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  1. I'm so sorry for everything your dr has put you through!

    As most of us here have learned you are your own best doctor! Keep asking questions, keep looking for answers. You're problems definitely sounds GI, cut down to a very simple diet. Whole foods are the best for you: fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, unprocessed meats, fresh fish, rice, eggs and unprocessed dairy.

    Get tested for Celiacs before you try going gluten-free it's be easier on your system (and on your 4-year old!). After the test just cut things out of your diet, and start with gluten.

    You've been through so much, but there is hope! I had the anorexia battle with my doctor for years, I even went to a councilor for it (she convinced me I had it) the councilor told me I was fine and didn't have it and my doctor still tried to put me on anti-depressant medication for it.

    Don't give up and if you find out that this is what you have, please get your daughter tested too so that she's not going to go through this as well.

    Good Luck!

  2. Hey Hun, good luck with your mum.

    The best way to get people to understand how bad gluten is for you is to compare it poison. That worked with my little sister, people understand the word 'poison ' better than 'cross-contamination'. Unfortunately we get just as sick off of cross-contamination as we do off of a whole loaf of bread so it's important for her to see that. Make sure you offer her facts, but if she's not interested in looking Celiacs' up and finding out information then you need to be prepared to fend for yourself.

    Good Luck


  3. I'm so glad i'm not the only one feeling sorry for myself :)

    I have my one current comfort, Tim Hortons (for all you canucks) it's safe :D All's not lost when i can grab a cappucinno to feel better. I've got a lot of support around me right now and my parents have (to my eternal thankfullness) made some changes to help me along. We're taking the opportunity to go to restaurants we've never been to, to try recipes that we've never taken the time to try and we're all learning and helping.

    I've never been a big eater (my mum calls me a bird and i've been underwieght for most of my teen-early twenties life) but now that my world is revolving around food i'm really noticing how many more options are out there than my limited understanding before.

    But i still have moments where i sit and mourn the feeling of one more thing i'll never eat again.

    And if i've recently been glutened i cry about the fact that i wish i'd enjoyed whatever it was that i ate instead of putting all kinds of crazy effort into helping myself and poisoning myself instead :(

  4. I'm really new to this myself to be very (very) honest. I'm lucky that two of the grocery stores near me (Canada, Ontario) have unexpectadly large 'gluten-free' aisle in thier organice foods section. I have a puffed rice cereal that i eat for breakfast and my dad bought a smoker so we're making gluten-free beef-jerky (I'm SUPER anemic) I'm actually quite blessed, the food guides as some places are phenomenal and actually three of them are celiac-run so the staff know what I'm talking about when i ask.

    I can't image going through this with a new baby :( keep your hopes up, I'm having really really good days where I feel like I should :P

    This Forum is so helpful and people are so understanding *Thank You All* :lol:

  5. The more I read and study about what symptoms I've had and have had to live with the more upset I get. I've suffered from depression for four years and due to some 'strange phenomenon' I couldn't take anti-depressants because I've got a sensitivity to most over-the-counter meds. <_<

    I havn't been doing this long but wow do I sink into my depression/anxiety when i get glutened :( it's almost my cue, when my mood swings, I know it's going downhill.

    I'm not saying I'm glad you're all suffering from this too, but I am thankful you're all sharing so that us newbies can see we're not all alone- thanks!

  6. I think that in Canada Modified corn starch may contain gluten....i get gluten reaction from it...anyone know?

    Cornstarch: I have a book 'Acceptability of Foods & Food Ingredients for the Gluten-Free Diet' which was publishes by the Canadian Celiac Association. It sais that modified cornstarch is acceptable but food starch is needing to be checked. What i've noticed is that the difference between corn starch and cornstarch are drastic.

    Coffee: I e-mailed Tim Hortons (for the true canucks on this forum :P ) they said that all thier hot beverages and iced cappucinno's are gluten-free as long as you ask the person who is serving you to wear gloves throughout the process of making it.

    Halls: I've always had a problem with any kind of food colouring, even before going gluten-free cough-syrup, halls. The specialist (one of many i saw on my road to celiac) said that a general food colouring alergy is impossible and unheard of. Since then, I've heard that food colouring sensitivity is not unheard of. I've heard that red is the worst too, the more pronounced the colour the bigger the potential reaction.

  7. Hello everyone out there in Celiac World

    I'm very very new to this. I'm still waiting for my blood test to come back next week but my first gluten-free escapade was phenomenal. As the weeks go by I'm getting back into my regular schedual (school, dance teaching, theatre choreography and running a small business) and eating right is getting harder. I'm packing fresh fruit, yogurt, rice cakes and picking up chicken (swiss chalet if my wallet is feeling generous) on days where i'm not home to eat.

    Here's the thing, I'm really starting to feel sick a lot. I'm trying to be really good about cross-contamination, reading labels and asking lots of questions. I ate some rice cakes and a banana one morning and was in bed sick all day afterwards. I get dizzy, faint, headache, sweaty (with a really gross smell) my stomach hurts, the runs. If i can find a bed I 'pass-out sleep' where I'll literally sleep for hours and hours and not wake up or realize how much time has passed or remember anything 20 mins before sleeping.

    I'm really getting frustrated, it seems no matter what i do i'm sick. I can't afford to slip back into my anxiety (which is happening) and my iron is all over the place. I don't know what else to do, I'm scared to eat anything for fear of reaction.

    Any help, resources, advice, or personal experiences would be so welcome right now.

    Thank You