Starting a gluten-free trial a month before my colonoscopy and endoscopy probably wasn't the most brilliant of timing.
But the bloody diarrhea was scary, and changing my diet was one of the few things I could control.
I seem to have a knack for making these decisions on the spur of the moment though, and it didn't take much persuasion to decide to do a gluten trial the day after my tests.
In hindsight, it would have been a good idea to wait until my throat wasn't sore from the endoscopy and my bowels had regulated after being purged in preparation for the colonoscopy.
Instead, I had a regular cupcake on Thursday evening with Scott & Ellie, and on Friday I went fully back on gluten.
Now, if I'd had a clear-cut improvement from going gluten-free, I wouldn't have tested adding gluten back into my diet. But it's all so subjective, and my condition can vary so much from day to day and week to week anyway, we really weren't sure. Scott, who had encouraged me to try going gluten-free was very skeptical that I'd had any improvement during the month I tried it.
So I added gluten back in, and then wondered if the killer reflux was so intense because of the gluten, or because my throat was raw and my esophagus had been biopsied and not fully healed yet.
Today, my gut is very unhappy, and I don't know whether it's the gluten or simply a coincidence.
In my case, it's all so subjective in trying to figure out whether gluten is playing a role. I know that's not true for folks with celiac disease and severe sensitivities. But I wonder if I'm just one of those people in the gray area on whether being gluten free is helpful or not.
I've seen some people describe getting accidental gluten via cross contamination or poorly labeled foods, and having very clear-cut reactions to it. But for me, it seems like nothing is ever simple and clear cut.
And yes, I will be going back to a gluten-free diet, at least for awhile longer. I'll probably do another test of gluten at some point in the future, but I'll try not to make that decision on a whim. Hopefully that will make the results more definitive.
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