I have been GF for 4 weeks, the decision made after reading the post you know you are a celiac when...
I wasn't convinced it would work for me but hey nothing else had so nothing to lose.
My medical history is removal of gall bladder and left adrenal gland, asthma, hay fever, high blood pressure and sleep apnoea, and hard to forget 20 years of indigestion / reflux. At Christmas I was taking 80mg of omeprazole to try to quieten a mild dose of gastritis. Also severe cramp in calf muscles and chest muscles.
After a few days of GF I felt more with it in the mornings, that dragged through a hedge backwards feeling had gone, so had the sensitivity around my abdomen. After 3 days of severe pain I realised that rice too was off the menu
I started reading food labels - oh dear - 100% oats but also contains barley, rye and nuts, obviously 99.9% oats doesn't have the same ring but surely false labeling? Chardonnay - I thought was made from grapes but I was wrong - milk and eggs are also involved - I don't react to either but still put the wine back - it just didn't seem right. Those handy packs of chopped onion - off the list too as they contain gluten.
How am I feeling? Well GP has send me for blood tests, ultrasound, chest xray and urine samples so far all clear though redoing bloods as they were borderline. I am feeling a lot better - cleaned the house yesterday - husband has been doing most of it for the last 4 years so for me a big step forward.
Both my son (12 years old) and husband understand the pros and cons of starting gluten again to get a diagnosis. My son favours the get diagnosed approach as he feels I am giving up a lot when it might be something else in the food causing the problem and my husband feels anything is worthwhile that prevents pain.
Me - I don't know and can see both sides of the argument.
What have I learnt so far - manufacturers are not always honest with their claims, eating out is limited and brown sauce is full of gluten.
Will be interesting to see how I feel in another 4 weeks.
Also a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to this site - your help and words of wisdom have been invaluable.