So, I haven't felt worth a shit in probably 5 years or more. The last 8 months I've had constant nausea and diarrhea and all kinds of other fun symptoms and have lost 35 pounds since (and I've never been a big guy). About 6 weeks ago I was just so sick that I went to the ER, they recommended me to a gastro specialist. Saw them and finally got in for my colonoscopy and endoscopy today. (Ever prep for one? That's a fun day/night you'll never forget.) For the most part things were normal, but there were a few abnormalities. They ended up taking 6 biopsies and removed a 3mm polyp. Now because of all my symptoms and the what they found today, or lack there of, the doctor thinks I may have celiac disease (basically gluten intolerance deficiency). But obviously, I won't know for sure until the biopsy results come back in 5-7 days.So, I did what every man with a computer would do and got home and researched it. It actually makes sense, this celiac disease. I eat a lot of pastas and breads and drink LOTS of beer, which are the WORST things to consume with this disease. I actually haven't drank hardly any beer for the last 3 weeks because I was getting to the point that half way thru my 2nd beer it'd come back up. But, all my symptoms match right up, including symptoms I didn't even realize were relevant. Like my chronic back pain, and this new symptom that started about 4 months ago where my hands are constantly weak and occasionally go numb, like when you fall asleep wrong and wake up with a "sleeping" limb. It's weird, I've been dropping shit left and right because I think I'm holding onto to something and then when I pick it up it just falls to the floor. Not a good thing when I work cars all day and my bikes in my spare time.Anyways, I'm just nervous about the results. I have been for the last month. And now that the doctor brought up a whole new disease I've never heard of and I MAY have to give up all the things I love to eat and drink I'm pretty bummed out. What bums me out the most is KARMA! I've been talking shit for so many years about people being gluten-free, thinking it was just the new health fad. Only to find out, like a cruel ironic life changing joke, I may have to live the rest of my life gluten-free. I'm actually considering starting the new diet now just in case, because I need to start feeling better, like 4 years ago.If any of you suffer from this or just want to give me words of encouragement, it'd be appreciated. Thanks.Scottie
Thanks for your responses, it's good to know that it's not as uncommon as I thought. I'm just stressing out about everything, work, bills and money mostly, and overwhelmed which doesn't help matters. I guess what threw me off was that I've been sick as hell, throwing up 2-5 times a week sick, and there was no sign of an ulcer or ulcerative colitis. So obviously something is going on, and now I have to wait a week or more to find out what. Scottie
I feel a little less stressed out today. Hopefully it is celiac disease that I have, that would be a good thing. Because all I have to do to feel better is change my diet. If I have Chrones disease like they originally thought I'll be stuck taking expensive medication for the rest of my life. And honestly, gluten is the only thing that I never tried cutting out of my diet. I stopped smoking, stopped drinking, stopped eating spicy food, stopped eating fast food, all kinds of stuff, and just never felt any better. And like I said in my first post, it's probably Karma for me making fun of people who are Gluten free. I'm ignorant at times. Oh well, what do you do?Scottie
Good luck with it Scottie . I know nuthin. But you got best wishes bud.
Scottie, I'll look for O'Mission - must be Irish beer?
The prices are killer. You'd think if they eliminated the gluten it would be cheaper. From not having to add it. Less is usually cheaper. ERC
Well I made a STRONG conscience effort to not consume any gluten today. And low and behold for the first time in almost 2 months I haven't felt nauseous ONCE today! Yay! Maybe it's just coincidence, but I feel half way descent for once. Thank God.
My wife has been buying gluten free bread for 20 years...there was only 1 manufacturer of it then. Now, there are many and the prices have skyrocketed due to the demand and marketing...it's big business...There is no reason for it to be so expensive...she pays almost $9 for a package of 6 gluten free bagels... ERC
Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix:http://www.pamelasproducts.com/products/baking-mixes/pamelas-baking-pancake-mix/
YES YES YES. A thousand times, YES.Pamela's is indistinguishable in pancake form from any other pancake...perhaps it is slightly "multigrain" in texture but it is absolutely wonderful stuff. Like gluten free Bisquick.You can serve it and people won't even know they are eating gluten free. Every other pancake/waffle we've tried tastes like sand mixed with bits of paper. But with a worse texture.
Most of the better Chinese markets have a lot of various forms of pasta that is made from rice.They usually cook very quickly so don't give them the old 5 or 10 minutes of boiling that wheat pasta takes or you'll end up with mush. Rather tasteless mush at that.Don't buy "mein" noodles as in "chow mein". Buy the "fen" or "fun" noodles. They are made from rice or mung bean starch. To thicken gravy's and sauces of any kind, rather than using wheat flour, use corn starch. It's gluten free and basically tasteless and used in almost all Chinese cooking. It's also used in fresh strawberry pie to make the thick sauce that the strawberries are in. Yum.To thicken gravy or other sauces, first stir the corn starch into a little water and work the lumps out. Then, pour it into the hot sauce and stir. It will thicken it in a matter of a few seconds.
i would move to Colorado
When you're feeling really shitty about it, have some pancakes!!!!
I've been gluten free since I started this thread (with the exception of one cookie that I regretted the next day) and already I feel 20 times better than I did 2 weeks ago. Or even 2 years ago for that matter! That's why I now need to get back into shape to get my COMPLETE health back on track. I used to be an amateur kick boxer for 7 years and a pro mma fighter for 18 months. I used to work out 2-3x a day 5-6x a week, 3000 calories a day and a rainbow of different vitamins. I was 170 pounds of vicious muscle. That all stopped when I took a manager position and started working 60 hours a week. I no longer had time to work out, let alone fight, and that was the beginning of the demise of my health. This was about 5 years ago. Enough is enough. I want my 8 pack back!Scottie
On my way back to glorious fitness again, new job is Mechanic, so just moving around makes such a difference!
You'll burn plenty of calories, but believe me, you won't be building a whole lot of muscle. It will feel like it for the first couple of months, but then muscle memory sets in.
I think Carlsberg has it bass awackward.