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Hi Everyone....

Was wondering if anyone knew about this issue since I have been reading that many people with celiac disease seem to have this issue in common. I have been teased (lovingly) thank goodness for many years by my girls about being clumsy and tripping, falling, etc. One daughter even asked once if it was genetic and at the time I found it to be hilarious! :blink:

After yesterday, falling off a bicycle (again) and riding a bike has been a passion since I was young. I used to ride 25 miles a day for quite some time. This fall was really a disappointment because it's one of several over a couple of years that's made me realize it's not stopping. Not going away this tendency... and must be part of this whole celiac disease picture... I just hadn't put all the pieces together until now. :huh:

... SO, my question is, now that I'm gluten-free only since March, and healing and doing much better, do I dare hope that my balance issues will go away???? Does anyone have experience with this???? I also have balance issues just standing and sometimes with just doing regular things. Walking I'm fine just seems to be if I'm trying to do something and it involves using one foot or leaning. Of course, the bike riding seems ok for a bit while straight on a path but any deviation I'm over like a trike on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In" (Ugh) :lol: My depth perception isn't so hot either and doesn't help the situation but isn't the main issue. Input and advice is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you! :D

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The first thing which comes to mind is nutritional deficiencies. I'd focus on vitamin B12, B vitamins in general, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Some minerals may also play a role. While you may improve without supplementation on a gluten-free diet, my suggestion would be to get a methylcobalamin (B12) sublingual tablet - 5mg, and take one daily. Also a co-enzyme B-complex, vitamin D3, and vitamin E. A multivitamin/mineral at the same time may also be a good idea.

Some foods can impair balance, such as nightshades. So you may find it beneficial to avoid those too. If you use cooking oils such as canola, make certain it is 100% expeller pressed. Most canola is extracted with hexane, which is highly toxic. And although manufacturers claim they remove the hexane, I wouldn't doubt a person's sensitivities.

HTH

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It took about a year for me to stop compulsively gripping the handrail whenever I went down stairs. I took that as a sign that my body was back to feeling in control of balance.

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The first thing which comes to mind is nutritional deficiencies. I'd focus on vitamin B12, B vitamins in general, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Some minerals may also play a role. While you may improve without supplementation on a gluten-free diet, my suggestion would be to get a methylcobalamin (B12) sublingual tablet - 5mg, and take one daily. Also a co-enzyme B-complex, vitamin D3, and vitamin E. A multivitamin/mineral at the same time may also be a good idea.

Some foods can impair balance, such as nightshades. So you may find it beneficial to avoid those too. If you use cooking oils such as canola, make certain it is 100% expeller pressed. Most canola is extracted with hexane, which is highly toxic. And although manufacturers claim they remove the hexane, I wouldn't doubt a person's sensitivities.

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Thank you RiceGuy... I have started on B12 so far and D3 (am looking for supplements I am not sensitive to) and will add these to the list. Very much appreciate your suggestions. I only use olive oil at this point... I had no idea that these issues could stem from nutritional deficiencies. I have a lot to learn it seems. Glad to have this information. :)

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Another Klutz right here. :huh:

I had similar problems, walking "sideways" as if drunk sometimes, (that was scary). I was always tripping on stairs or curbs and banging into walls as I negotiated a corner. I broke a few toes and I had bruises everywhere! My whole life, I had bruises somewhere! I was a dancer, and my knees and legs looked like a train wreck. By the time the "gluten head" was in full gear, my depth perception was bad and I had to stop driving because my reflexes were shot.

Various neurological symptoms made my life hell, yet an MRI of my brain showed...nothing in there! (go ahead and laugh, I said that on purpose).

What was not so funny was I felt as if I were walking in a dream, feeling so spaced out that I did not know how I got from point A to point B. I had to pull off the road once and call my husband because I felt so out of it and was not sure why. (that big wheat bread sandwich I had at lunch was probably involved)

I told him--and any doctor who I saw--I feel "peculiar--and that something is wrong!"

No one knew why.

Burning nerves, horrid parasthesia--which was body-wide--and even 9 months after being gluten-free, my hands, arms, trunk, legs and feet were still burning and tingling.

I burned like mad for 3+ years.

I stood up one day last September, my foot dragged and did not work properly because it was numb, and I went down. I heard Crack, crack, crack :blink: luckily, I had "only" sprained all the ligaments in my ankle. It took months --and some PT rehab--for it to heal. :blink: ..there's more, but you get the idea.

