January 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm #8447
I joined the GF Society about 4 weeks ago but have finally decided to introduce myself. I am so glad to have found this site! Cutting out corn and rice was the final missing part of the equation in my search for the answer to my health problems.
I’ve had a variety of health issues over the years and have tried many different eating styles in an effort to feel better. As a child I had nasal allergies and headaches, then as a teen, painful menstral cramps, acne, pms, and as an adult a long list of symptoms that gradually got worse as I got older (I’m 50 now): neck and back pain, 27 degrees of scoliosis, large uterine fibroid that required a hysterectomy, itchy skin, vertigo, sore throats, abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, fatigue, migraines, mild peripheral neuropathy, undesired weight loss, eye inflammation, TMJ, and horrible hot flashes! By August of 2012 my body just gave out and I got so sick I could barely get out of bed for a few weeks. My doctor didn’t know what it was and my blood work looked OK except my white blood cells were on the low side. I saw many specialists including GI, cardiologist, orthopedist, rheumatologist, hematologist. My genetic test suggested a high risk of developing Celiac because I have the DQ2 and DQ8 genes, but my blood test and biopsies came out negative for Celiac. I also had a blood test to check the chances of IBD and got a pattern consistent with Crohn’s Disease, but again other tests did not show active signs of the disease. I was so depressed that no one could tell me what was wrong with me. My sister had heard from her Naturopathic Doctor that the GAPS diet helps many conditions. As soon as I started cutting out grains I started getting better. I also checked out the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the Paleo Diet. They are all fairly similar with a few particular nuances in each philosophy. However, I kept having set backs every one to two weeks and couldn’t figure out what I had ate that was flaring up my symptoms. It was Dr. Osborne’s site that helped me realize that gluten is hidden in so many products and that going gluten free has to be much more than giving up wheat. I got rid of my supplements that had suspicious ingredients and purchased the products from this GF Society. I am gradually seeing improvement every day, but I realize that it will take time to repair the damage that years of eating gluten has done to my body. I had to leave my job in August as a dental hygienist and I am grateful to have the opportunity to devote myself to my healing. It takes a lot of time to cook everything from scratch and shop for all organic foods, but boy does it ever make a difference!
I am making my way through the great lecture videos and learning so much. I just sent in my stool sample to Enterolab to get tested for food sensitivities and fat absorption. I had know idea that one could verify that they are actually gluten sensitive with having Celiac. What a break thorough.
Thank you Dr. Osborne for making this information available. I can’t get to Texas for your GF expo but I hope to make it to the one in San Francisco on Feb.10th. Dr. Kenneth Fine from Enterolab is giving a lecture that I want to see.January 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm #10232
Oh, wow, it doesn’t sound like you have been having a picnic. Let me guess, you are not a volunteer either?
I hope you will continue on the mend and feel better and better on your way.
DianaJanuary 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm #10233
Thanks Diana!February 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm #10236
Glad you are finally healing! Thanks for sharing your story. Keep us all posted on your progress!
All the best,
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