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Any suggestions for a mom whose college freshman was just diagnosed yet is 500 miles from home!? Her college cafeteria is not gluten free and she has to move out of her dorm into an apt. so she can cook....but she doesnt cook much. She is in Lynchburg, VA and there are no whole foods or Trader Joe's near by. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

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Lots of regulare grocery stores will have specialty gluten-free items in their health food sections. But there are lots of mainstream foods that are just fine. The following link gives a list of manufacturers that list gluten on their labels. Therefore, if you read the label and don't see wheat, rye, barely or oats, it's OK even if they use the ever ambiguous "natural flavoring" . . .

http://www.glutenfreeindy.com/foodlists/in...donothidegluten

fresh meat, fruit, veggies . . . all good

rice pasta (Tinkyada is a favorite but probably won't find that one at a regular grocery store)

fruity pebbles, trix, dora the explorer stars are all mainstream cereals

peanut butter on rice cakes (my daughter's personal favorite)

tacos (Ortega brand stuff is OK)

rice

Betty Crockers Potato Buds (instant mashed potatos)

tunafish

Hormel chili

Oscar Meyer lunch meats (read the label, it's part of Kraft and will list gluten)

I think for a college person, something like one of those little george forman grills would work great for them to be able to quickly grill/cook a chicken breast or hamburger.

That's a few to get you started. I will try and find NoGluGirl's list and link it or post if for you.

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Well . . . it was easier to find than I thought . . . (Jin, hope you don't mind that I'm passing out your list :P )

I have a list that should really help. This is overwhelming. I went through this with myself eight months ago. You spend most of your day cooking and cleaning obsessively. The rest you are on the phone with reps from companies trying to find out what is safe. I decided to save you the trouble!

1. There are a number of things in the regular grocery that are safe. Some things are labeled already. Wal-Mart's Great Value brand has numerous things you can eat.

2. For the love of God use Coupons on items you are allowed to eat. People can get them and print them out online even. Call some of the local stores and ask if they accept online coupons.

3. Check the ads online and in the newspaper. You would be surprised how many people do not do this.

4. Some items like rice flour and rice noodles are safe to buy at the Chinese or oriental market. The merchants are more than happy to help you if you cannot read the label.

Now, here is my list of great things to get you started:

Condiments:

Smart Balance Margarine*

Crisco Shortening

Crisco Oil

Pompeiian Olive Oil

Great Value soy sauce

Heinz Ketchup

Lea & Perrins Worchestershire Sauce (all Lea & Perrins Products are safe)

Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce

Kraft French Fat-Free Salad Dressing

Kraft Thousand Island Fat-Free Salad Dressing

Pace Picante Sauce

Ortega Salsa

All Classico Red and *White sauces

All Jif Peanut Butters including Smooth Sensations

Welch's Grape Jelly

Cool Whip*

Philadelphia Cream Cheese*

Miracle Whip

Daisy Sour Cream (fat-free, low-fat, regular)*

Snack Foods:

Utz Potato Chips (Found at Sam

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Any suggestions for a mom whose college freshman was just diagnosed yet is 500 miles from home!? Her college cafeteria is not gluten free and she has to move out of her dorm into an apt. so she can cook....but she doesnt cook much. She is in Lynchburg, VA and there are no whole foods or Trader Joe's near by. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

SSage,

In you and your daughter's situation, I think that mail-order is the way to go. The things that she cannot buy locally can be bought online by you or her and shipped to her apartment. I've been using our local health food stores, but I've also been using websites like vitacost.com and Amazon to order things that are not available locally and things that I want to buy in bulk. Amazon has a repeat shipping option so you could, for instance, set it to ship you daughter a 12-pack carton of Tinkyada pasta every three months. She could use the "wishlist" feature to make her grocery list - friends and family could use it to send her gluten-free care packages.

