The gluten challenge!
I don’t mean to offend anyone or sound any type of way – I am just honestly puzzled by some of the posts I’ve been seeing and would like some insight.
I see people posting about doing “the gluten challenge” so they can have their endoscopy done and tested for Celiac. My confusion is here, why if you have been eating gluten free and seeing positive results, why would you eat gluten and put yourself thru hell for a diagnosis?
So I’m just curious as to why so many would put themselves through pain and distress for a diagnosis? Is there something I’m missing? Should I be considering doing this? My doctors opinion is just one of many, I’m not saying our decision for me to remain undiagnosed is the right one, it’s just so worth it for me to be able to continue living my life to not go thru the process of the diagnosis. So that’s why I’m genuinely curious why so many of you do commit to the challenge and getting the diagnosis when you know gluten is harming you in some way because you’ve already cut it out and feel better.
My doctor wanted me to do a gluten challenge but after reviewing everything with me she decided it would do more harm than good because while I remain undiagnosed because I won’t be doing the challenge, the improvements of my general well being after going gluten free were not worth sacrificing for a diagnosis. I am not even exaggerating when I say I get every single symptom that is possible with Celiacs, I would bet I still have symptoms I haven’t identified (I’ve got like 25 individual symptoms written down). For me, the impact it would have on my life to do a gluten challenge would be debilitating, I wouldn’t be able to work for the entire challenge because of my symptoms.
So I’m just wondering, why choose this route for diagnosis?