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About wendybird

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  1. 1st posting ever on any "board"! I am 47 years old and was Dx'd w/ Celiac 7 years ago, did well on gluten-free diet. This past January I started re-introducing gluten into my diet in the vain hope I was "cured". In early May the S__T hit the proverbeal fan, almost literally! I exploded with D, cramps, bloating, and flatulence that usually also involved stool incontinence, and lost 25 pounds in 2 weeks... I immediately resumed gluten-free diet when these symptoms occured, but to no avail. In fact things were far worse than before my initial diagnosis. One Sunday I used the toilet more than 40 times. At that point I went back to my Gastro Ent and admitted my folly. I told him I was ready to check into a hospital and have an IV hooked up or die from not eating- it wasn't worth it. He put me on a further diet restriction eliminating dairy, raw vegies, caffine, carbonation and concentrated fruit juice and prescribed prednisone which I was to begin once a stool test came back negative for C diff and parasites (2 weeks later). After a month on Prednisone without improvement, he moved up the date for a Colonoscopy, which turned up microscopic Colitis. I have been taking Asacol for 2 weeks now. He said it would likely take 6-8 weeks to clear up. My stools, if you can call them that, have consistently been pure liquid with sand-sized sediment and individual very small particles of undigested food. I can't advise you on the outcome of treatment, but will keep you posted (no pun intended).