I've been eating reduced gluten since January, but not fully gluten free. I haven't been eating it every day, but maybe once a week a small bowl of pasta or a slice of pizza, a granola bar here and there (maybe every other day?), and maybe one beer per week. I also haven't been avoiding foods that contain hidden gluten, like sausages, soups that use flour, etc. Does that count as typical gluten consumption or do I need to do a gluten challenge? I've started loading up on it a bit more about two weeks ago, cereal every morning, and a granola bar in the afternoon... Should I wait a few weeks to test, or should this be enough seeing as I wasn't fully gluten-free before. Before January it was the full cereal in the morning, sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner.
I'm about 99.9% sure I have Celiac (thyroid condition, anemia on and off throughout my life, hand/foot swelling after eating gluten, joint pain/stiffness, and hand/arm numbness, GERD/reflux within an hour of eating wheat, depression during months where we rely more on bread/pasta than on meat/veggies, random nausea/vomiting, eczema next day after eating wheat.. you'd think my doctor would have connected the dots by now?). I need the piece of paper to get my family to respect me wanting to be gluten-free. My husband does the cooking and unless I have an actual medical condition gluten-free is just a diet that I can cheat on a couple times a week. He doesn't believe that it affects me the way it does and often my only choices are the pasta he made for dinner or just not having dinner at all (or having sliced cheese and pickles for dinner).