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Have been diagnosed with IBS years ago and then wheat and dairy intolerant so have been avoiding them both for years - but still eating. Now when eat some wheat am really suffering - feels like all insides are poisoned and need a good clean. Then I get a bad tummy which means I don't eat properly for a day. Have just started a new temp job so scared of the appt with doc's this week coming. Scared they'll tell me to eat wheat for 6 weeks to get tested (previously have been tested twice but both negative) and how will manage that with work. Scared they'll tell me just IBS or acute intolerance and give me no help to manage it like before. Scared will test positive and I will have to lead an even more miserable food existence.
I know people cope with it all the time but atm it feels like something hard to cope with.
Went out for lunch today and now feel like insides are inflamed and like will be on the loo all day tomorrow so am feeling down and miserable and scared that positive test seems more likely since I would only have eaten small amount of wheat in a sauce.
Actually testing positive would be a good thing - it means you get access to a load of stuff on prescription that I have to pay a shedload for for my DH.
But I do sympathise if you think you might end up back on wheat for 6 weeks for an accurate test, that's awful, esp with a temp job. Maybe ask to defer it to a more convenient point in the year?
If you get the IBS line again, it's not the end of the world, you just have to manage it. It's a lot to get used to but once you are, you'll be fine. If you get no guidance in how to manage your diet, come back to MN and we'll talk you through it. Although if you've been avoiding wheat and dairy for years I'm surprised you're still struggling? That's a tough combination.
I find dairy quite easy as I don't really like it anyway and my body is fine with soya. Besides, so far have only been diagnosed with intolerance and I can tolerate bits enough to make life workable. The wheat thing though seems to be getting worse all the time. Went from just cutting out things liek Weetabix to now struggling with small amounts. Not sure that can happen with just intolerance. Maybe getting more intolerant.
Feel need to get tested again as important for overall health but I hate being the odd one out and struggling to find lunch at work when everyone just pops out for a sandwich from the closest place.
Am just feeling down and grumpy.
Nice to hear that it't not too tough on the other side, if it comes to it.
My 3 DDs are all coeliac and they cope just fine. It's possibly easier to be diagnosed earlier in life as you then don't miss the taste of things like proper bread, but tbh the gluten-free products are pretty good these days - there's even a decent bread (Genius). Pizza Express make them pizzas on their own pizza bases and we've just had lunch at Carluccio's where they do a gluten-free menu.
I think you do need to eat a fairly significant amount of wheat over a period of at least 6 weeks prior to testing - equivalent of about 2 slices of wholemeal bread per day if my memory serves me correctly, but you could check with Coeliac UK for accurate advice. I can understand your concern about the next few weeks before you're tested, but I'm sure if you are diagnosed and go completely gluten-free, you'll feel so much better that it will all have been worth it.
If you do get the IBS line again, try going gluten-free anyway. A friend did this and has noticed a huge difference.
My DH was diagnosed two years ago, just before Christmas and a trip to Disneyland Paris! Was hoping that he could defer testing until after the Christmas, but he was feeling so rough that decided to go for it anyway. Is there any family history? His Mum and Uncle both have it. Anyway, it's totally been not as bad as expected. He felt loads better within a matter of days. Things have improved food-wise even since then, especially with gluten-free bread. Most other things, a substitute can be found for and like the others said, if you get a proper medical diagnosis, you can get things on prescription. Don't panic! If you need to go back on gluten, it is only a small amount per day and will be worth it to get the diagnosis/prescription.
DD is a coeliac, as is my aunt. DD is very sensitive to gluten and cant tolorate oats. As perviously mentioned contact Coeliac UK for advice. Lots of good prescription foods and supermarket ranges now available. DD manages her diet very well. Takes her own food to parties etc.