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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I had another blood test run, but haven't gotten the results back yet. All other procedures/tests came back completely normal, yet I get sick every day. See my earlier posts for my story. Thanks.
  2. This is the result that came back from Group Health: Component Your Value Standard Range Units Flag IGA 98 68 - 378 MG/DL What does this mean? Thanks!
  3. Most important part at the bottom... Sorry this is long, but all relevant. My GI doctor was conveniently out of the country when the results of my biopsy came back. His colleague, another GI doctor fresh out of medical school summed it up to GERD. I never have heartburn, and question this diagnosis, as does my family and friends. My brother has the same symptoms as I do, to a lesser degree. He is 24. My grandmother's aunt had Celiac, and my mom's sister is gluten insensitive... Little family history for you. My father's father had a hiatal hernia. I have had an upper endoscopy with biopsy and a colonoscopy. Supposedly the bloodwork was all normal too, except they conveniently misplaced by IBD serology. Celiac bloodwork has been ordered, and I plan on getting that done tomorrow. Here are my symptoms that I posted a few weeks ago to this forum: For the last year and a half, I wake up each morning, and vomit either bile or last night's dinner (completely undigested). I get nauseous throughout the day, and sometimes after I eat. Also, I have diarrhea, or loose stool that is sometimes bloody. In addition, I have lost about 25-30lbs over the last 9 months. I do not have much of an appetite, and when I do eat, little meals make me full. My belly gets really big as if I am pregnant, and then my stomach gurgles loudly for hours. In addition to these symptoms, I am on cochicine for PFAPA, a very rare auto-immune disorder. And, to top all that off, I have been getting migraines about once per week for the last two years, and I have a lot of hair loss. Last week I went to a gastroenterologist and will be having a colonoscopy, upperendoscopy, gastric emptying test, stool test, and a bunch of blood work. I am afraid of what this might be. Any ideas/support/suggestions would be helpful. I am a 29 year old female of Jewish European ancestry, if that makes a difference. Lastly, all my blood work came back normal, except an elevated bilirubin (dehydration?). The blood tests the gastroenterologist ordered: CBC Comprehensive Metabolic Panel SED rate CRP (all above came back normal except bilirubin elevated; all below still processing) IBD Serology Fecal WBC Fecal calprotectin Fat stain fecal The note from my doctor's colleague: I hope you have been doing well since your procedure. At the time of your procedure, I took biopsies to look for changes that could explain your symptoms. The biopsies of your esophagus showed irritation, likely due to stomach acid reflux. This is a common condition (called GERD), that can cause nausea. If you have not tried an acid lowering medication for your nausea, I recommend talking about this with Dr Rosen at the time of your upcoming phone visit. The biopsies of your small intestine were normal (no sign of celiac disease). When my doctor calls tomorrow after my gastric emptying test and bloodwork, this is my question for all of you... What questions should I ask? I really want to get to the bottom of this. Thanks!
  4. I was COMPLETELY out! And afterwards... Korean food for a reward... In my sedated state. Don't remember that either, but it must have been good because I didn't bring home any leftovers. :-)
  5. I survived! Now I'm waiting for 2 weeks for the results...
  6. I have not had any blood tests for Celiac's, but did request my doctor to run them. He wants to see first how the biopsy turns out. I would have to say though (even if it is in my head), on the days when I eat a lot of wheat-based foods, I'm nauseous, have loose stool or diarrhea, and get indigestion. Ugh. Had a lot today and wish I hadn't. Thanks for all the input! :-)
  7. Just had my first ever colonoscopy and upper endoscopy yesterday and was just fine. I was told that my intestines look normal, but they still did a biopsy. I don't know enough about Celiac's disease, but does this mean I am in the clear?
  8. The prep isn't the problem for me... I'm just getting really, really nervous about my upcoming colonoscopy and upper endoscopy at 2pm today. I don't want to be in pain or have something go wrong. :-( On a side note, all of my tests have come back normal - blood and fecal - and I'm just hoping that whatever is wrong with me, they can diagnose. For Thanksgiving I'm exploring gluten-free options, just in case. Back to the prep...
  9. Hi there. I have the same procedure scheduled for this Friday and am also terrified. I'll try to remember your username and check in on you and let you know how my test goes. Sometimes google is a bad thing, as I freaked myself out too. Good luck!!!
  10. No, but I requested to have that test performed. I can't wait for the results. Going a little nuts here. Unfortunately I have to take colchicine for life. I've only been taking it for about a year, and the symptoms started well before that. It works well for my PFAPA.
  11. For the last year and a half, I wake up each morning, and vomit either bile or last night's dinner (completely undigested). I get nauseous throughout the day, and sometimes after I eat. Also, I have diarrhea, or loose stool that is sometimes bloody. In addition, I have lost about 25-30lbs over the last 9 months. I do not have much of an appetite, and when I do eat, little meals make me full. My belly gets really big as if I am pregnant, and then my stomach gurgles loudly for hours. In addition to these symptoms, I am on cochicine for PFAPA, a very rare auto-immune disorder. And, to top all that off, I have been getting migraines about once per week for the last two years, and I have a lot of hair loss. Last week I went to a gastroenterologist and will be having a colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, gastric emptying test, stool test, and a bunch of blood work. I am afraid of what this might be. Any ideas/support/suggestions would be helpful. I am a 29 year old female of Jewish European ancestry, if that makes a difference. Lastly, all my blood work came back normal, except an elevated bilirubin (dehydration?). Thanks for listening.