God bless you.
Lisa, don't freak out! It's not worth it!! I've been living gluten-free for over five years, and not by choice. I was having severe migraines whenever I ate anything with wheat or gluten (some alternative grains to wheat also contain higher levels of gluten). My nutritionist asked if I wanted to try for a Celiac diagnosis, and after discussing the options I decided not to. I mean, we'd already isolated it down to know it was the gluten causing problems; all a diagnosis would do is prove what we already knew, and whether I was Celiac-positive or not, I was healthier going gluten-free. Ultimately, all a diagnosis does is give you label; for me it was far more important to feel better, not have a term for why I was sick. If you feel better eating gluten-free (and it seems like your iron levels are better going gluten-free), then just do it. Honestly, just knowing my experiences, I think you would be crazy to start eating gluten again, just to possibly have measurable intestine damage; you don't know how weak they already are and whether the damage you would inflict again could be irreversible.
It is really hard to eat gluten-free; when you go out for food, you eat a lot of lettuce wraps, and french fries. Forget about sandwiches, and pastries, and Chinese food (manufacturers add gluten to soy sauce as a thickener - learned that the hard way). You get really creative with recipes: rice, flax, amaranth flours; having to experiment with other starches to get baked goods to thicken up - something the wheat does naturally. But there are a lot of resources and recipes online; groceries will probably cost a bit more. But really, if you feel better, isn't it all worth it? And as my nutritionist (who is also Catholic) pointed out, eating in a way that you know is detrimental to your health is verging on a sin against the 5th Commandment, so then it's not only your physical health but your spiritual health as well...
Best wishes to you, Lisa, in whatever you decide to do; prayers of course coming your way. And you are not alone; Celiac and gluten-intolerance in general is becoming quite widespread and more gluten-free options are becoming available. I don't know how popular the movement is in Canada, but the grocery stores near me have almost all put in a gluten-free section, and the health food type stores have enormous sections!
God bless you.
Lisa, be strong, be brave, keep your strong faith and trust in God. He is only giving you a life's test and he will not give you a test or anything that you and him cannot handle. I know he will also give you somebody, a spouse, who will be there for you and understand your situation. Remember the Lord Jesus hath said: " Be not afraid I am with you always." "With God all things are possible." "Ask and you shall receive..." Jesus Christ is the best healer of all and he work miracles. Ask him, to heal you and pray fervently. Know that God love you and he will not abandon you. May the love of our Lord Jesus Christ touch you with his the healing hands and cure you from your illness. God bless.
Lisa- please read Wheat Belly. If nothing else it gives some great info on tests for celiac. My daughter & grand-daughter are both gluten intolerant. No need for a test, the proof is in the result of a GF life. However, the things that substitute for wheat are not healthy either. I am not gluten intolerant, but as a result of giving up all grain I am now free of arthritic pain & my blood sugar is in much better control, for openers....... Every time I determine that something else must be given up, I see it as one step closer to a heathier life. I am eating really well, enjoying my food and have NO cravings. I wish I applied that information to myself 35 yars ago when my husband, who suffered from rheumatoid spondylitis, experienced an amazing reversal when he gave up all of the "white stuff".................Jeannette