Yes I have Celiac, diagnosed in Sept 2003. My story is veryyyyyyy long so I will give you the short version
and feel free to ask me more questions!
My problems seem to literally begin overnight, I woke one morning not feeling well and it stayed continuous for a VERY long time. After losing 40lbs in 2 months, feeling sick every single day, going through test after test for over a year with no answers I learned of Celiac. Since all of my other test were negative or not enough to make a dx I chose to get tested through a private lab called www.enterolab.com
. With this test you can be GF up to 6 months and still get accurate results. With the other tests at the docs office (blood or biopsy) you must remain on a regular diet. My results were positive and I immediately started the GF (gluten free) diet and could tell a difference right away, my abdominal pain was gone. I continued to have GI probs (mainly diarrhea) but later learned that was due to Lupus.
Here is a great site with a lot of information about
Celiac and other "related A-I diseases" www.celiac.com
. Celiac doesn't cause lupus but as you know once we get one A-I disease we are more likely to get others too (lucky us, huh?). I can't say that I can tell a difference in my lupus symptoms being on a GF diet but I have heard some people with Lupus eliminating gluten and seeing an improvement in joint pain, etc.
A gluten free diet is not really as bad as it sounds. Yes you have to read every single label until you become familiar with the products you buy all the time (of course I still look at labels no matter how many times I've bought the product). But it is a MUCH healthier way of eating, and for me no amount of pain is worth eating gluten. I can still eat regular things like taco's, spaghetti, meat, veggies, fruit, etc. and I have found GF sweets such as cake, brownies, bagels, bread, etc. There are a lot of gluten free products out there that are NASTY so it's basically a trial and error kind of thing, depending on your taste. I can give you a list of things my daughter and I like the best.
This may be WAY more info than you were looking for... I hope you find out something soon.
StacieTrust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~ DX: Hashimoto's 1999, Celiac Disease (gluten sensitivity)2003, Raynaud's 2004, Lupus 2005 and Sjogrens 2006Meds:Imuran, Plaquenil, Flexeril, Sulindac, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and magic mouthwash (as needed)