I was diagnosed with Celiacs about 2 years ago and thought I had been doing really well on the diet.
However, I haven't been feeling great the last few months - actually feeling sh*thouse* would be a more appropriate term!
I am over tired, despite sleeping 9-10 hours a night. Have a foggy brain (I am studying law at uni and simply cannot keep up because I am forgetful, tired and mostly confused), a host of digestive issues (pale coloured stool everyday, constipation and diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and a recurring stomach bug every 3-4 weeks where I get a lot of reflux and vomiting) and weight-loss. I have also been suffering recurring thrush.
But my most obvious symptom on the outside is the VERY dark circles I now constantly have under my eyes that are purply black in colour and don't disappear no matter how much sleep I have - I have even been told I look like a racoon!
Anyway - I finally got so sick of it I went to see the doc - was tested for diabetes, nutrient absorption (iron, b12 etc) - all came back clear. She has now referred me to a dietician.
I am a very healthy 23 yo female - have cut gluten out of my diet in all foods except for the following:
- I dont know how to read food labels for the additives/preservatives/flavourings I am supposed to avoid
- I dont 100% avoid cross contamination (like other people in my house using the toaster with their wheat bread or eating out at restaurants that could have cross contamination)
- I haven't checked my toiletries like body wash and moisturiser for containing gluten.
However, i recently found I react to quinoa and cut that out, and have found I feel better rather than worse after taking my morning vitamins (a women's multi, and immune defence vitamin, garlic, vit c and horseradish). The all say "no added gluten" but I still seem to not feel that great on them - I stopped taking them for a week and appeared to feel better but not that significant a difference that it could just be 'all in my head' if you know what I mean.
My questions are:
1. Has anyone found it worth wile seeing a dietician? The one I'm referred to is quite expensive and as a struggling uni student I don't want to waste any more $ on doc appointments that get me nowhere.
2. Could my symptoms be related to any other illnesses common in celiacs? I have looked into leaky gut, crohns, candida and diabetes and find my symptoms fit under all of those!
3. Does anyone think that my recent symptoms (over the last 2 mths) are just due to accidental glutening in minor amounts and since I have been on the diet for a while I am just now SUPER sensitive to the slightest amounts of gluten?
I am still quite new to all of this and my original doc (i have a new one now) was not very helpful once I was diagnosed - simply told me to avoid wheat rye and barley and I would be ok!! Most of my info I find on the net or this forum but I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed when I thought I was doing well but realise there are so many more things i need to look out for!!
I hope someone can help to put my mind at ease,