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  1. I'm so sorry! And you are not alone. I posted last week about this same thing, you gave me deja vu! I thought I was buying the rice crust gluten-free Amy's spinach pizza and bought the WHOLE WHEAT one instead. Didn't realize it till I pulled the box out of the garbage after vomiting for 3 hours. I get delayed reactions so I didn't start throwing up till 3-4 hours after I ate it and it took me a good long while to realize it was the pizza. I felt really stupid but ya know what? EVERYONE makes mistakes!

    I hope you recover quickly :)


    We were out running around yesterday, and our last stop was the grocery store and I was STARVING and craving pizza. So I hit the frozen aisle looking for gluten free frozen pizza.

    I found both Glutino (a couple kinds) and Amy's rice crust pizzas.

    My dear sweet hubby was helping me read labels, as I noticed not all of the Amy's boxes had Gluten Free labeling (because they're not all gluten free). Remember I'm starving, so I'm only really skimming the ingredient labels. I ended up buying a couple of the Glutino pizzas, and two Amy's pizzas (which I swore both had the gluten free labels on them).

    I get home, pick one and throw it in the oven. The timer goes off, and a few minutes later I'm eating some really good three cheese pizza with a cornmeal crust. (You see my mistake, right?)

    About 15 minutes after I'm finished eating - BAM! Stomach cramps. Heart burn. Extreme grogginess.

    Oh geeze. What did I do? Myabe it's just the goat cheese?

    I run and yank the box out of the trash and actually READ the ingredients.........second ingredient is ORGANIC WHEAT FLOUR. Lovely. I'm a dumb@$$.

    This was Amy's Three Cheese w/Cornmeal Crust, btw. Commit that one to memory - NOT gluten free!

    So today I have a headache, a queasy stomach, and loose feeling bowels (although D hasn't hit yet, I'm sure it will later). <_<:wacko:

    I was doing SO well.......over two months with no major gluten accidents. But I do have to admit I'd been thinking to myself "maybe nothing would happen if I had that one piece of pumpkin bread....."

    Well, I guess now I can wipe that thought out of my head, as I KNOW what will happen. Ugh.

    Oh yeah. And I have to work today. Luckily, I'm right near the bathroom at work. I might be in there a lot today. :(

  2. I will add my 2 cents to distract myself from my horrible gluten poisoning....:) I remember learning in med school about how the blood types have no relation to the digestive tract. The "evidence" the authors try to use is something about how the ABO antigens are picked up in the developing GI tract or something like that and they completely skew it and try to make it sound logical. There are a lot of diet books out there that are really crazy and take advantage of well meaning people by using fake "scientific evidence" that they have manipulated and taken out of context to try and get people's money.

    I remember when I became ill (the year before my diagnosis) with iron def anemia and my mom bought that book thinking it would help me. LOL...I'm type A and whatever that diet recommended would kill me :P


  3. I am allergic to asperin. Thanks for reminding me about what it says on the side of the bottle however. I think if I had to have it I would take it in an emergency if that's all there was, just not taken very often...but kaopectate would probably be better.

    Meanwhile I use marshmallow root to soothe and heal the villi...though it doesn't stop the D. But blackberry leaves and bark do (which I have outside).

    Other herbs stop the D too...American Cranesbill--a type of geranium you might want to grow; Bayberry; Meadowsweet; Oakbark. I think its probably good to order some of these things online or get them from your local herbstore for those times just in case like for "the worst gluten reaction ever" etc. etc. Ditto with the liver cleansing herbs.


    PS--am recovering fairly quickly. Still a slight headache with sensitive eyes. Digestive disturbance and slight D seems to have died down. My back and neck feel better. the continued use of apple cider vinegar seems to really help a lot. Am taking it easy today. I plan to go for a walk and do some yoga after a bit but am eating a little and want to take a hot bath before going out. Ironic, with all those who have hangovers, I too have one with no alcohol...like many of you too no doubt. Its these social times that are the most difficult for us to control...

    I am glad you are recovering. I felt pretty good yesterday apart from the D but this morning I had horrible "heavy" nausea, almost feels like I have a lead ball in my belly (still higher up abover my umbilicus and in the middle) and such a horrible feeling. It comes in waves and takes my breath away. Do you think baking soda would help at all in this situation, since I'm not throwing up anymore? It seems like an hour or two after I eat this feeling comes, like the food is stuck where my poor intestines got poisoned :(


  4. Pepto Bismol has helped me in a pinch, however it seems I am allergic to the salycic acid (sp?) (asperin) so my stool turns black--my chiro says that indicates internal bleeding.... So there are alternatives--kaopectate though I haven't used it as of yet. The alternative remedies do work for me. Glad the peppermint tea is helping by the way!


