Could It Be Celiacs?
Posted 12 January 2004 - 07:34 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 07:50 PM
The best idea would be to talk to the doctor and try the gluten free diet and see how she is feeling on it.
Here is the symptom list that can be found here on celiac.com :
What are the symptoms of celiac disease?
There is no typical celiac. Individuals range from having no symptoms (asymptomatic or "latent" forms of the disease) to extreme cases where patients present to their physicians with gas, bloating, diarrhea, and weight loss due to malabsorption.
In between these two extremes lie a wide variety of symptoms that include:
Steatorrhea (fatty stools that float rather than sink)
Any problem associated with vitamin deficiencies
Iron deficiency (anemia)
Easily fractured bones
Abnormal or impaired skin sensation (paresthesia),
Including burning, prickling, itching or tingling
Peripheral Neuropathy* (tingling in fingers and toes)
Individuals have reported such varied symptoms as:
White flecks on the fingernails
Fuzzy-mindedness after gluten ingestion
Burning sensations in the throat
In children, the symptoms may include:
Failure to thrive
Inability to concentrate
Pot belly with or without painful bloating
Pale, malodorous, bulky stools
Requent, foamy diarrhea
In addition to all of these, dermatitis herpetiformis, a disease in which severe rashes appear (often on the head, elbows, knees and buttocks) is related to celiac disease.
Reactions to ingestion of gluten can be immediate, or delayed for weeks or even months.
The amazing thing about celiac disease is that no two individuals who have it seem to have the same set of symptoms or reactions. A person might have several of the symptoms listed above, a few of them, one, or none. There are even cases in which obesity turned out to be a symptom of celiac disease.
Best Wishes and Good Luck, you have come to a great place to begin learning!!
Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!
Posted 13 January 2004 - 12:34 AM
Jessica is right, and that article she posted for you is only a partial list of the many and varied symptoms of Celiac Disease. Many people do have diarrhea, but just as many have constipation, and some have a combination of both(like me). I am sorry that your daughter has had to suffer so long, you should certainly take her back for more testing, but keep in mind that the final test should be the gluten free diet.
You asked how she can have positive blood test, but negative biopsy, and that has a very simple answer. When gluten in damaging the intestines the damage is not uniform, but rather it is patchy. When the doctor goes in with the scope, he takes a few samples from different places, but there is always the chance that he will miss all of the damaged spots and the test will come back negative. A very skilled labratory will be able to notice the microscopic changes in the lining of the intestine which indicates the early stages of damage, but not very many labs are skilled at this. Also the damage to the villi might be minimal and some labs, and doctors won't say it is positive until the villi are completely flat, which in my opinion is rediculous. By the time the villi are completely flat you are risking your health (or your daughters) by increasing her chances of developing other autoimmune diseases, intesintal cancer, and the posibility that she may not heal completely on a gluten free diet, but will suffer the rest of her life. It isn't worth that. Listen to your new doctor, he sounds like he knows what he is doing.
God bless, and let us know how it turns out. Oh, and yes, your daughter symptoms DO sound like they could be Celiac Disease.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 15 January 2004 - 05:20 AM
Before I found out that I had Celiac, I had terrible constipation!! I had been hospitalized for it the whole nine yards!! Only months before my diagnosis I started getting diarrhea!! Don't think that severe constipation can't be a symptom it is!!!!
Posted 16 January 2004 - 02:34 PM
Posted 16 January 2004 - 02:58 PM
You have several options at this point, You could request her doc to order bloodwork and possibly an endoscopy with biopsy, put her on a gluten-free diet for a couple of weeks to see if she improves or just do what I did and order a stool panel test from www.enterolab.com
I hope you find answers soon for your little one.
Posted 19 January 2004 - 06:05 AM
I agree with jhmom, I've heard every reason in the book on why I was sick until I was diagnosed. You are not a nervous mom, you are a vigilent mom for reading up on possible diagnosis for your little one. I say good job and good luck!!!
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