General Chat Unrelated to Celiac Disease - Discuss most things here EXCEPT Celiac Disease / Gluten-Free Diet. Keep it light and avoid controversial topics like global warming, gay marriage, gun control, euthanasia, speed limits on the Autobahn, prisoner torture, etc.
Bravo for being strong enough to bring this topic up. Depression, anxiety, and other mental or neurological issues are common in celiacs and those with NCGI. Science is finally catching up to what many of us have already known to be true.
I have suffered from anxiety and still have some neuropathies. At first I blamed menopause (that alone can make you crazy), but my symptoms tend kick in after a Gluten exposure and improve as I heal.
You are not crazy! Gluten can cause so many problems. What other disease requires that the patient be in charge of "medicating" and caring for themselves? Most of us after a diagnosis get a "Well, just avoid gluten. Lucky you that there are so many restaurants that offer a gluten free menu!", speech from our doctors. We never get time off from thinking about food, our next meal and will it be safe? Our relationship with food changes dramatically and it can be exhausting.
We do need more resources and support from medical, but for now, at least this forum is helpful!
Good point. My ferritin was a 2; however, I was processing iron just fine when I was diagnosed. That is what caught my GI's eye when I went for my first "over 50 club" colonoscopy. Celiac blood test positve (just one on the panel) and endoscopy revealed Marsh Stage IIIB.
Welcome! Here is more information to support what Karen said about testing for celiac disease:
You should really be referred to a GI (I assume you have some other autoimmune disorder.). I would strongly recommend the complete celiac panel and rule out other diorders like Crohn's etc.
Yea that's what I thought but my doctor said to try. Should probably wait though till I finish the tests. Thanks! and yea I was just thinking a moment ago "maybe it's normal for a sudden dietary change?" So yea thanks.
Despite being overweight, a celiac can be malnourished. Your body could be hungry for missing nutrients. You need to eat wholesome foods that are naturally gluten free. Avoid processed junk foods. Fill up on protein and good fats and reduce carbs.
I am in the U.S., but hopefully a member who lives in Canada can provide some advice about speeding up the process and obtaining a GI appointment. Since you have been gluten free for six months, you might as well continue insuring that you avoid accidental exposure. You can discuss a gluten challenge with the GI later.
i hope this helps.