Sunday, March 29, 2009

List of Celiac Symptoms

http://www.glutenfreeworks.com/symptomology.php
Gluten Free Works Symptom Guide
How can I tell if I have a problem with gluten?
This is a common question people ask in the face of a bewildering array
of possible symptoms. We have developed a Symptom Guide below to
help you identify possible symptoms and health problems that you can
present to your doctor.
Here is the list of over 300 Signs, Symptoms, Associated Disorders and
Complications directly or indirectly resulting from celiac disease.
We were the first to present this information in our comprehensive book,
"Recognizing Celiac Disease." This list is now being used by celiac disease
centers, national celiac organizations and health organizations worldwide.

1. BLOOD SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Abnormal levels of blood components and quality of blood cells and
plasma, detected by blood studies ordered by a doctor.
Anemia, Folic acid deficiency
Anemia, Iron deficiency
Anemia, Vitamin B12 deficiency
Anti-endomysium (EMA) antibodies present
Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA) present
Anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTG) present
Associated auto-immune antibodies present
Bone alkaline phosphatase, elevated level
Calcium, low
Cholesterol, too low - below 156
Coagulation factors, low
Copper, low
Hemochromatosis
Homocysteine, elevated
Hyperprolactinemia
Hypoprothrombinemia
Hypertransaminasemia
Hypoglycemia
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
Macroamylasemia
Macrocytosis
Macrolipasemia
Magnesium, low
Neutropenia
Phosphorous, low
Plasma proteins, low
Potassium, low
Prolonged prothrombin time
Transient erythroblastopenia
Zinc, low

2. BODY COMPOSITION PROBLEMS
Disorders of the body as a whole.
Anorexia
Appetite, increased
Cachexia
Obesity
Vitality, loss of
Weight gain, unexplained
Weight loss, unexplained

3. CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of the heart and blood vessels.
Angina pectoris
Aortic vasculitis
Atherosclerosis
Cardiomegaly
Cardiomyopathy, idiopathic dilated
Coronary artery disease
Easy bruising (ecchymosis)
Hypertension, reversible
Nosebleeds, unexplained

4. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM PROBLEMS
The following symptoms in this section may be present alone or in any
combination in celiac disease. They result from inflammation, damage,
and interference with normal function caused by gluten exposure in the
digestive tract itself. As you see, problems can develop not only in the
small intestine where inflammation can be intense, but also in other
areas such as mucosal tissues of the mouth, esophagus, stomach and
colon.
Abdominal distention (bloating)
Abdominal pain
Abnormal appetite
Autoimmune cholangitis
Bacterial overgrowth (small intestine)
Bleeding unexplained
Cancer - adenocarcinoma of the small intestine
Cancer - esophagus
Cancer - esophageal small cell
Cancer - pharynx
Cancer - post-cricoid
Candida infections
Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) in mouth
Carbohydrate malabsorption
Cheilosis - (red lips, cracking/ oozing at corners of mouth)
Colitis - collagenous
Colitis - lymphocytic
Colitis - ulcerative
Colonic volvulus - (loop of bowel twists so as to strangulate it)
Constipation
Constipation alternating with diarrhea
Crohn's Disease
Delayed gastric emptying- (early fullness after eating)
Diarrhea, acute
Diarrhea, chronic
Duodenal erosions in the second part of duodenum
Dysphagia - (difficulty swallowing)
Edema of intestines
Esophageal motor abnormalities - (poor propelling of food)
Food allergies, IgE and non-IgE
Gas
Gastric ulcer - (stomach ulcers)
Gastric ulcerations, multiple
Gastritis, collagenous
Gastritis, lymphocytic
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Gastro-intestinal bleeding, occult - (blood not visible)
Gluten sensitive enteritis
Gums, bleeding/ swollen - (purplish in adults/ red in children)
Heartburn
H. Pylori Bacter infection of stomach
Impaired gall bladder motility
Intestinal edema
Irritable bowel syndrome
Jejunitis, chronic
Lactose intolerance - (gas, bloating, loose stools from milk)
Laryngospasm
Leaky gut syndrome
Lymphoma
Malabsorption of nutrients (see below)
Maltose intolerance - (gas, bloating, loose stools from starch)
Milk intolerance, cow - (similar to gluten enteropathy)
Nausea
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Oral mucosal lesions
Pale, smelly, floating stool - (hard to flush or sticks to toilet)
Plummer-Vinson syndrome
Primary biliary cirrhosis - (bile backs up in liver)
Primary sclerosing cholangitis - (scarring of bile ducts in liver)
Small bowel intussusception - (loop of bowel slips into another)
Sucrose intolerance - (gas, bloating, mucous in stool from sugar)
Swallowing - difficulty (dysphagia)
Tongue - beefy, red, smooth, burning
Tongue - fiery red, smooth, swollen, sore
Tongue - magenta, swollen
Tongue - pale, smooth, burning
Tooth defects - yellowing, white spots, missing enamel
Vomiting

