I have to say it's been interesting, as well as painful. This is not the worst thing that could happen to a person, but it is oddly inconvenient as I'm frequently on the road. Because of this being gluten free will be a challenge.
I have had the most common syptoms for aproximately six years, but I suspect that I have had celiac disease for a much longer period of time. Frequent childhood illnesses, vaque allergies lack of energy. I have been trying to maintain a gluten-free diet since being diagnosed about a week ago and I have to say that I feel so different that it blows my mind. I had a bad bout with the disease a couple of years ago, which actually put me in the hospital for a week. The doctors were baffled at the cause of my apparent lack of vitamins and minerals and were all set to chalk it up to excessive drinking. (I really don't drink much at all) They said my liver was showing signs of malfunctioning and I guess it was convenient to pin it on a bad lifestyle. They did however suggest that I stay on a regimen of vitamins, which I did and it helped me get through the next couple of years. After a while I began to get tired of the symptoms I had which had never completely disappeared. So I went to another Doctor who sent me to another Doctor who sent me to another Doctor who......???? Finally suggested that I have the test for celiac disease. I was somewhat relieved to have found someone who could give a name to what was bothering me. The test came back positive and I began doing some research on the net. That's how I found this website. I have found that I am not alone, also that the disease I had feared can be managed. So here we are! I am looking forward to working through this and also hoping that something I say will help someone else to be able to deal with celiac disease. I count my blessings that it wasn't something more serious and even though I know it will be hard at times I'll be fighting all the way. Here's to a good battle!