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Which enterolab test to order?

 
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laurie1010

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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 9:47 am    Post subject: Which enterolab test to order? Reply with quote

Hi, I have had MC for about 3 or 4 years, always uncontrolled. I want to gain control without steroid use. Which labs do you recommend I order? I now eat whatever I want and usually pay the price in the form of watery, explosive D from 4-6 times a day. Thanks!
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, tuna, chicken, oat, cashew, salmon
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Laurie. I believe I did Panel C (it was around $500). It was money well spent!
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Laurie,

Welcome to our Internet Family. The test panel that Marcia is referring to is actually the combination of the EnteroLab A1 and C1 Panels. The A1 Panel provides testing for the 4 main problem foods (gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs), and the C1 Panel includes testing for 11 other foods that often cause problems for MC patients, including other grains (corn, rice, oats), meats (beef, chicken, pork, tuna), nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), and nightshades (white potato). You can order the individual panels if you prefer, but the price of the combination is discounted.

Here's a link to the description of the test panels that we're referring to:

https://www.enterolab.com/StaticPages/TestInfo.aspx#PanelA1C1

Again, welcome aboard, and please feel free to ask anything.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just ordered my Enterolab test. Have been doing very very well lately thanks to all the advice on here - but I'm curious, and I really do miss some food items, plus my own experiments seem a bit inconsistent. But I'm still early in the game so that could have a number of reasons.

I just want to get an idea of what I really shouldn't experiment with.

But thinking of how far I've come since I first found this site and realized that my GI doc is clueless and totally not interested in diet. I'm so thankful!

It's like one of the quotes on the main page - You CAN get your life back!
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Susanne,

The surest and fastest way to reach remission is to stick with a diet that's working, and not experiment — at least not before reaching remission, or before receiving your EnteroLab results. After you receive your results you will have some reliable guidelines that can be used for selecting foods that may be safe to try. And after you are in remission, you will be able to test foods safely because if you test foods one at a time for 3 days, you will be able to easily detect when a food is safe and when it is not.

The EnteroLab test results are typically very accurate, so that in most cases we can rely on those results for guidance regarding the foods that are included in the test. And if you have any questions, if you post your results we may be able to add additional insight from past experience.

Until you have your EnteroLab results, it's best to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, all artificial sweeteners, (and eggs if they seem to make symptoms worse), and minimize sugar and fiber. No raw vegetables (small amounts of peeled, overcooked veges may be OK) or fruit, except that bananas are safe for many/most of us.

I hope that some of this is helpful.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Tex, I will definitely share my results when I get them.

I am sticking to the diet you described - except that I seem to be able to tolerate Kefir yogurt - and am doing really well on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tex, one more question if you don't mind.

When do you know for sure that you're in remission? Is it a certain period of time with normal BM's? If so, how long should that be?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO, remission is when BMs have returned to normal (or whatever one's normal was before the disease developed), and all of the other symptoms have resolved enough that we feel like doing things and we're not afraid to leave the house.

But everyone has their own definition, depending on their own situation. Remission occurs long before healing is completed. Complete healing usually takes 2 to 3 years. Remission typically takes somewhere between several months and a year or more, but everyone is different.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susanne
here is a previous discussion (with links to other previous discussions) about this topic

hope this helps
http://perskyfarms.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2...ghlight=remission
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys.

I should have known that that was a question that had come up before. Thanks for doing the search for me, Gabes!

I do consider myself in remission. My life is back to normal - except for what I can eat. And that's fine.

Last weekend I had to drive 140 miles to an agility trial and I wasn't even thinking about access to bathrooms. What a difference from a year ago!
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! thumbs up

Thanks for the update.

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