The good news is, :) almost all of those issues have resolved, but I do still find myself misjudging things and getting a bruise here and there. I still have some burning and some tingling, but not as bad as it was! Not at all. I am gluten-free for 16 months now.

..and No more falling on the stairs(hmm, should not have jinxed myself by proclaiming that so soon....). I do still hang onto the handrails and I find escalators pretty daunting.

Hubs gets nervous when I have a knife in my hand while preparing dinner...I have a lot of nice scars. :huh: but mostly, I am not lost in "gluten head" anymore.

You may have to give it more time, Gail. It may be a question for a neurologist if you do not improve. (I saw 3 of them.) I had EMGs done too--nothing "abnormal".

Hang tough, hon.

You may be interested in this article.

http://www.livingwithout.com/issues/4_12/ataxia-2366-1.html

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IrishHeart... I can't thank you enough for your entire reply. I cried, I laughed. I'm so grateful. Was like re-living my life through your experience almost. Thank you so much for sharing, and caring. This has meant so much to me. Know that I am smiling with all my heart! :D

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G,

Everyone has different experiences and healing times, as we have discussed via our PM chats, but I want you to know that many of us had these issues and they resolve. :)

It's hard to believe they will go away, but they do.

Some people have continuing problems--as that article explains--and you may wish to consult a neurologist if they persist.

You want to rule out any neurological impairment or lesions.

See how it goes.

Take care!

My best, IH

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Doctors thought I had MS for a while. I had gotten to the point where I needed Canadian Canes or a wall to be able to walk and when I fell I had a lot of trouble getting back up. About 6 months after diagnosis I caught myself running up the stairs without even thinking about it. I sat at the top and cryed.

I still had some balance issues for a while after that but by the 2 year point I had regained reflexes in my legs and could actually dance again.

Do be patient as it takes time for the nerves to heal. Some will heal more fully than others. I found I had to be VERY strict as the least CC would send me back to careening off of walls again for a couple weeks at least.

I am going on 10 years gluten-free now. I do still have a small amount of residual damage to my right side and figure that will always be with me but for the most part I have fully healed. I just have to watch my typing because my left hand moves faster than my right and have gotten used to my 'crooked' smile.

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I haven't had time to read all of the replies posted but wanted to add my experience. I fell three times in one year - once b/c my shoes were too big (I think), and another b/c I missed the curb but the third was a doozy. I was taking a walk on NYE (certainly alcohol wasn't involved), I had good shoes on, it was daylight and not for a minute did i feel dizzy but the next thing I knew, I was kissing the concrete and broke my elbow. I fell HARD. I had an MRI to make sure there was nothing going on and of course, saw a neurologist. Nothing could be determined but exactly a year after my fall, an endoscope revealed that I am somehow getting gluten = my villa is blunted and/or flattened (can they be both?). It's been over a year since I fell but I am now afraid to walk alone - afraid to walk period. I exercise only in the gym on a treadmill that I can hang onto. However, I have had no signs of dizziness or any of the other symptoms described. Just my experience......

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Before DX, I was "encouraged to exercise" by doctors, PTs and chiropractors who felt that "being out shape" was part of my problem. :blink: so I dutifully walked (dragged myself) on a treadmill at the gym 3X a week for 3 months. I would have to stop because I was dizzy --or because I had to use the bathroom AGAIN, ---but I held on for dear life on that thing. My head swam with tinnitis and what I call gluten buzz. My legs and back hurt and I could barely breathe without difficulty, but because I had "nothing wrong with me", I tried valiantly to get well by following their advice. Had to stop finally when I told hubs I could not feel my feet and the parasthesia and burning in my spine was getting worse. I did not even sweat in the dry sauna. :blink: Everyone was dripping wet, but my skin was only bright red and burning...that's it. Everything was malfunctioning.

The truth is, when you are malnourished, you simply cannot do what other people do.

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Doctors thought I had MS for a while. I had gotten to the point where I needed Canadian Canes or a wall to be able to walk and when I fell I had a lot of trouble getting back up. About 6 months after diagnosis I caught myself running up the stairs without even thinking about it. I sat at the top and cryed.

I still had some balance issues for a while after that but by the 2 year point I had regained reflexes in my legs and could actually dance again.

Do be patient as it takes time for the nerves to heal. Some will heal more fully than others. I found I had to be VERY strict as the least CC would send me back to careening off of walls again for a couple weeks at least.

