I'll try to keep this brief and to the point....
I'm wondering if I'm gluten sensitive. I have no GI symptoms. I don't notice any change in mood, energy, general feelings of wellness or anything else. In fact, the only digestive connection I've ever noticed with wheat was a few years ago I'd get moderate stomach cramps (no diarrhea or nausea, just cramping) when I'd eat whole wheat bread (really "meaty" whole wheat.....not just wheaty wonder bread), or cream of wheat cereal. Nothing else caused it, and it doesn't happen anymore. So, I never really worried about it.
Recently, though, I saw an article about a connection to infertility and celiac disease, that piqued my curiosity. I was diagnosed with poly cystic ovaries when I was a teenager. I've never had regular periods. I'm not insulin resistant. I've never experienced a ruptured cyst. When I had an ultrasound 4 years ago, there were no cysts on my ovaries, nor was there any scarring which would be evidence of cysts in the past. Dr. said everything was beautiful in there.....I just don't work. My husband and I have been "trying to conceive" for 6 years with no luck. We've not tried fertility treatments, though.....I tend to lean towards a more natural approach. I've always been overweight....not horribly, but between size 14-20 over the past several years. The weight definitely affects my cycle. When I was a size 14, I had some periods (don't know if I ovulated....didn't think to figure that out at that point).....now that I'm a size 20, I have none. What I read in that article said that many times celiac disease goes undiagnosed because of a lack of GI symptoms. But that other symptoms could include stubborn weight and infertility.
Last year, we made a lot of dietary changes. Cut out most refined sugars, white flour, hydrogenated oils, pork and shellfish and soda. We try to eat as much organic meat and veggies as we can afford. We drink only raw milk from a trusted dairy (controversial, I know, but an educated decision) and buy our beef from there too. I also joined Curves and went fairly faithfully. I feel great....clearer complexion, thicker hair, drastically less...almost non existent diarrhea (had been a bit of a nuisance before, but not connected to wheat.....usually pork and fried foods), but now if I have those once in awhile, I don't have a problem with it. The problem is, after all of that, I haven't lost any noticable weight......maybe 5 lbs all year, and I'm still not ovulating or menstruating . There's the history....here's the question....
I want to cut back on gluten and see what happens, but I haven't decided if it's necessary to completely cut it out. Is gluten sensitivity a precursor to full blown celiac disease, or are they the same thing? Is it possible that since I don't have celiac symptoms that if I just cut back on gluten, I could avoid it progressing to the point of having to go completely gluten free. I'm prepared to cut out bread and pasta and baked goods with wheat flour....the main, big, obvious sources. I'd rather not worry about all the hidden gluten or small sources like in condiments and stuff if I don't have to. Do you think that it is necessary to go completely gluten free to notice any improvements?
I hope that all made sense. Thanks so much in advance for any help you can offer me.
Happy New Year!!