Ever since I moved away to college I've struggled with keeping everything straight food wise. I don't cheat, but it's hard to be absolutely sure that the food you receive isn't gonna make you sick from the googling I've done. Almost makes you wanna move to Vietnam and eat only rice to try and minimize the danger
I am new to this and looking for some help interpreting a lab for Celiac Reflex Panel. I have been off gluten for 3-4 weeks and this was my result. I have no idea if I have a gluten sensitivity or celiacs or what. But I’ve lost weight and seem to have low nutrients right now.
IgA: 326 mg/dL
Range: 68 - 408 mg/dL
(NOTE) Total IgA is within or higher than established ranges. Tissue Transglutaminase, IgA to follow.
REFERENCE INTERVAL: Immunoglobulin A Access complete set of age- and/or gender-specific reference intervals for this test in the ARUP Laboratory Test Directory (aruplab.com). Performed by ARUP Laboratories, 500 Chipeta Way, SLC,UT 84108 800-522-2787 www.aruplab.com, Julio Delgado, MD, Lab. Director
So! I'm trying to go to Warped Tour this year but may end up not being the driver an it'll be possibly a 3 hour drive. I need suggestions on what to take for motion sickness. I know a lot of people say ginger but where do you get this??? How well does it actually work?? I'm clueless.
Also I used to take Non Drowsy Dramamine until I heard it wasn't gluten free, it also never truly helped an usually upset my stomach still.
Also if anyone has suggestions on foods to bring that will hold me over throughout a possibly scorching day! (I don't eat oats)
My dad has celiac. I’ve been having issues with my gallbladder and my new gastro thought she’d re-test me for celiac and surprise! I have it. I have to say, I’m a little confused about it though. I’ve been on a very strict low carb diet for 2 years (shout out to the rapid weight loss for my gallbladder issues). Technically, don’t you have to include gluten in your diet for your blood tests to come back positive? Could the gluten exposure in my skincare/makeup removal be enough to elicit the immune response they measure in the blood test? I know gluten is too large of a molecule to be absorbed through the epidermis, so I’d have to be exposed through my eyes and unintentionally get water in my mouth while taking off my makeup. I’m just very caught off guard by the diagnosis; I was pretty certain I didn’t have it. Also, would any of you eat in a college dining hall’s dedicated allergen free room (separate food prep and storage, need a code to access etc.) as I think I’m going to have to switch to that because if I’m being contaminated through food, it’s definitely in the dining hall. Sorry for the rambling!
I'm sort of in medical limbo right now, which is to say I went to my primary care doc last week (two days in a row, because I'm a little ball of anxiety) and have an appointment with a nutritionist in three weeks and will be making a gastro appointment soon, but this whole waiting thing has me freaking out a bit. I've had intermittent digestive issues for years (I'm 22), if not my whole life, that have been shrugged off by previous doctors. Finally, I found one who is determined to get to the bottom of my symptoms, and while she's convinced I probably just have IBS or a FODMAP sensitivity, I have this weird feeling she's wrong.
Maybe it's because I'm writing a novel whose protagonist has Celiac (creative writing MFA student here!) and I've read too much about it, but I can't help but feel like maybe what I'm experiencing is also Celiac. I say that because IBS generally (at least from what I've read) has severe symptoms--intense diarrhea, long-lasting constipation--and my symptoms are more in between. What's concerning to me is that, when I'm not just passing tiny pellets, I often have yellow, fluffy stool with bits of food in it. I thought the undigested food thing only happened when I ate raw vegetables, but now it's happening all the time. I also get bloated and have bad heartburn whenever I eat meals, and occasionally I get really severe stomach cramps. The last time this happened, all I ate for dinner was a giant banana pancake (no syrup, either), which made me suspect gluten was the culprit.
