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padronalisa added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsIs It Worth Testing?i have been on a gluten free diet for almost 7 months now, and have seen a major change in symptoms
a brief history:
-mild to severe D almost everyday for the past 13 years (since age 11)
-diagnosed with IBS at age 16, treated with medication with little to no success, pepto bismol and immodium worked better but not completely
-severe joint cracking and mild shoulder and back pain
-weak tooth enamel and prone to cavities (esp compared to my sister who has always eaten the same things as me, but has stellar teeth)
-slow hair growth, weak brittle nails, moderate acne
all of these symptoms have vanished or lessened with the removal of gluten from my diet. especially the D. i noticed a little bit of irritation recently, and removed dairy and things have improved a lot.
i have relapsed a few times, and each time i eat large amounts of gluten i will get fatigue and stomachaches for the first 48 hours and then D 4-7 days later for 48-72 hours. during that week after i have ingested gluten, anything really acidic or spicy or processed will also trigger D, so tomato sauce or peppers, things like that. however, if i have not had gluten recently, those things do not bother me at all.
with such a significant change, is it worth reintroducing gluten just so i can get tested? i'm pretty posivite i have either celiac or gluten intolerance, but im not sure what to tell people mostly because i havent been *officially diagnosed*
any thoughts? thanks!
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