Am I Gluten Sensitive? Maybe…..

Was I feeling sick? NO. Just un-well, if this is a word. Just how do you describe not feeling good but not feeling ill. This best describes how I have felt for the past couple of years. I just figured “I am getting old” or blaming menopause due the hysterectomy I had a couple of years ago were the reasons I didn’t feel right. I ached so horribly bad in my hands, knees, and feet that I lived on pain relievers. I went to see my doctor and was diagnosed with arthritis in my hands. I went to see a naturopath and she did give me some advice regarding my aching pain – stop eating russet potatoes and tomatoes! Well, I did eliminate these two food items from my diet and I had some relief most days. I know these do cause me pain because when I have eaten them, I get that oh so familiar aching back.  I love potatoes – prepared any way – mashed, baked, fried, salad, etc. I also use a ton of tomato sauce, paste, stewed, diced, fresh or canned in all my cooking, so this poses a few issues and most of the time I choose to eat them and deal with the pain later. Then came more research and I stumbled across the issue of Gluten Sensitivity and it’s related symptoms. I found several different websites that listed symptoms of gluten sensitivity and I have many of the classic symptoms. Now, mind you, in addition to my love of potatoes, BREAD was my first most favorite food item. I would eat toast almost every day, sandwiches for lunch, french bread with my tomato based pasta sauce and PASTA! Gluten, gluten and more gluten – every day! Maybe it wasn’t just the potatoes and tomatoes after all….. 

Move ahead several months… 

I have been eliminating gluten containing foods from my diet. I cook brown rice pastas and am making sourdough bread items (souring the dough helps inactivate the gluten in the flour). I am able to eat Yukon Gold and Red potatoes with no issues. When I do eat russet type potatoes I can feel it, so I try to avoid them as much as possible.

I feel so much better now.  So, am I Gluten Sensitive? Quite likely.

The following is a list of symptoms I found and wanted to share – do you suffer from any of the following? Something to consider…..

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity share some of the same symptoms. Although the actual damage occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, specifically in the small intestine, the symptoms manifest in many different ways and often show up throughout your entire body. 

Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease have hundreds of symptoms; the following lists don’t contain them all, but are a good sampling:  

 Gastrointestinal symptoms: These are some of the “classic” — although not the most common — symptoms of celiac disease: 

  •  Abdominal pain and distension  
  •  Acid reflux  
  •  Bloating  
  •  Constipation  
  •  Diarrhea  
  • Gas and flatulence 
  • Greasy, foul-smelling, floating stools 
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Weight loss or weight gain 
  • Nongastrointestinal symptoms: Interestingly, although gluten sensitivity and celiac disease affect the gut, most people’s symptoms are not gastrointestinal in nature. This partial list includes just some of the more than 250 symptoms not centered in the digestive tract. 

  •  Eczema/psoriasis  
  • Swelling and inflammation   
  • Joint/bone pain 
  • Fatigue and weakness (due to iron-deficiency anemia)  
  • Nosebleeds 
  • Night blindness 
  •  Vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies 
  •  Headaches (including migraines)   
  •  Depression, irritability, listlessness, and mood disorders 
  •  “Fuzzy brain” or an inability to concentrate 
  •  Infertility 
  •  Abnormal menstrual cycles  
  •  Dental enamel deficiencies and irregularities   
  •  Seizures  
  •  Clumsiness (ataxia) 
  •  Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) 
  •  Respiratory problems 
  •  Canker sores (apthus ulcers) 
  •  Lactose intolerance  
  •  Rosacea (a skin disorder)  
  • Acne 
  •  Hashimoto’s disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, lupus erythematosus, and other autoimmune disorders  
  •  Early onset osteoporosis 
  •  Hair loss (alopecia) 
  •   Bruising easily 
  •  Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 
  •  Muscle cramping    
  • Read more: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/symptoms-of-gluten-sensitivity-and-celiac-disease.html#ixzz0wibRuGky 

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    1. Recently, the top two researchers in the U.S. for celiac disease admitted that gluten sensitivity existed independently of celiac disease 🙂 Thanks for helping spread the word!
      All the best,
      Dr. Osborne

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