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Woodric added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsQuestions Regarding Symptoms For A NewbieHello!
I have recently come across the possibility of having Celiac disease. All the forums I have read have given me the feeling of a strong community full of answers and help. I am wondering if any of my past experience are similar to any of yours and if this is the solution to my problem.
Several years ago my problem started with a dull continuous pain in my stomach. It would be accompanied by chronic diarrhea and would not stop until I went to the doctors. I did not know the circumstances that brought on the attacks but once the first account happened others always followed about every 3 months. This continued for a year or so until my problem decided to upgrade itself. One night the dull pain started but grew into a very strong pain over several hours again in my stomach. These attacks would begin to happen every couple of months as well, always lasting 8 to 12 hours and would cause vomiting. The final attack that sent me back to the doctors kept me up until 6am, if I had made it past 6 I would have called an ambulance but luckily I passed out. The doctor gave me several test but found nothing in the direction she was looking which was just general.
On the side of this I have had several other issues with my health. Since my late teens I have had patches of dry skin that would show up on my elbows, wrist, stomach, and thighs. I went to the doctors for these and they denoted this a just dry skin and not any sort of fungus. Another issue is that I have been diagnosed with major depression. Yet another problem I have struggled with is when I was hungry I lost any patience I had and would become extremely angry at anything. I asked the doctor about this and he said "Why are you letting yourself get hungry?". As though I was only another teen trying to be to skinny.
At the end of April 07 my system decided it had enough and had what I refer to as a melt down. I felt nauseous, had diarrhea and stomach pains. After a few days of this a visited the doctor and they attributed it to a virus. By the end of the week and still having the same issues I went to an urgent care and was told the same thing. After a month of this continuing I went into the heavy testing mode. I have had an upper and lower GI, an endoscopy, and my gallbladder tested with no result. In my CAT scan they found a narrowing in my small bowel but did not think it was causing the pain. The narrowing was about 5 inches and at first they thought it to be SMA syndrome.
Over this time I have switched doctors and have not had a steady person with me through it all as maybe this would have helped. I have recently graduated College and have lost my insurance for the time being so I can not be tested when I get my new insurance because of preexisting condition clauses and what not. My step mother brought up Celiac's as a possibility and I am at my last end so I will try anything. I thought there is no way this could be it because during the first month of my melt down all I ate was bread and butter! But for the past month or more now I have lived gluten-free as best as I can. I believe I have felt better but still have not gone a whole week without my imodium. As I looked deeper in the disease I saw that most of my other health issues matched with the disease, the skin problem, the mood, and anger. I wonder now why the doctors never thought this as an option.
So I ask, is this similar to anyone or am I on the wrong track? I understand there are tons of different symptoms, but it would make me feel better if I knew that the diet took a while to completely work itself out or if there will just always be bad days.
Thank you for your help!
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