hey, i'm vegetarian and gluten free as well
have you tried making any recipes with cashew nuts like cashew cheese or pasta sauce? they're really good, easy to make and an excellent way to get more protein/iron
i can send you some of the easy recipes if you like
Bravo for being strong enough to bring this topic up. Depression, anxiety, and other mental or neurological issues are common in celiacs and those with NCGI. Science is finally catching up to what many of us have already known to be true.
I have suffered from anxiety and still have some neuropathies. At first I blamed menopause (that alone can make you crazy), but my symptoms tend kick in after a Gluten exposure and improve as I heal.
You are not crazy! Gluten can cause so many problems. What other disease requires that the patient be in charge of "medicating" and caring for themselves? Most of us after a diagnosis get a "Well, just avoid gluten. Lucky you that there are so many restaurants that offer a gluten free menu!", speech from our doctors. We never get time off from thinking about food, our next meal and will it be safe? Our relationship with food changes dramatically and it can be exhausting.
We do need more resources and support from medical, but for now, at least this forum is helpful!
Good point. My ferritin was a 2; however, I was processing iron just fine when I was diagnosed. That is what caught my GI's eye when I went for my first "over 50 club" colonoscopy. Celiac blood test positve (just one on the panel) and endoscopy revealed Marsh Stage IIIB.
Welcome! Here is more information to support what Karen said about testing for celiac disease:
You should really be referred to a GI (I assume you have some other autoimmune disorder.). I would strongly recommend the complete celiac panel and rule out other diorders like Crohn's etc.