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Help! Always been so active, but now really struggling! I have so many questions!
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I'm not really sure where to start, but I'll go with a bit of background. I've always been very active and fit (2 years ago I was doing triathlons!). I have a very stressful life (as most of us do) and I'd been putting the decline in my health down to that (increased work pressure, out from 6am-6pm, and family commitments meant I didn't have time to train anymore). Although looking back I think there have been signs that something was wrong. I had been tested for rheumatoid arthritis (was borderline on bloods but consultant said I was ok), I had nasty joint pains, and previously had h-pylori positive test with multiple visits to Dr since 2008, been on and off lansoprazole since then. I've gained almost 3 stone in 2 years!!! Things have become really bad since October, I became ridiculously exhausted, couldn't cope, couldn't focus (mentally but also blurred vision and dizziness) or think straight, had blood tests and told I needed iron. Became really ill over Christmas, went back to work (teaching A levels) was ill within one day, missed three days, dragged myself back in the following week, made it to Friday when I lost some of my vision on my way to work, I was driving on a fast road so it was scary. Lost parts of my vision 4 times that day culminating in a tremendous migraine that night (never had one before). I spoke to my Dr who advised me that after another set of bloods I was anaemic, and also had an abnormal thyroid result, I'm on ferrous sulphate and levothyroxine as a result. I've been off work for a month now, the dizziness, blurred vision, weakness and joint pain is still there, making me feel very anxious and low. 1st I saw a neurologist who said it sounded like chronic migraine, but then saw gastroenterologist who mentioned coeliac, I've had gastroscopy and waiting for results of that and bloods. I feel so awful, I am struggling with everyday tasks, I'm not the fun mum I usually am and can't do my usual things for my girls. I've done so much reading about coeliac, and I've have seen so much advice and support that has come from this site (lots of similarities), I am hoping as much advice as I can get. I've never joined a forum before (I'm 41!) But I feel so isolated with these symptoms. I'm due to see the specialist in a week, and I know this is going to sound crazy, but I'm scared she'll say that there's nothing she can pinpoint and that I'll go away with no resolution and continue to suffer with symptoms. I know I can go gluten-free but the reading I've been doing suggests that it's far more complex than going gluten-free? That there are so many different types of combinations of what you should and shouldn't eat that if I just did that I may not get the right combination? It seems a minefield? I just want to feel well again, get fit and get bag to normality (haven't gone gluten-free yet as still in diagnostic process) Iknow these sound like the non specific ramblings of a crazy woman, but I really will welcome any words of wisdom. Thanks guys!

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Takes a bit of getting a hang of it but once your get your issues down and a nice regime of gluten-free meals and meal prepping. It becomes much easier, I am now a master at reading labels, I stick to brands I trust, eat the foods I know are safe for my diet with with restrictions. And I am getting my energy back that I had 4-5 years ago, back working weights and power walking 10 miles a day. Still a bit under weight and having a few issues, got a set back the other day with a slight poisoning but after 2 days most of the bad symptoms are gone, just the numbness, bit of pain, and a few other nerve issues that will go away in a few weeks.

WE all have had our bad times and most of us here are are healing and have dealt with similar issues. Once you get your diagnosis done and get a few months into the diet your sure to start feeling better. There will be bumps along the road, you might come up with another allergy, or you might be fine just removing the gluten. We as a community here will be with you then time helping you with moral support and the knowledge we have learned dealing with the issues ourselves. You might want to also look into seeing if there is a local celiac support group in you area. You might make some new friends in real life that you can cook and eat with.

So just take a step back when you get overwhelmed your not alone, I myself will keep you in my prayers, and I wish you the best of luck and hope they get you the results on the test as quickly as possible.

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Hi Ennis,

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly! I really appreciate your kind words. I will definitely try and find a local group, I think this has been the one of the biggest things to take in, until 2 weeks ago I knew nothing about coeliac, I seem to have spent so much time in doctors over the past four months (and with symptoms over the years) but no one ever mentioned coeliac until I met the gastroenterologist, and at this time you are the first person with coeliac I've spoken to, to my knowledge. I think having been off work since early January I have had too much time to think but no opportunity to talk about it. Plus the not knowing as yet is a little unnerving, Based on what I've read my symptoms match what I've read about coeliac? I think once I've had the diagnosis and can start learning about the foods I can eat and I'll regain some focus. Thank you again for your kind words! 