I highly recommend getting her a rice cooker. I bought an Aroma 8-cup Rice Cooker & Steamer at Target and it's the best investment I've made since going gluten-free. I cook up a big batch of rice 2-3 times a month, store it in plastic containers or baggies in the fridge and freezer so I always have it ready to use. The rice cooker can also be used to steam meats and vegetables, and as a crock pot! Crock pot cooking is a great option for her situation; she can throw ingredients in the pot in the morning, spend all day on campus, and come home to a great dinner.

On another discussion board, I heard about a great bread alternative, Corn Thins. The people over there are raving about them, so I'm ordering a carton of them from Amazon. I've missed sandwiches and I'm told that they are great for that purpose.

Kate

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Is there ayway that you could go see her for a weekend or other convenient time so that you could help her cook a bunch of gluten-free meals that she could freeze and then use as needed. Once she cooked them once with you she could probably do most of them on her own.

Her moving into her own place is actually good timing because she can get all new, uncontaminated stuff like her toaster, cutting boards, frying pan, etc.

Fruit, vegetables, rice, and chicken/turkey are all naturally gluten-free things that should be pretty easy for her to find and prepare.

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Hey! im a college freshman too, but i have had celiac for about 18 years. I have my own apartment as well, just make sure if she has roommates that they know the situation and don't leave bread crumbs all over the counter and just pick up after themselves and stuff. I am a horrible cook!! i very rarely cooked before coming to college, so when i came my mom gave me some of my favorite recipes and a gluten-free cookbook. My new best friend is a george forman, and i am slowly learning that you can make chicken taste a thousand different ways depending on the spices you put on it. haha.

As far as shopping, a lot of times you can get pasta, corn tortilla's and possibly even a pancake mix in a regular grocery store. when I had to find a health food store in tallahassee, I literally went to google and typed in "tallahassee, fl health food store" and the map came up with a bunch of different stores that i visited. There is one good one, so apart from my usual grocery trips I try and go to that store at least once a month. other than that i just stock up when i go home (i've been home twice, thanksgiving and christmas) and bring a ton of stuff back up with me.

Oh i also make salads a lot! either the kind that comes with everything in the bag or i'll buy lettuce and whatever i want to mix in it.

She should be fine! and if you or her have any questions about anything I would be happy to help!

ps. does she go to Liberty?? several of my friends go/have gone there!

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I was diagnosed as a spring break of my junior year. I only knew the basics of cooking so I kept everything quick and easy.

Below are samples of my five to ten minute meals:

Canned Baked Beans with hot dogs

Tortilla chips or corn tortillas with cheese and precooked meat, chicken, turkey etc.

Microwaved baked potato - stuff with precooked meat and cheese.

Peanut Butter and Jelly on rice cakes.

Tuna Melt - use corn tortillas (taco style), rice bread (open face) or rice cakes (open face) in place of the bread. Microwave with cheese add tomatos.

Also, making a big pot of spegetti sauce with meat or chili once a week makes a quick and easy meals through out the week. Both can go over rice, rice pasta, layered in corn tortillas or over a baked potato.

In addition to the George Forman grill mentioned below a crockpot might be useful. Many crockpot receipes are naturally gluten free or easily adaptable. I make the meal in the morning to be ready in the evening but if I remember college correctly it might work better to make the meal in the evening and let it cook all night. A crockpot provided lots of leftovers for quick meals.

One way to locate a store with specialty gluten free food is to look on the websites of companies specialize in gluten free food. The is usually a section like "find a store". I use the Glutino and Enjoy Life websites when I need to locate food away from home.

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hi, I went through this myself... being so far away must be very frustrating with a new diagnosis and life change.... It is time to find Amy's organic and gluten free products in the organic frozen foods section (hopefully at her local store or health food store ) as well as her premade soups, etc... That over rice with some chicken thrown in takes only about 15 min., unless if the chicken is precooked and seasoned and then frozen for later use, then it is even faster! ... Annie's has gluten-free rice pasta mac and cheese... add ground meat and a frozen or fresh veg and she has a meal that is more than any college student usually gets, lol! There are also gluten-free frozen waffles that are easy to grab for a healthy lunch if topped with fruit and yogurt... Also, lots of Bob's red mill mixes so when brownies are needed, she has that on hand! gluten-free pastas are a must as well as an arsenal of spaghetti sauces and frozen home made pesto if you have any to spare.... Oh, please teach her to make pesto on her next trip home and then make a ton of it... it freezes well for about a year....

