Living with coeliac disease
Living with coeliac disease During my third year at medical school in Caridff I gradually became unwell, with depression, lethargy, exercise intolerance, muscle weakness, a lack of motivation, and a general lack of wellbeing.
When I finally consulted my GP, I was told that I was anaemic and should eat a proper, balanced, healthy diet. But I had been “anaemic” for the past 12 years since regular attendance for blood donation had invariably resulted in a failed pinprick test, a full blood count, followed by a letter from my GP saying that I needed iron supplements and should eat a proper balanced diet. I had come to the conclusion that I just “ran on a low haemoglobin” and lay in the 2.5% of the population whose normal haemoglobin was below the normal range.
It was my flatmate, a registrar, who suggested that my haemoglobin level was not normal and that