Why would he suggest I continue a gluten free diet? Probably just to see how I feel. I intimated that I thought maybe it helped improve my exercise tolerance. Also, there remains no verifiable cause for my tendency towards iron deficiency.
Was I eating gluten free prior to the test? On most days, yes. For training purposes, I don't consume large amounts of bread, cereal, baked goods or fried foods.
Did I have thyroid testing? Yes, those results were normal. A battery of blood tests were run when it was discovered I was anemic. That first appointment after those initial tests was very traumatic. The concern in my doctor's demeanor was apparent from the moment he stepped into the room. He laid out the possibilities and they were almost universally bad. It was not like a normal doctor's appointment. He was preparing me for the possibility of very bad news. When I saw he was referring me to oncology and then mentioned I was at the age they worry about lymphoma, I almost lost it. Once I got back to my car, I did lose it. I broke down in tears. It's a wonder I was able to drive myself home. I was a complete mess.