Its been 5.5 months since diagnosis, and on a gluten-free diet. It has been a rocky journey. Pre-diagnosis my only symptom was iron deficiency. After giving up gluten I developed stiff joints, severe weight gain, red blotchy skin, acne, crazy food cravings, headaches, and very severe reactions to being glutened (projectile vomiting for 6+ hours). All this while coming to terms with giving up a food group that i loved, and a huge lifestyle change for a young woman living in a big city. Needless to say I have been miserable. I dont even think miserable is an approptiate word to derscribe it. I was furious at my doctor, covinced I would have been better off never being diagnosed, and generally very mad at the world.
However, I think I've reached a turning point. I have been able to move my hands and actually hold a toothbrush when I get up in the morning, my insatiable hunger has disipated, my weight seems to be decreasing, and my anxiety seems to be lifting.
I know there are a lot of you struggling, and I just want to give you hope that it will get better. It may not be something that you can see day to day, and man can it get worse before it gets better, but things will improve. Its not like taking a pill and having feeling better in a few hours, but it is working. Slowly, but it is. This is by far the hardest journey of my life thus far, but I think I can see the sun shining through the clouds.