My name is Alannah, I'm 21 and I was diagnosed last week with celiac. I went in to my GP in November for upper GI pain. She thought it was my gallbladder, did a few tests, and sent me to the general surgeon. The general surgeon was, as expected, hesitant to take out the gallbladder without ruling out anything else so she ordered an abdominal CT and an upper endoscopy. The endoscopy showed inflamed stomach and duodenum, so the doctor took some biopsies. I received a call later that week that I had celiac sprue. After blood tests, it was confirmed. My biopsy showed a Marsh level 3c (total villous atrophy) and the blood test showed extremely high antibody levels.
I've been eating gluten free for about a week now, and I'm already getting relief from a lot of my GI symptoms, like bloating, pain, nausea. I'm really surprised how much it has helped already.
I'm still kind of reeling about the diagnosis, though. I don't know anyone in my family that has celiac and I never had any symptoms until 2 years ago. About 2 years ago, I had a major surgery, and my medical team has hypothesized that this could have been the physiological stress that triggered my celiac. I'm just surprised it got so bad in only 2 years!
Now that I look back over that time, I can see some of the non-GI symptoms of celiac that were present. I had anemia after my surgery that took FOREVER to fix and a wound that didn't close for 6 months even though it wasn't infected or anything.
This post was just to introduce myself and hopefully get to know a few people a little bit. Does anyone else have similar stories? Or completely different? I'd love to hear them all.