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Hi! I'm new here. Just got diagnosed by stool test last week. Had blood testing a couple years ago, but it was negative. I was gluten free at the time of blood tests, though and numbers were "borderline". (Nobody told me I had to eat gluten!)

I've had mulitple health issues over the last 5 years. I've had fatigue, brain fog, digestive issues, white spots on my brain (seen by MRI) and lastly... HIVES. The hives were the final straw. I canNOT live my live covered in spots. The MDs were NO help, as usual. I was told "this happens" and "we may never know why you have hives daily".

I ended up going a naturopath and she ordered my old blood tests. We discussed the borderline results and she suggested I try the enterolab stool test. It was overwhelmingly postive. The fecal fat score was over 1000! I think that shows my problem is in my gut.

I've been gluten free for 6 weeks. The fatigue and fog seem slightly better. The hives were almost gone, but came back w/ a vengenance since I got my diagnosis. I think it's emotions. I've been very ANGRY that it's taken this long to get an answer and I was dismissed SO many times by SO many doctors.

Luckily, I am getting closer to being at peace w/ it.

Well... there's my story. I look forward to getting to know all of you :)

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Welcome. At least you are beginning the journey to health. Remember it can be a long and wily journey and other intolerances may rear their ugly heads, but, hopefully, feeling better is in your future. Keep a detailed food log with symptoms; it is invaluable. Mine is 4 years old now and it has been most helpful.

It only took 35 years for me to be diagnosed- I'm 51 now and feel MUCH better!

lisa

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Hey, I'm 52 and dx'd myself since my dr's alternately said there was nothing wrong with me or it was all in my head!

Welcome to you and hang in there. The rash could be some sneaky gluten so the food journal is a great idea.

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@Alaskaguy With regard to the timing, I think that everyone is a bit different! I used to have a shorter time to onset when I was first diagnosed (within 24h). As time has gone on, and I've glutened myself less and less, I have noticed that the time gets a bit longer.  Recent history seems to matter a bit too - if I've been glutened recently and then get glutened again, the rash will show up faster on the second round. For example, in the last 3 weeks I got slightly glutened by inadvertent
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