Posted 9/19/2014 6:11 PM (GMT -6)
Look, I feel silly for being here simply because people tease you when you say you're trying a gluten free diet. It has become so trendy that it's not taken seriously. The truth is, though, I've been having digestive issues since I was a kid and only now has gluten intolerance really gotten much attention so now is the time when I have the awareness to try it.
I had a blood test done a few years ago that came back negative but from what I understand, that isn't the most effective test? You may know more about that than I do.
So I'm twenty-four and female. I found this checklist on a gluten free website that said if you have four or more of these symptoms then it's likely you're intolerant. I have like 20 of them on a fairly regular basis. This is boring, but here they are if you care to read:
Frequent intestinal bloating/gas especially after eating (This is the worst symptom I have. Painful gas that makes me toss and turn and keeps me up at night. Sometimes I literally walk bent over because it's so bad and for some reason that helps. Mostly this happens at night after eating.)
Diarrhea (Honestly, my system seems to go back and forth between the two constantly.)
Vertigo/Dizziness (As a kid, sometimes I'd get spells that kept me in bed all day. Not as bad now.)
Difficulty recalling words/Brain fog/Poor concentration
Irrational Irritability (This is a big one for me.)
Mood swings (Oh yeah. Minute by minute.)
Restless leg syndrome
Chronic UTIs (though none recently, thank the Lord)
Mouth ulcers (I almost always have one or two.)
Skin rash (sometimes I get an itchy bumpy rash and it can show up anywhere and goes away within a few hours)
Eczema (since I was a kid and my sister and aunt have psoriasis)
Vitiligo (when you have patches of lighter and/or darker skin - I have both, noticeably)
So I dunno, what do you think? Is there something significant here or am I just looking for attention?
Kudos to you if you're still reading this and want to help me. Thanks!