Gluten testing is the stupidest thing under the sun.
I've been gluten-free for at least a year now, and had been limiting my gluten intake for a long time prior. And when I finally decide to go see a doctor to get an official diagnosis (because there is a big difference between celiac disease gluten intolerance, even though they have the same symptoms) what do I have to do?
Oh. Eat gluten. For a month.
Yep. With all the advancements in medicine we have, I still have to POISON myself in order for them to figure out I have an allergy.
At first, I was scared of how sick I was about to get. Then I got excited. To be honest, there are TONS of foods I really miss that are hard (or impossible) to find gluten-free versions of: Tiramisu, Key Lime Pie, hot pretzels, cinnamon buns...I made a list. I figured, if I had to be sick for a month, I might as well make it a delicious month.
Today was day three. And OH MY GOD. No way. Based on the intense pains I felt this evening (which of course struck at work, of all places, so I was hobbling around all crippled-like and had to borrow a stool to sit on for the end of my shift) I honestly don't think I have it in me to do this for another WEEK, let alone a month. It seems that heavily processed foods (Oreo's, chocolate chip cookies) give me less serious reactions--but whatever hit me today really knocked me for a loop.
It's insane to me that I have to make myself sick in order to get a diagnosis. I'm calling the doctor again tomorrow and hopefully they can work with me somehow--move my appointment up, or have me eat gluten for only the week prior to the testing, or something.
But regardless, my mom and I are still indulging in some mall pretzels this weekend. I figure those are pretty heavily processed. ;)
Anyone else out there done this "Celiac Challenge"?