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I would like to thank everyone for their replies, they have been very helpful. My doctor has ordered a thyroid panel along with all the other blood work, just went for the blood work yesterday. The biopsy is scheduled for the second week of November. The A-fib is basically under control since I had surgery to repair the problem, but I am concerned of course that it will return. Hopefully the testing will yield some info-either way I do notice a correlation to my health and my gluten consumption.
Unfortunately I need to continue to eat gluten until the testing is done.
Once again thanks for all the info in your posts.
Dfisch29-Now that you know, being a dirty Celiac will slow down healing and loss. The energy for loss will go to making dirty inflammation. No pain-no gain but in the correct choices.
The A-fib you mentioned may be a fatiguing issue that may take a little more time to recharge the endocrine team, like thyroid adrenal, hypothyroid, pituitary, etc... The energy required to lose weight must be there; with the body’s ability to remove the nasty toxins in the fat cells to bother the hard working liver to process a weight loss action. With the chaos of gluten, an acidophilus and bifido’s probotic can help recharge the gut for healing also the gut and liver work expected once weight loss has started. I personally use one that has 5 billion from 12 different species ‘live’ gut friendly bacteria creatures in every capsule. Research has shown that a healthy gut flora can promote weight loss and get past some plateaus.
Oh, add more omega-3 vitamin “E” to that skin complication. The tissues need fuel for repair.
Snowflakelillym9- well said! I know misery loves company and to put a different perspective on a situation that w-a-n-t-s a lot of hope from experienced success!
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If you haven't already, I'd also ask doc for a thyroid PANEL as a baseline, too. Re: weight loss, part of me suspects that the body is holding on to reserves as a defense mechanism until you can relax about your future diet therapy, ie stress (not just mental, but the physical)? It's that way for me. When that happens to me, I try to up my greens and protein. Good luck with your testing (glad you're being thorough); I hope you come back with an update.
BTW, my BIL was a 'celiac baby', too. His mother was a celiac, but not dx til she was in her 60s (told when she felt better she could go back to eating bread and pasta! doh!), then again in her 70s when her hip broke and was also dx w/osteoporosis. He wouldn't listen to me about getting dx and kept having "the flu" ... finally, he went in for a test and now realizes why his cholesterol he bragged about being so low was because he was celiac. He's not careful w/his gf diet .. DH calls him the "dirty celiac." :P
Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 10/20/2010 (11:20)
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I know your frustrations as well. I was finally feeling so much better when I went to the gastro and then when he said to not eliminate gluten as my endoscopy won't show correct results and I'm feeling miserable. It's going to be a long week and 1/2.
If I don't have celiac I definitely have a gluten sensativity.
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the only gf food products that i purchase are the rice pasta ( once every few weeks) and blue diamond nut crackers. I have just started really looking into what a gf diet entails. Right now I have to eat regular food for the blood work and I guess for the biopsy as well.. it is really frustrating.
I can eat gf and not lose weight if I don't limit the higher carb products. (meaning, the gf cakes and cookies, etc., not sweet potatoes or other natural foods)
Edited by: ILLINITEACHER52 at: 10/17/2010 (13:09)
I have had similar problems and since childhood, maybe babayhood. AFter I found out I was celiac I thought back to so many problems I have had and know it is all celiac related now. It all has into focus. If I stay gluten free I am fine no problems. I was never able to lose weight until going gluten free, no matter what I did, what I tried and no matter how well I stuck to it. After going gluten free I have lost 70 pounds very easily. You must stick to it though and no cheating. When you cheat the inflamation comes back. Hope that helps.
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I was always told by my mom that I was a celiac baby, but although some foods gave me "digestive issues" it was not really a problem until the last few years, when I started having muscle cramps, developed extremely low potassium levels which led to A-Fib and also developed psoriasis.
I am scheduled for blood work next week and a biopsy in November.
While I work out 4-5 days a week and try to eat a pretty healthy diet I still am having trouble losing weight.
Has anyone had these problems as related to celiac disease? Any advice?