5. GLANDULAR SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of the glands.
Addison's Disease - (adrenal gland failure)
Autoimmune hepatitis
Autoimmune thyroiditis - (hypothyroidism)
Diabetes mellitus type I - (pancreatic failure)
Diabetic instability
Gastro-intestinal complications of type 1 diabetes
Grave's Disease - (hyperthyroidism)
Hepatic granulomatous disease
Hyperparathroidism, Primary
Hypoparathyroidism, Idiopathic
Hypoparathyroidism, Secondary
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Pancreatic insufficiency
Parathyroid carcinoma
Steatorrhea

6. IMMUNE SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of antibody production.
Allergic rhinitis
Antiphospholipid syndrome
Asthma
Autoimmune disorders in CD
Autoimmune disorders in dermatitis herpetiformis
Autoimmune polyglandular syndromes
Common variable immunodeficiency
IgA deficiency
Sarcoidosis
Sjogrens syndrome
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Urticaria, chronic - (hives)

7. INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of skin, hair, and nails.
Alopecea areata - (patches of hair loss)
Alopecia, diffuse - (balding)
Cutaneous vasculitis
Cutis laxa, generalized acquired
Dermatitis herpetiformis
Dermatomyositis
Eczema
Edema
Eythema elevatum diutinuum
Erythema nodosum
Follicular hyperkeratosis - (dry rough skin/ plugs on arms)
Ichthyosis, acquired
Itchy skin rash
Hangnail
Koilonychia - (thin nails that flatten then turn up or spoon)
Melanoma
Nails - dry and brittle that chip, peel, crack or break easily
Nails - horizontal and vertical ridges; fragile
Nail - rounded and curved down ends, dark, dry
Nails - white spots
Nails with splinter hemorrhages
Pityriasis rubra pilaris
Prurigo nodularis (Hyde's Prurigo)
Psoriasis
Scleroderma
Seborrhea
Thin hair
Vitiligo

8. LYMPATIC SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of the lymphocytes (white blood cells), lymph nodes
and spleen.
B-cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Cryptic intestinal T-cell lymphoma (refractory sprue)
Enteropathy associated T-cell Lymphoma (EATL)
Extraintestinal Lymphomas
Intraepithelial lymphocytosis in small bowel samples
Lymphadenopathy
Mesenteric lymph node cavitation
Hyposplenism - (atrophy of spleen leads to failure)

9. MUSCULAR SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of muscle structure and function.
Hypkalemic rhabdomyolysis - (acute, severe
potassium deficiency)
Muscle pain and tenderness
Muscle spasm and cramps
Muscle wasting
Muscle weakness
Osteomalcic myopathy
Polymyositis
Tetany

10. NERVOUS SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of nerves, brain and spinal cord structure and function.
Anxiety
Apathy
Ataxia, gait disturbance
Ataxia, gluten
Ataxia, progressive myoclonic
Brain atrophy
Cerebral perfusion abnormalities - (poor blood flow)
Chonic fatigue syndrome
Chorea
Cortical calcifying angiomatosis
Dementia
Depression
Epilepsy
Fatigue/ lassitude, chronic
Headache
Inability to concentrate
Insomnia
Irritability
Migraine
Multiple sclerosis
Nervous system disorders
Peripheral neuropathy
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
Schizophrenic spectrum disorders
Tremors
Vasculitis of the central nervous system

11. PULMONARY SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of lung tissue and broncheal tree structure and function.
Bronchiectasis
Bronchoalveolitis, Lymphocytic (bronchial pneumonia)
Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis
Increased pulmonary permeability
Increasee susceptibility to tuberculosis
Lung cavities or abcess
Pneumococcal septicemia
Tuberculosis, non-response to treatment

12. SENSORY SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of sense organ structure and function.
Bitot's spots - (foamy patches on whites of eye)
Blepharitis, unexplained
Bloodshot eyes, chronic
Blurred vision, unexplaines
Cataracts
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
Keratomalacia
Night blindness
Ocular myopathy
Uveitis, bilateral
Xerophthalmia
Loss of smell
Dysgeusia (loss of taste)

