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Thu, Feb 7 1:08pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Hi. This is Sylvia. I experienced hearing loss in my left ear in my 50’s. Shortly after, I developed Ménière’s disease and have very little hearing in that ear.
I wear hearing aids in both ears and am fine with face to face conversation, but have trouble distinguishing words in a large room like a gym or swimming pool. This makes it difficult to follow instructions in exercise classes. I’m thinking possibly cochlear implants might help. Does anyone have experience with a cochlear implant?

Dec 31, 2018 · Gluten free diet in Digestive Health

How were the pears prepared? I can’t believe that a whole fresh pear could have any gluten unless it was cut with a knife that had previously sliced a gluten containing item like bread or pastry.

Dec 22, 2018 · Gluten free diet in Digestive Health

Yes. I have been Gf for 15 yxears but I am always interested in hearing about new products or tips for preparing Gf foods and where to find places to buy them. In my opinion, celiac disease is simply the culmination of a long term sensitivity to gluten, in that it does not appear overnight. Looking back, I can see that there were many instances where I suffered reactions to gluten, but attributed it to something else. I can see the symptoms in my family as well. My mother was crippled by severe rheumatoid arthritis and my older sister had at least two babies stillborn, and one that died shortly after birth, and she became diabetic later. I had always been rather anemic, had osteoporosis, became hypothyroid, and was diagnosed with “IBS,” at least 25 years ago, because nobody thought to test for gluten. Looking forward to some lively dialogue.

Aug 10, 2012 · Digestive issues in Digestive Health

Hi Kayleigh,

Sounds like it could be celiac. Go to celiac.com and see what is involved with gluten sensitivity. You may find it sounds like what you have. It may be hard to find a doctor who believes that your symptoms could be gluten related.
I had problems for years and finally found the solution when a nutritionist the Dr. sent me to mentioned wheat and gluten issues. Duh–my daughter had celiac disease when she was a toddler, and it does run in families. So I went gluten-free for several months and voila, the problems were gone. I got the gluten test later( I stoked up on pasta and pizza for several days before the test and amazingly, I had no problems with the gluten) and the test scores were all very high for gluten reaction.
Sometimes people act as if a little bit of gluten shouldn’t be a problem, but I find I sometimes have symptoms of gluten ingestion. I go looking for the culprit and sure enough, I might find the container of sherbet lists “modified food starch” as an ingredient. I think that most food starch these days is corn or other non-gluten source, but back a few years, you were taking a chance.as it was mostly wheat.
Good luck in finding the source of your problems and I hope you are soon feeling better.

Aug 10, 2012 · celiac disease: coping with change in Digestive Health

Hi Paula,
You might try celiac.com. for tips on gluten-free diet. I’ve been gluten-free for nearly ten years and there is very little that I miss from the gluten world we live in. Just had a big bowl of Greek yogurt and fresh fruit salad for breakfast.
I went breadless for several years until I found Rudi’s bread–I love their cinnamon raisin toasted with crunchy peanut butter for breakfast. Then there is Udi’s–they have a whole grain bread that’s very good for toasted cheese sandwiches, they also have hamburg and hotdog buns. Trader Joe’s carries them at a reasonable price.
Both Rudi’s and Udi’s are from Denver area, I believe.
And there is lots of pasta made with brown rice or corn. My family can’t tell the difference, once the sauces are on. There is even a lasagna, and you don’t have to cook the noodles separately—just layer ’em in with all the other ingredients and let it bake till done.
Having been born and raised on a farm, I have always loved fruits and vegetables, so that is the basis of my diet, along with dairy, meat, brown rice, and beans and legumes. I’ve seen the gluten-free diet called low in fiber, but with all those fruits & veggies, beans and brown rice, I think it’s higher in fiber than the typical American diet of processed foods.
You have to read the labels on everything and get informed on hidden sources of gluten. Who knew that soy sauce is wheat based? Or that root beer is made with a barley enzyme? And nearly all cereals have barley malt or just malt flavoring. Things like licorice sticks are basically wheat flour with color and flavoring added.
I’d suggest joining a support group locally. It’s a help in comparing notes and experiences with others, and in finding new gluten-free products and restaurants.
Welcome to the gluten-free world, and I hope you will enjoy the ride!

Aug 10, 2012 · celiac disease: coping with change in Digestive Health

Hi livetolearn,
My story is similar to yours. However, I disagree that the calcium loss is not fixable. I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis, much to my surprise, before I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I went on HRT for a couple of years, and had gotten to a diagnosis of osteopenia. I then went on Fosamax for a couple more years, and my last bone scan, maybe five years ago, showed my bones to be normal for my age, according to my doctor. I had always taken a calcium supplement containing magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin D, and I think that helped in restoring my bone health. Once I gave up the gluten, I could absorb all the nutrients I was taking in. In fact, I gained 20 pounds within a few months after going gluten-free. And I’m still trying to get rid of them!

Aug 10, 2012 · wannalivepleasehelp - bowels messed up, panic, heart palpitations in Just Want to Talk

Hi jocie,

Have you ever had a test for gluten sensitivity? So many of your symptoms sound like they could be gluten related. Gluten is a component of wheat, rye and barley which can cause some people to have lots of different reactions. I’m an old lady, and I had many of these symptoms for years. I was treated for IBS, even receiving Prozac because it might be “in my head”. I finally tried a gluten free diet and when I had a blood test it was off the charts, so I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I haven’t had a digestive problem since, and many of my other problems cleared up as well.
Go to the site celiac.com and see what you think. And notice if you feel worse after having things like pizza, spaghetti or other pasta, as they are the most concentrated forms of wheat.
The only treatment is to go completely gluten-free for life. If that should be the problem, the diet ain’t all that bad. There are plenty of gluten-free pastas and corn and rice are good substitutes. If you like Mexican food, tortillas are useful. I notice you said you fell better after being on the rice and bean diet. That might be a good indicator that you are gluten-sensitive.
Good luck in finding the solution to your ailments. I feel for you in having such poor health at your age.
The rice and bean based diet might be a good starting point. Talk to your doctor about having the gluten test. They can also do a biopsy of the small intestine, but I never had that. The high scores on the blood test, plus the complete cessation of symptoms on the gluten-free diet, were enough to convince me and the doctors.
I will check back to see how you’re doing!