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    Patricia L

    Hi – My name is Patricia (or Patty) and I went traditional gluten free about 4 months ago and grain-free after finding the GFS 3 weeks ago. I have had Fibromyalgia since about age 7 after a pool accident injured my neck. (I'm almost 58 now) I am also overweight, have sleep apnea, beginning Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, and DH. I am new to the TX Valley but lived in Sugar Land 22 years ago, when it was all farm land and “out in the boondocks”. LOL 

    I had a lot of “gut” problems and was diagnosed about 4 months ago as gluten intolerant by my new physician on my 1st visit when she saw the DH on my knees. I immediately went traditional gluten free (included rice) but excluded corn and soy. My knees cleared up but were still raw, I lost 15 lbs, the gas problem disappeared as did the abdominal pain, and I felt so much better. But, I seemed to hit a plateau. Then I found this site and decided to go grain-free. It's been only 3 weeks and my knees are completely clear. I know this is the way to go for me but now I have absolutely no energy or motivation to do anything except sit and sleep (though I do push myself to walk a mile a day and get things done around the house). I am a vegan and am having no problem finding things to eat. I have developed hypertension and high cholesterol; the only thing we can figure is that it is hereditary. But I hate taking Rx medicine! Perhaps I am missing essential nutrients. What test should I ask for to find out??

    My 31-yr-old son is Down Syndrome and I strongly believe he is gluten intolerant but he lives in a group home and it is impossible to have him eat gluten free let alone grain free. I can't even get them to stick to a vegetarian diet for him. They don't want him to “feel left out” (I think it is just more work for them that they don't want to do.) Plus, he gets up in the middle of the night and sneaks food.

    I was going to drive up to see Dr. Osborne (and visit my niece) until I saw his email that said how long his waiting list is now. Frown 

    I feel like I'm doing this on my own and educating my doctor as I go. I would love to have some support. I wish I could attend the meetings in Sugar Land but it is a bit of a commute Wink. Is anyone else from down this way?

    I do have a fantastic husband who is also an Occupational Therapist and supports me totally, even eats whatever I cook. He's lost 6 lbs too. He just wants me to be healthy and happy. 

    I'm glad I found this site and look forward to the education I will glean. 

    Cool from sunny southern Texas!

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