I was in college when I start noticing that my stomach would hurt without any reason.
I went to the campus health center, and they told me that it should get better within a couple of days. They told me to try eating soups and light foods until I felt better, but it didn't help. I still had stomachaches to the point that I ended up going into the emergency room because I wasn't able to sit or lay down for more than 10 minutes. The ER doctor told me to make an appointment with my family doctor, and I followed instructions.
At my appointment, I told my family doctor about the symptoms I had been experiencing. He decided to run a blood test for celiac disease. The blood test came back positive, so my doctor referred me to a gastroenterologist. The GI doctor did an endoscopy and took a biopsy from my intestines.
A week after the procedure, my gastroenterologist called and said the biopsy had also tested positive for celiac disease. I am fortunate that it was caught early, and I am now on a gluten-free diet for the rest of my life.