 

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Hi Cara and welcome to the forum :)

You've found a great place, whether you turn out to have coeliac or not! There are lots of people here who have been through similar situations and come through the other side. Lot's of good info to be found and support as well. 

The test for coeliac is first to test your blood for markers, then, if that's positive, to have an endoscopy, a camera to check your intestine which can also take a small sample to check for the characteristic coeliac symptoms. 

The key point to stress is DO NOT remove gluten from your diet just now. This is so important as it could throw the results of any tests.

If once you go through testing your negative for coeliac you can still go ahead and trial removing gluten from your diet. I did and it made a massive difference to my life. I also had problems with vision, thyroid etc btw which removing gluten resolved. 

Please don't be concerned about the gluten free diet. If you do go onto it, yes its challenging, but you'll quickly learn the ropes, there's loads of really nice foods to choose from now in UK supermarkets and there's a guide available from Coeliac UK to help you choose which foods to get.

All of that is perhaps premature, for now just relax and wait for the tests. If it's coeliac or non coeliac gluten sensitivity then the good news is that it's the simplest thing to treat you can imagine and you may wind up experiencing a more complete boost to your health than you imagined possible. :)

Best of luck!

Matt 

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Hi Matt ☺

Thank you for the great advice, and yes the one thing I've been focusing on in terms of the bright side is the ability to manage the outcome through a healthy and structured diet (the down side to this is I am an awful cook 😂... ok, I'm not that bad, but with the stuff I know! When reading up about the kinds of food I should be looking at, I've never heard of some of the ingredients! But I'll be on here looking for tips!!!), I'm hopingif I am gluten sensitive or coeliac that the consultant will be able to recommend a nutritionist to walk me through that side of it (do they do that?) Although i havent removed gluten from my diet I did try some specialist gluten free foods just to give them a try ... mixed reviews there at the moment, but to be fair I only tried some of the basics! Open to some recommendations there!

I had a gastroscopy just over a week ago (that was interesting!), but there's been a mix up with the bloods so the consultant has postponed my appointment for a week (I was due to find out about the gastroscopy and biopsies tomorrow).

I promise to try and relax, I'm just glad I joined here! It's been good to talk about this! 

Thanks again Matt ☺

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Hi Cara123.  I just wanted to say that I also get the type of migraines where I lose vision in one eye for a few minutes.  Very scary the first time - I'm used to it now.  I hope you get some answers soon.

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10 hours ago, Cara123 said:

Although i havent removed gluten from my diet I did try some specialist gluten free foods just to give them a try ... mixed reviews there at the moment,

Forget them, have a kitkat chunky! In a week's time it may all be verboten so if you have any favourite gluten filled foods, now's your chance!

Joking aside, if you've had the endoscopy and the bloods have been taken you no longer need to 'load up' but you shouldn't eliminate it entirely until the consultant has either diagnosed or excluded it in case they opt for further blood tests, some people's levels can drop very quickly once gluten is excluded and there are so many who come here with possible 'false negatives'.

 

 

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Kitkat chunkys are off limits 😲😲😲 😉 yes I know what you are saying, I know there are things I'm going to miss that's for sure.

There's been an issue with the blood tests, I have been trying to sort it out with the hospital this morning I'm hoping that I'll have some done this afternoon or tomorrow. Then I need to start my new regime! (I'm sure that the gastroscopy results must be back but I can't find out until my appointment) ... Are there any gluten free snacks that will fool me into believing they are kitkat chunkys? .... just out of curiosity 😇

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12 hours ago, RMJ said:

Hi Cara123.  I just wanted to say that I also get the type of migraines where I lose vision in one eye for a few minutes.  Very scary the first time - I'm used to it now.  I hope you get some answers soon.

Ohh you have my sympathy! I've never experienced anything like that, it was frightening! I didn't realise it was a migraine until the evening, I lost the vision 3 times in the morning but only with a fuzzy head, so I didn't think it was a migraine. All afternoon I felt rough and rested, but by the evening it came back with the most horrific pain that started in the back of my neck and went up over my head it was really horrible! I worry about how it will affect my career as the aftershocks lasted for ages! I teach and there's no way you can teach 25 or so students at a time feeling like that! 

How often do you suffer with this, if you don't mind me asking? As the Dr said that now I've had one I'll be likely to have more?

