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  1. Carri Ninja

    Safe Food List At Vg's Foog Center

    Yesterday my husband and I went to VG's Food center and found a gluten free food list at the service counter. I thought this was very interesting. I am always looking for new things that are gluten-free, and different places that are easier to shop. When I picked up the list I was surprised to find that it was 2 pages long. It was organized by category, product, brand, and put into two very easy to read columns. Click here to go to their website. It also has a neat feature where u can build your own shopping list. I haven't used this much, but thought it was kinda cool. I am sure most of you celiac's have resorted to lots of home cooking, like I have. We do go out to eat about twice a week, but it can be a toss up some days. I haven't been cross-contaminated in over 6 moths from a restaurant, but the fear still crosses my mind when someone suggests someplace new to eat.
  2. I have always had DH, and the drs could never tell me what it was. Went gluten free and found this forum. That's how I found out. I have been gluten-free for a year now, except for occasional cross contamination - maybe once every 4 mo. I have had a scope done recently without eating gluten and they were still able to give me a positive for celaic. I might just be a rare case? My Dr. told me that the elimination diet along with my heart issues stopping was good enough of a diagnosis for him. He wasn't going to ask that I continue risking my heath for it. I would suggest talking to your Dr. and explaining how horrible you feel. Maybe they can do a blood test now instead of making you wait. I know the blood tests aren't always accurate, but if you feel that bad there's a def. reaction. Good luck and I hope you feel better.
  3. Carri Ninja

    Olive Garden gluten-free Menu

    I am very sorry to hear you have had such a bad experience. I hope it isn't food poisoning, but then again being glutened is essentially food poisoning. I feel for you. Every time I get contaminated I go through the exact same thing. I will have severe flu like symptoms, run a high fever, break out with dh and eczema. My body will get rid of it any way it can. It is a terrible thing! My husband and I had planned on trying the gluten-free menu for valentines day at olive garden, but it was extremely busy. We both were very worried about contamination. We ended up eating at red robin - burgers for v-day, but as long as it is safe it is a real treat to eat out ya know. Anyways I will not be trying this now thank you for saving my the possible reaction. The last one caused hallucinations (because of fever) about a blue man eating banana on the roof. we all got a bang outta that one after. It usually takes me about 5-8 days to fully recover from a cc glutening. The last time I ate a piece of bread it almost killed me (before I knew). The dr wanted to put in a pace maker right away, but I refused. At that time my organs had shut down and the dr couldn't fig out why. The best thing I can say is listen to your body, and don't worry about offending others - your health is more important! Good luck and I hope you feel btter!!
  4. So I heard that propel had some new flavors and have added extra vitamins to help hydrate! Just what every celiac needs - extra hydration - turns out to be not so great for me! I though it could be good. Propel has always been gluten free, and helped with my dehydration issues immensely! I usually get the little flavor packets to carry in my purse just in case. Well I saw the new flavors and I grabbed the new peach one. It tasted a bit funny, so my son drank the rest of it. (I have learned if I don't like the taste don't eat/drink it because it usually means an allergy.) So we were at the store the next day and I grabbed a box of the propel packets. Cherry lime flavored this time. I read the ingredients on the box all seemed to be ok. I mix one packet with 20 oz of water and drink one a day, so it isn't real strong - thankfully. The runny nose and overnight ear/nose/throat infection, severe cramps, feeling like I got hit by a truck, and you know the rest of the usual fun stuff, was my first clue that something was wrong. I got my antibiotic later that afternoon. (continued to drink the propel - still didn't know) Late that evening I was feeling super thirsty and so I made up a bottle. I drank the whole bottle with dinner. BAD! I spiked a fever of 103. My cheeks flushed bright red and the rest of me was ghostly white. My husband asked if I was OK and I said I was having a reaction to something. He got me the usual arsenal of pills along with my antibiotic. The next morning I woke with my body covered in DH. Eczema spots the size of quarters on both elbows. I was really starting to worry. I had eaten different things that only I had prepared, so that amount of contamination was out of the question. I seemed to get a little better, until dinner time. I had prepared dinner and made a bottle of water. About half way through the bottle I realized - oh duh I know right. Anyways I did some reading. All of the ingredients were the same from the previous kind to the new kind EXCEPT for GUM ACADIA / GUM ARABIC !!!!! (same just dif name) I have a severe allergy/intolerance to it come to find out. So I decided to look and see if the not so wonderful peach flavor had it as well. Nope, but even better it has MALTODEXTRIN!! So I suggest to any of you who are propel fans - try with extreme caution. I thought I was being careful, but you just never know! I am still covered in DH and have been for almost a week now. My skin is peeling like I have had a sun burn. I have been showering in baby oil to help. If anyone has any suggestions for home remedies I would love to hear it!! My husband and I are tired of feeling my sandpaper skin. My husband is very supportive, but it hurts him when I pull away. I cannot stand to be touched right now, it is hard to explain that to my 7 yr old. I hug him and hold him anyways, but it is making the peeling worse. Thanks for reading. Suggestions greatly appreciated!!
  5. Carri Ninja

