Hi I was newly diagnosed with Celiacs via blood test and now I have to get a biopsy. I am Super afraid of needles (cried the entire time of my blood test even though I am 19) and I am so scared. What exactly happens I have read about it but I want to hear it from someone who has been through it. Does it hurt? And how hard is it to get on a gluten free diet in college?
Please don't worry about that. Now there are somethingwrong with you, so you should to do test to diagnosis wha tyour disease is in eralier time, so that you doctor can give you suggestion as soon as possible.
Although I am not afraid of needles, when I got my biopsy test for celiac disease it was pain-free. My doctor used general anesthesia and put me asleep before the procedure - they administer this using an IV. This did not bother me, but it is important for you to know they usually use butterfly needles for IVS, which are much thinner and therefor nearly pain-free. The procedure itself was an endoscopy, where they put a scope down through your esophagus into your stomach and into the small intestines to take the biopsy. Since I was under anesthesia, I didn't feel this at all. My throat was just a little sore for a day or 2 after the procedure. The biopsy itself is very very tiny so you won't even know they took one. Good luck, if you stay calm for any needles they use you will be very relieved that the procedure itself is very easy, quick, and painless. Best wishes!
Also, I am in college too and my school is pretty helpful by providing a lot of gluten free foods and labeling everything in the cafe. They have stations in the cafe of different items and each one provides a gluten free alternative, like the pizza station provides gluten free crusts as well as regular ones and it is pretty tasty actually. They also have a breadbox that is sealed off from cross contamination with different breads, bagels, and cereal. My school uses Aramark dining services to provide these gluten free options, which is helpful for a college student. If your school doesn't already have options like these, I would talk to your college's dining services director and ask for some of these similar options to make eating gluten free in college one less worry for you!