Thursday, July 13, 2006

UGH! Celiac Disease

After I had my reconstruction. I developed Celiac Disease. It's basically an allergy to anything that has wheat in it which is just about everything. Bread, Pasta, and much, much more. My mom developed it at age 52 after having a Hysterectomy. She had to give up all of her very favorite foods. The only things we can eat are meats, rice, potatoes, salad, milk, and that's all I can think of right now. Celiac Disease is Hereditary. This confirms to me that IC is autoimmune and that other diseases go with it and that they could keep coming over the years.
The technical information on this disease is as follows: "A lifelong autoimmune intestinal disorder, found in individuals who are genetically susceptible. Damage to the mucosal surface of the small intestine is caused by an immunologically toxic reaction to the ingestion of gluten and interferes with the absorption of nutrients. Celiac Disease (CD) is unique in that a specific food component, gluten, has been identified as the trigger. Gluten is the common name for the offending proteins in specific cereal grains that are harmful to persons with CD. These proteins are found in all forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn, and faro), and related grains, rye, barley, and triticale and must be eliminated. Celiac Disease may appear at any time in a person's life. The disease can be triggered for the first time after [I]surgery[/I], viral infection, severe emotional stress, pregnancy or childbirth. "
They symptoms include:
abdominal cramping, intestinal gas, distention and bloating chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both) steatorrhea -- fatty stools anemia - unexplained, due to folate, B12, B6, or iron deficiency (or all) weight loss with large appetite, or weight gain
dental enamel defects osteopenia, osteoporosis bone or Joint pain fatigue, weakness and lack of energy infertility - male/female depression aphthous ulcers
Just wondering if anyone else has this too or suspects they have it. As soon as I stopped eating breads and pastas and everything on the list not to eat, I started to feel better. I hate the diet but what else can I do. I don't want to damage my intestines. Thanks to my mom we caught it right away.