    Still Sick

    As of recently I had a scope done. I have been gluten free for a year now and had to have a scope done because I am still bleeding. The Dr. thought that I might have colon cancer. Very scary at 29. I watched my grandmother go through a lot of the same things. She passed away in her mid 50's. When the scope results came back there was no cancer. THANK GOD. If you have read any of my other posts you might have seen this already. I was just back at the Dr.'s office yesterday because of ongoing problems. My scope showed that I still have Celiac damage and that can still be causing the bleeding. He also told me yesterday that he really couldn't find why I am still having pain, vomiting, weight loss, extremely tired, memory lapses, and a long list of other strange problems. So instead of just telling me I was crazy and imagining things he started looking over other tests I have had done. Come to find out I have Post Tubal ligation syndrome. I had never heard of this and was never told the risk of this happening when I had my tubes tied. From what he said there is a 33% chance of getting it in the first 5 years after having your tubes tied. 33% is a huge number considering how many women have their tubes tied each year! The blood flow is cut off to the uterus and ovaries causing a hormone imbalance. WOW right! As if my poor family hasn't suffered enough! I now have to have a hysterectomy here very soon. So if your thinking about getting your tubes tied, please talk to your DR. about the risks of Post Tubal ligation Syndrome. It is very very real and can cause a numerous amount of problems. 33% is not a huge percentage, but I am one of that 33%, and the Dr. didn't explain the risk. It is so frustrating and maddening that I have suffered so long with the cealiac and to now have to go through even more because of an elective surgery.
  6. Carri Ninja

    Colorectal Cancer

    I use Nutribiotic brand Grapefruit Seed Extract {not grape seed} because it is "safe and all natural". The pills are what I take for like uti's, and when I feel like I am getting an infection from my heart going bonkers lol I also have it in liquid form. If you don't want to purchase both - because it can be quite pricey depending on the size- I would suggest the pills first just because it is cheaper. It is like 8$ here at the heath food store for a bottle of 50. Which taken twice a week is quite cheap, and Cheaper then what I was spending on antibiotics. Anyways I use the liquid as a topical for the most part - although it can be added to your drink. It has a bit of a bitter taste, but works just like the pills. The liquid I use ans an acne cure. I get some bad ones when I have a reaction and the GSE clears them by the next day where usually I have them 2-3 weeks - even with prescription acne meds It is 20$ for a 4 oz bottle, but is super concentrated. One drop in my palm and mixed with water {as much as my hand can hold.} I then wash my face nightly with it. If i get a blemish I use it full strength - which is not recommended for first time uses - it can burn you seriously. Anyways Good luck and I hope you get as much good out of it as I have. I think it is wonderful - AND ALL NATURAL which is even better!
  7. Carri Ninja

    Colorectal Cancer

    Thank you for your post!! I am looking into this - it was a very interesting article - I had never heard of this before. I knew about the green tea and have been taking that off and on. {as much as my body will allow} I try to solve things the best I can by using a natural approach, as I am allergic and intolerant of so many things. I use GSE {grapefruit seed extract} to help boost my immune system as well. The GSE cures the UTI's that I get all to frequently. It also helps with my acne. I had severe arrhythmia and strong heart beats before I went gluten free - it damaged my mitral valve causing a prolapse. I was on steroids for it for almost 4 years. Because of it I have to be on antibiotics for all kinds of things like dental work. The GSE helps me not have to take nearly as many antibiotics. { like once a month vs 3 times a year } Some of my health problems are finally starting to get better, but some are not. There were things that I thought would go away and haven't. I have been gluten free minus accidental contamination of course, since Nov. of last year. I hope with time things will change even more. I always knew something wasn't right, and always thought when I finally got it figured out it would be the miracle "cure" and I would be perfectly healthy. I have come to the conclusion that was a childish wish and I will never be perfectly healthy, as the celiac was left untreated for way to long. So THANK you for your time. I am always willing to give things a whirl to see if it will help. You guys are all in my thoughts and prayers. This board has helped me so so much!!
  8. Carri Ninja

