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mmmaree added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsConfused, ConcernedHi,
I"ve just found this forum, after googling celiacs symptoms because i was experiencing excessive tiredness and stomach pains (AGAIN) after eating a bowl of pasta.
I wanted to get some advice on my symptoms and also ask to any Australians on the board how they found the diagnostic process (in Australia through medicare drs) and whether the dr treated them seriously? I only ask because i have been trying for many years to get a dx of my problems and to be frank i'm tired of it and don't want to go down a path only to be told im ''fine''. (and im not a hypocontriac going to the dr every other day, i mean i go to the dr every several months complaining about the SAME symptoms, they never go away , i just always give up trying to find answers after being seemingly ''dismissed'' many times over the years).
Here's a quick run down - am 30 y,o female.
Always had stomach problem, pain and diareah and at times very severe bloating (This has been a significant one of late). Thought it was IBS as I believe my grandmas has been diangosed and i know my mum suffers terribly even though she's never been checked out.
Seem to have lactose intolerance however at times the stomach problems persist despite abstaining from lactose. ALso sometimes I CAN eat lactose without problems.
Am ALWAYS tired. ALWAYS. have long history of depression and anxiety symptoms, that have been difficult to treat, not responsive to medication. Tiredness, mental fatigue, confusion, forgetfulness are all common symtoms i experience along with the typical feeling sad/hopeless and all that, and have always consistently been related to my depression and anxiety by more than one dr.
Have unexplained body pains. Last year my regular dr finally told me that i had fibromyalgia but i don't think she fully believed it despite treating me unsuccessfully for 12 years as i was recently discharged due to moving and she didn't write is as a condition on my discharge assessment. These pains have been present since childhood but increased in severity with age. As a child i had a lot of pain in my legs, and my parents told me it was cramps as my dad suffered. It was not until i was older that i was able to identify that it wasn't a muscle but a bone pain and my grandma had told me that she sometimes suffered shin splints which seemed to explain what i was experiencing (although neither of us however are ''elite'' althetes or do the level of physical exercise usually necessary to get shin-splints afaik)
Constant headache, back ache, shoulder ache, and many kinds of pain that often seems to be in joints (but no joint specifically sometimes knees, sometimes knuckles?) dr tested for arthritis and these persistent complaints were what instigated the fibromyalgia dx
Unexplained rash/alergy on hands that appeared when i was about 16, and comes back sporadically since then, is aggravated by certain things like detergents and stress, and seems to go away with a steroid cream.
Difficulty sleeping but ALWAYS tired. Lack of energy (may be related to the lack of sleep who knows)
DX low iron several times in my life, but also normal at times as well. Same with vitamin D. and this may be completely random but I take vitamin suppliments at different stages and it seems that i don't absorb them at all cause whenever i do my pee is fluorescent (im talking like a highlighter) yellow, throughout the day.
dry mouth, dry lips
constant need to go to the toilet to pee, even though at times there's actually hardly any ''there'' to go with (sorry hope that's not TMI). -was a bed wetter till quite a late age (talking early teens).
Probably way more symptoms that i can't think of right now.
Also when i was a baby i was diagnosed with failure to thrive I asked my mum years ago if she knew why i got it and she said no that don't know why you get that, which is how you end up with the vague diagnosis. i was hospitalized again around 9 months due to the condition until i started gaining wait again. Always very small child, and now a small adult. ALso as a kid i always remember having quite a distended (you might say) stomach, but not sure if this is just the 'look' of it from lack of fat.
OK so i would love opinion and advice on my next course of action. is it good to approach the dr and say i think i might have this? because in the past i have experienced dr's not seeming to like u doing their job for them. would it be best if i just went and told them my symptoms and hope they decide to test for it? i'm just really afraid they will brush them off and dismiss me like has happened many times in the past and i really would like to be tested. also don't have much money for a private consultation so would have to go public if possible.
I look forward to everyone's response ty
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