Recently changed my diet, results are very surprising

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hi,

i'm new on here. I'm 32, recently signed up for Personal Training at my local gym, as part pf my well-being assessment my instructor asked me if I had experienced any digestive problems, I explained that I get bloated, tired, abdominal pains. So alongside my exercise He suggested I cut out wheat/gluten, dairy and processed foods (as much as possible) to see if these symptoms improved. I cannot believe the difference! I feel so much more energetic, the bloating all but cleared up (I had assumed this was normal), along with all the other unpleasant issues I was having. I've tried colonic irrigation in the past which had resulted in the suggestion that I suffered with wheat intolerance, although at the time I was unwilling to go GF and dismissed the advice (I regret this now). I've been reading about your experiences with unhelpful GPs and the difficulties faced obtaining difinitive diagnoses which puts me off seeing a doctor. In you experience is it worth the hassle? or should I wait and see what happens? i have a family history of autoimmune problems on both sides which along with the recent improvements to my health is difficult to ignore.

would love to hear from you! J

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    Hi Jules I would say that it is worth it and please remember that for those that have found the diagnosis difficult ( my daughter has the same symptoms as i do,  I have a diagnosis of CD, she doesnt despite having an endoscopy and many blood tests) there are some of us that just found out by accident.  

    What I would say is that if you are willing to go on the gluten challenge that there are benefits to getting a diagnosis, dexa scan, dietician appointments, yearly check for vitamins etc, food on prescription.  

    I would go and see your GP and see what they say, however please remember that in order to get any positive test results you need to be eating gluten for at least 6 weeks before test.  Hope this is information is useful biggrin

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      Thats very helpful and thanks for the response biggrin

      I was in two minds about it as I'm not usually one for bothering the doctor. Not thrilled about another 6 weeks of gluten intake though....... I hope you and your daughter are enjoying a happy / healthy GF life

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    Thanks for the good wishes, hope you get on ok with the doctor, let us know how you get on
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    Hi there. Your problem may be that as you have omitted so many things at once you may not be aware of the culprit that is making you feel ill. I am coeliac but my son who had similar symptoms was negative. He does however have a problem with wheat and has to omit this from his diet. He can eat things which have barley gluten in so it is not the gluten that he has an intolerence to just wheat. He is ok with dairy but I am not and cannot tolerate milk or butter etc but am ok with certain kinds of cheese in small amounts. Diet intolerence takes so many different forms as I have discovered on this forum. Hope you find an answer. N
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      Hi .. regarding your son. Coeliac disease is hereditary. It seems to get worse with age. Some can tolerate a little gluten but maybe later on might not be able to.
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