Hello everyone, I hope you'll bear with me because this may be a long post. Feel free to skim, I just want to make sure I provide enough information.
I have had health problems since I was around 16 (I am now 21). I first started off with gastrointestinal symptoms, chronic nausea and heartburn/indigestion. I also have what they like to call IBS---my bowels alternate between constipation and diarrhea but are never truly "normal" although there is a "normal" for me. My heartburn is pretty well controlled by Nexium now. I also developed hyperthyroidism around this time, but that was deemed to be transient and I have not had any problems since. When I got to college, my health got a bit crazy. I got diagnosed with pernicious anemia (autoimmune B-12 deficiency), endometriosis, adenomyosis, and interstitial cystitis. I also have some form of tachycardia which is now controlled by a beta blocker. I also have had lifelong allergies, eczema, and bad acne since puberty that has not really let up.
Anyway, after my 2nd laparoscopy for endo within a year, my menstrual pain had decreased substantially but I was still having other pretty severe symptoms during my period, mainly horrific nausea, loss of appetite and severe fatigue. I went to see an acupuncturist because I had reached the point where I was desperate and willing to try anything... Anyway, my naturopath told me all about gluten intolerance, how I might have it and that would explain all the autoimmune issues blah blah blah. He convinced me to order Cyrex labs, and the results came back that I am "gluten intolerant". I gave up gluten a little over a month ago, and am careful to avoid cross-contamination, do everything I can.
I haven't seen an improvement, but I realize this could take time. So I didn't really think anything of it. But now I'm reading a lot that Cyrex labs is probably scammish. So, do I have gluten intolerance or not? Feel free to ask any questions... I am very confused and don't know what to do.