Celiac Disease: Introduced Gluten and 4 Months Later …
I was diagnosed with celiac disease back in 2007. I had a bunch of life long health issues that looking back pointed to this fact – but when i was younger i was diagnosed as being lactose intolerant not knowing that many people with active gluten damage also can not tolerate lactose.
As an adult I knew something ‘wasn’t right’ when i was on my honeymoon with my husband. I always had digestion issues and never really thought too much of it – it was my normal. Until that week long vacation. Literally all i ate was tomatoes and french fries and i felt amazing. Amazing.
I went on a very strict diet – liquid calories for 6 months because my stomach was so damaged and I was not able to digest or absorb anything. It was tough but i had more energy then ever, no headaches, no joint pain, my hair stopped falling out and no more digestion issues or horrible stomach pain. After the 6 months other food was very slowly introduced (gluten free of course) and i was doing great.
I had 2 children at that time – 16 month old and a 3 month old at the time i was diagnosed. We still had gluten in the house and when i went back on solid foods we just kept our food separate. Celiac disease has a genetic component to it so we held off introducing gluten into Princess R’s diet until she was 14 months old (Big P was already eating gluten and we didn’t limit that since he was already exposed).
After 4 months of gluten into her diet it was very apparent that she had a problem. 18 months old and in the 4 months she has lost 5 pounds. Her stomach was bloated like she was pregnant, she had digestion issues that went from constipation to diarrhea and she was in pain. She was thirsty all the time and refused to eat anything that contained gluten. I thought that point was interesting. She was tired, clingy and had very dark circles under her eyes.
I KNEW exactly what this was.
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