Be your own health advocate!

by Cynthia
(Forest Ranch, CA USA)

After 18 or more years (perhaps a lifetime!) of dealing with what was diagnosed as "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" I finally received confirmation that I have Celiac Disease, by ASKING my Doctor for the blood test. It came back positive and I have started my gluten free journey and am looking forward to healing my poor stomach and feeling "good"!

Over the years I've experienced all of the symptoms of celiac disease; sometimes more dramatic than others with weight loss and weight gain included.

The worst times were unexplained periods of vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue. I was often told I had a virus (for 6 weeks?) but I knew it was something I was eating!

I eventually realized that when I ate wheat pasta (good for me, right?) or drank a wheat beer, that I had extreme reactions. So I started avoiding those things.

However I was always told by Doctors that I need to add more fiber to my diet (whether I was going through periods of either constipation or diarrhea) so I tried bran, metamucil, fiber tablets, etc. and all of which made me worse! Now I finally know why.

After one violent episode with a double crust pizza and a 7-grain microbrew (I love beer so this will be one of the difficult things for me to give up!) my stomach blew up like a balloon and I was miserable!

Fortunately, I had a Doctor's appointment that week and told my Dr. of that experience and asked her for the blood test (I checked Web MD for symptoms). She said "only 2% of the population actually has the disease so I doubt you have it but we can check".

When she called to tell me the results, I was not as surprised as she was. I think I actually figured it out myself but just didn't realize the long-term consequences to my health until now.

Bottom line; be your own health advocate and ASK your Doctor if you suspect Celiac. Maybe you will avoid many years of misery. I'm looking forward to healing myself and thankful I don't have to take a pill! I can control what I eat and my over-all health will benefit.

Thanks for the opportunity to share!

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Feb 11, 2013
by: Beth B

Way to go Cindy. Great advice and info. May God give you wisdom in your new journey.

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