Hi, I'm a 64 year old small business owner, recently self-diagnosed as gluten intolerant after doing a 30 day gluten elimination diet. Aside from mild gastric symptoms I have an incredibly itchy DH (I think) rash on both arms. From what I recently read the new 'Gold Standard' for gluten/celiac testing is this elimination diet, since all the medical testing is iffy.
I started eating gf (on and off) several months ago. I've had major setbacks, fell off the wagon many times since I started. When I eat gluten free I feel great, and although the rash responds positively too, it's always there.
I'm seeing my doctors for routine yearly tests over the next month, including a gastroenterologist who will do a colonoscopy and endoscopy. I am not going back on gluten so will not have the standard (iffy) tests.
Today I bought some delicious gf Brown Cow (cream on top) yogurt. I've enjoyed this since last week. But shortly after eating a cup of the blueberry this morning I got bloated and miserable. I thought that maybe I'm developing an allergy to blueberries, but 8 hours later I had another cup but this time is was the maple flavor. Almost immediately after eating that one I had the same bloated reaction.
Did some research that said that people with gluten intolerance often have dairy intolerance too, and that once the intestines heals the dairy intolerance may go away. If anyone has any experience with these symptoms, please respond. I really can use some support.
I searched all night for a website that would offer me gluten AND dairy free recipes, and luckily found this wonderful resource. I created a recipe collection that I titled 'Gluten & Dairy Free'. Tomorrow I'll buy some of the ingredients to make these dishes and will only eat gluten and dairy free until I see my gastro guy in 2 weeks.
The colonoscopy and endoscopy will give some information about the state of my digestive system. Hopefully by then I will start to heal any damage.
My symptoms aren't as severe as other celiacs and I'll heal any damage by sticking to this eating plan. I would love to get fresh gluten & dairy free recipes if anyone has any additional recipes that aren't already in the system.
Also, I would love to be a resource for anyone else who may be going through what I am.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks for listening.
Edited by: LAURAGRACENYC at: 8/3/2012 (00:03)