Hello All--first want to say that although I've only posted once, I log on often just to browse. I am so happy to have found a group of intellignet and articulate people who understand what I am going through.
I have been gluten-free for about three years after being diagnosed with Celiac. I was diagnosed based on my symptoms (rapid weight loss, anemia, bloating, pain after every meal, etc) and a serum test. The doctor just told me "oh, you don't need a biopsy, this is really no big deal anyway, you just can't eat bread anymore." Needless to say, I educated myself on the disease and was very healthy for 2 1/2 years.
I recently started getting sick again (while on a gluten free diet) with the same and additional symptoms. Long story short, I went to a Celiac specialist who has scheduled a biopsy for a month from now. She has also urged me to go back on gluten to re-damage my villi for the test. I have been on gluten for about a week and I am so sick. She ran the DNA test which came back positive, but even after that told me to stay on the gluten. I want to, because her concern (and mine) is that I have something more or less serious and that is why I have been really sick recently, despite being on a gluten-free diet.
I guess I am committed to eating gluten for another month. I know that I don't need a piece of paper to tell me that gluten makes me sick, but I would really like to get to the bottom of my health issues. Anyone have any suggestions to relieve my temporary suffering caused by gluten? Has anyone elso opted to do this? Do you think a month is even enough time to re-damage my stomach visabley? Any hlep would be appreciated. Thank you all