Thanks for all your kind comments on my last post. Fortunately, my mom got an appointment with an orthopedic today, so we will find out her fate later on!
We are hoping it’s nothing too serious because she uses her hands to work since she’s a dental hygienist.
Anyway, there is something I needed to talk about today since tomorrow is what I ate Wednesday.
I know, what the heck does that have to do with anything? Well, hear me out.
As you all know, I have had tons of stomach issues. I got a colonoscopy and endoscopy and was tested for chron’s, celiac, and everything else.
I came back negative for everything. So, I got a blood test to check for gluten intolerance. My GI doctor told me that it came back positive, so I went gluten free.
I felt better. Not immediately, but I did feel a little bit better….. I think. I definitely was not 100% better, and I was STILL continuing to have stomach issues.
Pain sometimes, irregular bowel movements, etc. I didn’t think much of it, but I was wondering why the heck I still wasn’t completely fine. I mean, I cut out gluten, shouldn’t I be better?
Well when I recently went back to the GI doctor because of the blood in my stool, she was surprised that I was gluten free.
I was confused as to why she was confused! Didn’t my blood test come back positive?
It turns out the positive test meant that I had a positive allele.
What does that even mean? Basically, I have the GENE for Celiac disease. I could possibly get it in the future, and I could also NEVER get it in the future.
She explained that it is like a hang nail. You could wait your entire life to see if you get a hang nail, but you may never get it. Does that mean I wouldn’t go out and live my life in fear of getting that hang nail? It could never happen.
GI doctors always suggest not going gluten free unless you have Celiac disease. There really is no reason to avoid it unless it is a threat to your life, which at this time, it is not a threat to MY life.
So what did I do? I ate gluten this past weekend and I did not die.
I was scared I was going to get sick, have intense stomach pain, etc.
I didn’t have ANY of that. Sure, I still had my usual irregularities and some movement in my stomach, but apparently gluten isn’t the entire issue for me.
I basically just have IBS and I just have to figure out what bothers me and what doesn’t.
Moral of the story, I ate gluten and I was fine. I was okay with eating gluten free, but I won’t lie, it is HARD.
If I had Celiac disease, I obviously would have no choice. But the fact that I do not HAVE to avoid gluten, is kind of a sigh of relief.
I did not avoid gluten AT ALL this entire vacation. And I was practically the same as when I was avoiding gluten. Some days I was completely FINE, no troubles at all, and others my stomach was a little weird. However, I had no pain.
I am super grateful for that! Sorry this was SO wordy, but I just had to update you all. Especially if you start seeing foods that are not gluten free on the blog, you now know what’s up.
Does anyone else have IBS?
Do you know if you have the positive “allele” for the celiac gene?