Celiac And Bariatric Surgery
Posted 14 January 2004 - 10:00 AM
My stomach doctor suggested that the anemia might be related to Celiac.They still dont understand how and why my blood levels dropped so low. My red blood count was 5, i am currently holding between 9-11 which is still low apparently. The emergency room doctor asked how it was that i was walking . I was brought in for other reasons not related to the anemia but was where the anemia was discovered and subsequently hospitalized for.
My primary care doctor says no that its not Celiac rather that its just issues related to the bariatric surgery and then sent me to a hematologist. the hematologist suggested that there is a possibility of it being celiac because i also have the other symptoms related to Celiac besides the anemia, so he has now referred me to have a biopsy done. He said he wants to rule out Celiac before going any further with recommended treatment which is to come in once a month for iron treatments.
I am scheduled for a biopsy next month. by the way, i go to the VA medical center in case this all seems confusing.
I have been trying to read up on Celiac and have looked for foods that are wheat and gluten free, the local grocery store doesnt have anything and when i asked they looked at me like i was an idiot. I found a local health food store which does have gluten free wheat free products but it is so expensive. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what to expect from the biopsy, and what it is like in the begining to go from a regular diet to gluten /wheat free.
Posted 14 January 2004 - 11:35 AM
My suggestion is to think less about substitution and more about all the other foods out there that are inherently gluten-free, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats and dairy. Consume carbs thoughtfully. I've become a lover of corb bread and I make it different ways. I eat hot gluten-free cereals and also enjoy polenta, but I can now easily go days without a "breadstuff".
It's overwhelming at first, but I can say it's lead me to wonderful foods that I would have hardly considered before my diagnosis. Try to see the good side of this, then take the lemons life has handed us and make some lemonaid.
Posted 15 January 2004 - 05:01 AM
I too have been severely anemic, my blood count was once at 1!!! I was trying to give blood in high school and I ended up in an amblulance and at the hospital. As for the biospy, I'm not gonna lie it's not pleasant but it's worth it. When I first found out I have Celiac I looked at the gluten free food and nearly had a heart attack at the prices. Since then though I've found a way to keep costs of food down and still maintaining my guts!! I eat more things that are naturally found in nature (ie fruits, veggies and meat) then only have a loaf a bread a month. It keeps the cost of the grocery bill down and our bodies have been through enough they don't need all that chemical garbage that's in any baked goods.
Good Luck, keep us posted!!
Posted 15 January 2004 - 08:29 AM
I had an endoscopy with biopsy last June. It was not bad for me because my doctor knocked me out with"versed". Versed is a conscious sedation, you are out of it but awake enough to follow instructions from your doctor. I do not remember anything about it and it was not uncomfortable to me at all. I also had a colonoscopy and had the same experience.
Hope this helps
Posted 15 January 2004 - 09:21 AM
Posted 15 January 2004 - 06:04 PM
Good luck and God bless.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
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