Home made taco salads (add salsa, corn, an use cumin and chile to spice the meat, not the packaged kind) , green salads, etc. help a lot. And she needs a crock pot.. throw meat, potato, and a veg in the morning, italian seasoning...and viola! healthy dinner by evening with minimal effort...

This is the time that she has to learn to really shop for and feed herself, but as we all know, learning is a process.... I would help her out by packing the "red shopping bible "in a box with a bunch of easy meals and mail it to her to get her started and then as she learns what she can eat and if/where she can find it you can taper off. I would also supply her with a bunch of "starter items" that she will "normally consume" and then help her learn to internet search the local stores and health food stores for the items that are to be her "staples". (print up the search if necessary and mail it to her). Be sure she has plenty of rice cakes... that with jam or peanut butter got me through a ton of late night study sessions, lol!

Remind her that if she should be tempted, go with wine or a simple distilled drink always that she makes or pours herself ALWAYS... NO BEER unless it is of the gluten-free variety... which I doubt they will be serving knowing what my friends drank back then, lol! ... and when she is finally 21, bite the bullet if you need to, and get her a few 6 packs of gluten-free beer so she can try that as well. But have her hide it in her room as only the rare roomie will respect an unguarded 6 pack, lol!

Oh, if she likes them, whole nuts are good as well.I can not tell you how many mornings my breakfast was tea, whole nuts and some fruit.. easy to pack and eat later as well. Hope this helps! Oh, her own set of cooking pots that are clearly marked gluten-free so her roomie won't accidently gluten her! Good luck, this is a scary but important step! I wish you both the best!

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She is by Kroger stores. They usually have a lot of gluten-free food and will order more.

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The book "Beyond Ricecakes" is great EASY 'cooking' for college kids.

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Well . . . it was easier to find than I thought . . . (Jin, hope you don't mind that I'm passing out your list :P )

Thank you sooooooo much! I am now fighting with the university as they want to make her pay for a meal plan even though they cant provide a gluten free meal. Your list is so helpful. Again thank you!

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I am overwhelmed and so grateful for everyones kind and helpful responses! I am sending all of this info on to my daughter. She is still losing weight but her violent gastrointestinal symptoms have subsided. I think that her fear of being "sick" is causing her to limit her food intake as she is unsure about hidden gluten; thus the weight loss. All of your help is invaluable and again I am so thankful and appreciate each suggestion. Have a blessed week! :)

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Hey! im a college freshman too, but i have had celiac for about 18 years. I have my own apartment as well, just make sure if she has roommates that they know the situation and don't leave bread crumbs all over the counter and just pick up after themselves and stuff. I am a horrible cook!! i very rarely cooked before coming to college, so when i came my mom gave me some of my favorite recipes and a gluten-free cookbook. My new best friend is a george forman, and i am slowly learning that you can make chicken taste a thousand different ways depending on the spices you put on it. haha.

As far as shopping, a lot of times you can get pasta, corn tortilla's and possibly even a pancake mix in a regular grocery store. when I had to find a health food store in tallahassee, I literally went to google and typed in "tallahassee, fl health food store" and the map came up with a bunch of different stores that i visited. There is one good one, so apart from my usual grocery trips I try and go to that store at least once a month. other than that i just stock up when i go home (i've been home twice, thanksgiving and christmas) and bring a ton of stuff back up with me.

Oh i also make salads a lot! either the kind that comes with everything in the bag or i'll buy lettuce and whatever i want to mix in it.

She should be fine! and if you or her have any questions about anything I would be happy to help!

ps. does she go to Liberty?? several of my friends go/have gone there!

Yes she does go to liberty :) Thank you for all of your suggestions! It is so kind of you to take the time out of your busy schedule!

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Thank you sooooooo much! I am now fighting with the university as they want to make her pay for a meal plan even though they cant provide a gluten free meal. Your list is so helpful. Again thank you!

