I have Celiac disease!
Well, I've finally found out why I was desperately ill all summer, and never well all my life. I have Celiac disease!
I've had the symptoms of gluten intolerance all my life, which were dismissed by doctors as 'growing pains' (there is no such thing), neuralgias, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, 'all in my head'...........really, the list is endless. But NOBODY ever tested for gluten intolerance.
Finally, in May I went into full blown Celiac disease (non-stop diarrhea all summer, terrible stomach and backaches, not absorbing nutrients, weakness, dizziness and many more).
I started on the gluten free diet less than four weeks ago. The day after I stopped having gluten the diarrhea stopped, the backaches started getting better the day after, the stomach aches went away over the course of a week, and the debilitating body (especially legs, arms and hands) and joint pains went away enough for me to stop taking codeine (which I was on 24 hours a day)!
I had been gaining weight (totally unexplained, since I ate right), which was very upsetting. Since I have cut out gluten (and a few other things I can't tolerate), I've been losing a lot of weight, and I hope to lose it all within the next year (I still would like to lose about 70 lb, to be at a good weight for my age and height). But this far I've lost nearly 20 lb.
People comment all the time on how well I look now! I am feeling much better, and I am actually starting to have some energy (I've never really had any energy).
German citizen, married to a Canadian for 28 years, four daughters, one son, eight grandchildren (and one on the way).