It's possible I have non-digestive symptoms, too. About the time my digestive symptoms started getting worse (freshman year of college), I also started getting occasional migraines. I think these are due to lack of sleep, though, so they may be unrelated. I also seem to have a mystery bladder issue nobody can figure out. Occasionally, I go through weird, three-four day periods where I have to pee all the time, but when I go to the doctor, they say everything's clear: no yeast infection, no bladder infection, no UTI...nobody can figure it out. And all I drink is water, too...Also, aside from walking around 3 miles a day and occasionally using an exercise bike or elliptical, I don't really exercise, yet my knees almost always hurt. I think I've been experiencing brain fog this semester, as well, but I could be wrong; it's possible starting graduate school last August has just given me a major inferiority complex that's making me feel intellectually inadequate, like I'm incapable of thinking deeply enough to be here. And of course there's anxiety. There's always anxiety.
So. I guess what I'm asking is, should I just wait out these next few weeks, stick to my food diary, and hope for the best? Or do you think I ought to go back to my doctor and ask for a blood test? She really seems to think I don't need one, but I almost want one just to rule out anything major.
So I bought some Emerald nuts. The box says they are certified GF, and usually when it's certified I don't think much beyond that. However, the little individual packets' labeling says they are produced on shared equipment and may contain wheat, and the actual individual packages don't have the Certified GF anywhere on them.
I'm beyond frustrated. I've been feeling a little sick the last couple of days, it could be something else but if it's this I'm beyond frustrated. How can they both say Certified by the GFCO and then also say may contain wheat? I thought that GFCO was the holy grail of GF and certifies it's under 10 ppm.
I know there are likely plenty of you who don’t, because why the hell add more restrictions when you already have to avoid something as huge as gluten? If that’s you, please ignore. :)
Anyhow, I have been gluten free for almost 3 years now, since my diagnosis. Regardless, things aren’t perfect for me and I definitely am still fighting off digestive issues. I completely avoid gluten and rarely eat any processed foods (and they are always certified gf if I do), and rarely eat out (and only at trusted restaurants if I do). We also never ever cook with gluten in our kitchen and switched out all of our utensils after diagnosis. I’ve been doing everything straight to the book for 3 years, but I’m constantly bloated and gassy and achy. Also, I was diagnosed with psoriasis 2 years ago, and now they suspect psoriatic arthritis.
It’s pretty clear to me that I likely have another food sensitivity going on and/or lots of inflammation. After looking around on different outlets for the past few months, I’ve seen a LOAD of mixed responses on different diets to help reduce inflammation and help those with autoimmune diseases....I’ve heard to go nightshade-free, vegan, dairy free, vegetarian, sugar free, grain free, grain free & sugar free, AIP diet.....pretty much it seems like every diet there is claims to help with inflammation, autoimmune diseases, and digestive issues. So far I’ve tried going dairy free, and I’ve been vegetarian for the past few months. I didn’t notice much change with either of those restrictions. I definitely notice a bad difference if I eat a lot dairy, but going dairy free doesn’t help the general bloating or joint aches.
It got me curious and I want to know if any of you have tried any additional diets/restrictions, and what your experiences were.
So I'm basically at my wit's end. I've been suffering my entire life from digestive issues but it got really bad after my abdominal surgery 2 years ago.
I react negatively to almost everything I eat-bloating/gas, chills, and severe cramping/pain followed by days of severe constipation/impaction and now I can't even pass stool without the assistance of an enema (gerson coffee seems to help but also seems to irritate my intestinal tract)
It's a complete mystery to all the Drs/nutritionists I've been to and I've already been through all the elimination diets and hair-pulling for two years
Never got an official diagnosis which now screwed up my chances at admission into Mayo clinic celiac research program
As far as I know the only way to get an accurate test result is to purposely eat gluten... for six weeks!!!
Im 30 and have already been through what I'm sure was the shedding of my intestinal lining/severe malnutrition, now I just react awfully to most food but I'm a bit scared to proceed and would love any advice for anyone that's also been through this as I'm sure a lot of you have.
On the bright side I guess this means I can have some of the things I've been restricted from for so long and that may be an awesome couple of minutes of indulgence before I have to sprint to the bathroom and then suffer immensely for a week
...but hey it's all for science right?
Thanks in advance, this community has really offered so much support and it really helps knowing you all understand what most simply can't