Hi, I just found this forum and was happy to find somewhere that I could learn so much. I have not yet been diagnosed with Celiac Disease but the more I read, the more I am sure that I have it.
A bit about me. Last year I was plagued with stomach pains, diarrhea. I had an ultrasound and they found gallstones so they took out my gallbladder. It helped for a while. About 5 months ago I had what I thought was the flu. I couldn't keep anything down and was in the bathroom probably 10-20 times a day with diarrhea. It eventually stopped. I didn't go to the doctor at that time because I didn't think I could make it from home to the doctor without needing bathroom. Anyway, for the past 3 years I have been losing my hair. Dermatologist said "Well, you are getting old" (I'm 36) and told me I could try Rogaine, which I didn't. The hair loss is continuing. I've been anemic for over three years even though I was taking iron supplements and eating iron fortified cereals, spinach, red meat. I am constantly tired and my old doctor told me it was because I have four kids. Yes, that probably IS part of my fatigue but I know it's something more than that. he told me I was depressed and put me on Prozac . It didn't help so I stopped. I have horrible insomnia so I am on Ambien. I am constantly bloated, gassy and am plagued with bouts of diarrhea. I am also incredibly nauseated. My doctor ran some lab work and it was "fine". She checked my thryoid, liver, kidney (I think), red blood count, h-pylori and a few others. I went back yesterday complaining of all the same problems so she said I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and gave me Bentyl (I think that's how it's spelled).
Because of the nausea/bouts with diarrhea I tend to want cereal, crackers, toast which makes me feel worse. I feel so bloated my loose jeans are tight. I'm uncomforable and miserable. I ordered some info on Celiac Disease because to me (and I know I am not a doctor) I know something isn't right.
Anyway, I look forward to learning more here.
Michelle in Northern California