I have been gluten-free and happy for three months. My Celiac diagnosis took many years. I had lactose intolerance for 15 years. I always blamed my IBS on the small amounts of dairy I'd let slip. In 2002 an aunt and cousin had been diagnosed with Celiac disease. When they started explaining their symptoms, I was sure I had it but was hesitant to ask for testing. I became very anemic during my 1st pregnancy. I was prescribed iron and was on it from 2004 thru 2007. My iron levels never normalized. At one point my doctors threatened me with a blood transfusion because they thought I wasn't taking my Rx. After my last child was born in 2006 I was home bound for almost 2 YEARS with horrible IBS. Every time I left the house I would sweat nervously. I felt trapped in my car. There is nothing worse than wondering how you are going to sprint into a restroom of a store/gas station while getting a 2 year old and an infant out of your car. My doctor prescribed Prevacid for acid reflux and decided my IBS was anxiety related even after I asked to be tested for Celiac and told them of my family history. They prescribed Lexapro for anxiety. The combination of anemia and Lexapro made sleep 12-14 hours a day. In 6 months I gained 17 pounds and became very depressed. My symptoms still didn't go away. I decided enough was enough and weaned myself off the Lexapro. I demanded the Celiac blood test. My doctors argued that the tests were so expensive and they didn't think it was necessary because Celiac disease "was so rare". They finally agreed to do it to "rule it out, for my sake." Sure enough the antibody test came back positive. I was sent to an gastroenterologist. After an endoscopic biopsy and a colonoscopy it was finally confirmed. I'm still learning the ropes of being gluten-free but am thrilled to have found this board. YAY! I will be around often.
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