I would test before the diet also. That's just me. It's just easier to cross it off your list and then move forward. If it's negative and you cheat, you don't worry about cancers - but if you don't test, then would you really stay gf for life with the same conviction? There are many symptoms as Nomad mentioned. I've read people who think they have no symptoms have tested positive - there are no false positives from what I've read. There are "inconclusives" and false "negatives."
I have to wonder if I'd have been positive when my symptoms were way less than by the time I 'was' diagnosed. I'll never know. Would you test every teen with depression and eczema, and would they be positive? Hmmm. I'd like to do a study! :)
I feel like I eased my way into all my symptoms very insideously. Anyway, that's my two cents.
I had migraines and I'd say it took months, not weeks to get rid of them. I was iron deficient w/out anemia. I think that's why, because at first my headaches were around TOM and blossomed from there. But everyone's different.
I also have hypothyroidism. My belief is a percentage of people with hypothyroidism get it because of lack of nutrients/nutrition, whether from poor diet or malabsorption. If I'd known about gluten-free diet around the time I was diagnosed (and ironically I did by-proxy do a gf and sugar-free diet for about a month - felt so fab, but didn't "know" I had celiac, so because of the busyness and stress of moving, fell off the wagon), I may have saved my thyroid. It's way too late now. Initially, I had to lower my Synthroid dose and I've been pretty steady after about a year of changing it.
I didn't have abdominal pain. The GI symptoms came on much later (the IBS-D-ish). Anyway - I've gone on. My BIL didn't think he had it for years. He finally got tested and was positive. Weirder things have happened. :P
Good luck with your experience.
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