Interested in those who also have heart disease (heart attack at 48), thyroid disease (overactive) and any other autoimmune/absorption of vitamin/mineral issues.
My response to a gluten-free diet was immediate - within a couple days - no bloating, not waking up with nausea every morning - amazing! First was diagnosed by biopsy w/ Celiac; further bloodwork (genetic marker and gluten antibody) indicated that I am not celiac but gluten intolerant w/ damage to small intestine indicating Celiac. All I know for sure is that when I stray from the gluten-free diet, I'm back to extreme weakness, nausea, constipation and miserable bloating. Originally was diagnosed w/ ovarian cancer that had metastasized to liver (they found a mass on ovary - benign - and liver enzymes were off the charts at the time). I was perfectly happy to avoid gluten instead! That was 5 years ago. Find it kind of challenging in a good way, but difficult to lose weight b/c I feel deprived and am constantly trying to "feed" some need I have.
When I was the sickest,I lost 25 pounds and looked sickly but fantastic. As soon as I discovered what I COULD eat, I gained that back plus more.
Would love to find a way to balance since this extra weight isn't good for my heart, cholesterol and blood pressure. Would love to get off some of the meds I'm on. WOuld appreciate any input!
I had the bloodwork for celiac disease and it came back normal. I have a friend whose husband has crohn's disease also with negative bloodwork and has benefitted from a gluten free diet. So, I thought I'd give it a try since I had to go off one of my meds because it elevated my triglycerides to over 500.
I've only been on this diet for less than a week and have seen some moderate improvements. Hopefully, they aren't coincidental.
How long were most of you on a GF diet before you knew it was beneficial?
I don't have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, but I do have narcolepsy. While looking for homeopathic remedies for my narcolepsy, everyone said that a gluten free diet really helps. After just a week of being gluten free I have not had to take any medicine, and I haven't fallen asleep!
I am 52 and am not officially diagnosed with celiac or gluten intollerant but had a doctor take me off of it. I have had depression and periphial neuropathy in my hands and feet. I have been constipated for as long as I can remember and have had hemmoroid surgery. I wonder if I have or had PCOS and one of my daughters may have it. I had an partial historectomy in my mid 30's because of a sore that wouldn't heal. I believe I have gout and had surgery on both feet for plantar faceitis. I have had panic attacks that seem to be doing better and my short term memory is terrible. I also have little red bumps on my arms and thighs that I have had since about the 7th grade and when I stay off of the gluten it mostly clears up. I also have a lactose intollerance and notice phlem in the back of my throat and have a cough when I eat dairy. I had bloating and gas and feel much better off of gluten and dairy. I have a vitamin D deficiency, the doctor said it was the lowest he had seen. Last year I was treated for Breast Cancer and had lumpectomy and radiation. Not sure I am remembering everything.
You are absolutely on target concerning the "chronic systemic inflammation." I already had multiple allergies, "spastic colon", arthritis, CFIDS, Fibromyalgia, Asthma, and Hypothyroidism before being finally diagnosed as Celiac in 2005. I am struggling hard to avoid tumbling into Diabetes as well. Need I add that I have been treated for clinical depression? Eating Gluten free is making a major difference in flare ups in each auto-immune dysfunction for me.
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I haven't gotten tested or anything about celiac, but I was told years ago that wheat was one of my food allergies. I've never really given it up, although I've cut way back the past month. I'm feeling better already and have started losing a bit of weight.
My only other problem is knee/hip pain, and I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees already. Even with cutting down, I think I see a relation between the gluten and the pain. This weekend, I wasn't careful, and the past two days I'm suffering more again! Could be something else, but I don't really think so.
At my age, I think I'm lucky not to have other issues, so I'm trying to do something now--before things get worse.
Linda C Oklahoma (CST)
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I was diagnosed with CD in 2002 although my blood test came back negative so futher biopsies revealed that my villi were completely flat. I was really quite ill for quite a few years to the extent where I was just collapsing. I was then told it was IBS and they still maintain this aswell as the CD. Unfortunately I still have alot of the symptoms although my CD is very strictly GF, depression still comes in bouts but not as severe as before,fatigue, pathches of DH come and go, tingling in my arms and legs, headaches but again not as severe, constipation and diahroea come and go. However I am not as bad as before the diagnosis which is good and I certainly do feel much better than pre-diagnosis!
my whole body inflammation/pain is gone - 15lbs in 2 weeks just going GF. my allergies are almost completely gone - 1 attack after going GF that I can't point to being glutened. My Dr put it that to think of a scale one side has gluten and the other allergies. my body was weighed so heavily in fighting gluten that there wasn't anything left to fight the allergies. CD has made me pre-diabetic, working on getting this off my chart, and low functional thyroid. Also messing with my hypothalamus - my body does not like temperature changes. no more constipation that would switch to diarrhea at random times depression gone, fuzzy brain gone, uncertainty pretty much gone, better balance. And so much more....
As far as not finding medical support of inflammation and CD - I've seen it somewhere. Plus my Dr believes in it - he's a Naturopath and that might be a difference.
Edited by: JENCORINNE at: 8/31/2009 (02:00)
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Well, my bloodwork for celiac came back negative. However, out of frustration I gave up wheat about 4 months ago now.
My asthma has almost disappeared. My joint pain/swelling is gone. My severe abdominal pain and swelling is gone - no more trips to the ER for morphine with no answers. My depression is teetering - I am struggling being out of work, but I have been able to hold on. for the most part, my eyes are better - they would also swell and I never produced enough tears.
It is amazing how much better I am doing now that I have cut wheat out of my diet. I am going to have my colonoscopy redone here in the next few months, and see if my intestines are healing up as well as It feels they are.
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I am not officially diagnosed as gluten intolerant/celiac disease. Doesn't matter. I stopped eating wheat and related grains two and a half months ago as a last ditch effort to deal with migraines that had become a daily handicap.
Within three days, the diarrhea that I had thought was due to my lack of a gallbladder, had disappeared.
So had the worsening pain in my toe and finger joints.
Over the next month, my depression improved enough that I felt comfortable discontinuing my SSRI subscription.
My mild asthma vanished.
My heart arrhythmia got better.
My blood pressure decreased.
Within six weeks, my migraines had gone from daily torture to once a week, and when I finally gave up sodas (caramel color, dontcha know), they've almost entirely disappeared.
My hayfever is almost a thing of the past. My sinuses and ears are almost clog free.
I still have ADD. I have no doubt that if I get hit with enough stress, my depression will reappear. And, of course, there's the PCOS I was diagnosed with eighteen years ago.
What I suspect, but haven't been able to find any support in medical documentation, is that gluten intolerance is related to/correlated with/possibly causes chronic systemic inflammation.
All of the above illnesses I've listed have some connection to inflammation. They're caused by it or made worse by it or cause it in turn.
I'm curious what your experience has been. Will you share it with me?
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