Do you suspect that you have Celiac Disease?
As I sift through various videos on YouTube, I see young people discussing how they suspect they have Celiac disease. They tell their viewers that they are trying gluten free food to see if it will help them. Meanwhile, their doctor schedules them for a biopsy. These young people go to the biopsy, and a week later, they find out they tested negative. The young person goes back to eating regular food. Their symptoms come back. The young person is at a loss, and wonders "what the hell is going on?"
The above scenario does happen.
Beginning a gluten free diet before a biopsy makes it harder for a doctor to diagnose you with Celiac disease. When someone eats gluten free BEFORE a biopsy, the small intestine begins to heal itself. When a doctor goes in to study the biopsy, he or she will be unable to spot the damage, and he/she will end up misdiagnosing you.
It is absolutely imperative that you DO NOT begin a gluten free diet, until your doctor diagnoses you with Celiac disease.
If you suspect gluten allergy/intolerance, talk to your doctor. They may end up testing you for Celiac anyways. Therefore, wait to go gluten free until your doctor says you can start eating gluten free.
Celiac Disease is not something to mess around with. Complications of Celiac Disease include osteoporosis, infertility, cancer, failure to thrive in children, and in some cases, death.
When I was diagnosed 8 years ago, I was shocked. I went through a period of depression and fear. After the blood test and biopsy, I began my gluten free journey. Being properly diagnosed saved me. I was pretty sure I was unable to have kids, due to having Celiac Disease and with infertility being high in my family. Last year, in 2017, I found out I was pregnant. As scared as I am to become a mom, I am grateful to be able to bring a life into the world. I wouldn't have been able to experience it, if I hadn't gotten diagnosed and continued to get sicker (I was very sick leading up to the diagnosis).
Ladies, if you suspect you have Celiac Disease, you owe it to your future to get yourself properly tested.
Below are some classic symptoms of Celiac Disease. There are over 300 symptoms.
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