I haven't read the whole thread so hopefully this hasn't been mentioned before. Have you considered getting a 504 plan for her? It's typically done for grade schoolers, but it spells out the responsibilities of both parties to keep your daughter safe. I think if you have one and the university is unable to provide gluten-free food, they would not be able to require her to buy a meal plan.

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Celiac is considered a disability under the American Disabilities act. With proper medical documentation she may qualify for support from the university disability office. They maybe able to assist with the problem of the meal plan and other accomdation she may need to stay healthy.

My son qualifies for other reasons other than celiac. I have found the disability office very helpful at the local community college. Also, he get priorty registration for classes.

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Celiac is considered a disability under the American Disabilities act. With proper medical documentation she may qualify for support from the university disability office. They maybe able to assist with the problem of the meal plan and other accomdation she may need to stay healthy.

My son qualifies for other reasons other than celiac. I have found the disability office very helpful at the local community college. Also, he get priorty registration for classes.

Celiac is def covered by ADA..its likley that whom ever u are dealing with at the Univeristy has no idea about that..keep pressing until you get the right person and certainly have appropriate documentation from your daughters MD. I have a 25 year old daughter who was diagnosed while she was in college too. It is a bit of an adjustment when learning to live with a chronic disease---but after a while you will all be alot more relaxed!! In the beginning I think its best to rely on naturally gluten-free foods. Many of the specialty items are very expensive and have varying appeal to varying people--one persons favorite is anothers trash!! Best of luck and good health!!

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hey again! they are so strict with the dumb food plan thing! haha, all the dorms a freshman can live in at FSU require you to have a meal plan as well. when i talked to them they said either a)i could live in an apartment style dorm (with upperclassmen) or B) meet with the cafeteria staff once a week and plan my meals for the week. obviously both of those options weren't ideal, which is why i opted for the apartment.

i completely agree with talking/registering with the disabilities office. they will help her with the food plan, and if she ever needs to leave class or anything for an "emergency" they should be able to provide her with documentation and an excuse for the professor.

she should see if there is a nutritionist/dietician on campus. if so, they should be able to assist her as she is starting out on the new diet and maybe even some local stores.

and liberty has such a beautiful campus! :D

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Hi, I am 30 and was diagnosed with Celiac over the summer. Kroger has frozen microwaveable meals which are gluten free. My absolute favorite is Amy's gluten free rice macaroni and cheese. It really tastes like the real thing. I take it to work with me all the time for my lunch, along with Hunts snack pack pudding cups (all flavors are gluten free from what I have read... and they don't even have to be refridgerated.) Also many frozen chicken and steak taquitos are gluten free as well - Delimex is one brand that has gluten free tacquitos but there are others- (with corn tortillas of course, not flour) ... I pop them either in the toaster oven or microwave. I eat them with Daisy sour cream, which is gluten free. I also get Ian's wheat free gluten free frozen chicken nuggets which taste really good to me too. (Believe me I have also found my fair share of crappy tasting gluten free food, so I only reccomend good tasting items!) I order gluten free rice noodle soup bowls by Simply Asia a deriviative of the brand Thai Kitchen. You can find these at some stores also, but usually the ones at the store are not the gluten free rice noodle version. I order them by the case from the website, all you do is add water and the seasoning / oil / dehydrated veggie packet and microwave for 3 or 4 minutes. I eat fruity pebbles, those along with cocoa pebbles and trix are gluten free normal cereals. The gluten free cereals that you find at health food stores or at Kroger tend to taste terrible if you ask me. Hope that helps! I know it is tough finding quick easy convenient foods when you have Celiac, but I am learning. I purchased some great tasting crackers, graham crackers, pasta, etc... on a web site: gluten free.com Glutino - Crackers honestly taste like the real think which is absolutely amazing... they are expensive though. Glutino also makes good pretzels. Jo-Sef - Graham Crackers are good too.. not identical to regular graham crackers, but they taste good. I am always searching around for things.

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Thank you sooooooo much! I am now fighting with the university as they want to make her pay for a meal plan even though they cant provide a gluten free meal. Your list is so helpful. Again thank you!