13. SKELETAL SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of bone, joints and teeth.
Bone fracture
Bone pain
Osteitis fibrosa
osteomalacia
Osteonecrosis
Osteoporosis
Arthritis, enteropathic
Arthritis, psoriatic
Arthritis, recurrent monoarthritis

14. URINARY SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Disorders of kidneys and urinaty tract structure and function.
Hypocalciuria
IgA nephropathy
Kidney stones
Urinary tract infection

15. REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM PROBLEMS IN FEMALES
Disorders of organ structure and function.
Amenorrhea, secondary
Infertility
Late menache - (start of periods)
Menopause, early
Premenstrual syndrome
Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
Dyspareunia - (painful intercouse)
Vaginitis

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM PROBLEMS IN MALES
Disorders of organ structure and function.
Hypogonadism, unexplained in adults
Impotence
Infertility
Sperm abnormalities

16. REPRODUCTION: PREGNANCY, LABOR & DELIVERY AND
PUERPERIUM PROBLEMS
Disorders of childbearing.
Severe iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy
Short duration of breast feeding
Miscarriages, spontaneous
Complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery
Complications after child birth

17. ZYGOTE DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS
Disorders of chromosomes.
Down syndrome
Turner's syndrome

18. FETUS DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS
Disorders of that occur before birth of the child.
Congenital anomalies
Intrauterine growth retardation
Cystic fibrosis
Spina bifida

19. CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS
Disorders of children that occur after birth.
Autism and learning disorders
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
Cancer predisposition in children
Chronic bullous dermatosis
Delayed puberty in boys
Delayed pubety in girls
Dermatitis herpetiformis
Developmental delay
Failure to thrive and growth retardation
Fecal occult blood in stool - (hidden)
Glycogenic acanthosis
Hypotonia
Juvenile autoimmune thyroid disease
Juvenile diabetes type 1
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Abnormal blood studies
Latent anemia in enzymopthies of small intestine - (lack
of enzymes that finish digestion of protein/ sugars)
Penicilllin V impaired absorption
Refractory anemia ( does not respond to iron therapy)
Osteopenia
Rickets
Short staure
Stroke in childhood
This ends the listing from "Recognizing Celiac Disease."

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Here are some other ways to look at problems:

BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS
Aloofness
Hyperactivity
Irritability is an early symptom. It is common in children.
Impatience
Lack of desire to get things done
Lack of feeling
Restlessness
Timid behavior
Violent behavior

NEUROLOGICAL ISSUES
Anxiety
Apathy
Bipolar disorder
Depression
Difficulty making friendships
Easy frustration and anger
Nervousness
Panic attacks
Sense of worthlessness
Overly self-criticism
Hysteria
Hypochondria

THINKING PROBLEMS
Confused/ faulty thinking
Confabulation
Delusional
Dementia
Disorientation
Faulty learning
Hallucination
Inability to concentrate
Inattentiveness
Loss of memory
Loss of immediate memory
Poor memory
Psychiatric disorders
Reduced learning
Slow thinking
Scattered thinking

ASSOCIATED DISORDERS IN CD
Addison's Disease
Allergic Rhinitis
Alopecia Areata
Angina Pectoris
Antiphospholipid Syndrome
Arthritis
Asthma
Ataxia
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndromes
Bitot's Spots (eyes)
Blepheritis (eyelids)
Bloodshot eyes
Bronchiectasis
Cardiomegaly
Chronic Bullous Dermatosis of Childhood
Chronic Hives
Chorea
Common Variable Immunodeficiency
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Cortical Calcifying Angiomatosis
Dermatomyositis
Diabetes
Diabetic instability
Eczema
Erthema Elevatum Diutinum
Erythema Nodosum
Graves's Disease (hyperthyroidism
Hepatic granulomatous disease
Hypertension
Hypogonadism
Hypokalemic Rhabdomyolysis
Icthyosis, acquired
Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy
Idiopathic hypoparathyroidism
Idiopathic thrompbcytopenic purpura
IgA deficiency
IgA Nephropathy
Impotence
Kidney Stones
Loss of vitality
Multiple Sclerosis
Neutropenia
Osteomylacic Myopathy
Peripheral Neuropathy
Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris
Polymyositis
Primary hyperparathyroidism
Psoriasis
Sarcoidosis
Scleroderma
Seborrhea
Sjogren's syndrome
Systemic Lupus Erythomatosus
Tremors
Urinary Tract Infection
Vitiligo

