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Greetings everyone,

I have been dealing with a myriad of seemingly-unrelated health issues for a long time now, and they've come to culmination just recently. Had it not been for a chiroprator friend who has celiac disease and recognized my symptoms would I even have heard or consider that I may have celiac disease. But, I wanted to share my sufferings and see if they sound familiar, or if those of you with experience have seen a similar pattern.

1988 - Dx with Type-1 Diabetes (no family/genetic connection) placed on "constant-carbohydrate" diet

1990 - Dx with G.I. Reflux

1997 - Dx with Mitral-valve prolapse

- begin having stomach problems (diarrhea, gas, gurgling)

2002 - Dx with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

- Dx with General Anxiety Disorder/Depression

2003 - (Spring) begin having random shooting/sharp pains throughout body

- (Winter) begin having tremors in hands/forearms

2004 - tremors have worsened, now having "spells" ...all as yet undiagnosed.

- (April) have biopsy on swollen lymph node, no malignancy

After reading much of what many of you have shared with the problems such as diarrhea, bloating, gurgling, gas, etc.; plus from the information given to my by my chiropractor, and the data I've found on this site, I think celiac disease would/could explain a more-than-decade-long pattern of illness that could be partially reversed through a gluten-free diet.

I have talked with my family doctor, but he wants me to see a Gastroenterologist, and didn't seem to know about blood tests available that would at least show indicators. Should I wait before going gluten-free, or should I go ahead and make that move? If so, any diabetics out there that could give me suggestions for compensating for the loss of breads, pastas, etc. that typically make up a diabetic's diet?

Thanks for the help.

Patrick

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Hi Patrick WELCOME!!!

A Gastro doc would be the best doc to see, preferably someone with celiac disease experience. He may want to do blood work and in order for that to be accurate (as accurate as it can be) you MUST remain on gluten until testing is over.

There are 2 other options if you do not want to take the route above....

1. you can try the gluten-free diet for a couple of weeks or months to see if you show an improvement, if you do then you most likely have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

2. you can order a stool panel test from Enterolab which is more sensitive than blood and you DO NOT have to be eating gluten in order for the results to be accurate.

I hope you feel better soon and get some answers :D

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    • Marip, Have you been diagnosed with celiac disease or Non-celiac Gluten Intolerance?  I notice you joined in 2014.  Did you ever go guten free?  How can we help?   Sorry, I'm not a stool expert!  You could Google it...  Malabsorption?  Standard lab tests that check for anemia and vitamin deficiencies, etc.  should help make that diagnosis.  
    • You can eat just a slice or two (or equivalent) of bread a day for accurate testing.   I understand about the high deductibles.  We're self-employed and we pay for our health insurance. 
    • Sure, if it's gluten free, then fine.  I am very allergic (like anaphylactic) to ibuprofen and aspirin.  So, in my case, I would just tough it out.  Go to bed.  Sleep it off.....eventually. My money is on the garlic and onions.  I can't consume those either (damn that zonulin/leaky gut -- google it along with Dr. Fasano).  I just season with salt, pepper.  Boring.  But no gut issues.  I'm hoping like my lactose intolerance (resolved), that I will get garlic and onions back.   Finally, sometimes just eating anything can hurt when you still have intestinal damage.  Hopefully, you'll feel better in two or three hours if it's celiac related.  Longer if it's an intolerance (leaky gut thing....) Hugs!      
    • I read on their website that all Advil is gluten free, I had such bad pinching cramping today(which I don't why since I prepared all my food at home today.) I made a pot roast, salt garlic, onions...No gluten but still pain, That's the only thing I ate today..I don't eat breakfast or anything.   Anyways.   Is it a good idea to take Advil for the cramping? That's how I would describe it like someone is reaching inside me and pinching me and twisting my insides.    This is what I took  
    • I'll give my PCP a call tomorrow and see what they can offer. My only worry is the expense as anymore tests will put me behind in being able to afford to see the GI. I have high deductible insurance but get money put into my HSA. I'm still trying to pay off the CT scan though. Which is why I'm trying to pick and choose which poses the greatest risk for me right now and what can wait. (Though I would prefer not to wait on any of it.)

      I really do hope its only IBS. Though I always worry IBS is more or less a doctors way of saying "I have no clue" at that point. :C

      Again, I'll be sure to give my PCP a call tomorrow then and see what the options are. I can feel a lot better trying the blood work first. however, once that is done, do I still need to be on a gluten diet before the endoscopy? Also, is it ok if I still mildly reduce the gluten. As in, can I avoid a whole wheat pasta dinner, but still be eating the peanut butter crackers? That sort of thing. Again I guess that is more of a doctor related question. I just wasn't sure if in order to raise your chance, you have to mass consume gluten or not. (Its already in just about everything to begin with.)   --Edit--
      I just now reread the part that you still need to be on the gluten foods even for biopsy so I'll be sure to do that too.
       
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