I've been lurking for a couple of weeks now, ever since my doc said the word celiac. I was diagnosed with MS about two and a half yrs ago and Hashimotos about a year ago. Only couple of yrs in I am already on the "last resort" MS medications so I spent some time last summer searching out non-drugs alternatives. One thing I found was restricted diets. So I cut out everything. I was basically eating broccoli for a month. I was able to add back a bunch of stuff without issue - dairy, fruits, nightshades, meat, even oats but not gluten or corn. So I just totally avoided those things.
Fast forward six months, I went to see my GP and mentioned the food intolerances. He says he wants to test me for celiac, but in order to do that I have to eat gluten for the next few weeks. I dance home imagining all the cake, pizza, bagels and beer I will be eating over the month and actually map it out so I don't miss anything - after all, regardless of what the test says I'm done with gluten for life.
I am two weeks in and dreading every bite. I am experiencing lots of problems consistent with celiac/gluten intolerance and at this point, I'm wondering, is it worth getting the test at all? I emailed the doc and he said he'd move up the test a week, but I'm not entirely sure I'll make it, I am miserable.
Is there any benefit to getting a diagnosis one way or the other?
I am really glad you all are here. You seem like an awesome group of people and I look forward to your feedback!