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  1. Penny_M


    Celiac Blood testing is an entirely different form, I forget the name of it but others have posted the name here on the board. It cost with insurance about 700.00 so make sure if you have it done your insurance covers it. My parents got approved for the testing and the next thing you know they received a 700.00 bill fore each of them. Ouch!!! after fighting with the insurance company, it got paid because they had the approval from the insurance company prior to the test.
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    Thanks for all the replies--I have to go in for my yearly physical anyway so I will ask then for a copy of my blood work and I will also ask them to check for anemia. If I am then I have definitely been my whole life, I have always been unable to run without having a shortness of breath, I used to pass out when I had my menstrual cycle, thank goodness that stopped. The dr's never could tell me why--kept saying it was hormonal and that it would pass one day. Well guess what I don't faint dead away but I still get very light headed and dizzy at times. If I get a flu bug --watchout I will faint quickly, and I will shake, and I get so cold. It's a sight especially if it hits at work. It's not unusual for the boss to find me curled up on the office floor if I get sick.--I try to prevent that. At least I know now that my hunches are probably correct. Do any of you find eating foods with iron helpful? I am trying to get foods with iron in me daily, because I know by absorption capabilities are very poor to not at all.
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    My accupuncturist used to tell me that corn adds alot of weight around the middle of women and I never really believed her until recently. Since being gluten-free, corn free--basicly grain free, I have lost a ton of bloat around the midsection and I feel soooooooooooo much better. I use nut meal and nut flour along with arrowroot root when coating anything I bake. I put the broiler on to crisp it up a bit.--Its a great low carb and very healthy--If you can eat nuts--I use blanched almonds and walnuts. I thought it would be hard, but I am finding going grain free easy!!!! thats coming from someone who loves carbs.
  4. Penny_M

    Liar, Liar?

    Be grateful you are seeing his true colors now, just think how it would have been if you married him. It's going to be tough, I have some family members that just don't get it. They don't even try to understand it, or care about what it does to me, so to those family members I say-SEE YA--I won't eat at any function they hold at there house.--Lately I don't even associate with them because they are totally disrespecting me and I don't need it. You will soon learn who your true friends and family are.
  5. I don't know what all that means but I have to ask, where you eating Gluten prior to the test or had you stopped? If you had stopped that will effect the outcome of the test. You can test negative even though you are postive or vise versa. Secondly, not all test are conclusive to if you are or aren't celiac, the important thing is to see how you feel after being Gluten free for a week or so. I would also advise that you try being giving your digestive system a break by not eating any form of pasta, or processed foods that have gluten in them. Keep in mind that if your intestines are damaged(inflammed) from years of Gluten that dairy, and some fresh fruits and vegetables may bother you as well. If you have not had an endoscopy done then it might be your best shot at getting a difinite answer if your intestines have been damaged. My father is the carrier of Celiac in my family and I have 4 other siblings and I am the only one with symptoms. It took me years to find out what was wrong. So now I am telling people what I know and what has helped me since being gluten-free. Hope it helps Keep us posted.
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    Another Newbie

    When I first started in my gluten-free eating I tried many different pasta sources, brown rice, and corn ended up being the only two that I found that I liked. I wasn't feeling any better though, so recently I thought I would go AI--Let me tell you--A world of difference has occurred. I swear I feel like I have lost about 15 lbs in my stomach, my allergies are so minimal now, I can breathe finally. These results have been over the past 4 days, but I saw improvements after 24 hours. I strongly suggest anyone new to gluten-free diets should give themselves a break by:1) going Dairy free, 2) going anti-Inflammatory, 3) eliminate completely any forms of pasta/ carbs (only eat fruit and vegetables for carbs. 4) watch how Nightshade vegetables affect you. If you can eat nuts and have a blender or food processor blend up some blanched almonds and use that to coat food with, bake with etc. It's wonderful tasting--You can spice it up anyway you want. I truly have found a new love--that is nut flour. I use arrowroot for bread if I make any. Do yourself a favor and try to eliminate the inflammation in your intestines, I truly think that is a key. We have damaged our intestines so much they need a good break. Good luck to you
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    Is is possible to be slightly anemic? I find it hard to believe with all the blood work and surgeries I have had that no dr has clinically said I am anemic, so is it possible that my blood levels can fluctuate from one test to another to where it doesnt register?
  8. Has anyone touched on this topic--I searched past posts and didn't see anything. I am curious to know how many have been told they are or were anemic before finding out they had Celiac and if they have gotten better since being Gluten free? There is a good article on it at www.gluten.net. I myself have always been told that I had low blood pressure, I have always had cold feet and hands, and I have always told the dr's that I don't absorb nutrients like I should--especially vitamin B's. But not one dr has ever tested me for anemia. When I go back to the dr I am going to have them check --I definitely have symptoms that say I do. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Or if there have been previous posts--point me to them. Thanks
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    Food Product Mfg.

