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    I have suffered from joint pain pretty much my whole life!  I went through all the usual testing and nothing was ever confirmed.  I have all the symptoms of rhumatoid arthritis but none of the blood work supports the diagnosis.  The doctors have always prescribed drugs that I never took.  I also had problems with my lower intestines, a lot of pain, diarreah, constipation and just plain uncomfortable.  Mys sister was diagnosed with colon cancer and her son has celiac disease so I know it runs in my family.

    I am very IGA difficient as well and the doctors have figured out that I am not absorbing much in the way of nutrition.  Since I am IGA difficient and the tests are IGA based, I could never get a proper diagnosis.  One allergist I went to mentioned that I should try going gluten free and see if it helps.  He said there was no harm in trying.

    I have been gluten free for over a year now but once in awhile I would get frustrated and eat wheat!  A couple of months ago I ate wheat for 3 days straight…bread, cookies, pizza!  Then it happened…I couldn't put one foot in front of the other as the pain was so intense in my abdomen.  I was bloated, had diarreah and felt awful.  I haven't eaten wheat since!  Now most of my joint pain is gone and I have more energy.  My skin has brightened up and I just feel better.  I started speed walking 4 miles per day around a park near my neighbourhood and I am starting to feel like I am on the right path.

    More and more restaurants have gluten free menus but I find if I am going out socially to a friend's house – I just eat before I go so I don't have to worry that all there will be for me is lettuce!Laugh

    I need help with good tasting recipes to keep me on track.

    Peter Osborne

    Welcome Leslie!

    Thanks for sharing your story with us.  Glad you are feeling so much better.  Check out the recipe forum and Glutenology – Recipes for the Gluten Free Warrior


    Have a great day!

    Dr. O


    Welcome to the site and Google will be your best friend.  Dr. O has a cookbook and I also love Elana Amsterdam's almond flour cookbook. Keep searching for grainfree recipes.  The grainfreemom has a facebook page and she also has a blog, but I don't know that website name. You can find it through her facebook page though. Most of the paleo recipes will work too, so if you search for paleo recipes.  There are many recipes out there, just don't give up and keep searching.  New recipes show up all of the time, I'm always finding something new. is another good website, there is an AWESOME  brownie recipe with almond butter (you can even make almond butter yourself).  There are many more websites they just aren't popping into my head right now, but that will get you started.

    Good luck,


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