Forgive me, but as I have never done this before, (posted on a Forum) I'm not sure of the protocol so I am simply going to tell my story.
17 years ago I got very ill. Incredibly ill. It started slowly, so slowly in fact that I didn't even really notice at first. I had two young children, a job, a husband and was living over seas. There was no time for me to be ill and I really think that that is why it took me soo long to become concerned. I was having really bad gas. Then I was having diarhea. Then I was having diarhea EVERY time I ate. Sometimes, most times I couldn't even finish a plate of food and I would be doubled over with cramps and running to the nearest bathroom. This went on for quite a while. I lost an incredible amount of weight (not big to begin with..115 lbs) I went down to 89. (yikes! ) started having problems with my vision, my teeth and my hair. It was the last one that finally got me going. I went to part my hair one day to wear pony tails (I know..very cutsie) any way as I ran the comb down the back of my head I realized that I had a bald spot!!!! Came to find out that I actually had three !! Okay I know it says something really sad about me that it took losing my hair to go to a doctor, but really it just wasn't a habit in my family. You only went to the doctor if copious amounts of blood were flowing! Any way, I went to the Army doctors. They were baffled. The upshot was that the only thing to come out of that experience were some steroid shots to help my hair grow back. Slowly things seem to level off and I stopped having the intense cramps. I eventualy put the weight back on (mostly) but ended up wearing glasses and having hideous problems with my teeth. (I've got the equivalent of a Mercedes in my mouth and still look like a bag lady) I'm planning to have them all pulled and get dentures. Off and on over the course of the next 17 years I would have flare ups and drop weight, have incredible joint pain, problems with my sleep, bizarre muscle twitching and weakness, and incredible fatigue. I have been told that I have Fibromyalgia, possible gallbladder problems, heart arythmias, MS and appear to be entering premature menopause. Now I kmow that I sound like the worlds worst hypochondriac but please believe me when I say that it isn't so. I have seen exactly 4 doctors over the course of the last 17 years for a sum total of about 8 visits. I DO NOT WANT TO BE SICK!!!!! I want to know what is wrong ...deal with it and move on. Any way the reason I got on this site is because very recently as a way of supporting my neice on a quest to diagnose possible food allergies in her (she lives with me) we decided to start with wheat. We excuded it in all forms. Every last iota. It was hard. but produced almost immediate results for her and some interesting ones for myself as well. Around week two I cheated and had some pizza. Really bad idea as it turned out. Cramping,bloating,diarhea. The longer that I go without Gluten the worse that accidental exposures effect me.
So here's the question. Do I bother getting a diagnosis? Should I just avoid the Gluten and live a better life? The idea of going back to Gluten just to get the blood work really, really makes me unhappy.
Well that's it, that's the story.