COMPLICATIONS OF CD
Aortic vasculitis
Atherosclerosis
B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Bone Fractures
Bone Pain
Brain Atrophy
Bronchial Pneumonia
Cancer Predisposition in Children
Cataracts
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Congenital Anomalies
Cystic Fibrosis
Dementia
Down Syndrome
Enteropathy associated T-cell Lymphoma (EATL)
Epilepsy
Extraintestinal Lymphomas
Hyposplenism
Infertillity, Female
Infertility, Male

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bunny Sugar Cookies




Ingredients
Makes about 1 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. With machine running, gradually add flour mixture; mix until combined. Shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 45 minutes (or up to 3 days).
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch-tall bunny-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps, and cut out. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

Easter Dinner Menu



Roasted Spiral-Sliced Ham with Maple and Orange Marmalade Glaze

Serves 18 to 20
This holiday table centerpiece, sweet on the outside and savory on the inside, makes a memorable main course. Encourage guests to eat the sliced oranges along with the ham since the roasting makes their peels tender and sweet.

Ingredients
1 (8- to 9-pound) nitrite-free, boneless, pre-cooked spiral-sliced ham
1 cup grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 oranges, sliced (optional)
6 cinnamon sticks (optional)


Method
Preheat oven to 325°F. Using a sharp paring knife, make shallow crosshatch cuts all over the outside of the ham. Arrange ham in a large roasting pan and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine syrup, marmalade, juice, ground cinnamon, pepper and cloves in a small bowl to make a glaze. After ham has baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven; increase oven temperature to 425°F.

Arrange oranges and cinnamon sticks (if using) around ham in roasting pan, then brush ham and oranges liberally all over with glaze, pouring remaining glaze over the ham. Return to oven and bake, basting about every 10 minutes, until ham is hot throughout and caramelized on the outside, about 45 minute more.

Transfer ham to a cutting board or platter and set aside to let rest for 15 minutes. Arrange oranges and cinnamon sticks around ham and serve.

Nutrition
Per serving (about 9oz/242g-wt.): 370 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 140mg cholesterol, 1950mg sodium, 22g total carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 20g sugar), 43g protein

-Whole Foods-



Smashed Potatos:

Ingredients
Serves 8

3 pounds new red potatoes, cut into chunks
Salt
1 stick butter
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons chopped chives or scallion greens, plus more for garnish
Directions
In a medium saucepan, cover potatoes with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until fork-tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain, and return to pot.
Add butter, milk, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to the potatoes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash potatoes until chunky. Mix in chives. Serve garnished with more chopped chives.


Scalloped Poatatos with Leeks
Ingredients
Serves 6 to 8
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
2 leeks, trimmed, thinly sliced, and rinsed well (about 1 cup)
6 russet potatoes (2 1/2 pounds), peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded (about 3 cups)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 12-cup baking dish. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add leeks, and cook until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.
Arrange 1/3 of the potatoes in dish, slightly overlapping slices. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the salt, 1/2 of the nutmeg, and pepper, followed by 1/2 of the leeks and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat. Top with remaining potatoes in a spiral. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Combine cream and stock. Pour over cheese and potatoes. Cover with parchment and foil. (Mixture can be refrigerated overnight.)
Bake for 30 minutes. Increase temperature to 425 degrees, uncover, and cook until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes. Let rest for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.


Steamed Aparparagus

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds medium-thick asparagus
Coarse salt
Directions
Prepare 1 1/2 pounds medium-thick asparagus (see Rinse and Snap). In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, pour enough water to reach a depth of 3/4 inch, and insert a collapsible steamer basket. Bring water to a boil, add asparagus, cover, and steam until tender, 4 to 6 minutes (depending on thickness). Season with coarse salt.


More Easter recipes will be posted

Its Easter Time- Egg Dying & Gift Basket


Here are ways to help you get ready for Easter:

Color Eggs:
Coloring eggs was always my favorite thing to do with my mom. Once Easter was over we ate them. Most of the dye kits use vinegar, so as long as they are distilled vinegar you should be fine. Here is Paas website. http://www.paaseastereggs.com/products.htm

Here is directions on how to make natural dye for coloring eggs:

Here is the preferred method for using natural dyes:

1- Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.
2- Add approximately one teaspoon of vinegar.
3- Add the natural dye. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color.
4- Bring water to a boil.
5- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
6- If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid.
7- If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs).
8- Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.

Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy, but if you want a shiny appearance you can rub a bit of cooking oil onto the eggs once they are dry.
You can use fresh and frozen berries as 'paints', too. Simply crush the berries against dry boiled eggs. Try coloring on the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. Happy Easter!