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I get about 6-12 migraines a year and 1 or 2 are the loss of vision type.  I've had migraines for decades but that type started about 12 years ago.  I'm lucky, I don't get much of a headache anymore, just the visual stuff and feeling blah for a few days.  I get either the typical flashing light type of aura or the loss of vision where it seems like a windowshade is pulled down over the vision in one eye.  I was originally tested for Celiac because of my migraines, unfortunately going gluten free hasn't stopped them.  They didn't stop after menopause either, which my doctor says is unusual.

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I thought I'd chime in, too. I'm a diagnosed celiac (4 years this spring).  

I just wanted to say that if gluten is your problem you could well find that the migraines get less frequent, or might go all together, so try not to worry.

Mine started as pain and feeling really sick when I was in my teens right through to my thirties.  Then when I was expecting my first child they turned to aura migraines, without pain usually.  I found they were affected tremendously by my hormones. After I had my second chilld I had an aura migraine where I could barely see involving both eyes for about 24 hours.  Then after going gluten free I had next to none - maybe one a year, if that.  

Now, since about October, can't recall,  I'm getting them in fairly regularly but in one eye.  No pain.  It looks like water on glass, just in my central vision, but only lasts a few minutes at most - usually provoked when I am staring down at black on white or white on black digits on my phone or when reading a book.  My eye specialist assures me this last variation is just another type of migraine - retinal migraines, one eye only.  If he is right I have concluded that either, a) I'm getting glutened somehow, or b ) its my time of life - perimenopause - and hormones are kicking in again or c) maybe its a bit of both. I tend to get may two or three a day, then nothing for a while, then maybe one, then nothing for a few weeks, etc.

Migraines are always a bit scarey at first but in the end you will learn how to deal with them.  Most  people usually identify trigger(s) so it might be worth keeping at least a mental note of what might have happened beforehand, what you ate, the time of day, maybe flashing lights, bright lights started it off, not enough to drink etc etc.   Then you can look into meds with your doctor if necessary.  

Stick around as there are lots of people here to help.

BTW - I have a non-celiac friend who is now mid-40s and she has odd blurred vision migraines which can last for days. Her doctor has put her onto amytriptylene  (I think) and the headaches have gone.

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When I started supplementing with magnesium my migraines went away. Haven't had one since.

 

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2 minutes ago, tessa25 said:

When I started supplementing with magnesium my migraines went away. Haven't had one since.

 

This is another common issue due to damage with the intestines in celiacs is we develop certain nutrient deficiencies, Common ones are as mentioned magnesium which is commonly used by our nervous system and muscles, others include but are not limited to b12, b6, niacin, iron, vitamin D, calcium etc. We normally suggested getting tested for deficiencies by a doctor. I take 2 different blends of b-vitamins, a good amount of nutritional yeast by KAL brand, and I take two forms of magnesium primarily Doctors Best Magnesium Glycinate as it is easy on the stomach with a bit of Magnesium Citrate from calm at times.  Along with a good dietary blend of whole foods. 

 

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2 hours ago, cristiana said:

I thought I'd chime in, too. I'm a diagnosed celiac (4 years this spring).  

I just wanted to say that if gluten is your problem you could well find that the migraines get less frequent, or might go all together, so try not to worry.

Mine started as pain and feeling really sick when I was in my teens right through to my thirties.  Then when I was expecting my first child they turned to aura migraines, without pain usually.  I found they were affected tremendously by my hormones. After I had my second chilld I had an aura migraine where I could barely see involving both eyes for about 24 hours.  Then after going gluten free I had next to none - maybe one a year, if that.  

Now, since about October, can't recall,  I'm getting them in fairly regularly but in one eye.  No pain.  It looks like water on glass, just in my central vision, but only lasts a few minutes at most - usually provoked when I am staring down at black on white or white on black digits on my phone or when reading a book.  My eye specialist assures me this last variation is just another type of migraine - retinal migraines, one eye only.  If he is right I have concluded that either, a) I'm getting glutened somehow, or b ) its my time of life - perimenopause - and hormones are kicking in again or c) maybe its a bit of both. I tend to get may two or three a day, then nothing for a while, then maybe one, then nothing for a few weeks, etc.

Migraines are always a bit scarey at first but in the end you will learn how to deal with them.  Most  people usually identify trigger(s) so it might be worth keeping at least a mental note of what might have happened beforehand, what you ate, the time of day, maybe flashing lights, bright lights started it off, not enough to drink etc etc.   Then you can look into meds with your doctor if necessary.  

