I was just looking back on my blog to see exactly how long it had been since I went gluten free. It basically started the day I started my elimination diet which was at the beginning of April 2010. When I did the elimination diet I really did start feeling better and I thought that at the end of the diet, when I challenged gluten and felt terrible, that I had hit the nail on the head. That was it! Gluten was the source of all of my physical woes!
I have been off gluten, more or less, for many months. Right after I was officially done with the elimination diet I "cheated" by eating a bite of gluten here and there without any obvious consequences. Then after being off of it for a while I had a bite of pizza (the "infamous bite of pizza" in my life) and within the hour started having horrible cramps and felt incredibly awful for two and a half days. Of course, it must have been the gluten!, I thought.
Oh man, after that, I stayed far, far away.
Then came this last Wednesday. Looking for a sweet treat at Target I grabbed a bag of Nibs, those little cherry flavored candies by Twizzlers. I had eaten most of a bag before looking at the label-- the ingredient right after sugar? Wheat flour. Ruh roh. I braced myself for the worst and then, interestingly, the worst never came.
Hmmm. Verrrrry interesting. Being as curious as I am, I decided to test this information. I had a tiny bite of my daughter's cinnamon roll this morning. Again, nothing. And for lunch today? I was given some pita wedges with my salad, and I ate one small one. Still nothing.
So what gives?
I have the results of a celiac test (done via biopsy) coming soon, and honestly I thought it was going to be positive. I thought the reason I was still feeling so bad was that I wasn't being quite careful enough-- still eating things that were made on equipment shared with wheat (therefor not certified gluten-free), for instance.
Now though? I have to wonder if those times I felt really awful around eating gluten was a coincidence. Because today I didn't feel awful. And lots of days I DO feel awful.
I'm a little sad that I will be reporting this info to my GI doc. It will likely mean I don't have celiacs and so far the three major tests I have had done to check out my insides have turned up nothing but beautiful, pink, healthy insides. I SO WANT SOMETHING TO BE WRONG! Which is so weird to say, but it's true. If something obvious is wrong with me, then something obvious will be the solution.
I can't even let myself believe I can eat gluten again. Nope, not going to go there yet. My diet has gotten infinitely better since I went off of it, and without that limitation, it will be tough to not slide back in to a carb-filled oblivion.
Anyone else have any experience like this? Just curious.