I am going on 10 years gluten-free now. I do still have a small amount of residual damage to my right side and figure that will always be with me but for the most part I have fully healed. I just have to watch my typing because my left hand moves faster than my right and have gotten used to my 'crooked' smile.

Thank you so much for sharing such a heartwarming story Ravenwoodglass. So much you have been through and such triumph too!! :) I can only imagine your excitement at running up those stairs and it gives me such hope... Much appreciated!! :D From one grateful crooked smile to another!

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Before DX, I was "encouraged to exercise" by doctors, PTs and chiropractors who felt that "being out shape" was part of my problem. :blink: so I dutifully walked (dragged myself) on a treadmill at the gym 3X a week for 3 months. I would have to stop because I was dizzy --or because I had to use the bathroom AGAIN, ---but I held on for dear life on that thing. My head swam with tinnitis and what I call gluten buzz. My legs and back hurt and I could barely breathe without difficulty, but because I had "nothing wrong with me", I tried valiantly to get well by following their advice. Had to stop finally when I told hubs I could not feel my feet and the parasthesia and burning in my spine was getting worse. I did not even sweat in the dry sauna. :blink: Everyone was dripping wet, but my skin was only bright red and burning...that's it. Everything was malfunctioning.

The truth is, when you are malnourished, you simply cannot do what other people do.

IH it is totally amazing to me what you have experienced and endured. Means so much to me to be able to read and share your experience. Thank you very much for sharing. You are truly helping me before I do some very similar things and it's more than appreciated. I would have gone out and been a crazy person on my bicycle, falling only knows how many more times and possibly causing injuries. Now I know to walk and swim and WAIT :blink: and be patient and heal. Then take it one day at a time. That kind of insight is so invaluable. The peace of mind it brings, a true gift. My safety? well that is immeasurable. Thanks with all my Irish Heart :D I'm so thrilled you are doing so much better!!!

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Just a little note... I am fortunate in that because of my migraines having been so severe for so long that I was able to see a very prominent specialist and did have scans CT and MRI and many things were ruled out... and yes "IrishHeart" they found nothing up there too!!! :lol: I will look to some new doctors to shed some light just to cover all the bases as recommended. I sure do feel lucky to have found out so many answers to so many questions so far, thank you to everyone who has responded thus far. The difference it has made is amazing. :)

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Just a little note... I am fortunate in that because of my migraines having been so severe for so long that I was able to see a very prominent specialist and did have scans CT and MRI and many things were ruled out... and yes "IrishHeart" they found nothing up there too!!! :lol: I will look to some new doctors to shed some light just to cover all the bases as recommended. I sure do feel lucky to have found out so many answers to so many questions so far, thank you to everyone who has responded thus far. The difference it has made is amazing. :)

You might want to check and see if the MRI showed any UBOs, Unidentified Bright Objects). Some doctors think these are normal. My neuro did and it cost me a few years. The UBOs are diagnostic of celiac autoimmune action in the brain but many doctors don't know that.

You mentioned in another post not being dizzy. I thought I should mention that I never was dizzy either. I was just always off balance with that progressing over a long time. Something that helped me a lot as I was healing was seeing a physical therapist. He watched me walk and did a few other tests and I went 2 to 3 times a week for a while. Don't know if that would be helpful for you.

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Like Raven, I have been in PT and MT for over a year now, regaining lost muscle mass and strength. Oddly, despite being very stiff (my muscles felt like wood back then, my MT says) and burning and sore, I was flexible, so I pushed myself to do things I probably shouldn't have. It got so bad I could not lift my arms, open a jar or turn my neck. One rheumy told me I could have ankylosing spondyloarthropy and had me take methotrexate (which I promptly threw up) and I told him after trying it for 2 weeks, Look, I do not have the markers for that, I am not taking that drug just to "see if it helps"!I never went back to him, and of course, like all the specialists I saw, he was wrong. :angry:

My legs seemed useless. I worried I had MS, like my cousin and dear friend.

EMGs and MRIs were normal, but small fiber neuoropathy is found in 16% of celiacs (but is NOT seen on regular EMGs) and as Raven also points out, lesions and UBOs (which several members have posted about on here) that may well be on those MRIs are, inexplicably ignored? :blink:

Sometimes, I felt as if I were walking on one of those walking sidewalks, like in airports? I said to my sister at one point, I feel like someone is slowly poisoning me with a neurotoxin. Like I was living in a bad dream. How crazy is that? yet, pretty close to the truth!

