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  1. 2 points
    I'm sorry if I'm going to sound harsh, but I don't get this ridiculous attachment to food. There is more to living than eating. Yes there is a chance she will never get symptomatic, but what if she will? Let me tell you that I WISH my family knew about celiac when I was 11 and had no symptoms yet, then I wouldn't have to be going through what I'm going through now. It's always hard at first, but once you're used to it you stop understanding what the big deal was about. Being "normal" depends on each person's perspective, not the majority's. I'm speaking for many of us not just myself. What will you tell your daughter if one day she ends up unable to workout from being too weak, or if her body gets covered with itchy watery blisters? "Sorry hun but I couldn't bare the thought of you not enjoying your bread"? I know I'm sounding insensitive, but I can't understand why you let food dictate the quality of your life. Simply read around the forum and see what some of the these people are going through, and the solutions they have come up with be able to blend in and live happy lives without feeling too sorry for themselves. It would be really nice to avoid living a life with countless unexplained symptoms that have a mind of their own.
  2. 1 point
    The water is NOT muddied. You have high TTG and villous damage. That's celiac disease, 100% without question. Gold-standard blood and positive biopsy. There are people on this board who would give thousands of dollars for unambiguous test results like yours. You need to get over your reverence of a dude in a white coat with a stethoscope. Remember that the worst medical student in the class still gets an MD and treats patients. People are undiagnosed and misdiagnosed on a daily basis, and sometimes they die from it, partly because they put blind trust in the dude in a white coat and refuse to take responsibility for their own health. Educate yourself by all means! Get your biopsy report, learn about the tests, understand for yourself why every single knowledgeable poster who has contributed to this thread is telling you that you have celiac.
  3. 1 point
    I had no obvious symptoms and only found out I have celiac through genetic testing (my sister is gluten intolerant). After the shock wore off, I went strictly gluten free and have been doing so for just over a year. No, I do not feel any better but am so used to being on this diet that I will not go off it. The biggest thing for me is knowing what can go on internally without my knowing it if I ingested any gluten at all. It is actually hard not having symptoms as I never know whether I have been accidentally glutened. To my knowledge I never have. It was also difficult initially as I felt I had no motivation to go gluten free. Why should I if I did not feel any different? Ignorance is bliss but bliss can be ignorant. There is no reason for her quality of life to decrease. Know what? Since going gluten free there are things I can link to celiac that I did not before (i.e. several miscarriages, weak tooth enamel). Keep it up. Keep thinking you are doing it for her own good. Her future is a lot brighter now!
  4. 1 point
    I have a better approach RiceGuy, why do YOU tell us what it is, after all, you would know better than me, right? I have my pen in hand, my notebook, and you are on the couch...please explain to us all what you see in this picture that we don't?
  5. 1 point
    Thanks for the responses everyone! I will try to speak with the GI doc soon and find out more. I will let you know what I find out. In the meantime I am staying on the gluten-free diet and feeling better.
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  7. 1 point
    You're silly. It absolutely can be red hair, the sun is shining on the one side of her body and the other is in the shade, based on the color of the skin on her hand it looks tan, not "dark". As a red head, I assure you that our hair color looks different in the sun than it does in the shade!
  8. 1 point
    I'd suggest you start a food/symptom diary. A lot of us have other intolerances besides gluten. The diary makes it easy to look for patterns. Pay particular attention to dairy, corn, and soy.
  9. 1 point
    Feel free! But I have to give my 85- year-old Mom her due "props" however, as I stole it from HER! I still remember the first time I said it in front of a classroom and the students went ballistic. :lol:
  10. 1 point
    It's a woman, with red hair --in ponytails--- holding a lolli. The red "object" is part of her ponytail (on the right side of her head) blowing forward. That's all I see. But if you guys see an alien, a shrimp, or anything else ...well, that's cool, too. Whatever blows yer skirt up.
  11. 1 point
    Doc brought food to a potluck meeting. Set down a bag of pita chips and said "these are gluten-free"...
