As I posted before, I was recalled to have a load of blood tests after the diabetic bloods were done recently. Liver function, kidneys etc and the repeat tests all came back "normal". However, certainly since about the middle of August I have been having on/off stomach pain in my lower abdomen, sometimes almost unbearable. It comes and goes and after having a bout which goes on for days I make up my mind to see the GP and it miraculously disappears. Sometimes I feel nauseous with it, sometimes not so much, but it's wearing and debilitating. I've been blaming it on a diverticulitis flare up and thinking "Oh it'll pass".
Anyway after a rather miserable bout last week I finally went to the GP and saw a young chap. Very nice, mentioned IBS etc. Asked for urine samples, and sent me for a blood test for all sorts. Said it did need investigating, so he was not dismissing me. Got a phone call today from the surgery saying whatever they tested for, inc liver function, kidneys etc were normal but that there was some sign of an infection. I thought it odd cos whatever this thing is, when I really think about it, it's been going on for over a year to some degree. I'd have thought that a long time for an infection.
Meantime after a conversation between 2 friends, one of whom is Coeliac I had a lightbulb moment and looked up the symptoms. Quite a lot of which I have. Diarrhoea, interspersed with constipation, bloating, nausea, stomach pain, tiredness, B12 deficiency, hair loss, rash on face, anaemia and ataxia (I lose my balance and fall easily). Other indications are Type1 Diabetes, hypothyroidism, skin disorders because yes, it's another autoimmune disease. I also realised that a lot of the attacks occur (quite quickly) after I go out for lunch with my friend once a week which is the only time I ever eat any bread other than Burgen. Twice recently I've had to return home early because of being miserable with tummy pain. Julian said he'd been trying to tell me it might be Coeliac for ages..
So when the receptionist phoned this morning telling me they want me back for more bloods in 2 weeks' time I mentioned that I thought a test for Coeliac might be in order (apologising all the time for looking things up and no disrespect to the Dr etc) and she'd said that she'd email him and if he agreed she'd ring back and make the appointment for me at the same time as the other bloods (for which we made an appmt). She's not rung back, so I dunno... What I am asking I suppose is whether it's difficult to get the Coeliac test, or expensive or something.
Believe me I don't want to have Coeliac disease. I just want to feel better as soon as possible cos it has gone on too long!