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Old 05-18-2007, 03:37 PM   #1
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Allergic to Wheat Gluten?
My story is kind of long and boring so I'll try to sum it up as best I can. The past 8 weeks I've been suffering from Hives. Terrible hives. I've seen my allergist twice and went to my reg doctor last wednesday and he put me on a stronger dose of prednisone than did my allergist. I am on it for 10 days. I had asked my doctor if he thought maybe I had developed an allergy to wheat or oats. I eat quite a bit of both. But I have been eating them for quite a while with no reactions up until I started taking some other medication just prior to this outbreak.

Now I've been told that this particular med. can stay in my system for up to 8 weeks and I've also been told that it can't. I would tell you the name of the drug, but I don't want to get into it now. Suffice it to say my doctor thinks it can.

I'm leaning more towards the wheat because I had 2 pieces of wheat toast for breakfast and 2 granola bars and 1 pretzle. This was yesterday all during the day. I woke up this morning with probably the worst I have ever had it.

Hows that for summing it up!! So I've decided to investigate this potential allergy to wheat and oats. My main question is this: Does anyone else suffer from this?? If so, what happens to you physically? And do they sell gluten free bread??? I can't imagine they do, but I'm sure they do somewhere.

I appreciate any help you can give.
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:06 PM   #2
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Yes they do make gluten free breads. Check out your local health food stores.

I'm not allergic but do suffer from IBS and wheat gluten is a trigger. I try to avoid it as much as possible.
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:09 PM   #3
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They absolutely sell wheat bread! Celiac's disease is becoming more common, or at least better diagnosed, and there are other reasons people avoid. There are also lots of rice-based "carbs" you can eat--rice breads and so on and so forth. Ask at your local grocery store, and then check the health store like Mason said--grocery store'd be cheaper, and they might have it, depending on where you live.

Good luck, whether it's your meds or the wheat.
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:20 PM   #4
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There are tons of wheat free products available. New FDA labeling guidelines are requiring many types of food to be labeled as containing wheat or "wheat free" or "gluten free" which is really what you want to look for.

Look up celiac sprue on reputable health websites (like NIH.gov, or other non-advertizing sites) it is all about gluten intolerance (another couple terms to use for research.)

A word of caution- to make up for the gluten in foods, many of them are VERY high in salt and fat. Just read the labels. you may have to try SEVERAL different brands before you find ones you like.

I've known several people who are gluten intolerant and they say they'd rather NOT eat bread than eat the gluten free-kind, but you should try for yourself.

There are a couple grocery services that specialize in special diet foods. my friend orders from them as she doesn't have a decent store near by that carries gluten free products.

If it is a gluten intolerance there are a few test you might have to do to confirm it- but the way to treat it is the lifestyle change of eliminating wheat and gluten. gluten can hide in the strangest places- so reading labels will be your best defense...

Now that my friend has eliminated gluten, she's feeling better, and her whole family has gotten used to it. It took a couple MONTHS of eliminating gluten-containing foods before she really saw an effect, but its no longer a big deal for her. hang in there!
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:20 PM   #5
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I don't have this allergy or know much about it. I do have a neighbor who is alergic to wheat and gluten, and its a very serious allergy for her. You should ask your doc about getting tested for the allergy. Also, I found this site you might want to look at. It does look like there are gluten free options for you out there.
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:08 PM   #6
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I don't have this allergy or know much about it. I do have a neighbor who is alergic to wheat and gluten, and its a very serious allergy for her. You should ask your doc about getting tested for the allergy. Also, I found this site you might want to look at. It does look like there are gluten free options for you out there.

Thanks for that website. I'll take any info I can get. I hope to god it isn't wheat or oats, but I have this feeling in my gut that it is, and my gut isn't usually wrong.
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Old 05-18-2007, 11:57 PM   #7
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As a nutritionist/naturopath I can tell you that not only is gluten sensitivity not rare, but it is growing segment of the population. And yes, a round of antibiotics is enough to wipe out the digestive flora and make digestion nearly impossible for a few weeks. During that time, damage to the mucusal lining of the GI tract can occur, and that damage will take time to heal. Once damaged, protein structures like gluten and casein (found in dairy products) can and do become very problematic.

Some people, as is the case in Celiac disease, develop autoimmune disorders and must permenantly remove gluten from the diet. In other cases, it's just temporary.

As the manager of a healthfood store I can tell you that we exist to carry alternatives for people who cannot buy their food in a regular grocery store. Conventional grocery stores do not understand the need for alternative products, often do not carry the correct products, and the staff does not have enough knowledge to walk a newly diagnosed person through the process.

CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL HEALTHFOOD STORE. The staff will be well educated in this topic.

AND VISIT A NUTRITIONIST OR NATUROPATH, not a medical doctor or dietitian. They are not trained for this! When a condition is doctor-caused (by antibiotics, in this case,) the medical establishment is not going to admit there IS a problem, much less be trained in what to do about it!
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AND VISIT A NUTRITIONIST OR NATUROPATH, not a medical doctor or dietitian. They are not trained for this! When a condition is doctor-caused (by antibiotics, in this case,) the medical establishment is not going to admit there IS a problem, much less be trained in what to do about it!

I can't agree that this is the right path for everyone with digestive disorders. Some of them can be quite serious with acute episodes. My own mother has Crohn's, and she has needed hospitalization more than once for it on an emergency basis. Anyone familiar with Crohn's knows that sometimes you can get a sudden flareup no matter what you do or how careful you are. A nutritionist would not have been much help in her case.
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Old 05-19-2007, 04:30 AM   #9
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My story is kind of long and boring so I'll try to sum it up as best I can. The past 8 weeks I've been suffering from Hives. Terrible hives. I've seen my allergist twice and went to my reg doctor last wednesday and he put me on a stronger dose of prednisone than did my allergist. I am on it for 10 days. I had asked my doctor if he thought maybe I had developed an allergy to wheat or oats. I eat quite a bit of both. But I have been eating them for quite a while with no reactions up until I started taking some other medication just prior to this outbreak.

Is anything else different in your life in the last 8 weeks--new foods, severe stress, etc.? Could the other medication be causing the hives? You could try cutting out all grain products and see what happens.
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Ensure you get the best advice possible about the issue and a sound product check list as even cornflour products are often unsuitable for people who need gluten free. It is amazing just how many products - even rice based products - wind up having wheat based components in them. Rice flour is generally great to use instead of wheat flour by the way but you then need to check each and every additional element you add (like raising agents and so on) if the sensitivity is high.

I do know these days there are some great gluten free cereals in supermarkets and even gluten free biscuits in their specialist section.

I also tend to agree with AnnaT. I guess it depends on medical culture and where you live etc but these days I think most GP's and certainly dieticians are very knowledgeable and certainly many conditions DO require medical expertise. Certainly many of these conditions can be readily misdiagnosed and/or people without medical knowledge *may* not recognise that an individual needs to seek medical help quickly when presenting. If in doubt ask a GP ask if they can tell you where to obtain a list of gluten free products. Such a simple request tends to demonstrate whether that person is in the 'know' or not.

I see more and more nurses and western medical practitioners these days rolling extra training into naturopathy, chinese traditional medicine etc and combining approaches and I think that great.
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