    Hmm, are you allergic to Aspirin? IF you are I would think you would be allergic to the Pepto as well, but otherwise, it is SUPPOSED to make your stools dark. It even says so on the bottle and that is a temporary and expected thing. If you're not on a med that has this side effect and your stools are black/really dark that IS a sign of GI bleeding high up in the tract (it's called melena.) I was freaked out when mine became black and then I read the bottle and noticed that, hehe. I wouldn't want you to miss out on the joys of Pepto Bismol if you don't have to. ;) Happy New Year!


  5. I am just starting (at the old age of 25, how pathetic) to get back into cooking and baking. I haven't done much since I was diagnosed as I went right into college after diagnosis and then med school where I dont' have TIME. But I getting inspired and I have bought some cookbooks but I wish they had pictures of the food like normal ones do. Any ideas? Or a regular cookbook with pictures that is easily adaptable?

    Thanks !


  6. My first incident like this is what sent me to the doctor and lead to my diagnosis. I didn't faint but I did think I was dying.

    The antiemetic pill sounds like your best bet. And you may not be able to eat out or want to eat out, which is a real shame. My reaction is immediate, like at the table I start getting nauseous and I start burping, so I usually take a bite or two and then wait 5 minutes before eating more. That doesn't keep me from reacting but it keeps me from eating too much of a bad item.

    After you are able to leave the bathroom :o you could try mint or lemon balm tea. Besides making me feel better I think it shortens the time that I feel bad. Try "Mint Fields Herb Tea" from "THe Republic of Tea" it has the gluten-free certified label on it.


    I am jealous that you can tell right away! :) I usually feel perfectly fine until 3-5 hours later when either vomitig or diarrhea and a horrible dizzy nauseated feeling comes out of seemingly nowhere...

  7. The D started today as someone predicted it would :P Not too bad though and I've been eating a bit, mostly jello and broth and applesauce and peppermint tea. My GI doc told me to take some Pepto Bismol and that actually helped my tummy pain a lot. And hopefully help with the D too! He said something about how the ingredient in it can actually help bind up some of the gluten left over in the intestines and help get it out faster. ANyone ever heard that before? Anyways, thanks for your replies everyone!


  8. I was glutened this x-mas by CC...it was just a turkey my brother had made and he placed on top of a baking sheet for carving (which of couse I didnt realize till after the fact) But I woke up really naucious in the middle of the night...I had a sinus infection, so I thought maybe it was from that... The next day I seemed ok...(I still didnt know that the turkey was CC) and I had the leftovers, which happened to be more of the meat from the bottom of the turkey...I woke up again, this time at like 5am with horrible nausea. I went the bathroom and started dry heaving....then I felt a big wad move from my stomach and down to my intestines. I was still dry heaving, but everytime I felt more and more like it was going to be D. I was so confused I was sitting on the toilet feeling like I was about to V and D at the same time. I ended up vomiting, but it was a bunch of green mucous, sry for the visual....then I started getting a horrible burning feeling just below my stomach...I sware it felt like a swallowed a turkey bone and it had torn my insides, making my intestines inflamed....that was my only thought...I was freakin out b/c I was home alone in the middle of no where. I continued to V mucous and was cold and sweating uncontrollable. I passed out on my bed wrapped in nothing but a blanket and then woke up nacious again. I just sipped water until it went away...then it was an entire day full of disgusting D....I didnt get over the nausea feeling for about 3 days after, but the D was only for one day (thank god)...But that was my worse glutening yet....I'm sure part of the reason it was so bad is a had an infection to begin with, but still. NO FUN!!! I was suprised b/c it was just a small amount, but I can only imagine eating whole wheat pizza :blink:

    didnt mean to ramble, just thought I'd share....

    Not rambling! I actually feel kind of encouraged knowing other people have similar reactions, weird as that may sound! My D started today, oh joy...

  9. Rumbles is probably right--see a Doc.

    However if it was me (and it has happened) and you like a more home grown variety of health care, I would try taking some baking soda in water (1/2 to 1 teaspoon in a glass of water chased by more water). I would also take or make up some slippery elm (gruel or caps). Marshmallow root caps or powder mixed in cold water will also help. Both herbs are soothing and healing being anti inflammatory. Peppermint and chamomile tea are very soothing. Ditto with anise tea...

    I would also take enterically coated acidophilus just to calm the system down.

    I have found even just breathing in gluten dust my body gets inflammed all over. Probably the same thing happens even if it doesn't reach your gut directly--a huge reaction against food in this case...The baking soda should really help... It has done so for me whether I have had projectile vomiting or projectile D.

    Meanwhile, continuing my down home approach, I would then take dandelion root and yellow dock when I could manage it....say a day later to get rid of residual inflammation and general liver toxicity. At that point too for me I take a tablespoon or two of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar to help balance out the system...Raw Celery then is good too for balancing the system... Though for you you might need cooked veggies at first?? My ex uses a juice extractor.


