RE: Wheat Sensitivities
Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM
Another symptom to look for with Celiac Disease are rashes. Both my sister and I have this. Rashes, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, anemia, joint pain, are some of the symptoms. There are blood tests that can be done, but the endoscopy and colonoscopy are considered the "gold standards".
It should be noted that about 20% of the people who experience the "rash" called Dermatitis Herpetiformis actually test negative on the blood work and scopes.
Some of these test can be quite expensive if you don't have insurance. There are two sides to every story and though I strongly feel that if you find you have a wheat sensitivity by process of elimination, you can avoid all the costly tests, as they only thing they will do is confirm what you know. There is no cure after all.
However, some doctors will tell you it is important to have the scopes and blood work done to be able to determine over all health and improvement.
There are magazines, web groups, support groups and such out there. In a nutshell here is what to remember.
1. Avoid wheat and its counterparts: Wheat, rye, barley, couscous, spelt, semolina, triticale, some oats not certified gluten free.
2. If the food you chose has a label it must say gluten-free. Even some grape juice has gluten!! Learn to find the hidden gluten in items.
3. Enjoy all the fresh items you like as fruits and vegetables are gluten-free. It is the sauces and seasonings that get them.
4. Processed foods? Most contain gluten. Most aren't good for you. Most are much more costly than whole foods. Avoid them.
Good luck, it can be done!
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