Essentially, the whole thing was just surreal. If I had not met other celiacs with the same neuro symptoms, I would have thought myself bonkers. When I met a woman last month who confessed she had hallucinated while on gluten, I filled up with tears. I hadn't told anyone (except my hubs--and that was well after the fact) about that, for fear the doctor would not take me seriously.

This thing screwed with my brain so much and when I think back on it, I am filled with dread that it would ever happen again. This is why I am so relentless (read that as a "pain in the arse" :lol: ) in making sure others are informed about the toxicity of gluten.

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I would have gone out and been a crazy person on my bicycle, falling only knows how many more times and possibly causing injuries. Now I know to walk and swim and WAIT :blink: and be patient and heal. Then take it one day at a time.

I know we talked about this on PMs, but hon---TIME is your ally.

Today and tomorrow are enough to focus on right now.

Take it slowly. Your body is "rebooting" itself. :) No one hates the thought of being patient more than I do. I lost so much time being sick and incapacitated and now, I just want go, go, go! and DO things, but my body is not entirely well, so I have to take it one day at a time. My vacation last month was a victory for me, but I spent 2 weeks recovering from it. :)

Ravenwoodglass, Gemini, and others who are 7 years or more gluten-free-- these are the people who will tell you it gets better each year and to just try and be patient. Your body will respond.

They are so right! ;)

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I know we talked about this on PMs, but hon---TIME is your ally.

Today and tomorrow are enough to focus on right now.

Take it slowly. Your body is "rebooting" itself. :) No one hates the thought of being patient more than I do. I lost so much time being sick and incapacitated and now, I just want go, go, go! and DO things, but my body is not entirely well, so I have to take it one day at a time. My vacation last month was a victory for me, but I spent 2 weeks recovering from it. :)

Ravenwoodglass, Gemini, and others who are 7 years or more gluten-free-- these are the people who will tell you it gets better each year and to just try and be patient. Your body will respond.

They are so right! ;)

Oh I couldn't agree with you more. I was so good to myself this weekend. Instead of pushing it I went on one motorcycle ride (I was on the back) and no more bike riding but will swim and spa tomorrow. I like that idea of our body "rebooting" itself. I took to day and decided not to go on the 2nd lengthy motorcycle ride and just went for a nice car ride, then a walk and had a nice afternoon and enjoyed some garden veggies and time with a friend. I'm feeling very very lucky today. Your support is really great and helping me tremendously. Thank you IrishHeart!

I look forward to hearing from everyone of course! Such amazing people here it's very humbling and very heartwarming! :)

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Oh I couldn't agree with you more. I was so good to myself this weekend. Instead of pushing it I went on one motorcycle ride (I was on the back) and no more bike riding but will swim and spa tomorrow. I like that idea of our body "rebooting" itself. I took to day and decided not to go on the 2nd lengthy motorcycle ride and just went for a nice car ride, then a walk and had a nice afternoon and enjoyed some garden veggies and time with a friend. I'm feeling very very lucky today. Your support is really great and helping me tremendously. Thank you IrishHeart!

I look forward to hearing from everyone of course! Such amazing people here it's very humbling and very heartwarming! :)

The falling down is probably gluten ataxia. It goes along with peripheral neuropathy. 24% of celiacs make antibodies to their neurons. This means your central and peripheral nervous systems. Purkinje cells in your cerebellum are needed for balance and coordination, and can get killed by your immune system. There is information on the web that these cells do not regenerate. However, my doctor says they can regenerate. I am in a small online support group called "Celiac Brains", started by a woman who got on Social Security Disability. She had the dragging leg problem, and needs a wheelchair sometimes. Celiacs whose immune systems attack their brains are especially sensitive to gluten. I myself get the neuro symptoms even when I breathe too much where I can smell gluten. The woman who is disabled goes along with her husband and kids to eat in restaurants, and gets CC, and then is disabled for long periods. Her doctors do not know if she will get better this time. Pleased be careful! I really recommend that you never eat in restaurants unless they are totally gluten-free. Joking about nothing being in there on a brain scan is no joke. People with this problem have their brains shrink. If you want more information, I can provide links, or you can search for "gluten ataxia" or "Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou". See the article at

http://imn.gcnpublishing.com/fileadmin/content_pdf/imn/archive_pdf/vol40iss2/70051_main.pdf

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I can't say anything new, but yes....I was a klutz that would walk into door frames. And the door frames weren't moving.

