Help me! Am I Gluten Intolerant?
After having my baby, almost two years ago I began experiencing symptoms- most of which include:
Horrible lower left abdominal pain
Nausea without vomiting
Mucus in stools
Depression (mostly from the symptoms listed above)
The list really goes on and on, but I have been to every specialist I can sees and have had SO many procedures done and spent SO much money on trying to get diagnosed and nothing comes up.
It's been almost TWO years and the only answer I have received is, "You probably have IBS". I have a very difficult time accepting this because from what I have learned about IBS it does not cause pain ALL the time. I am literally in pain 95% of the time, every day, all day. You can imagine how this gets in the way of me living a happy and fulfilling life.
I have been tested for celiac disease both by a sample taken in an upper endoscopy and also blood tests. Neither indicated anything. I wish I knew what my "score" was on my blood testing for celiac, but I don't know. I remember it was kind of low I think because the nurse asked the doctor if that might mean anything?
Anyway-could I gluten intolerant and not test positive for celiac? I have started a gluten free diet two days ago and so far I don't feel any different, but because I have been having symptoms for the last TWO YEARS I figure it might take some time.
How long do you think it will take, if this is what it is?