kittensmom replied to discodiver's topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsI am just starting here but I think my trigger was gastric bypass surgery 6 years ago. I didn't realize anything was wrong with me until very recently though. I had no idea why I started getting crazy rashes on my knees and elbows 4 years ago, that have migrated to my fingers and the back of my neck over the past few years. Any stomach issues were very slight and I attributed those to the gastric bypass until a few months ago. That was when I had abdominal pain that had been going on for 3 weeks. I (finally) went to my regular doctor and he sent me to the ER immediately. Was diagnosed at the ER with mild case of colitis, told to follow-up with my regular doctor and a Gastroenterologist, ASAP. Gastro performed a colonoscopy and diagnosed me as having the genitic markers for Celiac. They advised me to "look into" going gluten free. Until I started reading posts here I had no idea how important gluten-free really is and how deeply it can affect every system in our bodies. I can see now how many things I thought were normal may be the result of gluten.
I have had sleep apnea for many years. I use a CPAP and after so many years I find it difficult to sleep without it. I have just started the gluten free journey and after reading some of your posts, I wonder if going gluten-free will help my apnea. I will let you know in a few months how it is going. Kathi