I noticed when I got glutened in Dec the clumsiness came back quickly. Especially in my fingers.

Vitams help me alot. I was low on d3, iron, b's. Still on supplaments.

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I can't say anything new, but yes....I was a klutz that would walk into door frames. And the door frames weren't moving.

I noticed when I got glutened in Dec the clumsiness came back quickly. Especially in my fingers.

Vitams help me alot. I was low on d3, iron, b's. Still on supplaments.

Thanks PricklyPear... wow me too with the door frames. :unsure: Thanks for sharing and for letting me know it came back fast when glutened. I sure don't plan on that happening but I'm sure none of us does either. Hope you are feeling better now. :)

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The falling down is probably gluten ataxia. It goes along with peripheral neuropathy. 24% of celiacs make antibodies to their neurons. This means your central and peripheral nervous systems. Purkinje cells in your cerebellum are needed for balance and coordination, and can get killed by your immune system. There is information on the web that these cells do not regenerate. However, my doctor says they can regenerate. I am in a small online support group called "Celiac Brains", started by a woman who got on Social Security Disability. She had the dragging leg problem, and needs a wheelchair sometimes. Celiacs whose immune systems attack their brains are especially sensitive to gluten. I myself get the neuro symptoms even when I breathe too much where I can smell gluten. The woman who is disabled goes along with her husband and kids to eat in restaurants, and gets CC, and then is disabled for long periods. Her doctors do not know if she will get better this time. Pleased be careful! I really recommend that you never eat in restaurants unless they are totally gluten-free. Joking about nothing being in there on a brain scan is no joke. People with this problem have their brains shrink. If you want more information, I can provide links, or you can search for "gluten ataxia" or "Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou". See the article at

http://imn.gcnpublishing.com/fileadmin/content_pdf/imn/archive_pdf/vol40iss2/70051_main.pdf

Thank you for sharing this article very much. I sure have a lot to think about and a lot to take in. :)

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I haven't had time to read all of the replies posted but wanted to add my experience. I fell three times in one year - once b/c my shoes were too big (I think), and another b/c I missed the curb but the third was a doozy. I was taking a walk on NYE (certainly alcohol wasn't involved), I had good shoes on, it was daylight and not for a minute did i feel dizzy but the next thing I knew, I was kissing the concrete and broke my elbow. I fell HARD. I had an MRI to make sure there was nothing going on and of course, saw a neurologist. Nothing could be determined but exactly a year after my fall, an endoscope revealed that I am somehow getting gluten = my villa is blunted and/or flattened (can they be both?). It's been over a year since I fell but I am now afraid to walk alone - afraid to walk period. I exercise only in the gym on a treadmill that I can hang onto. However, I have had no signs of dizziness or any of the other symptoms described. Just my experience......

Very much appreciate you adding your experience USF1970. Have you found the source of your glutening?

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I really recommend that you never eat in restaurants unless they are totally gluten-free. Joking about nothing being in there on a brain scan is no joke. People with this problem have their brains shrink. If you want more information, I can provide links, or you can search for "gluten ataxia" or "Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou". See the article at

http://imn.gcnpublishing.com/fileadmin/content_pdf/imn/archive_pdf/vol40iss2/70051_main.pdf

No one is joking about other people's brains, or making light of ataxia, I assure you. We had it ourselves and recovered for the most part and we are trying to be encouraging, that's all.

Of course, NONE of what happened to us is funny. That's not what we meant at all.

I have provided the OP with all of these links to gluten ataxia on PM conversations, including this one. But it is very good of you to post it again!

There are many to be found here as well

http://sites.google.com/site/jccglutenfree/glutenataxia

Most notably, "Early diagnosis and treatment with a gluten free diet can improve ataxia and prevent its progression"

The OP has been to a neurologist.

Finding a totally gluten free restaurant--an entire restaurant that has never had ANY gluten products in it?-- is impossible, except for one. As far as I know, it's Sherry Lynn's in Latham, NY.

Are there others? Please let us know!!! :) We are grateful for any information!

Best wishes, IH

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Finding a totally gluten free restaurant--an entire restaurant that has never had ANY gluten products in it?-- is impossible, except for one. As far as I know, it's Sherry Lynn's in Latham, NY.

Are there others? Please let us know!!! :) We are grateful for any information!

