My celiac blood test results came back negative. Not surprising – I didn’t have all of the characteristic symptoms and celiac disease only affects 1% of the population. I was thinking it couldn’t hurt to check, though – a positive diagnosis would have provided me with additional fuel to keep my Wheat Free fire going – and might have given me something else to think about if I was feeling the urge to binge on bread. It actually would have been a relief, I think, to have a positive diagnosis in that I would finally know what’s really going on with me. I didn’t think about how negative results would make me feel.
So… Now what?
Possible next steps:
- Additional Blood Testing: I checked out this article about the accuracy of testing and learned there’s a few different types of antibodies that could indicate celiac disease. The only blood test ordered for me was the anti-gliadin antibodies test, not a full celiac panel. I could request additional testing, but honestly, my gut (hah! get it?) tells me it’s unnecessary.
- Gluten Elimination: Does this really change my mind about putting wheat on trial? Not in the least. It’s not like all of my problems disappeared because the test results came back negative, and I know how great I felt back in May when I had a two week streak going. Just give me 30 days wheat free and I’ll let you know if I fall into the additional 10% that can be characterized as gluten sensitive.
- Medication: I still have a prescription for an anti-depressant available to me. But let’s say I do feel an improvement at the end of the next month – I wouldn’t know if it was the change in diet or the addition of the medication.
It’s clear to me that the only thing left to do is get one month free of wheat before making any other decisions, which is what I set out to do six months ago.