I'm soon to be tested for gluten intolerance thanks to my GPs initiative. I was diagnosed with arthritis, most likely psoriatic type, seronegative, last June. What I am trying to understand is whether the two coexist for me or is one diagnosis going to cancel out the other.
What's the difference? Both can cause degeneration of joints but obviously, celiac is just related to gluten consumption.
My main reason for asking is that I have been off work for 3 months with a flare and depression due in part to work stress. I went back 3 weeks ago and they were willing to make reasonable adjustments but yesterday I mentioned to my manager that I am being tested for gluten intolerance and her response rather threw me. She wants to hold off ordering a chair (on loan) in case it is just gluten intolerance. I said that I don't know whether it would be a misdiagnosis of arthritis or that I have both.
I'm a bit angry because I am uncomfortable on the current chair and I spend most of my day sitting. Now I have to wait until I have eaten enough gluten to do the test and wait to find out if cutting out the gluten gets rid of the pain too. Am I being unreasonable?
I just feel like my work think I am a big joke and they can't be bothered to make any changes unless they are required by law.