Best wishes, IH

IrishHeart,

Thanks for the links, organization is not my forte.

As for totally gluten free restaurants, the ones I have been to probably don't compare to Sherry Lynn's.

In the Chicago area, there are:

Rose's Wheatfree Bakery and Cafe http://www.rosesbakery.com/contactus.asp

OMG It's Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe http://omgitsglutenfree.com/

In the future, there will be Senza: http://blog.senzachicago.com/, being established by the widow of the owner of Fatoush, which was sold.

Apparently the Great Taste Cafe closed, as have several other dedicated gluten-free restaurants around the country. Dedicated gluten-free Bakeries do better, such as Sweet Ali's www.sweetalis.com.

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OK, more dedicated gluten-free restaurants, which I have not been to,

in Colorado there is Coquettes Bistro and Bakery:

http://coquettesbistroandbakery.com/

in Massachusetts there is Idgy's:

http://idgysglutenfree.com/

Get out and support these places, or they will be gone, like the others.

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    • The reason I think it was the shampoo? Process of elimination. Our house is almost entirely gluten free (except for this shampoo which slipped through the cracks until I read the ingredient label). My husband has bread that he eats at lunch, but he practices something that resembles aseptic technique from the lab when he's making his sandwiches. He's been doing this for years now and I've never been glutened from within my home. The previous week I hadn't eaten out, I cooked all my food, I don't eat processed food and I never eat something from a shared facility.  Usually if I get glutened it's a single dose sort of thing and it follows a very predictable course, to the point where I can estimate when I got glutened within 24 hours of when it happened. However, this time, I was feeling achy and arthritic and moody for about a week before it got bad enough for me to recognize it as the result of gluten exposure, at which point we went searching and found the shampoo (and conditioner, which does leave more of a residue than shampoo), which he immediately stopped using. Within three days I was feeling back to normal (which is the usual course for me).  Sure, it could have been something else, but I know how sensitive I am, and, as silly as it sounds, it was the only thing that made sense. The other thing you said: You're correct, mine was not a rock solid celiac diagnosis, but I have no doubt that gluten is the problem. I was SICK. I went through two different gluten challenges in an effort to get a more straightforward diagnosis during which I was a barely functioning human being. Consuming gluten may not have given me blunted villi or elevated antibodies, but it did inflame my gut, and actually started to damage my liver. If you look at my diagnosis thread, I had elevated liver enzymes, which have been correlated with celiac disease in the past. There was no alternative explanation for the liver enzymes, he checked EVERYTHING.  I too am a scientist and I have spent a lot of time with the literature trying to make sense of my condition.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26150087 I also have no doubt that gluten was damaging my intestines in some way, as any prolonged gluten exposure in the past has inevitably been followed by a severe FODMAP intolerance that goes away once I've eliminated the gluten and given myself a month or so to heal.  I also had a very fast diagnosis following the onset of symptoms (~1 year) so it's possible that the disease never had a chance to manifest as full celiac. I wasn't willing to eat gluten long enough to find out. As a result of my diagnosis, hazy as it was, I am *meticulously* gluten free. It is not a fad for me. I don't occasionally cheat. It is my life, for better or worse. All of that being said, I'm not sure what my diagnosis has to do with your question. You say you're not trying to be rude, but when you bring up my diagnosis in a thread that has nothing to do with diagnostics, it seems like you're trying to undermine the validity of my disease or the validity of my input in this forum. If I'm being hypersensitive, I apologize, but that's how you came across on my end. I'll admit that the fact that my diagnosis wasn't more straight forward does make me a bit defensive, but I promise that even if I didn't have a solid diagnosis, I interact with the world as though I did, and I'm not out there giving people the wrong idea about celiac disease by not taking it seriously. If there was a connection between your question and my diagnostics that I missed I would appreciate you giving me the chance to better understand what you were asking. 
    • I am just curious.  As a scientist (and I am not trying to be rude), how can you determine if hydrologized wheat protein from your husband’s shampoo was actually the culprit?  If I recall at your diagnosis, you were seronegative, Marsh Stage I, gene positive,  but your doctor still  suspected celiac disease.  You improved on a gluten diet.  Other than observation, how do you really know?  Could it not be something else that triggered your symptoms?   I firmly believe that even trace amounts of gluten (under 20 ppm), can impact sensitive celiacs.  But traces of a protein within a shampoo from someone else’s hair that was rinsed?    
