New Here With Questions
Posted 11 October 2004 - 06:16 PM
I was searching the web for some info and I found this site. I saw my GI doc this morning and he mentioned Celiac Disease. He didn't give me any details just a quick explanation.
I went to my family doc for a physical. Apparently my bloodwork came up with iron deficiency anemia Iron level of 13 and a decreased Hgb and Hct. So he sent me to a GI specialist. I had an endoscopy which showed no bleeding but showed esophagitis, gastritis, and a hiatal hernia. My stool came up positive for occult blood in one sample of three so they scheduled a colonoscopy.
I had that today and he said it was "normal". Right after the endoscopy he sent me for a blood test for Celiac Disease. He explained today that part of the test results were ready and it is positive for the "gene" but he also said that 36% of the general population have the gene so he was waiting for the other part of the test to confirm. In the meantime he wants to do another endoscopy where I swallow a little camera and they attach a device to my waist and it takes 50,000 pictures through my digestive tract.
I never had any major GI upset prior to this diagnosis of Iron Deficieny Anemia. I had a milk allergy when I was a baby but outgrew that. So now I'm wondering how likely does it sound that I am experiencing the Celiac Disease. If it comes back positive should I get my children tested? My youngest was lactose intolerant as a baby as well and my older one is very small for her age.
Thanks for the input.
Posted 11 October 2004 - 06:50 PM
Yes, if you do have celiac disease, you should have your daughters tested, as it's genetic, and not everyone has symptoms.
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
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Posted 11 October 2004 - 09:20 PM
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
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