I'm Kelly, and I'm on day three of officially knowing I have a wheat/gluten intolerance. I haven't been tested for celiac however.
I was on an anti-inflammation/elimination diet for over a month, after having near constant stomach problems, low energy, and constant eczema and skin break outs for a few years.
Traditional medicine was no help. I had a colonoscopy, and the GI doc said, "well, we don't see anything abnormal, you must be fine." Grr. That did nothing to explain all the GI issues I was having. Same with dermatologists..."you just need to use the steroid medication and keep your skin moisturized." Grr. But whyy am I having these problems, and how do I fix them?
I went to a naturopath, who put me on the elimination diet. For the first time in a really, really long time, my stomach didn't hurt, my energy was better, and finally finally, my skin started to clear up (after several attempts to go off the medicine, which would make my skin break out).
I started adding things back in, dairy, tomatoes, and I was fine. On my wheat add-in day, I had falafel and a white roll, and wham! Stomach problems back, energy gone, skin completely broke out again. It has taken me till today for things to start calming down.
It also seems that I have a problem with processed sugar. I had a very little bit (about three bites) of ice cream, and had immediate stomach problems. I had a spelt cookie, and I reacted immediately to that, even though I've had spelt pizza crust and been ok. Is this common, to have problems with processed sugar as well? At this point, I am back to avoiding processed sugars (honey, maple syrup are fine).
I'm looking forward to being wheat/gluten free and feeling good. I'm also looking forward to learning from all of you on this journey.