    I have to chime in here and say that even though it's gluten free doesn't mean your daughter will be able to tolerate it. She may have sensitivities to even gluten-free foods due to other ingredients that you may not realize she could be sensitive to. I would keep a food diary and see what bothers her and what doesn't. Keep in mind that certain combination foods might bother her because of how the body digest food. It's going to be a hit and miss game for a while, but it will be worth notating and try the food that bothers her again in a month or so, because she may not be able to eat it now but can later on. Not only that but you may need to ask how she was feeling when she ate the meal, stress and anxiety can play a major role in how she will be able to handle her mea, we all know school can cause stress on kids. Good luck to you.
  10. I have suffered from foot pain for many years and I was diagnosed with Tendonitis in both my feet. GEE tendonitis--Inflammatory condition. I do believe it's connected with all the other inflammatory issues I have. Everything I have tried so far hasn't helped, I wear rubber soled shoes, I have found earth shoes to be the best, the ones from Walmart are pretty good as well. The selection stinks though. Planet earth has some nice soft soled shoes. I am hoping this new anti-inflammatory lifestyle I am adventuring into will help. Everyone tells you to exercise--I wish I could, but no matter what I try my feet kill me, even walking is a challenge, I am glad I have a desk job. I have a wonderful husband who massages me feet everynight before I shower or bath--He's the greatest!!!!
  11. Penny_M

    Scary Symptoms Returning

    a friend of mine is a naturalpath and when we found out I was Celiac and highly allergic to gluten he recommended I do a 30 day intestinal cleansing before I started my full blown gluten-free diet. In doing this you have to refrain from eating grain, some fruits, and meat. I primarily lived on an alkaline diet with little acid forming foods. I drank alot of water and herbal teas. It was tough, but it made it easier to convert. In doing the cleansing I found I had alot more energy and didn't have all the joint pain I was experiencing. Once I went back to eating carbs and some processed I foods I found the energy level decreasing and the joint pain returned. I am now going to follow an anti-inflammatory diet, with no carbs, not grains, not lentils or beans, unless the bean is in it's orginal state. See my thread on Anti-Inflammatory diet within this section, it might interest you in trying some other things. Trust me I have tried alot of different things in my life and I am still seeking out what will be right for me. It's been a long journey for me and I hope I figure it out before I leave this world, so my son will grow up understanding how what he eats can affect his health. He's only 4 right now, and he needs to be tested for Celiac when he is 5, I have already seen symptoms in him so I limit his Gluten intake. He may be like my father who has it, and never have the problems I have had. But we keep a close vigil on him and how he responds to food. Good luck with you and keep us posted on how you are doing.
  12. Hi Beth, Okay, I will go back to the other website, I started to check that out the other day and somehow I fell upon the one and it just didn't make sense to what I have been reading on Cordain and Hoggan. Thanks Beth, I am checking online to see if our library has those books in stock, I hope so, every Celiac book they have is always out. More and more people in my area are going wheat free even if they don't have celiac. I found that interesting!!! I just wish they would get some decent eateries to open so my husbaand and I could enjoy a night out. We have one rest. by us and we talked to the chef and he wont alter the food to make it eatible for celiacs, Well needless to say they wont get our business. It's something as simple as a baked chicken--he wont bake it without the flour seasoned coating---CRAZY!!!! Two days on AI diet--going on the 3rd and my nasal allergy issues are getting much better. Not so much mucus as before. I had a flair up with my stomach last night because I ate some peas, so I think I am going to be avoiding them, but if I combine paleo and AI I wont be eating them anyway.
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    Scary Symptoms Returning

    Since you went gluten-free have you incorporated anything new into your diet? If so make sure you are not sensitive to that. Have you done any cleansing- parasitic or anything else--they can cause some strange things to occur if your are ridding toxins from your body.
  14. I have been looking into the Paleo Diet online and I see a website http://paleofood.com/ can you tell me if this information is accurate, to Cordains Paleo, I see salt being used in the recipes and I didn't think he advises using salt? Have you used Nut flour or made arrowroot bread? If so how do you like the results? I found a recipe I want to try, with arrowroot, I use arrowroot already for sauces but I never tried to make bread or crackers from it. I think I can merge the AI with the paleo just by leaving out the nightshade vegetables. I am going to give it a whirl and see how I feel. So far 2nd day of no carbs, no processed anything, I feel pretty good.