  12. 1 point
    Hey Karen: You could show your sister this post about MY celiac disease symptoms which included mostly constipation but rarely diarrhea: I had MANY celiac symptoms from the time I was about 6 years old: bloated stomach, frequent bouts of 'stomach flu' when I would wake up in the middle of the night throwing up (but nobody else in the house caught the 'flu'), a chronic rash that could have been DH, steatorrhea (floating, mucous covered stools) and hard, infrequent stools (constipation?). My mother focussed on the symptoms and took me to a doctor for a weight control diet for my protuding tummy (ignoring my skinny arms and legs), put ointment on my rash daily and gave me laxatives and frequent enemas. I 'outgrew' the rash, but kept the bloated tummy and constipation throughout childhood and added anemia once I started menstruating. I was the shortest person in our family. I later had a year of amenorrhea. The dermatitis returned in my early 20s as well as more anemia. I lost more weight but never could predict when my stomach would get bloated and gassy, so I felt 'fat'. In my 20s I took laxatives just to stay 'regular'. In my 30s I ate more 'fiber' for regularity and stopped laxatives, but my periods disappeared for another 10 years. (I never had any pregnancies.) In my 40s I started taking extra magnesium for constipation, but experienced more cramping with the bloating and gas. I was diagnosed with gastritis and acid reflux and prescribed antiacids (which contained gluten) and Zantac. I also was later diagnosed with the 'constipation' form of Irritable Bowel syndrome and told to eat more high fiber (wheat bran) cereal. Despite magnesium, lots of fruits and vegies, daily wheat bran cereal and milk the constipation became more severe and unpredictable. I developed painful hemorrhoids after years of constipation and needed surgery to remove those 5 years ago. Along with bloating, cramps and lotsa gas I began to occasionally experience what felt like bits of broken glass passing through my intestines with more severe constipation (about once a month). When I saw a naturopath about my symptoms, he wondered about celiac, but we dismissed that because I was always CONSTIPATED, but rarely had diarrhea. A year later, after a frightening experience with an impacted stool, I saw a newspaper article about celiac disease which included as symptoms cramping abdominal pain, gas, bloating and CONSTIPATION. I called the wife of a celiac friend about the the possibility that my symptoms were celiac disease related and started avoiding gluten the next day. After 2 gluten-free months I did the Enterolab tests which confirmed I had gluten AND casein sensitivity and the gene for celiac disease. Removing gluten helped to resolve the chronic constipation, but avoiding casein helped even more to become 'regular'. However, every gluten or casein 'slip' brings back the cramping/bloating/gas symptoms and then a few more days of constipation. I have read that the classic celiac symptoms of diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss only describes 10% of celiacs. Many more have bloating, gas and cramping pain. Others ALSO have CONSTIPATION. Tell your sister to get tested ASAP. Chronic constipation can cause hemorrhoids which requires a painful surgery and recovery. Undiagnosed celiac can lead to a whole host of other autoimmune diseases (which may include fibromyalgia) as well as intestinal cancer. She won't have to give up breads, pastas or pastries. There are MANY great gluten-free substitutes for all those gluten sources. I wish I would have heard that CONSTIPATION is a celiac disease symptom years ago and not struggled for sooo many years with undiagnosed celiac disease. BURDEE
  13. -1 points
    For those who suggest the lollipop, no, I'm referring to the reddish "thing" which is mostly obscured by the lollipop, except for the left portion. My first impression is echoed by kareng's comment about an alien, but I didn't want to say it Whatever it is, the texture doesn't look like it could be hair. It also appears too far forward for that. If it was part of the person's face, then she's got the thickest neck in human history. Or perhaps an underdeveloped conjoined twin? They say the world may never know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop. Now we may also never know what's behind the lollipop! Oh, the mystery...
  14. -1 points
    I can't see how it could be a ponytail, since the one we see on the other side is much higher. We'd therefor see it start farther up, I'd think. Besides, it appears to be a very different color than the hair which can be seen in sunlight. Wrong texture too, I would say.
  15. -1 points
    Well, I don't buy the explanation, for the simple fact that the person who responded wouldn't know any more than the rest of us, unless they were involved in creating the ad, or spoke to someone who was. Aren't things like this farmed out to advertising agencies? Then again, such a blunder of a photo certainly doesn't look like something a professional would use in this kind of ad. Although I haven't done a lot of paid photography work, I'd never have used a photo like that. A pro would have taken numerous shots, then examined and compared them to find the right one for the ad. So I cannot accept that the one we see was the best of the lot. Again, this reasoning may only apply to a professional photographer. By the time most of you see this post, I'll have sent a message to Scott. However not to ask what the thing in the photo is, but if the ad was done professionally.
