Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: ontario, canada
My mom does, gluten and wheat. Same thing, doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong, put her through a colonoscopy, her hands would break out - they put that off to she was a librarian, must be something in new books. She lost a ton of weight right around when my daughter was born, when I saw pictures I said to dh who the heck is that holding the baby, dh said, your mom. She was dang near unrecognizable and miserable, she was afraid to go anywhere do anything, she drank mylanta by the bottle.
So a friend of hers who went through similar issues - another librarian LOL, said try gluten/wheat free, got her information on the diet, some people can tolerate a little bit, but not a lot. Mom is still, she's been on it a year at the point where she cannot tolerate any.
It's expensive! The flours are a fortune! But there are leaps and bounds being made to make the foods taste better, there's one salad dressing I don't mind and the local farm market dh and I shop at recently introduced a gluten-free line of baked goods, I bought the tarts one day by accident, just looking for a treat and until I read the ingredient list - I had no idea they were gluten free, they were delicious. I just quickly scanned the ingredients at the check-out, made sure no nuts or peanut butter, read it properly at home and called Mom.
She was in her late 50's, early 60's when the symptoms really started showing up. Post-menopausal, nobody had a real answer for her.
She likes Whole Foods for shopping, not many up here, but apparently commonplace in the states.