    Thank you for all the suggestions. I am not able to get out and find all these things and in all honesty probably wouldn't be able to prepare them all. But I DO have peppermint tea and I've drank that before and noticed it has tummy calming properties. I'll go make some now! Thanks again :)


  10. I'm a teacher and I've had the same problem for years. I always saved treats to "eat after school" and took things home to my neighbors. But this year I have a student with serious nut allergies. We've had to really be careful. I keep an Epipen in the room. She can't even eat next to anyone who has nuts. We have to scrub everyone's desks after lunch, etc. Anyway, I don't usually make a big fuss about my food problems but this year I told the class about it right away in the fall, just to keep the girl from feeling like the only "weird" person. Her mother put a Nut Free Zone on her desk so I put the celiac symbol on mine. Now I have a class that is quite educated about food labeling and--nobody gives me cupcakes anymore! (My allergic girl likes to give me fruit roll ups though.) I think I'll be more forthright about it in the future.

    A parent came in last week and asked me exactly what brand of chocolate I could eat. She said her son knew I liked chocolate and was determined to get me some, but she wanted to check first. I was really touched.

    That was so touching I am almost in tears. How sweet of you for helping your student and I think it's so wonderful how the class reacted. :)

  11. Hi,

    I only post on here about once a year so I apologize for barging in again. :P I have been gluten free due to diagnosed celiac for 7 and a half years now and I made a MAJOR booboo last night. I thought I was buying the Amy's Rice Crust Spinach Pizza but I got the WHOLE WHEAT one instead and somehow never noticed while I was preparing it and eating it. I only had one piece, thank God. And I just want to say that I already feel really stupid and I am always so so careful. I still cant' believe I did this!

    Anyways, 3-4 hours after eating it (I felt fine up till then) I got really dizzy and nauseated. I had the dry heaves (I'm assuming that means my stomach was empty) for about 40 minutes (not fun!) Then I drank some water (at this point I didn't know I had been glutenated so I thought it was something else) and took a Pepcid AC. And THEN I projectile vomited and it was all the pizza. I vomited continuously for about 10 minutes and then I had 3 more episodes of pizza puking (so throwing up from 11pm to 2am) and horrible horrible nausea and belly pain (right below my ribs in the middle) that I couldn't move.

    Anyways, I know that the one time I threw up from gluten before was when I had gluten free bread contaminated with wheat flour so I think I get that type of reaction if it's wheat, not so much with barley. Usually I only get glutened from cross contamination and I just have some diarrhea and bloating.

    The weird thing is that I haven't had any diarrhea which is different for me; I always have either just the D or D+V never just V. Do you think that is because I vomited it all up from my intestines? It felt like it got stuck (the pizza) as soon as it got out of my stomach and my poor duodenum recognized it. And my stomach was definitely empty to begin with (4 hours after I ate and having the dry heaves). Maybe all the gluten got thrown up and that's why I don't have diarrhea?

    The other upsetting thing is that I cannot eat, but I am drinking Gatorade and staying hydrated. It feels (24 hours later) like someone is punching me in my solar plexus and like I have this ball of burning pain high up in my belly (it's in the middle and kind of between the ribs, so pretty high). I've never had this before and it's scaring me if I can't eat. Could my intestines be so inflamed that they're swollen and that's why I have the pain and can't eat. I am not even hungry and when I tried to eat some mushed up gluten-free pretzels (what I always eat after a gluten reaction since I get really lactose intolerant and can't have my usual comfort food) the pain got a lot worse and I felt nauseated.

    I took some Levsyn, which is an anti-spasmodic that I take under my tongue and that seemed to help a bit but wears off as soon as the next dose is due. That was prescribed not for my celiac but because I have biliary tract issues but it did help.

    I am sorry this was so rambling. I just don't have anyone to ask about this and I am scared. I think I will call my GI doctor tomorrow and try to talk to him and ask what to do. If anyone has had this happen or knows what medicines would help or any advice I would appreciate it!

    Thank you!


  12. I was diagnosed 7 and a hal years ago and rarely get accidentally "glutenated" but I make mistakes especially with cross contamination. I would say I am more sensitive now and have worse reactions. I tend to vomit and then have diarrhea...NICE :P But the more you heal and your villi start to come back, you will feel better and only get sick when accidents happen.

  13. If I do the throwing up deal before getting the D, I have trouble keeping anything at all down for several hours. Then I try Gatorade mixed with GingerAle or seltzer. And gluten free pretzels! My roommate bought me some the last time I got badly "poisoned" and they tasted good and they provide salt, which is good when you're dehydrated!

  14. I'm assuming by your response that you called. Are we allowed to bring snacks and so forth in to Six Flags parks?

    Yep. I emailed and called and was told I could bring in food for only myself. So I am just going to bring some gatorade and gluten-free pretzels to eat when I get whoozy (don't want to pass out in line for the roller coasters!!!) They said to explain to security about my diet and the guy on the phone said a letter from my doctor "wouldn't hurt" so I'm getting one of those too. Good grief, right?