  16. -1 points
    No, not offended. But intrigued, mystified and perplexed, yes. Sure, the thread is mostly for the fun of it, but part of that fun is in discovering the answers to the mystery. I admit I may get carried away with things like this. However, there it is, staring us all in the face, begging and beckoning for reasons for being.
  17. -1 points
    See, that's just it - making an assumption just because it's a nice, comfy, normal sort of explanation, regardless of the fact that the picture simply doesn't appear that way. Do I really think it's an alien or an underdeveloped attached twin? No, of course not. But I don't rule out any possibilities, and I don't jump to any conclusion for the sake of brushing it aside. I'm reminded of that tale about the king's new clothes, where everyone was afraid to "step out of line" and recognize the obvious, except for a small child. That child didn't feel constrained by social pressures, to "fit in", and go along with the crowd. There are no foolish questions. But ask no questions, and get no answers. And as for the person in the photo leaning forward, I doubt that too. It doesn't appear to be that way. Her posture doesn't look like that to me. And what about the ponytail which is clearly visible? It isn't falling forward of her shoulder. And even IF the thing on the left side was hair, then why is it so far out from her head when the wind is blowing in the opposite direction? I enlarged the picture somewhat, and increased the brightness to show how dark it is "under" the thing in question. Does the visible ponytail appear so voluminous and long that the same size on the side in question would completely block the light from hitting that side of her neck? And IF the wind was blowing her hair to make that shape, why don't we see ANY strands of it?
  18. -1 points
    Dear RICEGUY... Everyone has tried to be nice...and YOU JUST DON"T GET IT! Good Luck with your obsesive compulsive behavior...TRULY! There is no point in continuing this conversation....in the "REAL world"... it just doesn't matter...do yourself (and us) a favor... IN ALL SINCERITY...LET IT GO!!!
  19. -1 points
    Its OK IRISH...you were gramically correct! (this is copied and pasted strait from the dictionary)..... rac
  20. -1 points
    YEAH...AND HE'S BEATING THE CRAP OUT OF IT !!!! ( What is he....REPUBLICAN? ...I'm sure THAT one will get me in trouble) (I apologize to all the DECENT Republicans out there...I was refering to the RADICAL KIND!...Seriously...no hard feelings!!! ...It's a joke! )
  21. -1 points
    Its beyond curious!....enough said! They warned us about people like YOU! Theres a name for what your doing!Iwon't be speaking to you again!
  22. -1 points
    The first time I saw this, I couldn't figure out what it was. As of now, I still cannot make heads or tails of it. Can you? The arrow points to the "object" which just doesn't look like it could possibly be a normal part of the person's head. What's wrong with this picture, or am I simply not seeing the obvious?
  23. -2 points
    Thing is, the texture is not at all like that of hair. It appears solid, and has specularity. Also notice the total absence of any light shining through it, which there would be if it was hair, especially given the obvious wind blowing. Not to mention that there is light shining on hair further up on that side, and it looks nothing like the portion in question. Not having any other mundane explanation doesn't mean it has to be hair.
  24. -2 points
    Excuse me for being curious, and wanting to know the answer to a perplexing question. Is it much different than wanting to know what's on the side of the moon not facing the earth? For a topic which (according to you) doesn't matter, I have to wonder why you seem so bothered by my questions to have used ALL CAPS and exclamation points a number of times. This is regarded as "shouting". And tossing in jokes, political or otherwise, might not be taken as such by every reader, rather as insulting or belittling.
  25. -4 points
    I do believe I've already stated what I see and don't see in this picture. But I do not know what it is. If I did, I'd not have asked. If you do indeed have first-hand knowledge about it, like if you were the photographer, or if you spoke to the photographer, then by all means let us in on the details. Nearest I can tell, your earlier statements regarding the photo were opinion or guesswork. Much the same as other posters. If this is not the case, please do clarify.