What has your health journey with Coeliac been like?
I was diagnosed in 2013 after many years of health issues – initially, doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. When I went to a different doctor, he saw the rashes on my palms and soles and said ‘I think I know what this is’, and the rest is history! Sadly, I lost my Mum six weeks later, so I was grieving my Mum while trying to figure out how to be gluten-free.
Before I was diagnosed I was exhausted and sick ALL the time!! The symptoms were so diverse, crippling migraines, brain fog, sinus infections, anxiety, major joint pain especially my knees. I was always constipated. I was inappropriately gassy! I would have constant infections; my immune system was terrible, and I was visiting my doctor all the time. The final straw was the rashes on my soles and palms along with the stabbing pain (in my small intestine). All very attractive!
Since being diagnosed with coeliac and being gluten-free I have had none of these symptoms! NONE! How crazy awesome is that! But Coeliac isn't just about being gluten-free, I have to make sure I don’t eat cross-contaminated food. I have yearly blood checks to check my B12, iron levels and everything else in between to make sure my health is on track and maintained.