2017 and am starting to feel better. Joints feel better, I can sleep better, my mood is better. Celiac or maybe just gluten sensitive? Any thoughts? What do my labs say about me?
  8. Hello, I hope someone can help me here or maybe share similar experience. We have a son at 2,5 year old who was constipated for a longer period. Finaly after a lot of visits of doctors we finaly came to a specialist (alergeolog) and he found out that our son was intolerant to gluten and milk product. We have now been gluten free and milkfree for 2 weeks and we are especialy noticing that his stool at much lighter. This started already at day 1 and has still not changed 2 weeks later. Sometimes it is light brown, but mostlty yellow. Does anyone have any experience with this? Why is this happening? Is this a withdrawl symptom or something like that? I can also say that we are very sure that he had some withdrawl symtoms the first week. I was like abdominal pain, more tired and unhappy, maybe even headache sometimes. It is better now, but he still have this withdrawl symptoms. And while he is on gluten free and milk free diet, this automaticly mean he eats a lot less sugar. No candies, no "processed white sugar". His apetite is much better and he eats a lot, We are mostly cooking own food for him. I can say he is eating very healty now. Vegtables, fruits, fish, etc etc. Ill hope someone can give me some good answers on this one. Hve enyone experienced similar symptoms? When did the stool got back to normal and had brown collor? best regards, duliano.
  9. i went gluten free without being tested now im getting tested so i went back to eat gluten and everything tastes weird bread, pizza, cookies everything has a really Strong taste and im actually not enjoying this at all it doesnt taste the same as before i went gluten free it tastes bad and Strong and weird it has been 2 weeks eating gluten and everytime it tastes like that :/ and also everytime i eat normal amounts of fat foods i feel nauseous i wonder why that is
  10. On average, how long was it before panic attacks subsided? I've read some were quickly, some were months, and now I see it took some many many years. I'm only on day 3 of gluten-free.
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  12. I am really struggling with finding meals I can make that is gluten free, dairy free, chocolate, and soy free. I am struggling to find meals and snacks for on the go and traveling. I have trouble coming up with a variety of different meals for dinner. I am getting sick of rice, potatoes, chicken, and beans as my main dish. I have yet found a good cookie recipe or any kind of dessert that isn't dry. I need so advice on where to look or if you know any good recipes. It would be very helpful if anyone had any quick dinner meals as well. I have been unable to cook more than and 20 minutes due to vertigo and balance issues. thanks
  13. Hi. I started feeling really unwell several months back. Permanently exhausted; brain fog; really bad acid reflux and sometimes heartburn/indigestion so bad it kept me awake at nights (after never having a problem like this in my life, and I'm in my mid 50s). To the point it stopped me working. Initially, I went to a rather unsympathetic new GP in my practice, who charmlessly decided that given my age (she made me feel 100) I must have stomach cancer. As my grandma died of this, I was worried to say the least, but as an emetophobe, very scared of having the endoscopy. She prescribed me Lansoprazole but nothing when they ran out. If my symptoms returned, she said I should go abck and she'd book me for an endoscopy. The Lansoprazole ran out and predictably, my symptoms returned in about two days. In the meantime, I had gone back to her with an unrelated, lifelong condition (PCOS) and instead of saying I was a perimenopausal woman with severe PCOS, she decided I definiitely must have endometrial cancer! So two cancers in a fortnight! Needless to say I insisted on having my original, and lovely, GP back. She is older and less likely to assume anyone over 50 has cancer every time they stub their big toe! She did a smear test for the PCOS and sure enough - no cancer or pre-cancerous cells. Just PCOS. She also resumed the Lansoprazole whilst I waited for an endoscopy. I had the endoscopy this week. They said nothing sinister they could see, but I do have gastritis. They took 4 biopsies including one for coeliac. I have had no blood tests, or any other tests. Although I'm going to the (nice) GP this afternoon and may well ask her if she will do a blood test looking for coelic disease as we are waiting 4 weeks for the biopsy results and I'd like as much info as possible. Upto today I have continued eating gluten. I should say I was diagnosed with vitiligo several years back so I do have a history of auto-immune disease. I am really concerned that although the Lansoprazole works brilliantly on my reflux and indigestion - I am still feeling exhausted all the time. So I want to see if there are any other tests my GP can do to find me some answers whilst I wait. I am thinking, and have thought all along - I have something related to gluten intolerance or coelic disease. And don't want to spend the next 4 weeks waiting for results, making myself more ill as I feel the Lanzoprazole - whilst essential right now - is only a sticking plaster. I want to find out what is causing it. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone who went on to get a full diagnosis of coelic disease? Just having gastritis that is visible during endoscopy..? Also, should I stop eating the gluten from today onwards, after I get a blood test (If I do)? I am really, really keen to try and tackle the root cause of this so I won't have to have PPIs for the rest of my life. I am also keen t get fit again (am overweight). I am curently too tired to exercise and hoping that by dropping out the gluten I might lose the brain fog and exhaustion... Any info, support or light anyone could shed would be a MASSIVE help to me right now. Feeling relieved I don't have cancer (and angry that first GP decided everything I ever presented with was cancer and couldnt possibly be anything else, to the point she didn;t do a blood test or mention any other possibilities and had me scared out of my wits for the past 3 months). Still a bit shellshocked from the endoscopy and also all the stress of the past few months.