    My Son

    My son is 7 now. He occasionally {about 3 - 5 times a year} has random pain, fever and unexplained clumsiness. I see this and think of all the times I went through that as a child. I have had the Dr give him the blood test for Celiac and it came back negative. I know that blood test isn't always accurate. I am on a very strict gluten free diet. He eats gluten free - by choice - for the most part. It still worries me because of all the genetic problems that run in my family. I have talked to a lot of people about this and quite a few of them said that the problems would "flare up" now and then in kids, but then when they got older they noticed things getting severely worse. I am keeping a close eye on him. If anyone has an opinion they would like to share on this I would love to hear it!!
  9. Carri Ninja

    My Story

    "I'm sick but I'm pretty." I was always told not to complain because I had it good compared to my autistic cousin and aunt with Cerebral palsy. Agreeing with this I suffered year after year silently as I could imprisoned in my own body knowing something was wrong. So here it is about the real - sick - me. If you take the time to read this I thank you. There are several stories on this board that have been truly inspiring. I hope I can do the same for at least one more person! I have been sickly my entire life. I had problems with weight gain when I was an infant. I was either way to skinny or way to fat. At age 6 it was found that I was deathly allergic to rye and many other things, but was never tested for other grains. Tested repeatedly for HIV {yes at age 6} and other immune deficient conditions - all were negative. {thank god} My parents were told I was just an "indoor person" because of my allergies and immune deficiencies. Allergy shots made the problems worse - after each shot I would have a softball sized lump in my arm. At 6- 12 yrs old that is humongous! I was on allergy pills that made me sleep half the day, and still wasn't any better. At age 15 I had a Hiatal hernia, and an emergency appendectomy. I had to eat a very restricted diet and swallow some more pills. Found out I am Allergic to Caines - the local anesthetics - when I had a seizure at the dentist office - at age 15 as well. It was a very unpleasant year lol.{family members were very concerned I was anorexic/bulimic because of the constant vomiting. I didn't like to throw up so I just ate less and less.} At age 18 I started an even stricter vegetarian and low carb diet and had a fairly healthy year - It was amazing I thought I finally was going to be healthy and had out grown my problems like all the dr's said I would! I even grew 2 inches!! At age 19 I ended up with a severe protien deficiency and "had to eat other grains and meat again". I started to get sick once more. The following year I had measles, strep 4 times, an eye infection that caused me to be to be legally blind, 12 bouts of an "unknown viral infection that will not leave your system - gotta tough it out kiddo", the flu, bronchitis for about 6 months, and 15 to 20 sinus infections. Diagnosed with IC, IBS, extremely bad endometreosis {My uterus is folded in half and full of scar tissue, and ovulation comes only about once a year. At 15 I was told I should have a hysterectomy, but refused. I was Told I would never have children.} At age 21 I was "lucky" enough to have a hard fall - broke my tailbone - and it shifted and opened things just enough to let me get pregnant. I was told there was a 75% chance he would be retarded. My miracle son is now 7, perfectly healthy, happy, and full of life. Little did I know at the time the reason I was so sick was due to the prenatal vitamins being pack full of gluten to "help me gain pregnancy weight". I'm 5'6" weight was 135 lbs - when I gave birth I was 108lbs. My son was 7lbs 7 oz and 19 1/2 in long. They were shocked that he had a normal birth weight because of all my weight loss. Age 21 {2001}Heart arrhythmia and prolapsing mitral valve came with pregnancy. I continued to suffer with the steroids, digestive, and heart problems for the next eight years getting sicker the whole time. My brother moved in with us to help take care of the baby and me because I wasn't conscious half the time. I would eat and then pass out on the couch for the rest of the day. This caused severe depression and mood swings. I do have to say those guys put up with so much! I really do feel that they must love me so so much! The beginning of 2008 I had another "virus" that caused my intestines and other organs to swell. I couldn't keep any food what so ever down. I started to have some clue then that it was food causing the reactions. I was tested for thyroid and diabetes again. I remember being at my husbands aunts house feeling ungodly ill. I went to the bathroom and it was solid blood. I went out and laid in the chair and dozed off. I remembered thinking, as I closed my eyes, I don't think I will be waking up from this one. About 3-4 hours had passed and my husband was shaking me quite violently to wake me and everyone was staring. I was unable to function on my own. My husband, the wonderful man that he is, took care of me the best he could. He tried to talk me into going to the ER, but I refused. I was diagnosed Nov of 2008 with celiac - by a friends mom - DR's tests never found the problem until after it was brought to their attention. After I was diagnosed I convinced my mom to go gluten free and she found out she has celiac as well. August 2009 I had a scope done to check for cancer, and it was all clear YAY. Several of my family members have died at young ages of intestinal related issues and cancers. Genetics have not been kind in my family, but I think most of it stems from the undiagnosed/untreated celiac. With the change in diet I am finally starting to see a difference in my life. The brain fog, pain, fatigue, and muscle weakness has almost completely subsided. So again if you took the time to read this, thank you. I hope I have inspired you to never give up even though it sometimes feels like the the options have ran out. Good luck to you and may god bless you with at least one beautiful miracle like I have had.
  10. Carri Ninja

