Must I Have The Biopsy?
Posted 22 July 2004 - 06:38 AM
Posted 22 July 2004 - 07:29 AM
The first thing my doc mentioned was the biopsy. I beat him to the punch by going gluten-free for the weeks prior to my next visit. Like you, I will avoid invasive procedures at almost any cost. The way I figure, if not eating gluten makes me feel better, then who really gives a fig what the biopsy says? The biopsy is, literally, the "gold standard," and that is even the term my doctor used while trying to persuade me to get it done, but the fact is that it is not definitive, and as with all procedures there is always some risk associated with it. For one thing, if you want to have the biopsy done then you will need to eat gluten for several weeks prior to the procedure. I already know that you won't want to do that since you are feeling so much better. What I decided to do was to continue the diet to see whether I continued to improve or not- I'm not 100% better yet you see, but I am getting better every week so far. I have a follow up visit in a few months to see how I am progressing. This wasn't my doctor's first choice, but it isn't my doctor who is suffering. Remember that it is YOUR body and only YOU can decide whether to have any procedure done. I think the biopsy is going to need some serious re-examinations in the near future because it seems to me that it is something of a dinosaur. I feel that we should be able to do without it in most cases.
Posted 22 July 2004 - 10:11 AM
Posted 22 July 2004 - 10:27 PM
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
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Posted 23 July 2004 - 07:35 PM
Posted 30 July 2004 - 05:21 PM
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