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So I just wanted to put this information out here for anyone diagnosed while in the military. (Specifically the navy) You wont automatically get kicked out. I assumed this to be true because it’s all there was for me to read online... a bunch of people saying they were getting kicked out. (Which makes sense since you aren’t allowed to join if you are already diagnosed) if you are already on a ship and experiencing problems, I feel like you would have to get kicked out. I was at a shore command when diagnosed, and was able to switch my diet easily and contamination free because I lived alone off base. I got orders to a ship that just entered the shipyard and doesn’t have an operational galley so I can bring my own food that isn’t contaminated. Idk if since being gluten free you feel better already, but it’s been 6 months since diagnosis and I still feel like garbage and have bathroom troubles. I personally don’t think I’m suited to be on the ship. I still suffer abdominal pain frequently and it’s often debilitating. If you are reading this and wish to join. You cannot and would not want to. In boot camp pretty much everything to eat is gluten. And anything that isn’t... is probably heavily contaminated. You will likely be screwed when it comes time to go to an operational billet, as you will get sick eating the galley food there as well. When you bring your own food people make fun of you for being gluten free even though you have a disease. It’s not a good environment for a celiac, unless you don’t eat gluten free. This information is elsewhere but : if you are deemed not fit for full duty you will be placed on light duty (maybe) or the will go straight to LIMDU. With limdu you will receive orders to a non operational command. You will be assessed every 6 months and after 3 limdu periods will go to a medical evaluation board. You can request a medical evaluation board at any time and the doctor can send you straight there as well if they don’t think your condition will improve. If you are deemed unfit by the med board you will be medically separated. You will unlikely receive disability payments (from what I’ve heard from others ) because celiacs is a hereditary condition. But you will receive a separation package ($) . My experience : 6 years active duty, 2 limdu cycles (for knee problems), worked at an MTF, had a friend that went through the entire med board/ separatation process. If anyone else ***THAT SERVED IN THE MILITARY*** has anything else useful/additional to add. That would be cool too ! If anyone has any questions I can answer also here is cool.
Cheerymarie posted a topic in Coping with Celiac Diseasebackstory: I was diagnosed via biopsy and blood test 9/25 is when I was told by the GI doctor (civilian). I went to navy medical for sea duty screening and was told “bring your own food on deployments” which honestly isn’t possible for a 9 month carrier deployment nor do I WANT to live off gluten free snacks, while working such long hours. ( I feel like I will become malnourished) I was also told by the navy doctor “not everything on the ship has gluten in it” yes I agree but you’re referring to the salad bar and I can’t live off iceberg lettuce and carrots. Also there’s a serious concern for cross contamination. Then he told me “ I mean you can have a little gluten just don’t eat bread” I’m convinced this dude is a flaming idiot. So he’s sending me to sea and I’m terribly scared I’m going to get those HORRIBLE stomach pains again (which I’m still having less intense versions of) which is what got me into the ER which is how I got a referral to the civilian GI. I have been in for 5 years and my job is primarily an at sea job as I am a nuke. I have already done my time at shore, plus some due to knee surgery. I don’t know what to do, I really don’t want to be super sick again.
I have had lupus fibromyalgia ibs or spastic colon since 1998. Now i had allergy testing labs on blood. Im allergic to gluten, almonds, oats, barley, cadida yeast, aspiragillys(molds), broccoli, cabbage, clams goats milk, kidney pinto navy and soybeans, pork, sesame, spinach and canola oil. I don't know what to eat now. I've always eaten say at olive garden or anything and had terrible stomach pains like labor. Then run to the bathroom. Or constipation i cant go for a week or so. I tried spark vitamin drink had gluten, soy powder allergic. Health bars larabars gluten. My weight can be 129 one week 120 next or go to 104 fast. Not sure what to do now. How can regain my life back? Could i have celiac not ibs? I have 3 other auto immune system diseases. Any food resources would be great and vitamins with no soy or gluten. Plus beverages. Ive had hives a month now from my almond butter gluten and vitamin drinks lol steroids and epi pen. Oh and high cholesterol. So everything i ate to lower that im allergic to. Plus a list of secondary allergy foods a mile long.