Stick around as there are lots of people here to help.

BTW - I have a non-celiac friend who is now mid-40s and she has odd blurred vision migraines which can last for days. Her doctor has put her onto amytriptylene  (I think) and the headaches have gone.

Hi Cristiana 

Thank you for the message, I recognise what you are saying about the reading etc, I love to read but havent been able to since I had the first migraine, I have found that i struggle to focus, my vision is blurry and I feel sick and dizzy (like trying to read in a car). It's taken me a few weeks to feel able to do things like text and email. I also notice that I have days where I struggle to see through my right eye properly, it's hard to describe the sensation. It's unpleasant. 

I've had bloods to check menopause and they've said it's definitely not that. My mother suggested hormones may play a role so I stopped taking the contraceptive pill. (although my Dr said there was no need to stop? I'm giving it a go though as you have to try anything I guess). I've had my eyes checked and they are fine apparently. I do think stress may play a role though. 

Thank you, I'm definitely sticking around on here, you've all been so great with the advice ☺

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2 hours ago, tessa25 said:

When I started supplementing with magnesium my migraines went away. Haven't had one since.

 

Hi Tessa, 

Thank you for this,I hope that the gastro specialist will test me for this as that would be very useful given that another Dr was going to put me on a mild anti convulsant medication, I would prefer to use a supplement such as magnesium rather than that. Although the gastroenterologist did mention a low dose of amytriptilyne (spelling correct?) she said it can help with the migraine but also some other symptoms. But I would definitely prefer supplementsto the potential side effects that I understand come with some of these tablets!

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I get migraines as well.  I have had them for 20+ years but have (probably) only had celiac for 5.  My migraines did get a lot better when I went gluten-free and a lot of people with celiac note the same thing.

 A common regimen to prevent migraines (without prescription medication) is Magnesium oxide 400mg daily and CoQ10 100-200mg daily. I have taken both and tried amitriptyline as well.  I tried the supplements for a couple of months before I added the prescription medication to see if they would work by themselves.

Birth control pills will make migraines worse about 30% of the time and they are considered a no-no for people who have migraines and have neurological symptoms (like loss of vision etc).  

Good luck!

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2 hours ago, Ennis_TX said:

This is another common issue due to damage with the intestines in celiacs is we develop certain nutrient deficiencies, Common ones are as mentioned magnesium which is commonly used by our nervous system and muscles, others include but are not limited to b12, b6, niacin, iron, vitamin D, calcium etc. We normally suggested getting tested for deficiencies by a doctor. I take 2 different blends of b-vitamins, a good amount of nutritional yeast by KAL brand, and I take two forms of magnesium primarily Doctors Best Magnesium Glycinate as it is easy on the stomach with a bit of Magnesium Citrate from calm at times.  Along with a good dietary blend of whole foods. 

 

These are definitely the things I need to learn about,  knowing what food combinations will maximise nutrient intake and what vitamin supplements to use (and how to make sure they absorb properly) this is where things seem to get complicated, I've never had to think so hard about food (whereas given the history over the years I should have, I just didn't realise what was potentially happening, and over the past few months I feel like I've been a real pain for my Dr as I've been back and forth like a yoyo) when the Dr discovered the anaemia,  there was no apparent reason for it as I don't have a cycle due to contraceptive medication, so he thought it may be a slightly bleeding ulcer, hence the gastroenterologist. Without her (the gastro) suggesting coeliac or gluten intolerance I would have still felt like I was going mad and falling apart all at the same time! And also feeling like no-one was taking me seriously, I felt on my own until she said she'd seen many patients with similar symptoms. 

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4 minutes ago, TexasJen said:

I get migraines as well.  I have had them for 20+ years but have (probably) only had celiac for 5.  My migraines did get a lot better when I went gluten-free and a lot of people with celiac note the same thing.

 A common regimen to prevent migraines (without prescription medication) is Magnesium oxide 400mg daily and CoQ10 100-200mg daily. I have taken both and tried amitriptyline as well.  I tried the supplements for a couple of months before I added the prescription medication to see if they would work by themselves.

Birth control pills will make migraines worse about 30% of the time and they are considered a no-no for people who have migraines and have neurological symptoms (like loss of vision etc).  

