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  1. I'm not around here much because I have my symptoms all under control and I live a normal (but gluten free) life. The only time I come around really is to check if certain foods are safe for me or not. That being said, I felt I should make this post to help others with my findings. Hopefully someone else that's struggled like I have with canker sores can find some relief with this information. Some backstory: I was abruptly graced with NCGI shortly after my 22nd birthday. I'm 24 now and with 2 some years of dealing with this diet I've gotten fairly good at it. No symptoms... Except one... Canker sores. My whole life, not just since I got NCGI, but my whole life I have gotten BAD outbreaks of canker cores. Sometimes up to 7-8 in my mouth at one time. I'd get lower lip cankers as big as a shirt button. Just smaller than a dime. I mean... Huge. My lip would swell to double it's size and going to work or seeing family would be so embarrassing. After getting NCGI I found out that it's fairly typical for celiacs to struggle with canker sores. So it seems I was always destined to get celiac of some sort at some point in my life. Thankfully it took until I was 22 and didn't ruin my fun teenage years. The findings... Let me put it simple and straight forward. I have been doing this for 3 months now and have not had a single canker sore since... I will start to get one maybe after biting my cheek or drinking acidic alcohol or candy, but if I just keep up with my routine it won't develop into an actual ulcer. It will die away. ---------------------------------- SENSODYNE toothpaste. It has 2 qualities that make it a canker sore killer. It does not have Sodium Lauryl Sulphate in it. I won't explain what SLS is, you can look it up if you don't know. And the second quality is it balances residual acid in your mouth. The PH of your mouth, essentially. It's very important to brush thoroughly with Sensodyne after any acidic food or drink. Lysine supplement. I take 500mg in pill form twice a day. Lysine from what I have read is an amino acid in many foods, especially in wheat based foods, and celiacs lack in lysine levels. What is Lysine? Again, you'll have to look it up lol. By changing these two things in my life, I have gone 3 solid months without a canker. That is HUGE for me. I hope this information is useful for someone. Here's to 3 more months. Or longer!
  2. Hello, I've been so distraught about all this for the past couple months, and I don't know where to turn/how to get the help I need. I am female, 22 years old, and live in Ontario. For the past couple of years, I've had general crappy feeling issues - regular headaches, light-headed, almost daily headaches, unsettled stomach, constipation, diarrhea. After suffering, I decided to go to the doctor and was told I had IBS and that there wasn't really much to be done. I think I wasn't taken as seriously as I have a history of anxiety/depression, and think my issues were chalked up to nothing more than stress. Several months ago, I began having a lot of pains in my chest and upper stomach that were sharp and pulsing, then disappeared. After going to three different doctors, I was finally tested for h. pylori, and the results came back negative. I was told to take the h-pac (8 pills a day of antibiotics and acid meds I believe?). While it helped, I still had symptoms and was put on a PPI. I was still feeling incredibly weak, light-headed, foggy, exhausted, and asked to have a blood test which my physician reluctantly agreed to. She told me if there were any issues, that she would call, otherwise, come back in a month. A month later (now), things had not improved, and I went back to see her. At this point, I am experiencing the following: -headache (almost daily) -nausea -extreme fatigue (even with sleeping 8 hours a day) -light-headed -can't focus -need to lie down a lot -diarrhea, or just having very heavy BMs -constipation -tingling in my left hand that comes and goes -hard to explain, but when I close my eyes, my brain feels weird My blood test from beginning of October showed (don't have exact numbers, I didn't get my own copy): -very low iron, hemoglobin -very low vitamin B12 I've been crying a lot because I feel so hopeless and trapped. I was also so angry that I had lived a month with such low levels of iron and B12 considering I've been feeling like a zombie all month and she forgot to call with my positive results. Does it seem possible that I have Celiac? What are the best ways to know for sure? My doctor said she's going to refer me to a GI for an endoscopy, but that process is going to take months. Is there a way I could speed this up? Would going to my ER be an option? I don't know how much longer I can handle these symptoms/constantly feeling awful. Also, has anyone else experienced a link between H. pylori and Celiac? I have read things about Celiac being started by some kind of event/infection that really exacerbated symptoms? Any advice/support/information or places to go for support would be so appreciated. I'm barely an adult and facing this wall of daily symptoms has really taken a toll on me.
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