    • I also can't have dairy but through a series of experiments and a lot of research I think I've pinpointed my problem. It may or may not be the same for you, but I thought I'd share.  There are two kinds of beta-casein protein A1 and A2. We'll call A1 "bad casein" and A2 "good casein". The two proteins differ only in a single amino acid, but this is enough to make it so that they are processed differently in your guy. Bad casein is actually broken down into a casomorphin, which is an opioid peptide. That does not mean that milk gets you high, or is as addictive as heroin, or anything like that, it just means that it can interact with opioid receptors (which the gut has a bunch of). It's worth noting that opioids cause constipation due to their interaction with the opioid receptors in the gut, and that a lot of people feel like cheese and dairy slow things down, but any connection between the two is pure speculation on my part at this point.  Now here's where things get weird. The vast majority of milk cows in the western world are derived from Holstein-like breeds, meaning black and white cows. In a few select places, you'll see farms that use Jersey-type cows, or brown cows (Jersey cows produce less milk than Holsteins, but many connoisseurs feel it's a higher quality milk, particularly for cheese).  Holstein-like cows have A1 and A2 casein (bad and good), however, Jersey-type cows only have A2 (good casein), unless their genetic line involved a Holstein somewhere in the past, which does happen.  A company in New Zealand figured out how to test their cows for these two genes, and selected their herd down to cows that specifically produce ONLY A2 (good) casein. You might have seen it in the store, it's called A2 milk. Some people have had a lot of luck with this milk, though it still doesn't solve the problem of cheese.  I have suspected, due to trial and error and a few accidental exposures, that I have a problem with A1 casein, but not A2. In line with this: I am able to eat sheep and goat dairy without any difficulty, so at least I can still enjoy those cheeses! I am also fortunate because I'm apparently not too sensitive, as I can still eat cow-milk butter. The process of making butter removes *most* (read: enough for me) of the casein.  However, if I eat cow cheese or a baked good with milk, I get really sick. It's a much faster reaction than if I get glutened. Within minutes I'm dizzy and tired and my limbs are heavy. I have to sleep for a couple of hours, and then, over the next couple of days, I'm vulnerable to moodiness and muscles spasms and stomach upset just as though I'd been glutened (though the brain fog isn't as bad). I actually haven't tried A2 milk yet, mostly due to lack of availability (and motivation, I don't miss milk, I miss CHEESE). However, last year, when I was getting ready to go on a trip to Italy, I had a thought. Once, in the recent past, when I'd been testing dairy, I'd had a slice of parmesan cheese. Miracle of miracles, I was fine. I didn't feel a thing! I was so excited that I ran out and got some brie to eat as a snack. That did not go so well... Turns out parmigiano reggiano is made from the milk of the Reggiana variety of cow which is, you guessed it, a brown cow (they say red). I did a little more research and found that dairies in Italy predominantly use brown cows. So I decided to try something. As some of you may know, Italy is something of a haven for celiacs. It's one of the most gluten-free friendly places I've ever been. You can say "senza glutine" in the smallest little town and they don't even bat their eyelashes. You can buy gluten free foods in the pharmacy because they're considered a MEDICAL NECESSITY. If travelling-while-celiac freaks you out, go to Italy. Check out the website for the AIC (Italy's Celiac society), find some accredited restaurants, and GO NUTS. While I was there, I decided to see if I could eat the dairy. I could.  Friends, I ate gelato Every. Single. Night. after that. It was amazing. Between the dairy being safe for me and the preponderance of gluten free options, it was almost like I didn't have dietary restrictions. It was heaven. I want to go back and never leave.  So that's my story. Almost too crazy to believe.  TL;DR: Black and white cows make me sick, brown cows are my friends.
    • I'm a scientist, and I did a little research into the study. Looks valid and it was published in a respected journal.  http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(17)36352-7/pdf The science looks solid. As someone who didn't have a super clean cut diagnosis before going gluten free, I'd love to see something like this become available. Then again, there's no doubt in my mind that I can't have gluten, so any additional testing would be purely academic. But like I said, I'm a scientist. I can't help myself. 
    • Update: I have tried calling the company several times and have emailed twice. I have yet to talk to a person on the phone and no one has emailed me back.    I did a little research and they were are already involved with a class action lawsuit about being labeled as salt free and one of the first ingredients is sodium chloride.  I am done with this shampoo because this whole company seems a little shady now! 
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