How to verify gluten intolerance
I have both epilepsy & lupus. When I was first diagnosed with the latter illness 4 years ago, I had a blood test that was positive for celiac. A follow-up intestinal biopsy debunked the blood test & I was told not to worry about this. Recently, I changed lupus doctors & she recommended that I go on a gluten-free diet, suggesting that the consistency and severity of my fatigue might be related to an underlying gluten intolerance. It has been going well - there has definitely been a change in my energy level, but there is a complicating factor that is confusing matters and regarding which I need some advice:
My blood tests for my epilepsy drugs came back high so they reduced them a bit. Therefore, I am not sure if the diet is what is helping my energy or if it's the reduction in my neurological meds. This may seem like a silly question, but is there some way to test whether the diet is working? Like, if I have a beer or a slice of pizza, should it then cause stomach upset & fatigue? Or, will it inevitably do that because I haven't had any gluten for 6 weeks?
I know that ideally I shouldn't have changed my epilepsy meds while starting the gluten-free diet, but it was just at the beginning and I didn't want to be overmedicated neurologically for months.
I'd be grateful for any insight you mig