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Glad you are feeling better. I doubt your symptoms were from malnourishment, but rather from a possible few sources: Perhaps you were not eating enough for a few days (especially carbs), and your body switched to ketosis (fat oxidation). Unless you up your electrolytes (sodium, magnesium and potassium), lowering your carb intake will result in wtaer lost along with electrolytes. This can cause weakness, headaches, shakiness, fatigue and even heart palpitations. It takes a few days for the body to get used to not relying on glucose (carbohydrates - veggies, fruit, baked goods, etc) for fuel. Or you could have been experiencing gluten withdrawal (or as well) if you are new to eating gluten-free. A minority of people feel quite horrible when first removing gluten from their diet. It lasts a few days to a few weeks. Getting vitamin levels checked is a good idea for most celiacs. The common low nutrients are calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, ferritin, iron, B12, D, A and.... I think I'm forgetting one. Hmm. Anyway, those ones are good to have checked. Feel better.
Did that granola bar contain gluten free certified oats? Even if it did, some celiacs do not process oats well at all. This has been a topic discussed for years by the celiac community. For some it does trigger gluten like reactions. Many of our members have strange food intolerances. Others are more common (soy, corn). I have issues still with Xanthan Gum. Go figure! Never bothers my hubby at all. So I eat lettuce-wrapped sandwiches instead of using gluten-free commercial bread. I bake using guar gum as a substitute for Xanthan Gum at home Glad that you are figuring it out!
No, the University of Chicago stated stool tests or otherwise: "Why don’t you recognize tests (stool tests or otherwise) for non-celiac gluten sensitivity that are currently available through companies like Enterolab or Cyrex? We only embrace tests that have endured rigorous scientific evaluations. So far, these tests have received no evidence-based support. Enterolab has never successfully published anything on the accuracy of stool tests (nor have any other stool test manufacturers, to our knowledge) making it difficult to confirm the research results. Because of this, we must make our decisions based on what has been published; Harvard, UCSD, and the American College of Gastroenterology all agree that stool tests are simply not sensitive or specific enough methods in screening for celiac disease." So, it is up to you to be your best health advocate. I encourage you to research websites that are not selling something. I stand behind my earlier statement that you should have celiac testing done by a medical doctor and those tests should be recognized and approved by medical organizations such as the American or British Gastroentology groups. Cross reactivity? No one in the current celiac research world supports this to my knowledge (Neither do I). I encourage you to get tested for celiac disease. The panel costs less than $450 and is usually covered by insurance. I wish you well!