Good luck!

Ahh thank you for this, my mother was right it turns out, she said to stay away from the contraceptive pill also! I have stopped them (the birth control) now, a few weeks ago, so I'm hoping it will help. I will also try the magnesium as soon as testing is finished, and the amytriptyline to if the specialist decides to go down that route and prescribe this. Thank you again for this, I only joined yesterday and I feel like im being heard and supported and it's like a breath of fresh air! Thank you ☺ 

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3 hours ago, RMJ said:

I get about 6-12 migraines a year and 1 or 2 are the loss of vision type.  I've had migraines for decades but that type started about 12 years ago.  I'm lucky, I don't get much of a headache anymore, just the visual stuff and feeling blah for a few days.  I get either the typical flashing light type of aura or the loss of vision where it seems like a windowshade is pulled down over the vision in one eye.  I was originally tested for Celiac because of my migraines, unfortunately going gluten free hasn't stopped them.  They didn't stop after menopause either, which my doctor says is unusual.

Ohh you've had them for such a long time! That must be hard! Even without the headach the visual disturbances are really unpleasant! Feeling horrible for such a long time after was horrible! How do you manage on a day to day basis, in terms of commitments? I am worried about the impact on work if there become regular. 

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15 minutes ago, Cara123 said:

Although the gastroenterologist did mention a low dose of amytriptilyne (spelling correct?) she said it can help with the migraine but also some other symptoms. But I would definitely prefer supplementsto the potential side effects that I understand come with some of these tablets!

Cara I was prescribed amitriptilyne many years ago for depression. It's a tricyclic, quite an old class of drug as anti depressants go and it can hit quite hard - I think I was given it because I mentioned problems sleeping. I don't want to tell you not to follow your gastro's advice, it seems to have some effect on migraine: https://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/elavil/

but you may consider giving the gluten free diet a chance before you start taking other medications, because you don't know what symptoms will resolve or improve once gluten is removed from the picture? 

Full disclosure - I'm quite sceptical of doctors prescribing patterns when it comes to anti depressants because I spent 20 years on different ones until finding out that it was gluten which was at the root of the depression and brain fog I was experiencing. Too often in my experience doctors write a script for an anti depressant rather than seeking the root cause, so I may be a little biased here!

 

11 minutes ago, Cara123 said:

I've never had to think so hard about food (whereas given the history over the years I should have, I just didn't realise what was potentially happening,

Don't beat yourself up about it, many of us have been through this response. Also don't feel you need to know all of this straight away. The first few months on the diet you just focus on eating fresh whole foods, limit what comes out of a packet or a bottle. It's a time to heal. Keeping a food diary can help you track how you feel compared to what you eat. Over time you learn to listen to your body more and for most cutting out gluten has a big payoff in that you start to get more nutrients out of the foods you do eat. 

4 hours ago, Cara123 said:

Are there any gluten free snacks that will fool me into believing they are kitkat chunkys?

Yes! Although they're not kitkat chunky's - there's a large and increasingly varied amount of tempting junk in the free from aisle. Some of it will make you ill  however - when you see the bill at the checkout...  Probably best to ration yourself, in those early months of the diet in particular, but don't think that a nice chocolate biscuit, cake or even a decent slice of cheesecake will never be yours again. There's also a number of 'regular people' chocolate bars that are safe, cadbury's flake, twirl, crunchie, aero etc. 

Myself and other UK chocoholics share our secret shame here: 

:)

 

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8 minutes ago, Jmg said:

Cara I was prescribed amitriptilyne many years ago for depression. It's a tricyclic, quite an old class of drug as anti depressants go and it can hit quite hard - I think I was given it because I mentioned problems sleeping. I don't want to tell you not to follow your gastro's advice, it seems to have some effect on migraine: https://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/elavil/

but you may consider giving the gluten free diet a chance before you start taking other medications, because you don't know what symptoms will resolve or improve once gluten is removed from the picture? 

Full disclosure - I'm quite sceptical of doctors prescribing patterns when it comes to anti depressants because I spent 20 years on different ones until finding out that it was gluten which was at the root of the depression and brain fog I was experiencing. Too often in my experience doctors write a script for an anti depressant rather than seeking the root cause, so I may be a little biased here!

