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About Me

Undiagnosed: negative blood test, doctors not concerned enough to order biopsy.

Main symptom: Abdominal pain originally caused (or thought to be caused) by a month-long Ibuprofen dosing regimen of >2000mg/day for chronic pain caused by chondromalacia and multiple operations for patella-maltracking. When I discontinued the Ibuprofen and replaced it with Glucosamin/Chondroitin supplements, the pain receded for a few weeks, but then returned worse than before.

The pain now seems to come and go with my experimentation with a gluten-free diet.

I am discovering more evidence in support of a Celiac diagnosis every day.

  1. I do consider it very seriously, that's how I got to this site years ago. The wheat vs barley reactions puzzled me though based on what I read when I first experienced symptoms. But what you said about immune fluctuations and form/varieties/prep makes sense. I was planning to ask the doc to...
  2. I expected a reply like this so I feel I should add: I do not take gluten intolerance or celiac disease lightly. It took two years to get a diagnosis for a myriad of gut symptoms, but that 'diagnosis' was more of a agreement to disagree on a cause and a decision to slowly add foods to my rice/chicken...
  3. Hi all. These forums were incredibly helpful 10 years ago when I was discovering a gluten intolerance. I tested negative for celiac, but had already cut gluten from my diet 2 months prior to testing so the docs agreed to call it intolerance, plus severe reflux and IBS. I ate strictly gluten...
  4. That was my thinking too. I didn't have any problems with the original bars, but I'll probably make these only an occasional indulgence until they get their labeling figured out. They're a bit pricey anyway so I was going to find something cheaper and more reliable to stock in my freezer.
  5. Just avoid the caramel. I ate the original ones with no problems (just ice cream covered in Belgian chocolate) though I should note that I'm not super sensitive. Depending on your daughter's sensitivity and reactions, maybe you should stick with something you know. I have a coupon too; I might check...
  6. I wish their hotline offered a direct line to customer service. Two things bother me about this label: 1) As you noticed, the label has changed in just the last month and they haven't updated all of their listed (box and website) up to date. 2) I don't understand how carageenan could be listed...
  7. I found a box of the original flavor ice cream bars yesterday (just vanilla ice cream with the Belgian chocolate coating) and the label looked safe. No reaction As long as Magnum doesn't change the ingredients of this one like they presumably did with the double caramel, it's going to be a good...
  8. Yes, it is clear and reading that would normally make me put them right back on the shelf and move on, but I had to question it since everything else I had read said they were safe.
  9. Jwhale: I bought these at Walgreen's; they had a good deal on them this weekend. They only had the double caramel variety. I compared the label on the box to the online listing: Website- INGREDIENTS: ICE CREAM: MILK, CREAM, SUGAR, WHEY, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, LOCUST BEAN GUM, VANILLA BEAN SPECKS...
  10. These sound like the same ones you bought: box of 3 with Belgian chocolate. I'll avoid them tonight and give Magnum a call in the morning. It didn't list any allergens so if I hadn't read the word wheat I would have gone ahead and eaten one. I haven't been able to find anything on their website aside...
  11. We found some Magnum ice cream on sale today so we picked up a couple boxes, but I'm having trouble finding info on whether or not they are really gluten-free here in the U.S. The ingredients of the ice cream itself look fine, but the chocolate coating lists carageenan with wheat in parentheses after...
  12. I've been wondering the same thing. I go to school in Mankato on a campus surrounded by crop fields. Most of them are corn or soybeans but I know there are quite a few wheat fields as well. When the wind picks up and we start to smell manure I have to wonder what else is being carried in the air...
  13. Do you think caffeine, acids and large amounts of sugar can set off what would otherwise be minor gluten symptoms? I quit drinking coffee just before I started the gluten-free diet and I quit most sodas well before that. When I was glutened two weeks ago, my symptoms from a week of built-up CC...
  14. I plan to stick with places like Starbucks from now on. I try to avoid the small places, but this was my mom's new favorite spot and she was so excited... Next time she wants to go there I'll bring a thermos of my own brew. I sat around this morning and skipped class just to make sure the immodium...
  15. I am dairy intolerant and have been avoiding milk. I use coconut milk as a substitute if a recipe calls for it. I am trying to find a number for the coffee shop so I can check on the tea (too little, too late, but I'd like answers). The downside is that it's a new coffee/boutique shop, not franchised...