zeelily posted a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsI have decided to try a gluten-free diet as of 1 week ago. A few of my friends have recently gone gluten-free for symptoms similar to what I have been experiencing. Sorry to be so graphic and descriptive, but I want to provide as much info as possible to get help. I really appreciate those of you who take the time to read my long description! So here is my story: About 6 years ago, I started having loose-ish bowel movements which seemed to occur more frequently than normal and were very urgent. I figured that I was just under a lot of stress and knocked coffee out of my diet for a while. Things never really got better, but I ignored everything until recently. I currently drink caffeine. I had a baby 1 year ago. I am not one to throw-up (didn't even get morning sickness), however, since the baby was born there have been 4 or 5 instances when I have woken up in the middle of the night with terrible diarrhea, dizziness, and sometimes vomiting. I will end up taking imodium which works after about 30 minutes. Over the last several months, I haven't gone a day where I don't wake up in the morning (and even sometimes in the middle of the night) with a sudden urge to have to use the bathroom (loose bowel movements, not quite diarrhea all the time). There are mornings where I have to use the bathroom up to 5 times before leaving the house (during a 1.5 hour morning routine)! I really feel as though the odor is fouler than it should be and I know this is incredibly disgusting, but I think I can smell what I had eaten the day before. This makes me think that I am not absorbing my food well enough. I ended up missing work last week because I didn't feel well. My husband suggested that I start a gluten-free diet to see if it helps. Now that I have started gluten-free, I have been doing a lot of research and I think if I am really gluten intolerant or have Celiacs, a lot of questions might be answered. Here are some other things that have been going on with me over the last few years: -I had gestational diabetes while I was pregnant. This was a big shocker to myself, my family and the doctors because I don't fit any of the risk factors. I am really active and eat healthy, don't have diabetes in my family, am young (29) and am slightly underweight (not by choice, this has always been my body type). -I was slightly anemic during my pregnancy. Blood tests came back negative for anemia after delivery. I continue taking my prenatal vitamins every night. -5 months after having my baby, an old back injury suddenly flared up. I was unable to get rid of the back pain using the methods that previously worked. I still have the back pain and it has been 6 months. PT and yoga don't help like they used to. My orthopedist thinks that my pain will go away after I stop nursing because my hormone levels will resume to normal. My rheumatologist thinks that I am someone with looser than average joints. My OB thinks I should go to a chiropractor. Nobody can really give me an answer or a solution. -8 months after having my baby, my ankle that I had sprained 3 years previously, randomly swelled up. It was to the point that I was on crutches. My ankle is still swollen 3 months later and there are days when I can't walk on it. -I have had a lot of blood work done recently due to my joint pains (doctors can't figure out what's going on). White blood cell count came back slightly elevated and my thyroid (TSH?) levels came back a bit low. My docs weren't alarmed by these levels and just told me to get re-tested in a few months. I'm hoping that all of these things that I have been experiencing are tied together somehow and that by changing my diet, I can find a solution. The diarrhea is one thing, but the joint pain has completely altered my life. I have not been able to work out (not even walk the dog around the block) for 7 months! Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I really appreciate it! Thanks!!!