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Could I Have Celiac's?!
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Hi, my name is Mindy, I am 16-years old & I reside in Long Island, NY. For the past few months, it seems as if I've been having stomach things. As of late, regardless of what I eat, it doesn't stay in me for very long. :blink: My stomach makes noise & I am constantly in pain. Usually, it occurs about 30 minutes or so after I eat. I've been incredibly tired lately & very headachy, and I just don't feel well, constantly. I also very really bloated after I eat.

For awhile, I've had these little bumps on my elbows & and the back of my arms, but now it seems as if they're getting higher up & they're itchy. A few months ago I was diagnosed with psoriosis, so I guess that could be it, but I don't know. Is there a chance I could have Celiac's? I do eat a LOT of bread products throughout the day (cereal or a granola bar for breakfast, a sandwhich for lunch, etc.)

If anybody could provide me with any information, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you very much! Feel free to e-mail me.

~Mindy

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Hi, my name is Mindy, I am 16-years old & I reside in Long Island, NY. For the past few months, it seems as if I've been having stomach things. As of late, regardless of what I eat, it doesn't stay in me for very long. My stomach makes noise & I am constantly in pain. Usually, it occurs about 30 minutes or so after I eat. I've been incredibly tired lately & very headachy, and I just don't feel well, constantly. I also very really bloated after I eat.

For awhile, I've had these little bumps on my elbows & and the back of my arms, but now it seems as if they're getting higher up & they're itchy. A few months ago I was diagnosed with psoriosis, so I guess that could be it, but I don't know. Is there a chance I could have Celiac's? I do eat a LOT of bread products throughout the day (cereal or a granola bar for breakfast, a sandwhich for lunch, etc.)

If anybody could provide me with any information, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you very much! Feel free to e-mail me.

~Mindy

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Those are all symptoms of celiac and the skin thing could possibly be DH (and if you have DH you do or will have celiac), but of course we can't diagnose you. You can go back to a dermatologist and ask him if your skin problem could possibly be DH. You can also go to your doctor, describe your symptoms, and ask for the blood tests for celiac.

Not sure what the "pinned" means but it shows up on all posts.

richard

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Hi Mindy, I agree with Richard it does sound like Celiac or Dermatitis Herpetiformis. I strongly suggest you see your doctor about this, preferable a Dermy or a Gastro and ask them if they will test you.

It's a simple blood test but not fool proof. A lot of people here have a hard time getting a dx through the docs because it take *time* for a disease to show up in the blood?!??! It gets very frustrating and time consuming just don't give up! Knowledge is power and it is your health so take control and search until you have answers you are satisfied with!!!

Here are some links that have been very helpful to me and I hope they are to you as well:

Safe and Forbidden food and ingredient List

Celiac Symptoms

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Clan Thompson Site

Celiac Symptoms

Whats it like having Celiac

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Mindy,

Some people might disagree, but I wouldn't reduce the amount of bread products you eat until you are able to see a doctor and get tested for Celiac.

I stopped eating gluten before getting tested and it makes it much more difficult to find out what is wrong with you.

You might want to keep a food diary and see if you notice certain things making you sicker. That could help answer questions at the doctor's office.

Good luck and take care of yourself.

Lisa

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