Hi all, Wheat allergies can be just as hard on people as Celiac Disease and can cause some of the same digestive symptoms but it does not cause damage to the Villi which is one of the Hallmarks of being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Treatment of both is a strict remove of wheat (Rye, barley and sometimes oats) from the diet. One advantage with a food allergy is that you have a possibility of being able to, someday, go back to eating the allergen.
Terje made a real good point that going cold turkey in stopping the foods can sometimes have a negative result at first. Just like people who go on a low carb diet can have very bad negative symptoms when they first start the diet, people who go wheat and gluten free can also have the bodily revolt of not getting the foods it is used to.
When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease and went on the gluten free diet, I was also told to go lactose free. Lactose can cause very similar feeling problems (bloating, gas, nausea and Diarrhea. The reason why is that she said that if I had damage to the intestines then I would be more susceptible to problems form the Lactose. She said to stay lactose free for 6 month and then I could start adding the dairy back in. I was able to add everything except the regular milk, which is the only dairy that still gives me problems. I can eat cheese without a problem, but milk still gives me the runs.
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