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Celiac Disease Symptoms
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How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?
The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free
Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested?
Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing
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Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders
Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid?
Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)
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Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)
Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages
Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?
Where does gluten hide?
Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet
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Hello and welcome
I'd just echo CyclingLady - do you need to put yourself through this? There are lots of good reasons for pursuing a diagnosis but amongst the strongest are helping you to 'keep honest' on the diet or ensuring that your not denying yourselves a lot of foods for good reason. Neither of these apply to you and so I'd have to ask what you have to gain by putting yourself through it?
Me too, but every so often I fall of the wagon into a gluten free cheesecake or similar
Best of luck!
My own bugbear is that in dismissing the fad diet journalists will typically reference Celiac but will often say that only Celiac patients should be following the gluten free diet. Whatever the consensus medical opinion of NCGS, it's a fact that there are many people who are not diagnosed Celiac but who have been advised by their doctors to follow a gluten free diet. That distinction is typically too subtle for such articles and they therefore help to support the idea amongst the wider populace that if you're not celiac you can eat gluten and if you're avoiding it your either deluded, a chronic attention seeker or jumping on a bandwagon. A reductive and potentially harmful generalisation.
Celiac Disease and alcohol consumption cause malabsorption that can lead to vitamin deficiencies. Nutrition has a part to play in connective tissue disorders like arthritis, Sjorgren's, Ehlers-Danlos, and polychondritis. Here's an article about EDS and nutritional therapy.
Vitamin D is really important in controlling inflammation.
You might consider checking for vitamin deficiencies at your next doctor's appointment.
You might want to look into a low histamine diet and mast cell activation syndrome. I found going on the Autoimmune Immune Paleo diet, a low histamine diet, and a low sulfite diet simultaneously helpful.
The low histamine diet doesn't allow anything fermented. If your reaction to the fermented cabbage is "ugh," it's your body telling you not to eat it.
Cabbage, fish oil, and wine are high in Sulfites. Metformin is a sulfa drug. Your body might be inflamed because of a Sulfites hypersensitivity that may occur with Celiac Disease.
These are things I found helpful. It took several months to figure out what works for me. I'm doing much better now. Like CyclingLady, I "eat to my meter" and don't take medication.
I hope this helps us on our journey to wellness.
Well first things first, I always read your posts with interest, you have gone the extra mile for answers, put the intellectual work in and crucially kept a rational and grounded perspective throughout and if anyone deserves them you do. Sadly of course I don't have any, so I'll simply send my sincere best wishes across the Atlantic. I really do hope you find your answer.
I tested negative for celiac and my endoscopy didn't show villi blunting. I do however definitely react to gluten in all sorts of ways. So I'm in the nebulous NCGS group, a condition that most of the world seems uncertain even exists or if so questions its relation to gluten. I wanted certainty and answers and I never really got them. I've come to accept that it's an imperfect world and this is still in medical terms an imperfectly understood area. I've had to park the question of whether I had celiac but it wasn't picked up (there were some flaws in the diagnostic process) or early onset celiac or NCGS or its really fodmaps and I'm working on a false correlation or it's NCIS, no, CSI New York, etc etc. In the end I was exhausted, sick of feeling ill and had proved to my own satisfaction that gluten was a problem and I decided to leave it at that. It's not ideal by any means, but, hey, whaddya gonna do?
There are things I know about my own condition that I can't necessarily demonstrate or have validated by a test. It is, by definition, anecdotal at best, but I'll offer it in any case. One of them would be the recovery on the gluten free diet. This was very much a matter of time. I did have some very quick responses, within a few days for instance for an improvement in brain fog, anxiety etc. Some of the weirder neuro symptoms seemed to take much longer and although the endoscopy was negative for villi damage I can't help thinking that malabsorbtion may be an explanation for the time some of these longer term issues took to resolve.
Weirdly some of those neuro symptoms, say the muscle twinges, that took a long time to resolve now seem to trigger occasionally I think in response to minute cross contamination issues. I have no idea what this means, maybe they require the least amount of gluten present to present so they were amongst the last to stop? I know just a few days ago I was noticing an errant muscle repeatedly twitching and I started thinking about the bbq I'd just risked using...
None of which of course proves anything or gets you further down the road. I do think however that this:
is a good idea and I'd encourage you to push that limit back from the end of summer to a date at least 6 months and perhaps longer away (I'm thinking 12). The gluten free diet is a pain in the arse but it's healthy (or it is if you make it so) and aside from a slight increase in expense it's increasingly straightforward to follow. Go gluten free, apply just the same rigour in pursuing the diet that you have in looking for answers. Do the food journal. Do the whole foods for 3 months, cross contamination procedure with pans, check toothpaste etc. In short, proceed as if you'd had a positive celiac diagnosis and try to eliminate all doubts. For X many months, live as if gluten free isn't a choice, but a necessity. It makes it easier believe it or not. Give the diet sufficient time and you will be running perhaps your last test by yourself, for me that was the most significant test of all.
Oh and on this:
I learnt, at great personal cost in terms of the sheer misery I went through that my view of health professionals was juvenile and unhelpful. The unquestioning belief that as children we invest in doctors, nurses etc can translate into an over investment of trust to a level which would not be the case in any other comparable scenario. You go to them at your weakest moments, in search of validation, comfort, solutions etc. and if you have a bad experience the first impulse is to blame yourself or question your own experience.
Well I'm way past that now.
Just like any other walk of life there are good, bad and lot's of indifferent people working within. I've had some great experiences but I've also had some awful ones and indeed just a few days ago I had one so bad that for the first time in my life, I lodged a complaint. Please understand as a British person this is very unusual indeed It was a horrendous meeting and I was treated in such an appalling way that if I related it here you may not believe me. A couple of years ago it would've destroyed me. Now I just shrugged it off, then realised that if I allowed that behaviour to pass unquestioned I'd be doing a disservice to the next person who had to suffer that kind of treatment. You've shown on here your an intelligent person with a fully justified and admirable engagement in looking for answers. If your doctors aren't picking up on that the fault lies with them.
tldr **** them.
Best wishes from the sunny UK
I think the gripe with this sort of article is that it's not telling the right story. When you write anything, you have a choice about whose story you tell and the consequences of it. While such articles are factual in the sense that objectively, a GFD is worse than a similar regular one, the focus of these articles undermines the struggles of those who must be gluten-free while also not really giving any information that is likely to result in changed behaviour. All this sort of article does is justify the anti-gluten-free circlejerk.
I think many of the journalists here think they're on the side of people with celiac disease because they're underlining that the fad diet is dumb/pointless/harmful/whatever. While this may be true, the message the reader remembers is this: the GFD is frivolous. It doesn't matter if there's a line in the article that says something about how the GFD is a medical necessity for those with celiac disease. People don't remember the asterisk in the article. All they remember is that the GFD is for idiots.
What would be valuable and useful is discussing celiac disease - symptoms, longterm consequences etc. and how strict those with celiac disease must be with the GFD in the context of this research. This will do a better job of convincing people that the fad diet is dumb, but do so in a responsible way that doesn't undermine the real problems faced by those with celiac disease or other medical conditions. Plus, the increased awareness might make someone realize that they should get tested.