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I recently went the doctors over bloating which I've had for years, I was sent for scans and blood tests, the tests came back with an iron deficiency and low B12, I was told it may be celiac disease and I have to go for cameras and a gut biopsy.

The more I've been looking into symptoms, the more I'm convinced I'm celiac. I'm 21 and only 4ft10, very pale, bloated, I suffer from depression, acne on face, chest and back which I've never been able to subdue even with acne Medicine from the doctor, constipation, tummy aches, odd periods, migraines, tiredness, bad balance/coordination, fainting in heat or after high energy exercise and I also had to go to the doctors every week when I was 5 years old as I was underweight, suffering from malnutrition and not developing at the right speed. Yet with all of these symptoms (most of which have been told to the Dr over the years) it's taken me near 22 years to get diagnosed? Which is frustrating to think that this could have been caught years ago and I wouldn't of had to suffer so long! In a way I'm hoping I am celiac, just so that I know why I've had all these problems for so long and don't feel like it's just me going crazy!

But I'm also a little scared, EVERYTHING seems to have gluten in and I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to eat, I've seen things that completely say the opposite to the last thing. I saw a post that said makeup can have gluten in, and chicken because of what they're fed? And cross contamination? It seems like there's nothing safe to eat >.< help?

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Take a breath, lol i promise your not going crazy. I was diagnosed in high school, so i know how scary this can all be. I remember being scared to eat at the though of what could happen, but you live in a world full of gluten, and no on is perfect. Remember that getting mad wont help solve the problem ( believe me when i look at how long it took to diagnose me i wanted to scream), celiac is more of a recent thing. Hint the gluten free fad diet.  

As for things containing gluten, you will cry for the first couple of months; You will have withdraws and it is a little scary. Makeup i wouldn't worry about right at this moment, they only thing that really needs to be gluten free is what goes ON your lips. Focus on food (because it will be over whelming at first) and you will find that the more you look at labels the easier of a time you will have in the future.

Being gluten free doesn't have to be hard, basic foods like fresh fruits and veggies are gluten free.  Almost all meats are gluten free; if they have wheat its because of injections to make the chicken/turkey bigger NOT because of what they ate when they were alive. There are a lot of gluten free options out there now, take advantage of them. You just have to be a little creative. 

There is also some cool microwave things you can buy now that i think taste pretty yummy.

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