I am curious how the food plan thing panned out. My son will be returning to that school after being diagnosed. I called the food service and they said he could qualify for a special diet if he had a letter from his doctor. I see the original post was a while ago...

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Hi. Not sure if anyone mentioned personal products that contain gluten. My daughter (college senior) decided to remove ALL personal care items that contained gluten and/or its forms since she also had issues/sensitivities to OTHER ingredients. But it might be something to consider. Then those pesky additives that don't actually list GLUTEN, but are:

My link

Hidden sources of gluten --

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After I wrote this whole long post, I realized that this is an old thread. Oh, well. Maybe someone else can use it.

Everyone has had good ideas. My son is a freshman but luckily his dorm has one gluten-free entree option each meal time. But he needs to gain weight so he eats a lot on his own.

Progresso soups (not all - see label)

Hormel Chili (read label)

Oscar Meyer hot dogs

Rice - Minute RIce comes in pre-cooked 1-cup servings (expensive but convenient...or you could get a rice cooker) flavors are white, brown, wild/brown and mexican. Rice might be really good while she's healing.

Lunch meat - Hormel

Tuna fish (most are gluten-free - check label)

Thai Kitchen rice soups (like the Top Ramen my roommates ate in college only rice insead of wheat)

Pre-cooked chicken strips

Cereal - Corn, Rice and Flavored Chex cereals, rice krispies (check label on all these ...should say gluten-free very plainly)

Tortila chips -Dorito (not all varieties) Mission (make nachos with chili if she doesn't have to be dairy-free too)

Glutino pretzels dipped in peanut butter

Jars of applesauce

Canned peaches, pears and pineapple with cottage cheese

Hard-boiled eggs (anyone can cook these...good to eat on the run)

Gluten free frozen waffles

And if she wants to get a crock pot, these recepies are really easy. Maybe you could teach her over Christmas/holiday break. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ All are gluten free and most are the "no prep - dump and cook" variety. If she got a 3.5 or 4 quart slow cooker, cooked on Sunday, she would have pot roast or chicken stew for the whole week.

Good luck!

