I am not new to Healingwell, I have been posting on the Rheumatoid Arthritis and Bipolar Disorder forums for quite a while. I have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but I had a Rheumatologist friend send me a book about how gluten sensitivity could be a large contributing factor to the RA as well as contribute to the GI upset that I get from all the medications that I take. After looking at the information in the book, then looking it up online I am convinced that a gluten-free diet might help. At least it couldn't hurt. I've gotten my Rheumatologist's permission to begin, but they are not going to hook me up with a nutritionist or dietitian- I am on my own on this.
Bipolar Disorder is what affects my life the most right now. I am actually in the process of applying for Social Security Disability right now because I have not worked in the last 2 years and it is unlikely that I will be able to be expected to hold a job in the near future. I have 3 school-age girls and my husband supports us with full-time work and nursing school.
Is there a way to do gluten-free diet on a very low food budget?
Are there glutin-free brands of sandwich bread out there?
Does anyone out there feed their whole family gluten-free, or do you mostly cook regular food for others and eat gluten-free yourself?
Is it easy to tell which foods have gluten by looking for "wheat, rie, oat and barly" foods on ingrediant lables, or is there a $5 word on the lable that hides wheat, rie, oat and barly products that I should look for?
Do you find foods that you can eat at regular grocery food stores (walmart, kroger, aldi) or do you really need to go to specialty food stores to find gluten-free products?
What do you wish someone had told you about all this when you first got started, that I probably havn't thought of yet?
Is there something that your nutritionist or dietitian ahs told you that you took to heart, and remember still?
I probably don't nearly have the symptoms that you probably have- but at this point I will try anything to make some of this discomfort go away. If eliminating gluten decreases breakthrough pain, or allows me to decrease some of the medications, or allows me to loose some of the rapid weight that I am gaining for no good reason at all, or decreases the GI upset that I seem to have all the time, or even helps me keep more stable with the Bipolar symptoms, I will try it.
Thankyou for your help.
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be.
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours 3-4 times weekly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)