Natural Easter Egg Dyes
Try both fresh and frozen produce. Canned produce will produce much paler colors. Boiling the colors with vinegar will result in deeper colors. Some materials need to be boiled to impart their color (name followed by 'boiled' in the table). Some of the fruits, vegetables, and spices can be used cold. To use a cold material, cover the boiled eggs with water, add dyeing materials, a teaspoon or less of vinegar, and let the eggs remain in the refrigerator until the desired color is achieved. In most cases, the longer you leave Easter eggs in the dye, the more deeply colored they will become.

Color Ingredients
Lavender: Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea

Violet Blue: Violet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Hibiscus Tea
Red Wine

Blue: Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice

Green: Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll

Greenish Yellow: Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Yellow: Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Celery Seed (boiled)
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Green Tea

Golden Brown: Dill Seeds

Brown: Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea

Orange: Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Cooked Carrots
Chili Powder
Paprika

Pink: Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets

Red: Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Canned Cherries with Juice
Pomegranate Juice
Raspberries

Treats:
Making the Easter gift baskets can be tricky, so the easy way is to have someone that can put together one for you. All Occasion Planning Services knows how to make you that special Gluten Free basket. You can reach her at 616-531-7770.

If you are scared, you can always just put toys in the basket (but not playdough)

Here are some of the brands of candies that are gluten free:


Just Born: MARSHMALLOW PEEPS Chicks and Bunnies, Strawberry, Vanilla and Orange Creme Flavored MARSHMALLOW PEEPS Eggs, MARSHMALLOW PEEPS Inside a Milk Chocolate Egg, MIKE AND IKE Easter Treats, JUST BORN Jelly Beans

Wonka/Nestle EASTER: Wonka Gobstopper Eggbreakers; Wonka Runts Freckled Eggs; Wonka Large Golden Egg (Milk Chocolate hollow egg with SweeTARTS candy inside); Wonka SweeTARTS Candy Canes; Nestlé Baby Ruth Crème Eggs; Nestlé Butterfinger Nesteggs and Crème Eggs; Nestlé Caramel Nesteggs; Nestlé Milk Chocolate Nesteggs; Nestlé Turtle Crème Eggs
Jelly Belly are gluten free.

Back Surgery

I had a lower lumbar surgery on Dec 17th 2008. I have been meaning to tell you all about it, but kept forgetting to. It was amazing on how they went through the side instead of making a opening in the back. The procedure is called the Xlif. If you live in Grand Rapids Michigan, Dr. Timothy Spencer is an amazing doctor.

The reason why I had to have the surgery was because I was losing cartilage inbetween my disks. Also he straightened a little of my scoliosis. I was only in the hospital for one night, but was walking that same night after the surgery.

Everything was going ok, but my second day home I caught the stomach flu. That made everything worse.

I am on my third month and am done with physical therapy and am working out at the gym. I believe that surgery was not to bad was because I was physically fit before having the surgery.

My surgeon told me that my back problems most likely came from the Celiac.

This surgery has been a painful one and sometimes wish I didn't do it, but my surgeon told me that it takes up to nine months before feeling any results. So I am taking it day by day.

Pituitary Issues

It has been a year and three months since I had the "time of month". It took me a whole year to get to an endocrinologist.
The symptoms I went through was early menopause(I'm only 23 years old), weight gain, tired, sensitivity to heat and cold, sweating, headaches and depression. My primary doctor kept telling me that it was up to my OBGYN, but my OBGYN told me that it was normal to not have the "time of the month". I am so frustrated because I feel so horrid. I went back to my primary doctor's office to see the nurse practitioner who told me that it isn't normal. I finally was refereed to see an endocrinologist. I have done a number of tests. My blood test came out that I am having pituitary issues, but now we have to figure out what is causing the pituitary to not work. It feels like it is taking for ever. In the mean time I have to be very careful on what I eat because I will gain weight pretty quick.

I am waiting to see the nurse practitioner at the endocrinologist's office. I feel like they are never going to fix it.

I will keep you posted.

Gluten Free Food Fair in Grand Rapids

The annual Grand Rapids Michigan Gluten Free Food Fair is on May 2nd at Kuyper College on the Beltline.

http://myanchorbaptist.org/

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Celiac Coach

If you are trying to go on a Gluten Free diet and are having a hard time and feeling like all you can have is fruit and vegetables then you might what to think about having a Celiac Coach.

Here things a coach can do:
Walk you through a grocery store
Help you go through your food and other items in your home.
Answer your questions.
Help you understand how to eat at resturants.
And so much more!!

If you are interested please email me at sn1138@gmail.com
Tell me what are you needing help with.
Make you life easier with a coach.

**There is some charges with certain things**

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