I had an interesting email from a reader the other day, telling me about her route to diagnosis.
She thought – and I agree – that it might help someone else get to a diagnosis, so here it is:
“I have just been diagnosed with gluten and lactose intolerance after spending years of being told I had IBS.
I had a strange way of finding out.
For 18 months I have had a very drippy nose, sounds silly I know, but it got to such an extent I had a tissue to my nose constantly. I looked like Rudolph, and I’m sure some people thought I must have an illegal habit. (Joke.)
I got so cross with the constant runs, I looked it up on the internet. It’s called postnasal drip, (doctors call it ‘old man’s drip’), and is associated with lactose intolerance, which in turn is associated with gluten intolerance, hence my celiac diagnosis, because I told my doctor.
Since being gluten and lactose free, my nose is almost back to normal, and my guts are sooooo grateful for the gluten free diet.
Just thought the runny nose thing might help somebody to ascertain their condition.”
So there you have it: got a permanently runny nose? Have your gut checked out…