  14. I am going on a 2-day road trip and won't have access to a stove, microwave, or fridge for 5 meals. There is no place I can eat out in the area I am in. I am strictly gluten free and dairy free. What can I bring to eat that will last? Any suggestions. Gluten free bread bothers my stomach so not sure what else would last. Know any healthy gluten-free & DF muffin recipes?
  15. I am going on a 2-day road trip and won't have access to a stove, microwave, or fridge for 5 meals. There is no place I can eat out in the area I am in. I am strictly gluten free and dairy free. What can I bring to eat that will last? Any suggestions. Gluten free bread bothers my stomach so not sure what else would last. Know any healthy gluten-free & DF muffin recipes?
  16. Hello all! I'm planning a road trip with my 11-year-old daughter this summer through much of New England. She's Celiac and a vegetarian and we are hoping to explore some of the "off the beaten track" locales to hike, bike, and kayak so I was wondering if anyone could offer any suggestions for restaurants and grocery stores along the way that would keep us safe. We don't have a set itinerary at the moment so we can adjust our travels to incorporate tween/celiac friendly locations. I would really appreciate any suggestions for either as I am a West Coast girl visiting the NE for the first time. We have been lucky for the most part in our travels but I have found it best to ask locals and people who have traveled in the areas before so we can be armed to create memories...the good kind. Thanks al!
  17. After two months being gluten free (diagnosed with celiac) I have gained almost 10 pounds all in my stomach. I didn't replace my diet with any processed gluten-free stuff. I am eating very healthy. Healthier than before. Why would I be gaining so much weight? My stomach is also very bloated all the time.
  18. I have been on the gluten-free diet for the past 5 years after being very sick for a while until finally diagnosed with celiac. One of the hardest things that I had to deal with was not when I went on the diet, not the looking for gluten-free products, but when I had to persuade some of my friends and relatives , who knew me as a foodie and eat-all person, never on a diet, that I can no longer have ANYTHING that contains even the slightest amount of gluten! Some thought that I was just being pretentious, some that I was on a quest for good figure and youth. But the most disturbing was when, after checking the labels of hot dogs at a birthday party someone told me to just have some and when I get the stomach pain I will know that there was gluten in it! It is embarrassing enough to have to refuse food, to do all the explaining, reading labels, and on top to have to handle remarks of ignorant people, who have no idea of the degenerative disease and the tall in can take on the sufferer. Another type of people are once who say, "Oh, but there is just this little bit of oats in this, they have no gluten, have they..?" Or "it is only the vinaigrette that has it..!"--and still offer you food, that you know will make you suffer for at least 3-4 days post being nice to the hostess. I have had to pretend that I am eating, secretly give it to the dog, or just...chew and discretely spit it out in my napkin! I have suffered a few times with accepting food that is gluten-free for sure and it was not, and learned my lesson. I wonder if I should start saying that I have a deadly Gluten allergies, so restaurants and well meaning hostesses should stop offering me this just little bit of it in it. Because you do not offer just a little bit of a peanut to someone with peanut allergy. I wonder what should be done to make the public more aware of this disease and not to think that if we are not rushed to the emergency room we could just have a little bit!
