Hi all. I'm new to this forum. I've been gluten-free for about 5 days now and overall I feel better. Still tired, but not as bad. My question (and I suppose it's a common question) is should I ask my doctor to order tests for celiacs or am I just running after another thing I'm wishing will explain my general lousy feeling? I know if I get tested, I'll have to get glutened again, but hopefully that would further confirm my suspicions.
Let me tell you some of what I've been going through. The symptoms I was dealing with when I decided to go gluten-free were:
Feeling tired a lot (though I had been taking Benedryl for anxiety)
Fatigue most of the day, even though I got a good night's sleep (with CPAP)
Major, crippling anxiety and panic attacks since I got back from Spain a year and a half ago. Medications haven't helped.
Brain fog: trouble concentrating, moodiness, low motivation
I've been diagnosed with ADD since my teens (I'm 41 now)
Recurrent, major depression
More frequent headaches and migraines
IBS with constipation
Some nausea and bloating
Shortness of breath
Tingling/numbness is my left leg, which I've assumed to be sciatica
Lots of gas (I sometimes felt like I could belch my way through Wagner's Ring Cycle)
In my first few days gluten-free, my headaches, gas and nausea seemed to diminish. I did, however, develop a ravenous appetite and had major hunger pangs a little while after a gluten-free meal. My anxiety has dropped considerably (though I did switch SSRIs shortly before going gluten-free) and my motivation is back. I'm still tired a bit and am getting sleepy earlier (around 8 o'clock), but overall I think I'm feeling (and doing) better. The only bad thing seems to be feeling a bit depressed about what I can't eat and the challenges of maintaining a gluten-free diet.
So, am I crazy for thinking I might have celiacs or NCGI? Should I see my doctor? What tests should I ask for? I know another post mentioned tTG IgA and IgG, DGP IgA and IgG, EMA IgA, total serum IgA, and AGA IgA and IgG. Would a GP be knowledgable about these tests? Are there others? I know my TSH was done about a year ago and was 2.03 (with a standard range give of 0.27 to 4.20). My RBC was 4.9 (SR 4.6 to 6.1).
Thoughts? I don't really want to stay gluten-free if I don't have to, but I have to admit it seems to be helping.
Thanks in advance,