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|Mon, 03-16-2009 - 6:39pm|
My DD is on a gluten-free diet for behavioral issues, but we never had her tested for celiac. I just did a quick search for celiac symptoms and found that irritability in kids can be a sign (which is exactly what she was dealing with...intense rage/irritability). I was looking it up today for myself because I just had reubens last night and then a left-over one this afternoon for lunch. I was just in so much intestinal pain and after looking up some of the symptoms that are associated with celiac disease, I have a lot of those symptoms. I'm not sure that I'm really wanting to go through the doctor at this point (I have a horrible doctor and am looking to switch, but it's not easy to switch providers in our area). The last time I had pain like this, they sent me for CT scans, ultrasounds, bloodwork (but they never tested for celiac, and I should have asked them to add that in) and nothing was found out of the ordinary. Things kind of settled down, but not completely.
At this point, we're also TTC and have been unsuccessful for over a year. Infertility seems to be one potential symptom of celiac. So, I'm thinking, is it ok to just decide to go gluten-free on my own, or should I be making an appointment with my awful doctor and ask them to write a script for bloodwork for celiac? I figure that it shouldn't hurt anything to just go ahead and go gluten-free, other than the fact that if I'm totally gluten-free, a blood test for celiac would be invalid, if I were to be tested.
Thanks for any thoughts and input you have. I definitely have lots of good GF recipes and have been doing plenty with a GF-diet for nearly a year and a half. We've just been having dinners as gluten-free with DD, but usually breakfast cereals and lunch-time meals are made separately and DH and I have been having non-GF bread for our lunches and non-GF cereals for breakfast. Now I can just make a couple tweaks and make my breakfast and lunch as GF for myself. It shouldn't be too hard.