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  1. April, I, too, sometimes have a strange, dull ache on one side of my back occasionally. It's always in the left kidney area (lower than yours) and my first inclination is always to stretch it. But then I remember that that never works and it's a different pain than a tight muscle. Like it's pain or aching from the upper descending colon that is referred to my back in that area. I always try to figure out what it is, and I think it might be related to peanuts, or wheat (when I cheat with a slice of bread). But it's not at the top of my priority list and happens only occasionally so I have not rigorously followed my food intake.
  2. JamieD, I've read quite a few medical journal articles that are testing this hypothesis: one gets a blood testing for IgG food intolerances and then goes off the offending food for a while. Then, they follow up with patients in the short term and about one year later to see how they do. Many of these studies are done on people with IBS or other functional bowel diseases, rather than celiac. (The ones I've been researching anyway). The results look promising, so there is an argument for having blood tests from Great Smokies Lab (they changed their name and I can't remember) or another lab. However, I had great results from doing a formal elimination diet to see what I was intolerant of. The blood tests are not foolproof and my favorite author, Dr. Jonathan Brostoff, believes they are not necessary. I suggest reading the following book: "Food Allergies and Food Intolerance: The Complete Guide to Their Identification and Treatment." by Dr. Jonathan Brostoff and Linda Gamlin. I hesitated to buy it 5 years ago, but I am so glad I did. It's so chock full of good, research-based, and sensible information that I refer to it regularly. I followed the elimination diet information in there to detect my food intolerances long before I ever got full testing from Great Smokies and Enterolab. Some of the results were different and I always trust the elimination diet results over the blood tests. That's why I am currently gluten-free. My elimination diet told me I reacted to wheat, but my blood tests from Great Smokies show no adverse affect!
  3. eLaurie, I took L-glutamine for about 2 months only, as recommended from my Integrative Medicine doctor for leaky gut symptoms. Unfortunately, I did not see any results in my digestion. (I was taking a variety of other supplements, too.) Since that time, however, I have cut down on my dairy and in the last 5 weeks, cut way down on my sugar (but not my carbs). I have been taking it again for a month or so. I have improved since being off sugar, but it's so hard to attribute to one thing. L-glut certainly did not hurt me and may be helping. Who knows. I am taking 5-10 grams a day, which is a big-honkin' spoonful. It tastes weird unless it's in juice. You probably already know this. So while I am not really answering your question, know that there's someone out there that's taking it without knowing whether the results she's seeing are due to l-glut or not. I figure that all the herbs, vitamins, and supplements work synergistically and the proof will be how you feel in a month or two after being on the stuff regularly and as a package deal. Good luck.
  4. Nicole, I have gone off dairy for several times. I can't speak for what the research says, or what the experts say, so I will give you my experience. My lactose symptoms occur within an hour of eating lactose and I get over them within about 24 hours. If I go off dairy for a few days, I feel pretty much back to normal. There's a but...I also have some extra mucous production because of dairy. It's not an allergy in the truest sense, but it clearly affects the mucuous in my nose, throat, ears, etc. It took about 10-14 days for those symptoms to clear up. Within about 3 weeks I feel completely clear of this excess mucous. It is great to not have a crackling sound in your years when you swallow, to not have the bad breath (amazing how bad one's morning breath is when one eats dairy), and to have much, much less nose mucous. Anyway, hope this helps. The author of the bible of food elimination diets (Dr. Jonathan Brostoff), suggests that to test intolerances to food, one must go off them for 7-14 days before challenging with them. This is typically necessary with dairy only if you are testing for a reaction above and beyond lactose intolerance.
  5. Gail, Thanks for the very, very interesting information. It gives me some key words to search the journal articles to see what exists on this topic. I am also thinking that my newfound lactose intolerance could just be a coincidence, spurred on by my drastic changing diet, that would have happend to me anyway as I aged. I was very intrigued by your comment about the anxiety. Before going off wheat/gluten, my intestines used to have a feeling I would call "anxious" because there seemed to be a sensation of pulsation, etc. Anyway, I appreciate the info.
  6. All of the research articles I have read and online forum postings have addressed the problems of lactose-intolerance occurring before one goes off gluten, with typical improvement of lactose symptoms when one's villi heal. Well, I had the reverse happen. I went off gluten and after 3 months I started having strange, occasional pains in my upper GI. One episode was so bad I thought I had gall bladder problems and went in to get a sonogram of my upper GI. They found nothing and within a couple weeks I figured out I had lactose intolerance. I cut down my dairy to a minimum and within a few months I was able to eat dairy with pretty much no problems. Then, I started eating gluten for a couple months and my lactose intolerance started popping up again. I have been gluten free for many months now and my lactose intolerance is as bad as ever. I am stumped as to why this is happening. Any ideas or theories? I do not have celiac disease, since I don't have the gene and my endo was negative. But I have taken Enterolab's test and have the next best set of genes for gluten intolerance, as well as extremely high IgA and IgG levels. (blood and stool confirmed). Also, my two elimination diets verify that gluten and I don't mix. Thanks for any input. I figured that this forum would be the best source of ideas than any other place.
  7. Your reaction could be to the tuna. Maybe you have a reaction to the amines in the tuna? I always wake up with a stuffy nose and slight headache the day after eating a tuna sandwich.
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