So I went to see my GI for the first time today after about three or four weeks off gluten (on the recommendation of my family doctor.) Though I had an elevated level of deamidated gliadin IgA, they told me that it was odd that nothing else on my celiac panel was abnormal and it means that it might not be celiac. They insisted that I do a gluten challenge and get an endoscopy in two weeks. I'm terrified to do that though.
Though I've been mostly gluten free for three or four weeks, last week I ate some chicken wings that I'm pretty sure were contaminated, and the next night I had diarrhea all night long. Since then my stomach's been really sensitive again and I was even hit with another bought of diarrhea a few days ago. Perhaps it wasn't eating the chicken that caused my system to start acting up again, but the thought that even that little gluten could've caused it scares me. I can't go two weeks with diarrhea all the time, I have a job and a life, and my stomach problems are disruptive enough as it is. I asked the GI if they could possibly rush the endoscopy because I'm still having some clear symptoms, but they told me that they couldn't.
I'm strongly considering just staying gluten free on my own for a few more months and seeing if any more improvements happen. My second week gluten free I felt amazing, and maybe I just need to take some more time to heal. I know it'd be better to test now rather then later, but I can't just put my life on hold living in fear of diarrhea or vomiting every day. Either way, I need to decide quickly because my endoscopy is in two weeks if I don't cancel. How did you guys react to a gluten challenge? What should I expect? I really need some help.