I have never had any symptoms. I began seeing a Chiropractor who practices Functional Medicine and Nutrition, last August. The reason I went to him is because I had been experiencing soreness/stiffness in my lower back, pelvis, knees, hands and feet. I had a hysterectomy in 2011. I also have Osteoporosis (since 2002). When I saw my gynocologist in 2012, she said that 9 1/2 years is too long to be on Fosamax. The family doctor who prescribed it, never told me that I couldn't be on it, more than 5 years. I was devastated, because I knew I needed to stop taking it, but was fearful to start the Prolia Injections. So, between May 2012 and October 2013, I wasn't on any medication. In that time period, symptoms began to develop. For example, I was having trouble standing up, from the toilet bowl, my knees were weak and hurt, my neck would grind, when I would turn my head, and I would have soreness/stiffness in my lower back, pelvis, knees, calves, hands and feet. about two months after starting the Prolia, I was left with the soreness/stiffness in all the above mentioned areas. I have had these issues, ever since.
I went to the Functional doctor for help, because I didn't know what had happened. I now suspect that my osteoarthritis got worse, along with my bone density, during the time frame when I wasn't on any medications. Now, some of the symptoms vanished, but some of the stayed. I guess the ones that stayed were more related to arthritis, than bone density. I have been suffering with this for 3 1/2 years, now.
The doctor had me go for blood work. My A1C was 5.8 and my cholesterol was a tick high. As a result of that, he decided that my estrogen deficiency was the cause and he needed to put me on an insulin resistant diet/gluten-free. The reason for the gluten-free part, is because he also did a saliva test, which showed that I have an alpha gliadin sensitivity. (Still not sure about that) The borderline range was 13-15 and I'm a 13. It's a year later now, I don't see him anymore, because I believe he made a mistake with the insulin resistant diet and the gluten diet. I had tingling in my hands and feet, two months after he put me on that diet. He took all the squashes away, except for Zucchini and all legumes. He also said no tomatoes and obviously, no pasta. He was cutting out as much carbs/sweet things, as he could. I was a mess. I had to go to another doctor for supplementation, to correct everything he did. No more tingling in the hands and feet, now. Thank goodness. But he never helped me out, with the issues that I originally saw him for. Crazy, huh??!!
I began re-eating the gluten items on 9/8/15 and had the celiac blood work done on 9/18/15. My Rheumatologist said that was enough time to wait, to go for the blood work. I'm guessing, she was incorrect about that?? I'm seeing my Gastroenterologist in November. It was difficult to get an appointment with him. I will bring the saliva test results and the blood work results, to him. He will laugh about the saliva test results, because he will say it isn't acceptable to the way medicine is practiced. I think he will give me a scrip for the same Celiacs Comprehensive Panel (I believe that's what it's called), and take it from there.
I do believe that I shouldn't have been placed on that diet, in the first place. I decided, though, that since I hadn't had a blood test, it was time to get one. I really don't know that the efficacy of saliva tests, is that great.
What do you think about all of this???