On the suggestion of a private GP, I went gf in April. My coeliac blood test was negative, but I had various intestinal issues - gastric dumping, two bouts of diarrhoea lasting two weeks or more (a stool sample showed nothing) - plus fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, extreme vit D deficiency and anaemia. I also have Hashimoto's and psoriasis. The doctor I was seeing takes a holistic approach and I think she wanted me to try a gf diet to see if I felt better.
For logistical reasons, I'm no longer able to see the same doctor. I'm still gf but I feel no better than before at least as far as the fatigue is concerned, and though I've had no further bouts of diarrhoea, it was always an intermittent problem anyway. I've been very careful with my diet, I'm aware of the cross contamination issues, I read labels and ask questions and I'm confident that I've done my best in terms of keeping gluten out of my diet. At first I also took a tonne of supplements and was dairy-free for a long time, though I've introduced a little dairy to make up for what I'm cutting out.
I think the fatigue is caused by my hypothyroidism being undertreated (though I'm now seeing a specialist and I'm hoping this will improve). My dentist has referred me to a specialist because she suspects I may have Sjogren's syndrome, which also causes fatigue.
On one hand, I can cope with the diet. There's nothing I miss enough for it to bother me too much and I'm used to it now. On the other hand, it's annoying and expensive and I fight a daily struggle against constipation despite eating veg, flaxseeds, etc. Throughout this experiment I've felt justified in doing my best for my health but I feel increasingly like a fraud.