Do I have Coeliacs, gluten intolerance or what?
15 years ago I was diagnosed with a non food related chronic condition. I have to take medication for that daily and a common side effect is diarrhoea. I'd had no GI issues before that.
10 years ago the situation suddenly changed, really from one week to the next, I had severe constipation. I ended up so swollen and bloated that I couldn't breathe and it caused an umbilical hernia.
I had all the usual tests - endoscopy, colonoscopy, blood tests, but they came up with nothing. I was eventually diagnosed with IBS, but none of the IBS drugs helped. By chance I discovered that anti-histamines gave some relief.
I was never convinced by the IBS diagnosis and felt it was some sort of reaction to food. I tried gluten-free then lactose-free and it seemed to help for a couple of weeks, but then the problems came back.
5 years ago I met my siblings for the first time (I was adopted). My half brother's daughter has Coeliacs and my half brother has since been diagnosed (in his 50s). My full sister has gluten issues.
Putting two and two together I thought I would try gluten-free again. You know, previously, I'd cut an awful lot out of my diet, but didn't read every label for all the hidden stuff.
I've tried to be gluten-free for the last 18 months. OK it's not easy and I have lapsed on occasions. The constipation and bloating is less severe mostly, but hasn't gone away entirely.
Have others had similar experiences?