Welcome - you found your way to us! And thank you for being a music teacher!!!! (and for all those in this forum that are as well). My orchestra experience really helped me in all aspects of my schoolwork - math, reading, teamwork, etc etc. So I am always appreciative of those that do this challenging work. All of our schools' music programs (in CA) are in shambles and veering towards non-existent, which is a sad state of affairs.
I also get the gluten cough, and other weird reactions. I had been tested for celiac in the past - which came back negative. It took many years for me to read that gluten intolerance does not necessarily show up on a celiac lab! Glad you figured it out ;-).
I still remember my music teacher from elementary school. She was an awesome lady, and she put up with uskids!!! Amazing Lady!!
It is funny you mention the cough, because when my (now husband) and I started dating he brought over a bottle of cough medicine for me. I had a persistent dry cough. After a family function he told me that my mom and sister have the cough, too, so it must just be genetic. It is something that we don't notice but growing up it is how I could find my mom in the grocery store!! LOL
I will have to ask my husband if I still cough. They say that people w/gluten intolerance are often allergic to dairy as well. I have refused to give up dairy so far, but don't consume it that often. I do tend to have a bit more flem when I consume soft dairy products. Perhaps that is the cause of the cough? Now I am going to start paying attention.
Is it possible that dairy could also be affecting your cough??
I too have been a music teacher (I had a jr high orchestra and a middle school chorus and general music classes), so I know what kind of energy that takes. Music students rock, don't they?
If I eat enough gluten, I also have dry throat and trouble breathing (which, for a singer is bad). My mom also had respiratory problems (never diagnosed, but almost definitely gluten intolerant and probably celiac from her symptoms). When gluten actually started giving me more serious problems like nerve damage and uncontrolled weight gain, my GI doc told me to give it up for 3 months and see if I felt better. I've been off it since last Sept now and I'm now going back. I have way more energy, 80% of my symptoms disappeared, and I can walk without a limp again.
So try giving up gluten entirely for 3 months and see if you feel better.
Welcome! I am also gluten intolerant. I think you will find that if you stay away from gluten entirely, your immune system will thank you and you will not get sick as easily - at least that is what I have found. It is nice to be able to stay healthy when the rest of the school is getting sick. (It would really be nice of NOBODY got sick!) Check out the recipes on this teams archives and look at some of the links. Restaurants are becoming more aware of gluten-free eating. Just ask!
Hi and welcome to Spark GF team! For interest sake, I found that when eating the "Wrong" stuff, i start to cough - similar to your symptoms...... It seems to help drinking fluids constantly. It helps for me - I drink Fizzy Soda Water with a few squirts of Lemon. It sort of stops the coughing.
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Hello! I have decided to try again on getting healthier and losing weight. I have never been a fan of diets, so last summer I tried a different website, but already have noticed a lot more resources and support from SparkPeople. I am hoping that this time works. It takes a lifestyle change and I am going to try to make it work.
I am a band director in a small town in Missouri, I am starting my fourth year and starting to see success bloom. I have worked really hard so far and am glad to see the success for my students (aka my kids) and myself. I will mention kids a lot in my blog, but I have none of my own - they are all my band and music students. I have to eat out, not a lot, but enough to know that I have to learn to make better choices.
Before this gets much longer, I have a gluten intolerance combined with irritation induced asthma that took a year to diagnose. I am able to eat limited amounts of gluten now, but if I push it or have too much stress, etc. then my body reacts to the gluten by giving me an asthma attack - as well as other symptoms - but my asthma attacks are coughing and it will make me cough until I get sick. This can be a challenge and I've spent the last year adjusting and cooking a lot more - now I'm going to try to adjust again and get healthier.
Sorry to ramble, but there is my somewhat short introduction. Guess it is a hazard of teaching - used to having a fifty minute class period to explain things!!
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