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  1. I can't believe this! I just found out that my vitamin D supplement contains lactose and I've been having 3000u of it each day!!! Would this be why I'm still suffering from chronic diarrhea/extremely low vitamin and mineral levels/depression/extreme fatigue/weakness/mood swings etc. ? I've been strictly avoiding gluten, soy and dairy for the past 6 moths but could this lactose be preventing my recovery? Anyone have a similar experience?
  2. So initially I felt fantastic going gluten free but then I had to eat gluten in preparation for an endoscopy. I thought that I would go back to feeling amazing as soon as I stopped eating gluten but it's been about 2 and a half months and it's still bad. I've also had bloody stool which apparently is not a symptom of Coeliac Disease but my doctor seems to think that it is just a hemorroid. I want to know if anyone knows any other conditions that could be at play here because I'd rather try to fix it now rather than waiting another six months, not feeling any better. By the way: I had blood tests done and I am not anemic, nor do I have a thyroid problem. Would appreciate any advice/personal experience. Thank you
  3. Thanks guys! I really appreciate the advice. Hopefully I feel better soon And good luck to you all on your Gluten-Free journeys
  4. So the very first time I went gluten free was the best week of my life. I felt energised, happy, motivated and so so HEALTHY. Then, my doctor told me I had to eat gluten prior to my endoscopy, so I ate pastas, bread, pies etc. three meals a day for five days prior to my operation. I'm really angry with my doctor because I didn't realise that I wouldn't have to do that if I was planning on getting the endoscopy within three months (because it takes that long for any damage to heal). Anyway, I get diagnosed with Celiac Disease and go back to my gluten free diet. It has nearly been two months since then, and there has been no improvement whatsoever. I'm back to being moody, depressed, unmotivated, weak, tired, bloated, farty, pimply, and I even have issues that I never had before like extreme diarrhea. Has anyone had any experience with going on a gluten challenge after initially being gluten free? I think it's a bit different to being glutened, because usually when you get glutened it's just a small amount so you recover quite quickly. But what about when you purposefully ingest a large amount of gluten over five days? When can I expect to feel better??? Please reply
  5. Just over a month ago I suspected that I might have Celiac Disease, so I went on a gluten free diet for one week. It was the best week of my life and I felt incredible. Then, my doctor told me to re-introduce gluten so that I could get an endoscopy done. I am really angry with her because she did not mention to me that I would only need to re-introduce gluten if I was going to put off the endoscopy for three months (I had it done within one week), and now I am needlessly suffering. I re-introduced gluten for five days (pasta/bread/pies three times a day) and i thought that I would feel amazing again as soon as I stopped eating the gluten, but it has been four weeks since then, and I still feel lousy. Has anyone else had a similar experience? How long do you think it will take me to start feeling amazing again? I am so angry with this doctor. When I initially went gluten-free, I felt incredible within days but it has been a whole month after this challenge and I am so worried I will never feel that incredible again. Please help me!
  6. I have so many of the same symptoms as you! All of my friends want me to see a psychiatrist and my uncle thinks that I have an eating disorder because I didn't want to eat anything at a restaurant we went to when I had been gluten-free for a week (I tried explaining to him that I would EVENTUALLY eat out, but I was brand new to being Gluten-Free and just wanted to be super safe for the first little while). I really hope you work it all out with the IV therapy. Good luck
  7. The majority of my symptoms are psychological: depression, stress, anxiety, mood swings, cravings, obsessive thinking about food, binge eating etc. I also experience digestive issues like diarrhea, constipation, malabsorption, bloating, excess gas and other physical issues like horrible acne, fatigue and weak joints. But my most severe issues (depression/mood swings/food obsession and cravings) are psychological. This makes it extremely difficult for me, when I am trying to explain the connection between gluten sensitivity and my brain, to non-sufferers that just cannot comprehend how diet can impact the way we think. If I was a non-sufferer, I would have trouble believing it as well! But the dramatic change that my whole personality underwent when I went gluten free was just so life changing that I am so convinced in the power of food as something that can both heal and harm. I guess I'm just in need of a bit of support from other people that also get psychological symptoms, and how a gluten free diet has dramatically improved their mental health. Everyone seems to think I'm absolutely insane, and it is just so exhausting trying to explain all of my issues and the link to gluten, without sounding like a nut job. I am currently eating gluten because I am going to get my blood test and endoscopy next Friday, and I find myself praying that I have Celiac Disease, because at least then the connection between my symptoms and gluten would be more concrete. I can't believe that I find myself hoping that my intestines are damaged just so that people will believe me! I would appreciate any comments/advice! x