My symptoms seemed to pop up out of nowhere one day: fatigue, headaches, swollen glands, sore throat (especially in the morning), and that “flu-like” feeling. I kept feeling like I was on the verge of getting the flu, but it would never quite come. Running errands became a huge chore because I always needed to rest.
Doctors tested me for everything under the sun – diabetes, anemia, mono, parasites, B12 deficiency, protein deficiency – all to no avail. They finally diagnosed me with “fatigue of unknown origin” and sent me on my way.
Unwilling to give up my active life at the age of 29, I searched and searched on Google for any answers about my symptoms and finally found information about gluten intolerance. It just seemed to fit. So I decided to give up all gluten for 2 weeks to test the theory. I started to feel great again. 2 weeks later, with no symptoms, I ate a big gluteny cookie and my symptoms returned. Just to solidify that it wasn’t a coincidence, I gave up gluten for another 3 weeks, again with no symptoms, and then spent 3 days eating all kinds of gluten-filled food. I felt like I was going to die. And so it was that I determined, on my own, that I am allergic to gluten.
I’ve fallen off the gluten-free wagon many times since then, all with the same result. It can’t possibly be a coincidence at this point. I’ve been entirely gluten-free for 2 years and I won’t eat it again. With so many gluten-free products on the market now, it really isn’t that tough to manage.