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      • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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    1. BKnight561 added a post in a topic Please Help! Concerned About Potential Of Celiac.   

      I really appreciate your advice. Since celiac disease is considered an auto-immune disease, it will trigger what we call a MEB (Medical Eval Board) and most likely lead to discharge. :-( I'm ok with that....I'd rather be healthy. There are no rumors of that changing any time soon, especially with all the cuts they're making. I'm already on shore-duty, so that doesn't make a difference either.

      I go in on Thursday, and I'm going to request that full panel. You mentioned eating iodine...funny. The dermatologist told me to avoid SHRIMP. Said it's probably flaring up the dermatitis..?? I told her I eat it because I'm anemic. She wants me placed on iron--shots. I need this panel done before they start treating more symptoms inappropriately. Thank you again.

      My next question is this, then...let's say I DO come back positive for celiac via blood screen, what's the next step in the process, and how do you recommend I prepare?
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    2. BKnight561 added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & Symptoms   

      Please Help! Concerned About Potential Of Celiac.
      Hi Everyone....I'm really hoping I can get some help here, and hoping I don't come across like a hypo-chondriac.

      The past few years have been medically very difficult. I'm a woman, in my thirties, in the military and a mother of two. Three years ago, I went to the ER for a horrific migraine. In true military fashion they strapped me down and gave me a spinal tap (came out clear) and only then did they run a blood test. I was yelled at for being "malnurished." I didn't understand...I eat all the time and take vitamins.

      Fast foward a few years, on and off sick, exhausted (I figured I was working too much), headaches, anemic, hair loss, dermatitis, constant reflux. The reflux was so bad, the acid was eating away my vocal cords. I live on Zantac and Nexium now. I was mute for three months. After six months of wrong diagnoses, I was sent to a civilian specialist in Philly. A surgeon. Brilliant man who I consider responsible for keeping me speaking after three reconstructive surgeries. He SWORE I had signs of hypothyroidism. Three tests - all negative. He was baffled. Then, my molar broke. I've had one cavity my entire life....and now my teeth are breaking.

      Then, last night, I saw a news program talking about this strange thing called Celiac Disease - for which hypothryroidism symptoms are often confused. They started listing the symptoms. I pulled out my med record (yes - all 6" of it from just the past few years - I have it all here) and started looking at my recent blood panels and tests.

      I'm anemic, Vit K, Vit D and Alkaline Phosphate deficient. Not just a little - MARKEDLY. Like, minimum of 10-15 points below the low baseline numbers on all of them. Low cholesteral and very low triglicerides (with **** next to them).

      My teeth are literally breaking, losing my hair, dermatitis, and severe reflux has damaged my esophagus and permanently damaged my vocal cords (three surgeries to keep me speaking over the past year). Blurred vision, constantly sick, fatigued, and diarrhea and/or painful constipation with a ton of gas. Oh, and I didn't hit puberty until I was 16. I'm petite - literally 4" shorter than my shortest female family members. Both brothers are over 6' tall. My father died of Diabetes complications. My children have eczema (from me?).

      Causal? Maybe not...I guess my question is this: Am I rightly concerned?? Or am I losing my mind? Please help!!
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