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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Am I The Only One Who Has Doubts?

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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?



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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.


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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.




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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.


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I go back and forth 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!


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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


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