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I won't have further testing, no matter the results of my blood tests. I know how I felt when I went off gluten for a few days, and I won't go back... even if I have false negative tests. My Dr said there would be no reason for the biopsy if symptoms decreased with diet change! I don't need "convincing" or someone to take a biopsy every yr to see if I'm better! The diet change is still up to YOU and if YOU don't need further convincing, then it may not be worth it!
Hmmm I have terrible left wrist pain too... I was sent to a Rheumatologist years ago too... no RA. Amazing how this is all starting to come together! I'm expecting to feel better than I have in YEARS!! I've had back injections, knee and plantar injections! I've had restless leg syndrome... the list goes on. I used to tell people, "someday, they'll name a syndrome after me".... because I had so many weird, seemingly disconnected issues!! TA DA!! It had a name all along!
My results aren't back yet, but I KNOW what I have to do. I talked to my Dr about the upcoming results and asked if a biopsy was necessary, since my little trial really told me I don't tolerate gluten. He said that negative results are common, so if I felt better without gluten, then I didn't tolerate it! I am anxious to see what the results are, though!
I feel so bad for you! Looks like you've gotten some great advice!
I have felt "not well" for many years... but couldn't put my finger on it until this summer when the symptoms suddenly escalated!
I see my primary Dr today to see if he wants to test me. No matter what the test says... I did my own mini test last week and it's gluten sensitivity... at the VERY least! I'm a nurse and will fight through this to get my life back! Now I read that my depression, insomnia, weight gain, brain fog and other things could be a result! I'm thrilled to at least have SOME idea of how to feel better... if not completely healed!
I pray you are guided to the right source to figure out your symptoms and get more complete relief!
I see my Dr today. I felt so much better when I was off gluten. I know I have to keep eating it until I'm blood tested, at least! The thought of putting that in my mouth makes me not want to eat!! Which is saying a LOT for me! I don't care if I get a diagnosis or not, but IF he wants to test me, then I have to continue to eat it. Now I realize what my "mystery illness" has been all these years! Until recently, it was a minor annoyance! The brain fog has been killing me lately. I'm hoping my Insomnia will get better too! I'm not afraid of the diagnosis.... instead very happy to know why I have felt the way I do for so long! I have gained weight, which isn't the norm, but my body doesn't really react normally to ANYTHING anyway! I see this as a chance to feel great and a challenge for my cooking skills. Husband and I can both cook, so we will just slightly modify what we do. We have a garden and that helps!
I also didn't see that she had been formally "diagnosed". That is the process I start tomorrow. My "self test" was pretty conclusive in a few short days! It could be other intolerances as well, not JUST gluten! I have Sjogren's Disease as well and have some swallow issues from time to time, not like yours though. You really must see a Dr to get a full work up.
I am going to the Dr tomorrow to see about a diagnosis. I have had insomnia for YEARS! I got so bloated last week that I finally did a little "elimination test" of my own... BINGO! I felt better after 12 hrs off gluten! I've been reading like crazy and eliminating things from my diet. I'm a nurse, so I have to have myself half diagnosed before posing symptoms to a Dr!! I'm hoping a lot of my "mysterious" physical problems will subside. On the plus side, I lost 4.2# in 1 week without trying! I had gained weight very suddenly about 6 yrs ago. Looking forward to a definitive diagnosis and cleaning the gluten out of my house, if need be!