What Do Intestines Look Like?
Posted 14 November 2005 - 04:39 PM
My story is that I have a 4 month old daughter (and 2 older boys). I started getting terrible upper abdominal pain a few weeks after she was born, but only sporadically. Then the last 5 weeks it became daily and usually after eating. They did an abdominal US, no gallstones. They also ruled out H Pylori bacteria for ulcers. I experienced this pain after my boys were born as well, but it went away after a few weeks and didn't happen daily. I had 3 miscarriages before my daughter, still unexplained even after alot of testing. I have also had problems with general fatigue, headaches and neck/upper back aches and pains for many years. The other weird thing I have going on that they found a few weeks ago is an elevated eosinophil count (about 20%, the normal is 0-6%).
Last Friday was the first I heard celiac mentioned- so I haven't tried the gluten-free diet yet.
I guess my big question is about the intestines (about them looking normal), and any other advice you can offer, questions I should ask when I call for the bloodwork results later in the week.
Posted 14 November 2005 - 05:12 PM
My advice would be to try not to stress about the whole thing until you hear your results. Stress can make symptoms worse! And if you find out that you do have celiac then we are here to help. Well, we are here to help either way We can give you gluten-free product lists, advice on where to eat, recipes, and meal ideas. Please keep us posted
and any other advice you can offer, questions I should ask when I call for the bloodwork results later in the week.
Diagnosed with Celiac Disease in March 2004
Postitive tTg Blood Test, December 2003
Positive Biopsy, March 3, 2004
Posted 14 November 2005 - 06:11 PM
Posted 15 November 2005 - 07:04 PM
I've been just thinking so much about the miscarriages and all I went thru- so much testing & seen by 3 different doctors. Some of the tests were for some pretty rare things. And they never once mentioned celiac! Which you would think would be an obvious thing to test for, as common as it seems to be. I did lots of research on the internet and read some books as well on miscarriage and don't remember coming across it on the websites or chat rooms. So many women like me just end up with unexplained m/c & , no diagnosis which makes it so scary to try again! If I have this, I plan to write a letter to all 3 of the doctors I saw and try to educate them to add this to the battery of tests they do for recurrent miscarriage.
Right now I'm kind of overwhelmed thinking about all the changes I will need to make. Was trying to find something to snack on in my pantry today and there wasn't much w/o gluten! I'm kind of scared to eat since I'm not sure yet what to look out for. Is there a link, list of all the hidden ingredients to look for? I know a few, like modified food starch and distilled vinegar. What else?
Posted 15 November 2005 - 07:08 PM
Posted 15 November 2005 - 08:07 PM
Hope this helps you some
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