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About ymyesha

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  1. Finally, people who understand how I'm feeling. I am a 30 year old mother of 1 and for the past few years, I have felt like a totally unfit mother because I just don't have the energy to do alot of the things I would like to do with my daughter. I suffer from constant fatigue and brain fog, not to mention nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, severe anemia, weight loss (30 pounds off an already too-small frame) and a variety of other symptoms that finally led me to the GI's office. Fortunately I found a great doc who suspected celiac within the first month (after eliminating a number of other possibilities). My blood tests have come back positive, however my biopsy results were inconclusive (due to my waking up during the procedure, which is a whole other horror story). My doc recommended that I go gluten-free and he has scheduled a capsule endoscopy and has performed genetic testing in the meantime. I'm still waiting for the results of the genetic test. It's comforting to finally have a diagnosis. For years, my family has accused me of being anorexic when I KNOW that I don't have those body issues and I think I look much better when I have a little more weight. They also blame my pain on depression and anxiety. Now I realize that the weight loss and depression are a result of the celiac disease. I have only been gluten-free for a few days and I haven't seen any difference yet, but I'm hopeful. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with disbelieving family members, especially during the holidays when everyone is shoving food in your face? It's hard enough denying myself my sister's mac and cheese and cakes without people telling me that it's all in my head. Even my dad (a primary care physician) doesn't seem willing to take me seriously. He told me to "try" following my GI's advice, but he doesn't think I could have celiac because no one on either side of my family has ever been diagnosed with it.