Go Gluten free or not??

by Gina C.
(Hopewell Junction, New York)

I had a stool test performed by Enterolabs and it came back positive for a gluten sensitivity and I have a DNA marker for celiac sprue and gluten intolerance. I do not have all the "classic" symptoms but I have had chronic constipation my whole life and I have trouble maintaining my weight. I was wondering if anyone has any opinions or experience with the Enterolab stool testing?

I don't know if I should remain gluten-free or not. I do feel better when I go gluten free, mainly because I cut out a lot of carbs. But as you all know it is difficult to follow and I need some confirmation.

My MD doesn't believe much in the test and it is making me second guess myself. As well, my family doesn't put much stock in it either.

I would feel better hearing from other people who are dealing with these issues.

I appreciate all your feedback!

Gina

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A *new* celiac person
by: Sandra

I just found out today that I have Celiac Disease. Wow, this is was a shock. I am a nurse and had no idea this was coming. Apparently, I had the gene, but it was dormant until I got sick last year.

In the past 10 months, I have done nothing different with my diet, but I have been getting progressively worse. My body seems to be shutting down on me completely.

I turned 44 yesterday, and now it is like starting over again. This is going to take some getting used to.

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Don't listen to your Dr., Listen to your body
by: Trixie

Hi Gina.

I have just come to the conclusion that I am at the very least gluten intolerant.

I had a blood test that came back negative, but after further investigation, that happens quite often. I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Thyroid problems, On the verge of being diabetic...and I could go on.

I am only 46 and I have been having problems for many years now.

I have always had pain and swelling in my joints. Sometimes to the point where I can't get out of a chair by myself and couldn't even pull up my pants because my hands hurt so bad.

Oh, and I am very overweight (which doesn't help anything). So of course I have tried many diets, one of them being low or no carbs. And, like any diet they are hard to follow but I do remember feeling much better when I followed it.

So, with all the symptoms (frequent urination, horrible leg cramps, sores on my elbows and knees) I decided that I had to do something (oh and my muscles hurt so bad I couldn't stand it too!)

Believe me, when you are in this much pain you will do just about anything. The shots I give myself once a week cost 1800.00 without insurance!

But I have been trying to eat NO gluten and what a difference already. I can't wait to see what it will be like in a couple of weeks!

What I have found out is that even if you think you have it you probably do! And if it goes on and you still eat gluten you will harm your body like I have been and have premanent damage that can't be undone.

Most everything I have could have been caused from Gluten! Don't make the same mistake I did!

Good luck. I'm still learning about what I can eat and what I can't so say a prayer for me that i can do this!

Trixie

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