I posted in the forum a few months ago regarding ongoing symptoms I've had for around 18 months (joint pain, fatigue, neuropathy, IBS symptoms etc). Blood tests showed positive Tissue Transglutaminase IgA marker so I was waiting on a gastro appointment.
Some kindly people here ( Cooper27 and nellie237 amongst others) suggested I also try the Thyroid forum, which I did.
In March I received a diagnosis of Hashimoto's with hypothyroidism (currently working with my GP to find the right dose of levothryroxine)
I had an endoscopy for small bowel biopsy in April and met with the gastro consultant on Saturday who confirmed a diagnosis of coeliac disease.
This wasn't a particular shocker but suspecting it and hearing it confirmed is a little different.
So, any advice for the newly diagnosed CD is appreciated. I have signed up for Coeliac UK membership and downloaded the app. I've had a big clear out at home, bought a new toaster, cleaned out the fridge and all the cupboards etc and have started my gluten free journey.
I guess the first question is how best to approach this. Is it better to go cold turkey (so to speak) or to wean off things slowly? Will there be a point where I can start to reintroduce some things (lower gluten stuff i.e. things with barley malt extract etc) to see if I can tolerate them? If so, is there guidance on timelines etc? Once I've stopped eating gluten all together, am I likely to have a much greater reaction if I accidently eat something with gluten in?
The consultant is referring me to the dietician, but most things I've read suggest that's not likely to be hugely helpful (I already know what to look for on labels etc).
Happy to hear any tips or tricks for a newbie as I try to navigate this new lifestyle.