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  1. Hi all,

    It's been quite some time since I've posted here, but I'm needing a little bit of help. I'm getting married and therefore need a gluten free wedding cake. The problem is I'm getting married in a city (Kansas City) I have never lived in, so I'm not sure where to start hunting for a gluten free cake. Any suggestions would be very, very much appreciated. Also, it need not be in Kansas City. My fiance has family coming from all over Kansas, and my brother lives on the Missouri side, so we could work something out.

    Much thanks!


  2. When I first went gluten-free, I felt good for about a week, then got violently ill. I had low grade nausea and slight dizzyness before my Dx, after that week, I could barely get out of bed without falling on my face and was vomiting some. I had problems with congestion and got a bought of bronchitis that landed me in the hospital. I definitely think all of this was that withdrawal. It has been about three months now, and my withdrawal type symptoms have begun to recede. I also went back and forth between feeling okay and feeling lousy. I think I may be at the point where everything will be getting better from here on out!! Whoo hoo! Just try to keep up the diet as strictly as possible. I think gluten and the gluten-free diet affect everyone differently, so you may just have to wait the problems out until the start to clear up. Hang in there!

    Taking probiotics and a liquid vitamin helped me out, maybe they could help you too.

  3. As a newbie, I definitely went straight to the bookstore after being diagnosed, and guess what I picked up...you got it, The Gluten-Free Bible. I read it quickly because it's a pretty quick read. It simplified things and made them digestable at first, and I even recommeded it in the beginning (oops). However, the more I learned from other sources, the less indespinsible it seemed. I don't want to repeat all the things that have already been said, but I did want to say that I think this was an important topic to bring up. I could definitely see how someone who is less inclined to research things would pick this book up first and stop there. Plus it is a warning in general to us newbies not to believe everything you hear from ANY source.

    As a side note, I have worked in the restaraunt industry while I've been in school, and the book advocates being rude when your server isn't helpful. I may not know much about Celiac disease, but I know that this is the quickest way to get your food deliberately contaminated (wheat or otherwise) by a wait staff. Anyone who has ever waited tables, I'm sure, has seen this type of thing go on.

  4. Thanks for the advice guys,

    My friend, who is a doctor, jokes that IBS stands for "I'm Basically Stumped"

    I think it is good to remember IBS as a condition that is diagnosed by a process of elimination. Meaning--the diagnosis should be made after other conditions/diseases have been ruled out.

    Looking at IBS that way makes it a little clearer that I need to make myself the pushy girlfriend this one time, just in case. I know he hasn't really gotten worse but has definitely not gotten any better. A few little blood tests couldn't be that bad. It could also be some other food intolerance (lactose/fructose, etc), not just celiac disease. He is sooo skinny (like 6'2" and around 140). He's from a small town in the middle of no where, so I can definitely see the doctors in his area giving up prematurely (His doctor told me if I gave up gluten I would notice a difference in a week or two, but only after I offered the fact I thought I might be Gluten Intolerant).


    P.S. to Jen, Yes, I am feeling MUCH better, my wonderful celiac disease doctor gave me an incredible home-remedy, so I could quit the awful antibiotics!

  5. I have a question about this IBS vs. celiac disease debate. I was daignosed a month or so ago with celiac disease. I was definitely on the C side. My boyfriend was diagnosed years ago with IBS and is D all the time. We joke about being Jack Sprat and Ms. Sprat even though it's gross and we're both really thin. I don't really think he's really ever gotten much better. I am wondering if he is really a celiac. I know that he gets bad D after we've been out and he's had a few beers. It seems suspicious, but I don't want to be the girl who assumes everyone has what she has and push him to get tested. He had so many tests when they diagnosed him, upper and lower GI's blood work, etc. Plus, he's a picky eater, and I think he might rather die than go gluten-free (though he is incredibly supportive of me -he's even cooked a little since my diagnosis). Are there any tell-tell signs that it's not celiacs or that it is definitely IBS? We're young and he doesn't have very good health insurance, but should I push the subject with him? He has seen some improvement with an herbal supplement I got him but not complete relief. Any advice?

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