Re: Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance
I too am a diagnosed Coeliac and had all the symptoms you listed and more to boot (mouth ulcers, swollen tongue, skin problems)! I was utterly miserable for years. I underwent test, after test, after test and they couldn't find anything wrong with me. I knew there had to be something, but the Coeliac anti-body test was performed as an 'after thought', a 'last resort' by which time I was in hospital on a drip, losing weight at an alarming rate, covered in mouth ulcers and malnourished. Finally, after an endoscopy and biopsy, I had my diagnosis confirmed! I have been on a strict gluten free diet ever since and my symptoms are all but gone!
The gluten free diet thing can be a big pain (especially as I too have a severe wheat allergy, which requires strictness to the extreme) but it is absolutely worth it to actually feel well and healthy for the first time, in my life! This is an under-recognised condition, which even my own doctor had no real knowledge or understanding of and therefore, will not be routinely tested for on bloodwork. I would encourage anybody with symptoms to request Coeliac testing - knowing how to manage my symptoms successfully has given me back my quality of life.