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  1. Hi, I hope I'm in the right place for this. I've been gluten free for about 18 months now but because the nutrient deficiency issues from the damaged intestines can set off other issues in your body I have now come to learn I have problems with my electrolytes and it causes me to not be able to hold much water or remain hydrated. I recently started buying things like Pedialyte but it is so expensive on top of already shopping healthy/gluten free. I was wondering if anyone else had problems with this or what methods they may have to help combat it. I really hope I don't have to end up spending $40+ a week on drinks for the rest of my life.
  2. Hello everyone. I hope I posted this in the right place. Anyways, I have recently started trying goat products for the first time mainly due to hearing how much better it is for you than cows milk. I do have issues with regular dairy in consistent amounts which I know is common and I have been meaning to try cutting it out completely but it's in so many good things so I essentially just suffer through the same way I dealt with my undiagnosed celiac for 10 years and then hate myself lol. So I tried goats milk and it was disgusting and I didn't have more than the one sip, then last night my boyfriend bought a bunch of fancy goat cheeses and I ate about half of the small pack of one that I didn't like very much since it had the same taste as the milk (I felt bad cuz he's a foodie and was so excited for me to try goat cheese with him) and then the whole small pack of the one that was seasoned enough to not taste horrible. Within a few hours I got really sick with nausea but it passed, then all night I suffered from horrible constipation, nausea, and pain. Which I know constipation is common with cheese but it was the same type and pain as when my intestines are reacting to something else, I don't know about anyone else but I can tell the difference between flare/glutened and normal bowel issues. The pain wasn't bad enough to be an actual flare and I know it wasn't caused by actual gluten but it was definitely one of those sensitivity things that upsets and confuses my intestines still, my only question is why? Has anybody else with celiac experienced issues with goat cheese? If anything all I've seen is how people substitute goat dairy for real dairy and it helps them. I've looked around the internet and can't find a single sign of someone having an adverse reaction to goat cheese, so I had hoped that since it affected me in the way sensitivity issues do maybe a fellow celiac would know something. Thank you!
  3. I would greatly appreciate it if I could get some feedback for some issues I am having. I was diagnosed with Celiac back in February, actually the first time was back when I was 10 but the doctor told me a few days afterwards the test supposedly was a false positive so after basically living in emergency rooms through my teens I decided to pursue the subject once again on my own and whattya know the test was positive after all. Anyways, I have been living gluten free for about 6 months now and although I am nowhere near as sick or in pain as when I was eating gluten as well as my physical and mental health taking a turn for the better including losing 30 pounds I still find myself with a stomach ache or some digestive issues atleast half the time after I eat anything. I've been chalking it up to the fact that I basically poisoned my body for over 20 years so I have no doubt my digestive system would remain sensitive to anything with too much grease, dairy, spice, etc or just large amounts of food in general and it should get better over time as it recovers but I'd really like to know if anybody else had these issues or has any advice on what to do about them because sometimes I feel like I still have to choose between eating and having my stomach hurt or being uncomfortable. I'd also like to know if anybody could explain to me the whole concept of becoming gluten free as far as in your body because I haven't had any real consulting just the diagnosis and I thought you just stopped eating gluten and everything in your body was normal but I see people continuing to get blood tests and watching their gluten levels go down over time which I didn't know was a thing. How exactly does that work and how does continuing to still have any sort of gluten level in the body affect it? Could still having gluten levels in my body be what is causing these symptoms?
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