Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Am I The Only One Who Has Doubts?
0

6 posts in this topic

Recently my sister-in-law (who is a physical therapist) mentioned that I might try going gluten free to see if it helped me with my joint pain/inflammation.  I was completely gluten free for 12 days and wasn't really sure if it helped with the joint pain but what I did notice was that I had more energy, no headaches, no nausea, no stomach aches and I stopped taking my prescription acid reflux pill for the last half of that time and didn't experience any symptoms.   

 

History:    My brother probably has celiac disease.  He has been gluten free for over 5 years.  If he ingests the tiniest amount of gluten by accident he gets severe joint pain, heart burn and is extremely sick.  He's mentioned to me many times that I should try going gluten free because of my GERD and migraine headaches.....but I never did.

        Almost every morning I wake up with stomach cramps or nausea.  I call this "my digestive system waking up".  I've always figured it was from an empty stomach or too much stomach acid.  I thought everyone felt this way.  I do experience extreme fatigue some days but I have always attributed that to "being a mom".  My GERD is because I'm overweight and I get migraines because they run in my family.  I have a reason for every single one of my celiac symptoms.....and it is possible that those are the reasons for them.

      

     When I was off gluten I was pretty sure I had a gluten problem, when I first went back on gluten so I could be accurately tested I was feeling yucky within 24 with heartburn and headache and actually had liquid diarrhea in my pants.  At that point I was sure I had a gluten problem.  Now I'm on day 6 of eating gluten and the symptoms are not as severe (I am taking my acid reflux prescription again) so now I'm starting to doubt there was a problem.  Maybe I'm just imagining that I don't feel good.  I just want to do the test and get it over with.  Anyone else ever doubt how lousy they are actually feeling?

    

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I think we could fill a book with doubts.

And a second with things we thought were "normal".

Do what you need to do to figure out your health issues. Sounds like you're on the right track.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I keep trying to make my physicians tell me this really isn't happening to me.  Is that expressing enough doubt?  But 3 of them affirm that it is so.  I guess I need to stop doubting.

 

Maybe your body is too overwhelmed to keep sounding the alarm?  It sounds pretty clear to me that you have a gluten problem, Stormy.  You stay on board and figure it out.  Sorry, you are going through a challenge.  I hope you find definitive answers.

 

Diana

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I blew off my symptoms for my entire life after doctors told me that it was normal for me. They were wrong. Pain and discomfort is NOT normal. Try not to doubt yourself. You have definitely discovered that you have a gluten intolerance, now you just need to get blood tests to determine if it is celiac disease or the more common non-celiac gluten intolerance (NCGI).

Best wishes.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I go back and forth everyday...one minute thinking, "gluten is absolutely, without a doubt, 100%, poison to my system," and then an hour later, I'm thinking, "it's all in my head, I'm making things out worse than they are..." Blah blah blah blah blah. Ive always been a "innocent until proven guilty" kinda girl, so maybe this is my brain giving gluten the benefit of the doubt until I have more tests? Or maybe it's just good old fashioned denial. ;)

Hope you get answers soon!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I wasted 9 years 'mostly wheat free'. I had a hunch it might be gluten, but didn't research it or try the diet because it looked hard.

I still even get the odd stray thought maybe it's not gluten, despite a gluten challenge where I thought I might die, and a life totally transformed by being gluten-free.

All my doctors told me I was tired because I have young children. Except my current one, who tested me.

Gluten can affect the brain and moods too, so that may be affecting you. Does brain fog sound familiar?

The fact your brother is affected makes it more likely that you are too.

It's not so bad, honestly. My joints are way better now, and all kinds of symptoms have vanished.

Stick around and ask questions

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,344
    • Total Posts
      920,486
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • What's an " iodine test"?  Haven't heard doctors doing that to diagnose DH.
    • Hello! I've just been given my blood results and told they are highly suggestive of coeliacs but will have to wait till next month to see the gastroenterologist and who knows how much longer for a biopsy. My igA, igG and tissuetrans igA were all over 250 and tissuetrans igG was the only one that was normal. These results don't mean much to me yet but I'm told they are very high. I'm now quite fearful of how much damage I've gone to myself. I've had stomach problems for 25 years (just turned 40) and have often steered clear of too much bread and pasta for how bloated it made me feel but the symptoms were always vague and inconsistent so I kept eating. I had a couple of boats of gastro in the past few months (thanks kids) which I took a lot longer than normal to recover from which looking back may have been related. Then last Friday I had a blowout with wine, cheese, crackers, pizza and chocolate cake. I'm sure I've probably had blowouts like that before but I have never felt so sick before and am still slowly recovering. This is what finally prompted me to go back to my GP after being fobbed off so many times over the years. So I guess my question and my concern is whether there is still  chance of a false positive with levels like this? I worry what else it might be if not coeliac. I'm also worried that I may have done so much damage to myself that I will have several disorders going on! I'm also still recovering from last Friday and wondering when I'm going to feel better. I've stayed off gluten and dairy since my blood result a couple of days ago but feel like I'm allergic to food in general.  Thankyou!!    
    • Here's what the Klondike Bar makers say on the FAQ page of their website (August 2016): Are your products gluten free? Nope. They are not. We have not validated for gluten free. We do not operate allergen-free manufacturing sites, however we do have allergen management programs in all our facilities. The intent of these programs is to avoid unintentional cross-contamination of allergens between products. Our product labels adhere to the FDA’s strict regulations regarding declaration of ingredients and allergens. We do not use the terms “Natural” or “Artificial Flavorings” to hide the existence of any allergens. RECIPES CAN CHANGE. We strongly recommend that allergic consumers refer to ingredient declarations EVERY TIME they purchase processed foods.
    • I tried the iodine test but couldn't leave it on very long because it itched too much. I left it on maybe 30 minutes lol. Did anyone try it and have the same response??
    • Had my scope today. Dr said my esophagus is damaged and stomach inflamed. Waiting on biopsy results. Taking protonic and flagyl and he said to go ahead and try cutting gluten out to see if that helps. Thanks for the feedback everyone! 
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,414
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Vic40
    Joined