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Hello, I'm new to this but id like to give you some back ground information, sorry for how long this is hehe,
i know i haven't been good with gluten from when i was a baby, in fact my mum took me off it because it made me so ill (stomach ache, nausea, diarreha etc.) and ive been on and off a gluten free diet my whole life, along side having anxiety and bouts of depression.
im in my late teens, and a few months ago i was on a diet full of gluten, choc weetabix for breakfast, often sandwhiches for lunch and tea, burgers, cookies, cake, awful!!
a few months ago i started with some really scary symptoms of dizzy spells and feeling very tired, turns out i was iron deficient, which i wasnt too worried about, so took meds and lots of steak!!
though a few weeks later, it felt like my body was shutting down, i couldn't eat for about a week and felt awful, so tired, lightheaded mainly when standing and my body seemed to be telling me not to eat. i went to the doctors and they said it was a virus, which i believed.
but even when i was eating again and with slight more energy i was still very tired, stomachachy and lightheaded when i stood up. this scared me, could i have pots? something serious?
doctors were heistant to test me because i was also extremely anxious, having panics and worrying about my health, saying they were all anxiety symptoms, and my health was fine.
one evening i was so desperite i rang 111 and the lady on the phone said i could see an out of hours gp tonight, at about 11 i went to see a very experianced doctor who said my iron deficiancy may have came back, which was a relief too me because i knew i could recover.
he asked me what the main cause of anemia is and i said pregnancy?? (oops hehe, i was embarssingly wrong) he said gluten intolerance which bewilded me but nevertheless i decided to try it so i could have a hope or absorbing some iron. he also said i weighed 56kg, which doesnt sound very light to me, but he told me to try not to loose weight, which was fine by me!
anyway, a week later i was so much less anxious, i thought it was the re assurance nothing was wrong with me, and i didnt feel lightheaded when i got up (maybe one in 10/20 times, but i think that can be normal)
i only made the connection a few weeks ago, after the blood tests came back i wasn't iron deficent anymore, i asummed it was anxiety, but i was eating some cesar salad and had a crouton.. and a day or to after my anxiety came back, along with lightheadedness it has gone now.. which is good. could this have a connection? could i be coeliac? could it cause anxiety??
finally, i was eating a cesar salad a few days ago, and i left the croutons but they were still touching, a couple days later i was having panics and feeling lightheaded sometimes when i got up (although not too bad)
if i am on a strict gluten free diet and i am coeliac could i still experiance symptoms? is it dangerous it could have been untreated my whole life, poisoning myself??
will i still feel lightheaded if it is to do with gluten and i cut it out completely?? what about gluten axtnia could i have that maybe??
many thanks xx
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