Really? Me? What Was the Big Clue?
For years I had been sickly, pale and scrawny. As a child I had a perpetual gut ache and couldn't understand why. My father always had a really rotten stomach, and only later did he tell me why. His sister has it, too. And in retrospect, their dad also had it.
I spent years of being told IBS, depression, stress; you name it, I apparently had it. I can't remember what motivated me to try an elimination diet. I was probably at my wits end and tired of my head looking like it was too big for my body. I was ready to try anything. Dairy was no problem. But with wheat out my diet, finally had a BMI over 20, I looked rosy and well-rested and 5 years younger.
My doctor actually denied that I had celiac. He wanted me to flood myself with gluten in order to test me. I was not to keen on this approach, especially since eating wheat now had horrible ramifications. My sister was a big denier of celiac, until she got sick of her own digestive problems and gave the elimination diet a try. Surprise! And many of her health headaches melted away, too.
I finally did the gluten binge and the tests came back positive. What alarmed me was that I had first, second and third degree relatives with Celiac, textbook symptoms but no diagnosis for years.