ebradford replied to ebradford's topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsThank you for the support and advice. I go in for blood tests next week, so I guess I will up my intake until then. And I will read up on both celiac and gluten intollerence!
ebradford posted a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsI went to the doctor yesterday because I just could not stand how thirsty I am all the time any more. The nurse checked my sugar first thing, and it was fine. Then the doctor came in and started asking me some questions. I told her I cannot get enough water (15-18 8 oz glasses a day and I am still thirsty). Of course, I have to go to the bathroom all the time as a result. We discussed my joint pain--thumb, elbow, shoulder and hip. I have been checked for RA, lupus, gout and nothing shows. Bone scans on my thumb (which is the worst) are fine. She asked about any digestive issues, and I told her pasta kills my stomach (diarrhea), that usually my bms are soft and greasy, and that I try to avoid pasta and usually bread because they make it worse. But, by and large, the joint pain, fatigue, and foggy memory are worse concerns for me. The first thing she said was it sounds like celiac. She is referring me for blood work, mentioned something about a biopsy, and so here I am--doing my homework! I read that avoiding gluten can throw off testing. I can't say I have been gluten free, but I don't eat a high level of it, either. My stomach just does better when I don't have the pasta and such. It felt so good to have someone validate what I was feeling, as I had started to think of myself as a bit of a hypochondriac. Part of me is worried that any testing will be negative and I will go back to feeling like it is all in my head! Does this sound typical of celiac?