386.Gluten Moderated discussion and help for gluten free, coeliac, celiac, wheat allergies or intolerance, Cookery and recipes part 21

Re Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from kelly Davies on 2006-02-10

Hi
I have had UC since 2003, I have been wheat free since December and was symptom free after just 24-48 hours and have had my meds reduced from around 25 tablets to 9 and hopefully this will reduce further in 4 months, but I had real trouble convincing my consoltant that there was a link between my diet and a 3 month long flair up! is this a normal attitude by the NHS? I would love to hear from anyone with any info!

Re gluten free vitamins,herbs, supple: from Katie on 2006-03-18

Does anyone know where I can find a list, (or if you know any in specifis) that can tell me the vitamins that I can or cannot take due to gluten intolerance?

Re Gluten intolerance and Pain: from Brenda on 2006-03-23

I'm trying to find any information on joint pain after the diagnosis of celiac. I have been gluten free for almost three months and for the last few weeks I wake up with extream pain and stiffness in my joints; especially in my hands. I'm just trying to find out if this is related to going gluten free.

Re Gluten intolerance and Pain: from Peter on 2006-03-24

I can locate two papers related to Coeliacs and joint pain - both in relation to the relief of joint pain on the gluten-free diet. I don't have any information on the development of joint pain.

Peter

Arthritis as presenting symptom in silent adult coeliac disease. Two cases and review of the literature.
Source Scandinavian journal of rheumatology. (Scand J Rheumatol) 2000; 29(4) 260-3
Additional Info NORWAY
Standard No ISSN 0300-9742 (Print); NLM Unique Journal Identifier 0321213
Language English
Abstract We report 2 cases of adult silent coeliac disease (CD) presenting with arthritis of a knee and a sacro-iliac joint, respectively. In both patients the arthritis was relieved on a gluten free diet. The literature on arthritis in adult CD is reviewed.

Arthritis and coeliac disease.
Source Annals of the rheumatic diseases. (Ann Rheum Dis) 1985 Sep; 44(9) 592-8
Additional Info ENGLAND
Standard No ISSN 0003-4967 (Print); 1468-2060 (Electronic); NLM Unique Journal Identifier 0372355
Language English
Abstract We report six patients with coeliac disease in whom arthritis was prominent at diagnosis and who improved with dietary therapy. Joint pain preceded diagnosis by up to three years in five patients and 15 years in one patient. Joints most commonly involved were lumbar spine, hips, and knees (four cases). In three cases there were no bowel symptoms. All were seronegative. X-rays were abnormal in two cases. HLA-type A1, B8, DR3 was present in five and B27 in two patients. Circulating immune complexes showed no consistent pattern before or after treatment. Coeliac disease was diagnosed in all patients by jejunal biopsy, and joint symptoms in all responded to a gluten-free diet. Gluten challenge (for up to three weeks) failed to provoke arthritis in three patients tested. In a separate study of 160 treated coeliac patients attending regular follow up no arthritis attributable to coeliac disease and no ankylosing spondylitis was identified, though in a control group of 100 patients with Crohn's disease the expected incidence of seronegative polyarthritis (23\%) and ankylosing spondylitis (5\%) was found (p less than 0.01). Arthritis appears to be a rare manifestation of coeliac disease. This relationship may provide important clues to the role of gastrointestinal antigens in rheumatic diseases.

Re What you can eat on a gluten-free diet: from Peter on 2006-03-25

How old is your son?
Teenagers often go through a period when they are less sensitive to gluten, and give the appearance of not reacting to it. However the symptoms in this period can be silent - that is the gluten is still causing damage but the body is resilient enough at this age to appear to cope with it.
This hidden damage to the gut can result in poor uptake of nutrients leading to a wide variety of other minor symptoms and ailments ( which a teenage boy may not admit to).
The symptoms can recur with a vengence later, by which time the damage has been done. It is always best to stick to the gluten-free diet. However you may have to negotiate with a teenage boy to try and reduce the gluten intake, rather than have a rebel who deliberately eats too much gluten.

Note that in many celiacs gluten acts a bit like an addictive drug. They have a craving for it until the gluten-free diet is well established. It may not be easy for a boy to give up bread and pizza. He needs your understanding.

Peter

Re What you can eat on a gluten-free diet: from Richard on 2006-03-29

Does Maltodextrose contain any Gluten?
Thankyou,
Richard.

Re UK Gluten Free Beer: from Pam on 2006-04-03

Hambleton Ales also brew a glutin free beer (they are in North Yorkshire) and they have a web site with shops who sell their products these includes some Asda and Tescos.

Re gluten and dairy free: from Steven on 2006-04-04

Hi,

I have been without dairy for 4 years now (lactose intollerance) but have only just found out that I have an intollerance to Wheat and Rice. I am finding it quite frustrationg as I only seem to be have meat/fish with potatoes and veg. The fruit is giving me acid and bloating and though I am able to have rye and oats I am conerened that having potatoes all of the time isn't doing me good. Does any one have ideas for other meals. I have spanish chicken, curry and pasta sauce but am stuggling with having just boiled/steamed veg all of the time. I have found quinoa as a rice substitute and a rye bread/ryvita for lunch.

Re gluten and dairy free: from Peter on 2006-04-04

Try sweet potato, yam, maize, banana plantain, swede, parsnip, japanese raddish

Also try sprinkling with olive oil and baking in oven.

Peter

Re Gluten Intolerance and Ulcerative Colitis: from Joel on 2006-04-11

Hi,

I have had Ulcerative Colitis for 6 years now, and was recently so frustrated I just stopped eating all solid foods for a week. I simply drank high quality soup broth at meal time. It was really hard but paid off. My simptoms literally disappeared after 3 days. Obviously I couldn't keep that up forever, so I introduced white rice bread, and rice cheese and have had no symptoms for another week. I'm hoping to try steamed rice soon. Taking a multi-vitamin and some herbal remedies may be helping as well. Hope!

Joel