I thought I would introduce myself and tell my story so far. Im from the UK and am currently eating gluten again to be re-tested for Coeliac.
I first stumbled across gluten and what it was and the intolerances people had to it whilst trying to find an answer for my acne problems which I have suffered since I was about 12, I am now 31. People on acne forums and such noted an improvement in their skin went they went gluten free, the more I read the more I realised alot of symptoms affected me. I had over the past few years suffered alot of stomach aches and bloatedness and headaches were a regular occurance aswell.
I started experimenting with gluten-free and cut out major sources of it such as bread and pasta etc, I hadnt been doing this long when I decided to ask my GP for the blood test. I ate as much as I could a week before the test, but at the time didnt realise it should of been alot longer, the test came back negative.
I still carried on cutting out on the major sources but was never very strict with it, but still felt alot better.
In the mean time I was finally getting properly tested for my hypoglycemic problems I had suffered since I can remember, the dr's could never find anything wrong with me but my blood sugar dropped very low one day and they referred me to an endrocrinologist. I thought maybe this could also be a possible cause of my skin issues, as thats also connected to insulin rises and such, then I also discovered a link with coeliac and hypoglycemia!!
Anyway Ive had some test for the low bloods but not heard anything back yet really, but they think I have reactive hypoglycemia.
So Ive been mostly gluten-free for the past year and when I have had a heavy amount of gluten my symptoms seem to be alot worse now.
I know worry my children may also have it and this is another reason I want to pursue a diagnosis.
I have the bloodwork ordred and am on day 13. My skin has gone to pot after being good for so long..I'd actually started feeling normal, however I have also ate alot of chocolate.
I now know it either the gluten or sugar that causes my acne, its just trying to figure out which, but with the stomach aches and bloateness and headches Ive started getting again I think it seems more likely the gluten? I would appreciate any opinions on this? For example I ate a normal egg sandwich on wholemeal brown bread the the other day and was bloated immediately after and for the rest of the day, but I would normally eat gluten-free bread and not have a problem, but that is still made with refined flours just not wheat flour.
Maybe Im affected by both, too much sugar and gluten?
I will try and eat gluten for 6wks then re-test, regardless of what the result is I will still be cutting it out,so Im glad I found this forum, it feels very strange eating rubbish again.
Does anyone have any ideas of food with gluten I could eat that isnt highly refined or high in sugar? As with my hypoglycemia Im suppose to eat low gi, slow release carbs, which cuts out most major gluten filled products anyway doesnt it?