Side note: Yes I admit I merely glossed over said articles. I held them with a grain of salt (fine grind not coarse). I read the first paragraph, nodded in theoretical agreement, and moved on. Raise your hand if you are guilty of the same. Raise 'em a little higher, please, I can't see 'em! Okay, I still can't see your hands, it's kind of making me feel a little zeroed in on... give me some feedback. Oh wait... maybe you just glanced over this paragraph? Huh, I never thought of that (that is until now).
So what is the big push to have a doctor do a bunch of strange tests on you? And no, it's not all propaganda funded by the medical institute (no one has just paid me to say that). These numerous articles are mostly written out of empathy (or at least this one is).
You maybe saying to yourself right now "What are you talking about Tamara?"
Allow me to explain through a little analogy (forgive me I am not the greatest at analogies): Have you ever been doing a heavy labour job, say digging a ditch and your only tool was an old wooden handled shovel? The ground was rocky and parched. The shovel was so weathered it either splintered your hands ever time you gripped it or is calloused your hands so bad it hurt to bend them. You had been digging for days. It got so you were numb to the pain. Mr. Smith, your neighbour, was out for his daily stroll and saw you still working away at that ditch. The two of you got talking and he offered for you to use his brand new digging machine. You think amount and then think again wondering why there's even a question in your mind about this, of course you'll take Mr. Smith up on his offer!
So now life's a breeze. You've been digging with the greatest of ease now, and your back thanks you, even though you hadn't realized you were experiencing back pain now the relief comes washing over you. So all your muscles are relaxed and your hands healed over. BUT oh no! Mr. Smith comes tapping on your shoulder to say "I need to check the fuel level in the machine." And go figure it's as dry a done. Well Mr. Smith explains that his precious machine takes only the finest fuel and that will take a few days to order in.
Now what? Do you wait for the fuel? No, because you need this ditch dug within the week. So it's back to the ol' wooden shovel. BUT now your muscles have become unaccustomed to the labourious task, your hands being now as fresh as a babies skin are cut with the very first rub against that nasty ol' shovel handle, and now your having no trouble identifying that back pain. It's bandages and recuperation for the next few days.
Do you get the meaning to this analogy? You're body before going GF was used to fighting with Colonel Wheat and the Gluten Gorillas, meaning that is kept loaded on ammunition and all of General Immune System's soldiers are kept on the alert. So what happens if you stop eating gluten? Well then peace is declared between Col. Wheat's tropes and Gen. Immune System's. Col. Wheat has gone left the scene and the Gen. must combat war on other fronts (e.g. fight the bacteria battle).
So now you have been eating GF for X amount of months/years and you decide that eating GF is indeed making a difference. You now see warrant to be tested for Coeliac disease. Well guess what the doctors will tell you? The same thing all these articles have been trying to tell you: get tested before going GF because you have to be actively eating gluten in order for any accurate test to be made! Well by now your body has forgotten all the tactics it devised to keep Colonel Wheat at bay. It's chaos and you can now you feel the pain/discomfort like you never felt before (just like you did when going from using the digging machine back to the shovel).
strange reality the doctors appointment will be booked 4-8 months in the future. And believe me you don't want to be eating gluten that long ever again because it hurts!!!
So what did I do? Well it was February and I found out my appointment was in the end of July so I went back to my GF lifestyle. As of two weeks ago I started eating gluten again (a most unpleasant experience). If however you can stomach eating gluten for six months I'm sure the test results will be 99% accurate (I don't think any test is ever completely accurate, unless orchestrated by God).
2) You maybe to lax in your GF eating habits. Meaning: you be convincing yourself that your not Coeliac so I a little gluten wont hurt. But believe me it can hurt! And some people just can't feel your body waging war against the gluten. If you have dermatitis (skin disorder resembling both eczema and psoriasis) related to gluten then you are Coeliac and more than likely wont feel it in all the typically manners. If your skin is being inflamed due to gluten it mean that your intestines are not BUT not that your skin in the only organ in your body being harmed.
I'm Being Tested For Herpetiformis
So all that being said, I'm the pot calling the kettle black (you may have picked up on that already). Two and a half years ago now I started a 6 month gluten free diet test run. The idea was live gluten free for 6 months and then slowly introduce gluten back into your meals to help identify your gluten sensitivity level. But after the 6 months I just kept on the GF track. Now I realize the need for testing.
I have an appointment with a dermatologist July 28th, 2015 to be tested for dermatitis herpetiformis (the skin condition related to Coeliac disease). So please keep that in prayer.
Here's a few ideas for how to pray for me:
Thanks & Blessings,
P.S. Any more question you have about being tested or about gluten/GF period? Asking me in the comments below through my contact page.
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