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I didn't really notice much wrong then, I was convinced that I might have to start taking antidepressants for my anxiety attacks pretty soon, as they would bother me a lot. One night, I got hungry. It was 9pm and my grandmother wasn't home yet to make dinner, so I asked my Grandfather to take me to Panda Express, one of my favorite places to eat.  I brought the food home and one of the first things I noticed was that it tasted vile. There was something off about the rice. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It was my favorite food, so naturally, I ate the rest anyway without a second thought.  A couple hours later I had a nauseous feeling in my stomach. I knew I had gotten food poisoning. I spent the next 24 hours vomiting and squirming around on the floor until my symptoms went away.   But this wasn't like other times I had gotten sick. This time was different. When I woke up that morning, there was something wrong with me. Not with my stomach, but with my vision and my eyes. No, my vision wasn't blurry, but there was something else incredibly wrong with me. I take pride in reading and enjoying my foreign programs in which I have to read subtitles, but for some reason, I just couldn't focus. I couldn't read. I couldn't watch TV. I couldn't do anything that required a decent level of mental acuity. I brushed it off and figured it would probably go away in a couple of days. When I walked to the liquor store the next night, I noticed something strange. The halos around the street lights seemed larger and more pronounced. Although I'm not sure what it was, if that was even the problem in the first place, I knew something was wrong. My anxiety was the worst it had ever been. I hadn't been to a doctor in years, let alone care about my health. Most of my anxiety had to do with my surroundings, but suddenly I was compelled to google my symptoms. I had a strange feeling behind my eye and I started to see rings around lights. I thought I had glaucoma. The visual symptoms became worse. I started to see visual migranes, hard to explain, but they're like patches in my vision, kind of like visual fog but larger and more pronounced, and with afterimages whenever I see lights. It's aggravating to say the least. Anyways, I had about a week of these symptoms before I dragged myself to the eye doctor and told her I was convinced I had glaucoma. She looked at my eyes and said they were perfectly fine. I was a tiny bit nearsighted, but I had enough visual prowess to drive or doing anything else without having problems. This came as a surprise to me,  I couldn't even read or watch my favorite movies! I was convinced that all of this was just anxiety at that point. Loss of concentration didn't seem that bad. I was just glad I wasn't going blind. Then I REALLY wouldn't be able to watch TV.   A week passes by before I develop another debilitating symptom. Severe neck pain. I woke up one morning and it was agonizing. I'm not sure when I noticed I had tinnitus, but this was aggravated to say the least. The migranes and anxiety reached their peak. At that point I was convinced I had developed some form of meningitis. Falling asleep at night was like passing out after a long day of not being able to do anything. I was having panic attack after panic attack. I thought that it might be a tumor instead and I was convinced that I wouldn't even be alive for 20th birthday. There was a weakness that radiated down my left arm and leg. At this point, I was desperate to get even a month left to live. I was constantly pleading to a god I stopped believing in a long time ago for more time. I went to the doctor for the first time in years, convinced that I had meningitis. Both my grandmother and my GP laughed at the notion. The GP diagnosed it as nerve pain, gave me antibiotics for my constipation, antidiarrheal medicine, and an antianxiety and sent me on my way for a couple weeks. I took the antibiotics for a bit but ended up spilling them into the sink at which point I figured I probably couldn't use them anymore I don't remember any of my gastro symptoms then as i didn't think anything of them. All I can remember is being constipated for days on end, which wasn't very fun either. Eventually, I went back to the GP and she prescribed me elavil for my tinnitus and my nerve pain, which made just about everything that bothered me wither away at that point. The strangest thing, actually, was that my symptoms went away BEFORE I started taking the pills. Of course, I didn't know what happened, but I had a day when my symptoms went away before coming back again and I didn't want to take a chance, so I started the medication right away, and they never did come back. Swell right? WRONG.   I had a happy few months between Late March and August that seemed swell, except that I couldn't quite enjoy things like I used to, and I was saying things to my online friends that made them shy away from me. I was convinced at this point that I was just going crazy. My mother is schizophrenic so I just sort of took it as is and was getting ready to tell my doctor and see if the symptoms would go away if i stopped the pills. I didn't do this in reality, as a matter of fact, I told the GP I felt great and she suggested that I increase the dose from 10mg to 20mg. I didn't do this for a while, but I got into an argument with someone that I was just starting to become friends with and decided that enough was enough. I popped that extra 10mg and was ready to crank it up a notch to keep the depression at bay. It seemed to be working, but about a week later, I began to develop a burning pain under my right rib. Uh-oh! I started to google again, but my anxiety was still pretty much under control. I tried to convince myself I had colon cancer, but it didn't hit me hard until I told the doctor I thought the pills were causing the pain and that I was going to stop taking them. This is pretty much where things took a turn for the worst. One day, after I had a couple corn dogs and french fries, I went to the bathroom to find that my stool was yellow and there was blood. Immediately I panicked and called my GP. A lot