Coeliac Disease, I never thought I’d turn out to have it but that’s exactly what happened to me last week. I’ve battled with fatigue for as long as I can remember, and I say that because I genuinely can’t remember when there was a time that I didn’t feel tired. Over the last 4 or so years (at least!) it has become my norm, and truthfully, I’ve not been as sociable because of it. I’ve let it control my life instead of me controlling it and I guess I shrugged it off, being ignorant to the fact that anything other than perhaps a vitamin deficiency (I’ve previously had quite a severe vitamin D deficiency) could be the problem. How wrong was I!?! So when I finally had numerous blood tests and it came back that I had Coeliac Disease it actually all started to make sense.
I suffered from other symptoms present in those with Coeliac Disease, but again, I shrugged it off and never thought they could be related, especially not to my fatigue which in my mind was the most limiting symptom as it’s definitely been rather severe in my case. Bloating, stomach pains, indigestion, constipation and regular headaches were all things I regularly experienced too.
So now, being diagnosed at the age of 25 (26 on Tuesday!) the next step is to have an endoscopy on October 6th so they can see what state my small intestine is currently in and I’ll have to carry on eating gluten and normally until then. Then after that it’s a case of switching to a completely gluten free diet for the rest of my life, which, for a bread, pizza and cereal loving girl is a bit of a nightmare. That said, I tried my first gluten free bun whilst we were in Red’s True Barbecue in Leeds on Friday and it really wasn’t bad at all, in fact it was surprisingly really quite nice. Add that to the fact that I’m not a particularly fussy eater and will try almost anything, and I think I’ll be just fine.
I think rather than viewing Coeliac Disease and a gluten free diet as a negative, I’m hoping that I can use it to ultimately have a more healthier lifestyle in general, with my health, diet and (hopefully) fitness too. So as I’m obviously a newly diagnosed Coeliac, if you have any tips in regards to the world of gluten free eating then I’d love to hear about them!