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Blood Test Positive, Andoscopy Next Please Help


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#1 charlotte_cat

 
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Posted 08 December 2004 - 09:21 AM

Hi,
I am new to this....just diagnosed. I have been ill with bouts of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain etc since the summer. I suspected a food allergy such as tomatoes or something, but had never heard of celiac. Iwas so sick, that I finally dragged myself to the emergency on Thanksgiving, and they ran a cat scan and x rays. The referred me to a gastroenterologist for that Mon. This wonderful man took one look at me, and started asking questions.... symptoms, was I always so thin (yes, I am 5'10, and no matter how much I eat I never weigh more than 120 lbs unless pregnant!) location of pain, history of surgeries (knee surgery 8/04), traumas etc. and heritage (Irish). He then told me he suspected Celiac. He sent me for blood work and stool analysis (positive) and has scheduled an endoscopy for the 28th. After reading and speaking to people about celiac, I feel very blessed to have found this very aware doctor. My problem now is that I need to continue eating some gluten until the endoscopy so as to not skew the results. This is very difficult...I become completely incopasitiated when I do. I am hopeful, though, it is a relief to look forward to a healthy New Year, even with the sacrafices of bread, pasta and beer. I hope to be able to gain weight, believe me, it is depressing to ea a lot and be painfully thin. Does anyone have wight gain tips for me?
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#2 lovegrov

 
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Posted 08 December 2004 - 10:05 AM

If you DO have celiac you're not likely to gain weight until you go gluten-free, which, as the doctor said, shouldn't be until after the endoscopy. Once you go gluten-free and have healed, you might not have any trouble at all gaining weight. In fact, some of us found we had to start making a conscious effort NOT to gain weight for the first time in our lives. For 46 years I ate whatever I wanted and barely gained. Two years after going gluten-free I had gained 50 pounds, about 30 more than I really wanted (I've lost 25).

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 11:50 AM

One tip. STOP eating gluten. The endoscopy is looking for damaged villi and they will not repair in 20 days of no gluten.

I'd heard of docs asking celiacs to eat gluten for the bloodtest but this is the 1st i've seen a doc ask it for an endoscopy.

The bloodtest results depend wholly on having eaten gluten regularly and recently and i've never heard that the endoscopy does.
Personally there is NO WAY i'd continue eating gluten in your situation. What defines celiac disease is that the immune system treats gluten like a poison.

The real purpose of the endoscopy is to be able to track progress as the villi repair. Whether you eat gluten for the next 20 days or not, a 2nd endoscopy months from now will show better villi than your scope on the 28th.


STOP THE GLUTEN !
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>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<

Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03
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#4 YankeeDB

 
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Posted 08 December 2004 - 12:21 PM

Your doctor sounds very with it and I'd follow his orders. You don't have to eat lots and lots of gluten. Might as well indulge in the gluten items that taste good during this last fling! :)

For weight gain, I recommend coconut oil--it's a fat that's more easily absorbed than most fats. I gained weight on that before I discovered I have celiac disease.
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Posted 10 December 2004 - 06:37 PM

There's no way that I would be able to continue eating gluten for the test. You'ld have to wheel me into the hospital. That's how sick I would be!
I get soooo sick when I accidentally have it.
please let us know how you make out.
Thanks,
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Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Interstitial Cystitis ,IBS, Migraines, Primary Immune Deficiency to name a few. Finally realizing that food intolerances make them all worse!

#6 tom

 
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Posted 10 December 2004 - 10:25 PM

Your doctor sounds very with it and I'd follow his orders.

Blindly following dr's orders to consume the poison doesn't do any celiacs any good. It is NOT necessary, and they'll keep on asking celiac after celiac to poison themselves until enough of us say no.

The bloodtest for gluten anti-bodies is the ONLY test that requires the patient to have ingested gluten recently for the test to work. The endoscopy is to look at the small intestine's villi. They do NOT repair in a matter of days. If they did, the procedure would be to get another endoscopy after a week or 2 gluten-free. The ACTUAL procedure is to do a 2nd in 6 mos or more.

Also, any patient who has been gluten-free too long for the blood test, should use the DNA test for celiac disease diagnosis.
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>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<

Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03
Dairy-free since 10-04
Soy-free since 5-07

#7 mela14

 
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Posted 11 December 2004 - 04:03 AM

Hi Tom,

Could you tell me more aobut the DNA test? I had a few different blood tests after they found Gliadin AB (IgG) to be very high. The other tests were normal. I also read somewhere that if you have an immune deficiency (IgA deficiency) then those other tests would not really be valid. Well, I fall into that category as I have Primary Immune Deficiency and receive monthly immunoglobulin infusions. That also went undiagnosed for years. It's funny how I had to be my own dr. and figure things out! I am just trying to figure out if one problem caused the other. I guess it doesn't really matter. I DO know that I have less problems when I don't have gluten. That's enough evidence for me but I am still trying to get the diet right!
I have a way to go before I can say that I actually feel better but I think that I am on the right path! Just curious about the DNA test.
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#8 tom

 
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Posted 11 December 2004 - 04:06 PM

We really DO have to be our own doctors at times.
Good info on a celiac DNA test here:
http://www.kimballge...iacdisease.html

I think it needs to be used a lot more considering how often the bloodtest gives a false negative. http://www.celiac.co...l?p_prodid=1023

I actually get chills reading your "I have a way to go before I can say that I actually feel better but I think that I am on the right path!" comment. I remember the overwhelming feeling of relief, just exhilirated that it was REALLY gonna be over this time.
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>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<

Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03
Dairy-free since 10-04
Soy-free since 5-07

#9 mela14

 
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Posted 11 December 2004 - 04:56 PM

From your mouth to Gods' ears Tom! There are times that I am so wiped from trying to get better that the only thing that I could do is "be sick". It requires less energy...It just happens. Getting better ...on the other hand is a lot of hard work!
Someone passed a comment to me once that I ran to too many different doctors! I thought about it and discussed it with my therapist at the time....she said not to pay attention to what people said....they don't know any better. She also said that when I stopped running to doctors would be the time to worry. It meant that I gave up on trying to help myself. I've always remembered her words and just kept pushing myself to get to the bottom of it. I vowed to leave no stoned unturned....
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10 years of abdominal problems, incorrectly diagnosed with Endometriosis / suffered 7 surgeries. Total hysterectomy 2 years ago!
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Interstitial Cystitis ,IBS, Migraines, Primary Immune Deficiency to name a few. Finally realizing that food intolerances make them all worse!