of things have scared me these past few months, but none more than that instance. The occult blood test came back negative, what do you know. I was pretty healthy at around 147 pounds, my average weight. I told myself at that point that I would turn my life around before things got any worse. I wanted to go vegetarian and avoid meat for the rest of my life. That seemed like the best option at that point. Well, I was wrong, because I was probably b12 deficient, and where does b12 come from? Yeah.... Well, it probably wasn't colon cancer, so what else could I convince myself it was you ask? Pancreatic cancer. I rolled around in bed, night after night, feeling extremely tired, and at the same time, not being able to sleep. When I closed my eyes I had visions of what my organs would have looked like with cancer spreading everywhere. Other times I would envision my own funeral 2 months later after a very painful death. I was very spaced out. It was beyond brain fog. Not only was I so bloated I couldn't eat, but I just made it worse by taking immodium. After that it was god awful. If I was dying, I just wanted to know what was wrong with me, if I had any fighting chance at that point. I think I went down to 136 at this point. I got the blood test and was prescribed a different antidepressant by my doctor. I waited until my test results came back to take it. By that time, I had dark circles under my eyes and white patches on the insides of my cheeks. I came back to get the results of the test, and to my surprise there was absolutely nothing wrong with me (at least that could be seen from my blood). I already started eating meat again by this point. WBC 8.7 (normal) RBC 4.94 (normal) I wasn't even anemic. I swore that my skin started to yellow. I was constantly checking my eyes and suffering. I decided this was the last straw. I started to take the medication the doctor prescribed me, and I felt great! But a couple days later, I took the full dose and woke up the next morning, not being able to breathe and with a super fast heart rate and dilated pupils. This was my first time in the ER. The docs were dumb as rocks. They told me that it was "just anxiety". I couldn't even feel the move the left side of my body. I nearly died, and those kooks told me that I had anxiety! They made me sit in a chair for 30 minutes while the reaction went away! (not to mention I got the bill recently from that ridiculous debacle and they're trying to charge me $4000 for letting me in the door and sending me out.)   Anyhow I'll summarize the next few months between the ER incident and now, including a 2nd time I landed in the ER, wowee! -Lost 6 more pounds between that point and about a month ago. -Kept taking paxil and had several more reactions similar to the one that put me in the ER. -Learned about b12 deficiency and was convinced I had pernicious anemia for a while. Taking multivitamins staved off some of the symptoms, including the bloating. -Some mulitvitamins I bought actually made me feel worse including making my joints hurt, although this may be actually due to wheat, as i've learned -Fatigue became progressively worse. I've got Lymph nodes raised all over my body and I was sleeping most of the day before I stopped eating gluten entirely -Was constipated for days on end. My bowel movements improved with experimentation, although I still couldn't figure out what the problem was. I knew that things like French Toast would make my stomach hurt, but I didn't draw the conclusion because I was convinced that fatty foods would help me gain all that weight back (It obviously didn't. As a matter of fact it was probably why. I'm still sitting at around 132 but at least I'm not dead or getting worse from what I can gather.) -Extreme brain fog until I started taking large dose of sublingual b12. I play a lot of video games and my coordination was god awful.  -Took a non-sublingual b12 pill which made me bloat big time. I should have checked to see if those pills had wheat. -My hands and feet felt like blocks of ice, and my feet burned when I got in the shower. -Developed Tachycardia. I'm not sure when, but my resting heart rate is unsettling. Doctors said nothing about it -Diagnosed myself with several cancers and had several panic attacks which I used my b12 tablets to quell. -Tried to take Elavil again, and woke up with a strange feeling in my left arm, so I stopped taking it.   I ended up in the ER for the 2nd time a few weeks ago. This time I was sure I was going to get the answer I didn't want to hear. "We've examined your chest X-ray and found cancer spreading throughout your body" or something along those lines. I knew that there had to be something going on. I went in there for chest pain, but I had to tell the GP about what was going on. The weight loss, the abdominal pain that mysteriously disappeared months beforehand after I took the pills. He suggested that it must be some sort of malabsorption/malnutrition that was doing this, and I was convinced that an H Pylori infection was the cause. Anyhow, my chest X ray came back normal, as did my blood test, and when I got home, my grandma suggested that I look into Therapy. (as if that would somehow help with the chronic fatigue and other debilitating symptoms) I had nobody else to turn to, so I emailed my grandma and told her everything that was going on. She told me that she thought I had celiac disease, and so far, the results aren't too bad. I've gotten "glutened" a couple times so far, but my constipation is gone, and I've gained a little bit of my weight back. I'm not even sleeping as much as I was. I'm still going to see a gastro, a dentist, and a derma about my more serious concerns, but overall, I don't feel too crappy. I've even got my appetite back. Anyhow, if you've made it this far, I'm glad, as it has been a really bumpy ride for me. I've still got a lot of health anxiety about cancer, but I finally feel like I'm on the right path. I didn't even think I would be alive right now, especially not at 2 in the morning, with only minor aches and pains. I hope I can eventually get diagnosed and get used to this place.        
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