Am I Gluten Intolerant?
Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:10 PM
This year so far has been extremely rough for me in terms of health. I've been getting sick more often annd just generally feel horrible.
Researching my frequent symptoms, the most common suggestion is diabetic or gluten allergy.
I wanted to post on here and see if my symptoms sound familiar to anyone.
-Frequent headachea. Wont go away even after taking meds and sleeping.
-Stomach upset. Often feels uncomfortable. I suffer from bloating and gas a lot.
-Extreme fatigue. I am tired all the time. But after I eat I feel even worse, almost like a fog has come over me.
-Anxiety. Use to be a big issue but I've learned to control it and I believe caffine may have been the culprit.
-Dizzyness sometimes or lightheadiness
-Can't sleep though I'm exhausted.
Is this all common for a gluten allergy or intolerance? I notice ny extreme fatigue usually hits me after I eat bread or my kashi wheat biscuit cereal. Worst and most common symptoms for me is the fatigue and headaches.
Posted 06 May 2013 - 12:40 AM
Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:45 AM
Welcome to the board.
Your symptoms are the same as mine except substitute anxiety for joint pain. They are pretty common symptoms of both celiac disease and NCGI (non-celiac gluten intolerance), enough so that I think you should probably get tested for celiac disease and possibly for Hashimoto's hypothyroidism. (I had both, undiagnosed, at the same time and as I said, your symptoms are very similar to mine.)
The most common celiac tests are:
- tTG IgA and tTG IgG
- DGP IgA and DGP IgG
- EMA IgA
- total serum IgA
- AGA IgA and AGA IgG (older tests which are being replace by the DGP tests)
You must be eating gluten in the weeks prior to testing in order to have an accurate test. You could also have an endoscopic biopsy of the small intestine done. Unfortunately, there is no test for NCGI (which appears in 6-30% of the population) except your response to the gluten-free diet.
Celiacs are often low in nutrients. You might want to request calcium, ferritin,potassium, iron, B's, and D levels tested. if you want to check for hypothyroidism (which occurs in higher rates in celiacs than the regular population) request;
TSH - close to a 1 is good
Free T4 and FT3 - most feel best if it is in the 50-75% range of your labs normal reference range
TPO Ab - should be pretty low
Best wishe. Hope you feel well soon.
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