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Posted 11 December 2004 - 05:22 PM

I actually would stay on a little gluten because 1. if it isn't very much damage then they might repair fast and you would get a false negative and then never know if you actually have celiac, and 2. if your doctor knows this much about celiac, he knows what he is doing, and you should follow his orders. he seems like the best doctor anyone could ask for and he knows enough about celiac to know that if you go on the gluten-free diet and then have the biopy there is a chance for a false negative, and you really don't want that. Your doctor knows what is best for you.
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Posted 11 December 2004 - 07:15 PM

Again, the doctor does not always know what is best for you.
I think the esteemed stanford emiritus doc who recommended I eat half a slice of bread/day for a month would have to admit to violating the Hippocratic Oath if he REALLY knew what it would do to me, and how it would feel every day. I'll look it up in a minute, but isn't a crucial part of that oath "Above all, do no harm" ? Not just "Do no harm" or "Do no harm, unless you think you'll get better data w/ just some harm".

There IS a definitive once-per-lifetime test to reliably know whether anyone has celiac disease (or more technically, has the potential to have celiac - some ppl stay untriggered).
http://www.kimballge...iacdisease.html

Aw dang :blink: I just found out that the part of the Oath i thought i was quoting is called a "widely held misconception". There's still a point to the story. No one knows your body like you do. And if you research how long it takes villi to repair, you'll realize that a couple weeks isn't going to make much difference in an endoscopy. But the time it takes to start feeling A LOT better once starting gluten-free is only days.

If you're still ingesting gluten, imagine how good it would be to feel pretty good on Sunday or Monday (and better practically every day thru the 28th) instead of incapacitated .. . every . .. day . . . .thru xmas shopping . . .thru xmas eve and xmas (or _____ insert holiday preference here) then for 3 more days until an endoscopy which will look essentially the same whether you've already stopped the gluten or not.
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>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<

Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03
Dairy-free since 10-04
Soy-free since 5-07

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Posted 11 December 2004 - 07:34 PM

And ANOTHER thing . .. .. if it's all that important, why couldn't he squeeze you in for an endoscopy on the 10th ? I'd guess most of the others ahead of you are already gluten-free.
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>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<

Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03
Dairy-free since 10-04
Soy-free since 5-07

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Posted 12 December 2004 - 08:24 AM

The genetics tests is not definitive of anything. Approximately 30 percent of the population has at least one of the genes, but less than 1 percent of the population has celiac. In addition, it appears that perhaps 1-2 percent of people with celiac have neither gene.

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Posted 12 December 2004 - 11:50 AM

When considered in the scope of the rest of your life, the three weeks (since you posted to the endoscopy) may seem like a long time, and may feel like forever, if you need that diagnosis for any reason, then staying on gluten may just be the way to go. As for doctors asking you to potentially "continue harming yourself" for eating gluten and the "first do no harm" premise - it has long been understood that some "harm" is acceptable in order to do greater good. If not for that, you couldn't take a blood test (you're pricking the skin, giving the chance of an infection) or cutting open an abdomen to take out an infected appendix (you're cutting the skin, putting the patient under, and risking significant blood loss).

As always, you have the choice of doing the gluten-free diet on your own without an 'scope, and I call myself gluten intolerant without ever having had a biopsy and only having inconclusive blood results (I do better on the diet). But if the diagnosis is what you need, then there's going to be some down time while you "prepare" for the test.

(Ditto what Richard said - the gene test is not sufficient to tell you if you have, or will ever develop, celiac disease. It tells you that you could, if you test positive, but not that you will.)
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Posted 12 December 2004 - 12:46 PM

Whoa - charlotte_cat says " I have been ill with bouts of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain etc since the summer" and "eating some gluten ... ...is very difficult...I become completely incopasitiated when I do." (forgive the paraphrasing plz)

And given the above, are you two (tarnalberry & lovegrov) saying that if she ALSO has the genes for celiac, you would conclude further testing is req'd for diagnosis ?

And perhaps a larger point is that if the genes are NOT there, it is IMPOSSIBLE to have the disease.

Richard, the genetic test IS definitive. W/out the genes, one can't ever get celiac disease. And the way i've read it, anyone and everyone w/ the genes has the potential to develop celiac disease. The triggering mechanisms are what currently stumps the researchers.

Comparing a pinprick to a month of bread for a celiac makes me think you never really had the full set of symptoms that many of us celiacs did have, tarnalberry. If that's the case, you were fortunate, but imho unqualified to advise a celiac on this matter of consuming gluten for an endoscopy.
And obviously, removing an appendix can save a life while my point was that the difference in glutened endoscopy and 3 wk gluten-free endoscopy is inconsequential.

The only arguable point is whether 3 wks gluten-free significantly changes endoscopy results, as i have no hard data on that. I've certainly never heard of a doctor ordering endoscopies a month apart to see progress. I'm pretty sure they have a good reason for waiting months for a 2nd endoscopy.
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>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<

Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03
Dairy-free since 10-04
Soy-free since 5-07




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