    Colorectal Cancer

    Thank you for posting this really did put my mind at ease a bit. Especially the tip about going gluten free and after 5 yrs our chances of cancer go down. I hope everything is going well for you and your family as well!!
  11. Carri Ninja

    Colorectal Cancer

    The test was positive for blood and then the Dr sent that to the lab to check for cancer cells and they found some. Well I had a scope done yesterday and guess what NO CANCER YAY!!! The Dr still seems to be concerned about the bleeding though they really didn't see much wrong. Hopefully my intestines are still just healing from the celiac - keeping fingers crossed on that one. On top of that and the IBS and IC the dr's seem to think that's where my pain and bleeding are coming from. Still a bit scary thought because all of the cancer and genetic disease that runs in my family. Thank you for all of your concerns and letting me vent its helped a lot!!
  12. Carri Ninja

    Gluten Free No Prob...but...

    I am very sensitive to maltodextrin as well. It is nasty and is found in A LOT of things. It is also used a lot on seasoning in chicken in restaurants. - be careful!! The bad part about maltodextrin also is that it can be produced with several different ingredients INCLUDING WHEAT and they don't have to specifically list it!!!
  13. Carri Ninja

    Kidney Stones,

    Interesting topic I have had kidney stones about 4 times a year for about 8 years now. I also have a build up of calcium in my joints. I rarely eat/ drink dairy because of the digestive consequences - plus it gives me really bad acne. I don't take calcium supplements or anything like that. I don't digest it properly. I figure {myself not dr talking} that if I am not digesting my food to begin with because of the celiac that it must be related. I also had high cholesterol b4 the diet - almost 300 - and now it is at 194 after diet.
  14. I have celiac and was just diagnosed with colon cancer - I am 29. My grandmother was 52 when she died - body was filled with cancer and she was a diabetic - suspect celiac as well. Grandfather had it when he was in his 40's Several of my family members have had colon cancer at young ages and several are celiacs and a few are autistic as well. No one in my family has lived past 84, and most die in the late 60's early 70's. Genetics are not kind in my family and perhaps that's the nasty culprit, but one has to get a little suspicious of the celiac when it is so prevalent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. I have seen a few other posts about this, but none that were real recent. Hoping someone has some advice or something. I am 29 - a bit young to have cancer I know. My Celiac was just diagnosed last Nov. It had caused a series of problems from heart arrhythmia to my organs just shutting down. I have had the symptoms and digestive problems my whole life. IE: hiatal hernia at 15. The dr's have given me a ton of tests and a few different diagnoses, but My friends mom was the one who told me about celiac and essentially saved my life. Now one of my tests has come back positive for colorectal cancer. I am waiting for my scope {apt is set - but the waiting sucks} I am also a bit nervous because I am allergic to caines so I cannot be numbed locally when they do this. I think they may have to sedate me completly. Several people in my family have had this cancer, and some have died at a very young age because of digestive/cancer problems. My mom's mom was 52 when she died - and had been resuscitated 8 different times in her life due to heart complications. My aunt was 38 when she had to have a pacemaker - think she has celiac as well but refuses to follow the diet. Mom brother and father all have Celiac. I know it is Genetic. The more I read the more I find where Celiac and Colon cancer seem to be related even though they are several feet of intestines apart and etc. Yet the Celiac reaction is felt thought the whole body so why not right. Is there anyone else going through this also or has been through it? I am ready to pull my hair out!! {well what isn't falling out already.} The stress and constant illnesses are awful. My husband has been super supportive, but I wonder how much is enough for him. He is constantly telling me I need to eat because I am loosing to much weight. I have a 7 year old and a wonderful husband who I love dearly and they keep me going. Yet it is just one thing after another and it really wears me out. I feel like just giving up. IBS, IC, endometreosis, heart arrhythmia, mitral valve prolapse, lactose intolerant, and way to many other allergies to list