  19. Hi guys! My doc recently prescribed to me Voltaren Gel 1%.... For joint pain because I'm still in the healing process. I can't seem to find much info about it, and I do feel sorta funny after applying it, anyone have any idea? Would it even matter if it had gluten in it given it's a gel?
  20. What type of gluten does Chili's Chicken Enchilada soup contain? Wheat, barley, or rye? I am not sure and I accidentally ate some. This determines if I go to the hospital or not. Does anyone have an answer before I have to go?
  21. Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies 11/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla extract Blend all ingredients together thoroughly and roll into 1" balls (or desired size) place on ungreased cookie sheet, using fork to slightly flatten. Bake at 350* 10-12 minutes cool on pan for 1 minute before removing Quantity, and cooking time depends on size of cookies I hope you all enjoy this snack as much as I do.
  22. I am a young 76 year old woman just diagnosed with celiac. After Tachycardia and being rushed into hospital, 3 months of thinking that acute diarrhoea was caused by heart tablets, finally an endoscopy and biopsy taken celiac was dignosed. For four months I have been diligent in checking and eating gluten free. All my life I have eaten a healthy diet of vegetables and fruit, but since going gluten free I still have problems with acute diarrhoea. It seems now that I have problems consuming citrus fruits and vegatables, i,e raw white cabbage, raw onions etc. There also seem to be problems eating some poultry, For example Turkey seems to be fine but chicken seems to be a no go. Am I being too ambitious thinking that diarrhoea would cease having gone gluten free. I have lived in Brittany for 11 years and now I am finding how difficult it is for sufferers of celiac, in France, to access gluten free products, particularly flour.
  23. Hi guys! I have been reading this message board for the past month, but never posting but its now my turn to post I guess. I am a 27 year old female who woke up one day and just had diarrhea for almost a month straight 7-8 times a day. It was just water. I went to a GI doctor. My blood work came back completely normal and not even a chance of Celiac's. So he told me he thinks I am gluten intolerant. I stopped eating gluten and dairy (which i was allergic to) and its been since February 2nd. Having diarrhea every day stopped completely once i went gluten & dairy free..but still have been feeling off since then. I had gas really bad for a while that smelt absolutely disgusting and i couldnt help it. My doctor told me to get on a probiotic for that. That has kind of cleared, but every day my stomach just feels funky. Like almost like you have to poop. And it rumbles, and I still have gas a LOT, just not as much. And I poop quite often but its not water anymore. Also, I have always drank wine, and now even when I have one or two glasses, the next day I poop a ton. Can anyone tell me if this happened to them? Is my stomach just regulating itself? Is this normal? I asked my GI doctor again and he said "if you really want to do an endoscopy or colonoscopy we can, but its unlikely theres anything else wrong" I never had blood in my poop or anything like that. Please give me some advice here. I am feeling completely defeated. It is super frustrating, I just want my life back. I can't go out to eat with my boyfriend cause its always so complicated & now I cant go out and get a drink either? I have to worry about if I have to poop or not or if my stomach will hurt. Side note: I have a naturopathic doctor appointment in two weeks which I am excited about..ive heard good things..anyone have experience with this also? SOrry for the long post, i just need to talk to people who get it! Thank you in advance.
  24. Hi guys. So I've been trying to adjust to my new diet but I've also been trying to watch my weight. I noticed lately that I'm having a lot of fresh fruits and veggies which is great but I notice my sugar intake is really high (98% which are natural sugars). I find it hard to know what types of snacks to have and meals that don't have a lot of sugar. Even if it's natural sugar I seem to be over doing it. I like to make smoothies with no sugar added so I do about half fruit and half veggies but I'm still getting in way too much sugar for the day. Any tips would be helpful!
  25. Hello, I am a college student and I was diagnosed with Celiacs about three months ago. I have been doing okay with the new diet. The first month was rough figuring out what I can eat and anxiety about gluten crumbs being everywhere, but starting to get the hang of it. I was feeling better, but I went on spring break a week ago and ate out a lot. I was very careful and vetted my waitress and only have a few "risky" meals. I had a few days of feeling 'blah' and one day of diarrhea. Ever since then I have been quite constipated and have been feeling like I did before my diagnosis (before diagnosis I yo-yoed between constipation and diarrhea a lot). It is possible I could have had some cross contamination or some gluten somewhere in there. Any recommendations on how to get gluten out of your system once you have had some? and how to get back to a health state after exposure?
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