 

Don't beat yourself up about it, many of us have been through this response. Also don't feel you need to know all of this straight away. The first few months on the diet you just focus on eating fresh whole foods, limit what comes out of a packet or a bottle. It's a time to heal. Keeping a food diary can help you track how you feel compared to what you eat. Over time you learn to listen to your body more and for most cutting out gluten has a big payoff in that you start to get more nutrients out of the foods you do eat. 

Yes! Although they're not kitkat chunky's - there's a large and increasingly varied amount of tempting junk in the free from aisle. Some of it will make you ill  however - when you see the bill at the checkout...  Probably best to ration yourself, in those early months of the diet in particular, but don't think that a nice chocolate biscuit, cake or even a decent slice of cheesecake will never be yours again. There's also a number of 'regular people' chocolate bars that are safe, cadbury's flake, twirl, crunchie, aero etc. 

Myself and other UK chocoholics share our secret shame here: 

:)

 

This is great advice thank you! Yes I recognised amytriptilyne as an antidepressant when the specialist mentioned it and my reaction was like yours, I was very quick to point out that I wasn't depressed, exhausted and fed up but not depressed. She said that the amount she sold prescribe would be tiny compared to the dose given for depression,  she said that it is useful for the neuropathys inc migraine and painful nerve endings  (I was having pain in my gums, I thought I had a cavity or something but that wasn't the case, the specialist said it was neuropathy? ) I didn't realise it was a tricyclic, dont they have adverse reaction with foods that involve fermentation?or is that MAOIs? If it is tricyclics that could be counterproductive maybe? I don't like taking tablets, but have been taking a few recently, levothyroxine, ferrous sulphate, lansoprazole etc. 

I am glad to hear that Cadbury's flake is safe (otlr a twirl as essentially its a flake in a chocolate wrapper so less messy! Yum!) As it happens I prefer that to anything in terms of a treat so its good to know i dont have to give up everything that I love! ☺ ohh and I know what you mean re the cost of gluten free! It is expensive that's for sure!

I will definitely check out everyone's secret shames next! ☺

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Hi again. You've had a lot of great advice, you will find an answer.

I just wanted to say that as far as my friend is concerned, she takes a very small dose of amytryptaline and the side effects have been minimal, in fact, I can't even recall what she said they were - but in her case, worth it! Try not to worry if you have to take it for a bit.  I think some people might worry one of those side effects could be weight gain but in her case she has started a diet whilst being on it  (either with WW or Simming World, can't recall which) and she has lost a lot of weight and looks great.  So weight gain is not necessarily a fait accompli (if that's the right French expression?)

BTW, there will be lots of lovely things to eat still if you do go gluten-free. and the list is growing, as manufacturers realise they don't need to put gluten in everything! One day Dairy Milk will be Gluten Free! I'm convinced of it!!

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2 hours ago, Cara123 said:

She said that the amount she sold prescribe would be tiny compared to the dose given for depression,

Ok, please disregard my previous remarks on this, From Cristiana's post above it sounds like it could be just what you need. :)

 

 

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1 hour ago, cristiana said:

Hi again. You've had a lot of great advice, you will find an answer.

I just wanted to say that as far as my friend is concerned, she takes a very small dose of amytryptaline and the side effects have been minimal, in fact, I can't even recall what she said they were - but in her case, worth it! Try not to worry if you have to take it for a bit.  I think some people might worry one of those side effects could be weight gain but in her case she has started a diet whilst being on it  (either with WW or Simming World, can't recall which) and she has lost a lot of weight and looks great.  So weight gain is not necessarily a fait accompli (if that's the right French expression?)

BTW, there will be lots of lovely things to eat still if you do go gluten-free. and the list is growing, as manufacturers realise they don't need to put gluten in everything! One day Dairy Milk will be Gluten Free! I'm convinced of it!!

Ahh, thank you, that's really good to hear! Sounds like your friend is doing really well! I will definitely be monitoring what I eat so hopefully I will lose weight in the process .... Having said that if Dairy Milk becomes gluten free then my good intentions may go out the window!!! 😆

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41 minutes ago, Jmg said:

Ok, please disregard my previous remarks on this, From Cristiana's post above it sounds like it could be just what you need. :)

 

 

☺ I appreciate all of your help, and I had been feeling the same, it's not nice to take tablets especially ones such as that, which can be worrying, but I'm glad to hear that they are working for someone who is taking them ☺ so that gives me hope if I'm prescribed them. ☺

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