Coming off of Hiatus and Celiac

Posted by Obake on Jul 6, 2011 in Ranting |

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I am very sorry for the hiatus. I didn’t have a computer to myself for nearly a year. Then I lost interest in blogging for a while, and was a bit shy to continue this after such a long hiatus. Then something changed everything.

I got very sick with what I thought was food poisoning. And didn’t recover. For two months I suffered through constant gastrointestinal upset, gas, brain fog, and pelvic cramps. No matter what I ate it was the same thing, over and over with no relief. That may not seem like much, but I’d suspected Celiac or a wheat allergy for a long time, because I have a genetic predisposition for both. When I went to the doctor, she confirmed that my suspicion had weight to it. But, after tests, nothing came out abnormal enough to cause concern. Around that time, I developed extremely itchy hives and was miserable along with everything that had happened, with no answers to why. The next step was a gastroenterologist, and I couldn’t afford the expense of a biopsy on top of all the tests that were taken to come up with “normal” when I was very clearly sick. The itching was the last straw. I had intended to wait till I had reviewed the blood results, but I was driven beyond the edge of my tolerance.

So I went gluten free immediately. And within a week, everything that had plagued me for months (or years in the example of some symptoms) cleared. I was amazed by this. Then I was accidentally “glutened” and suffered for about a day straight, with guts that felt like I’d ingested acid. That was proof enough for me. Celiac or Wheat Allergy, the improvement was undeniable. If I didn’t have that proof, I would not at all have stuck with it. But it was very clear to me that wheat was making me sick, and I’ve never felt so good. Good in ways that are awkward and hard to describe, because I have no reference, good in ways I’ve never felt before.

I am not doing it because its trendy, or to lose weight, or because I want the holy grail of health, or the hundreds of things that we are pressured into wanting. This is not a diet. I am not doing this to be special, and honestly the whole thing is rather triggery for me for reasons I don’t really want to go into for this post. I am happy with the fact that it was this simple. I don’t need the doctor’s official diagnosis, and its not anyone’s business. I have read that over 90% of Celiac patients never get diagnosed. That’s huge. And it really said to me: Either you take the plunge and see if it helps you feel better, or you’ll continue to suffer while doctors fumble for an “official” diagnosis you may never get. I chose not to suffer. I figured, if it didn’t help me, then I would go back and let them poke me and prod me some more, but if it did, I had my answer. I was right. I trusted my body to give me the answer and got it.

Yes, I know that Celiac and Wheat Allergy are functionally different, but the end treatment is the the same: Stay off wheat. Ultimately, for me personally, its irrelevant. I will refer to myself using either term, because they’re interchangeable to me. The only people the difference really means something is a doctor. And even then, only in diagnosis. I don’t know that knowing for sure which it is would really change anything for me honestly.

I deleted all but my curry post, which is gluten free and I am starting over. I am keeping the name, because honestly making baked goods that are gluten free is a little bit like magic to me right now. Its baking alchemy. This will become my blog for talking out my journey, sharing my experiences, recipes, that sort of thing, where I rant about what annoys me about it. It will be everything I was afraid to do before, because I didn’t want to face it. So welcome back to Creating Magic Muffins!

 

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