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11/1/12 9:01 P

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YAY!! I did a workout today!

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10/31/12 4:55 P

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Yes, I've already started going gluten free.

If I don't hear back today from the nurse, I'm going to go in tomorrow and insist they give me a copy.

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10/31/12 4:23 P

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Ask them to mail a copy of the results to you. They have to do that if you request it but the receptionist can't 'discuss' anything with you.. Good luck! Have you started going gluten free?


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10/31/12 3:48 P

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My update (which is also my current blog!):

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I just called the doctor's office and have found out that my blood work is in. Yay!

Me: Great, so, when I can I get the results?

Receptionist: You need to make an appointment with your doctor.

Me: I have one booked... the first one available isn't until November 29... I can't wait a month for my results!!

Receptionist: Oh, well I can have the nurse call you if there's a specific number you want to know.

Me: I want to know ALL my numbers!!

...conversation continues for a while longer... the receptionist has left a message with the nurse asking for the nurse to call me back today

*crosses fingers* that I get my results today!

The receptionist did comment that there wasn't anything "urgent" (in my blood work), but I'm desparately waiting to find out if I have an allergy to wheat / gluten, so this, to me, is urgent.

And, if I don't have that allergy, then why on earth am I having so many of those symptoms?!!!

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10/31/12 12:03 P

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I agree with Sue just go gluten free for a month and see if there is a difference. Wheat belly is also a good book a little easier to digest (excuse the pun) emoticon

I have been gluten free for 3 weeks now (broke out in DH and didn't bother with the testing). rash is gone, feeling better and will challenge myself in a month or two. Not to difficult for me going gluten free as I eat Primal/Paleo mostly anyway - just fell off the wagon for a few weeks and paid the consequences.

Good Luck! And just give it a shot

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10/30/12 8:36 A

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A bit of advice...I am sure that you are anxiously waiting the results of the blood test, but if it comes back negative, do not rest all of your future on that finding. My blood test was negative and because I wasn't under the care of a gastroenterologist already, I couldn't get an appointment for an endoscopy for 3 months. (My primary care physician kept telling me I had IBS...actually it was a resident who wouldn't put two and two together from all of my symptoms.

Anyway, I was desperate and couldn't imagine living three more months like I had been by waiting for a test, which still might not come out positive. So I went off of wheat. All I can tell you is that it really doesn't matter if you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. Your body will tell you if wheat isn't good for you. My reactions eating wheat again after going off for a month told me that wheat IS NOT FOR ME! Wow. My body freaked out, eliminating the possibility of going back on wheat for a gold standard test to be done. When exposed again I lost feeling in my left hand fingers, experienced terrible tingling in my legs, had diarrhea, to name a few. So, being wheat free for two years now, I can tell you by looking back that the following things have cleared up...no diarrhea (unless I accidentally get exposed) which I had had for four years, 4 years of insomnia gone, brain fog gone, need for naps every afternoon gone, energy back, liver back to normal...they thought I might have some kind of cancer in an internal organ my numbers were so off. I feel the way I did ten years ago instead of feeling like I am 70.

I would encourage you to listen to your own body rather than put too much stock in what the traditional medical community will tell you, unless you are one of the lucky ones who has a doctor who is familiar with this problem.

One more piece of advice. On your future journey...don't try to replace your old life with the "gluten free alternatives." Don't look back. Just look forward and be excited and happy for a new way of living. You will feel better if you leave all of your ties to the heavy carbohydrate life behind you. (lots of the replacement products process into sugar faster than the old whole wheat. You'll feel better without those things.) Think fresh foods with simple, simple ingredients. Also, try to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

Read Restoring Your Digestive Health: How the Guts and Glory Program Can Transform Your Life. This book helped me beyond measure, especially at the beginning of my journey. It is for anyone with digestive issues, so even if your problem isn't wheat, you will probably find help from this source.

Good luck. You have a wonderful life to look forward to!

Edited by: SUEBNELSON at: 10/30/2012 (08:39)
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10/29/12 10:44 P

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There is alot that they don't know about what is causing the problems with wheat.
Watch out for hidden wheat too. They like to call it different names so find out all the names and then look for them or just eat lots of veggies and fruits along with meats.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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10/29/12 8:17 P

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Recently I'v started to wonder if I have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten or wheat. As I hear others tell their stories of misdiagnoses, I feel like I am listening to the story of my own life. I have suffered from IBS for over 10 years (maybe 15 years), and depression for a number of years as well (I've been on medication for this for a year now). A few months ago I started having what seemed like arthritis symptoms in my knees. In the last month, my IBS has become dibilitating: everything I try and eat is reating with me, and I'm throwing up or have diarrhea (or both). I've missed many days of work this month.

I finally insisted on getting blood work done including a test for gluten/wheat allergy. My blood was taken last week on Thursday, and I'm told I should have the results in about a week. I am trying to wait patiently to see what the tests show, but am minimizing/eliminating my wheat and gluten intake as my body has been making it clear that it can't tolerate it.

I have very little energy lately and desparately miss working out. I have barely had the energy to function, and often have to take naps. I need to find out what is wrong with me, and what I can eat to get my energy resources back up!

I found this team today, and have been on Spark for over a year. I really want to get back to my weight loss journey, but right now am just concentrating on trying to eat foods that my body can actually digest properly.

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