Posted 10 February 2004 - 07:36 AM
I am wondering if I can get some advice from some of you out there! I have been ill for about nine months now, and my doctors have no idea what is wrong. It statred out as nausea, just massive nasuea. (no, I was not pregnant!) and then slowly the nausea grew, and then the bowel problems. I used to use the bathroom about 1x a day, but now I am up to 4-6 on average. It isn't totally loose, but it is definetly not totally normal (sorry this is so gross) My regular doctor and my GI have made me do all sorts of tests other than the blood and stools, I did a barrium swallow, a ultrasound for my gallbladder and liver, an endoscopy and another ultrasound to check my uterus and "girl parts" everything has been fine. I have been on a medicine that helps with nausea, but causes weight gain. So, yesterday they did the test for celiac, and I am thinking maybe?
I guess my question is, is it possible to develop this problem slowly by suddenly when you are 24? I read some times it follows a stressfull time, and I did have a decently serious surgery done about 2 months before this started. and also, I have been gaining weight, I am up about 20lbs this year, although a lot of that happened right after starting that medication which makes almost everyone on it gain weight.
How long do I have to wait for these test results?
Part of me just really wants this to be it so they dont give me the genaric "It's IBS" diagnosis again. I just don't know how I can deal with the stomach pains, cramps, bloating gas, bathroom trips and exhaustion for the rest of my life.
Does anyone have any advice?
Posted 10 February 2004 - 04:56 PM
Your troubles definitely sound like they could be caused by celiac disease. If you are 24, the symptom-free "honeymoon period" that many celiacs experience during adolescence would be coming to an end. That, coupled with the stress of surgery, may have triggered your symptoms. It sounds like you have been through a lot these past several months. I hope the tests your doctor is running are conclusive, so you can start the gluten-free diet soon and get on the road to recovery! Good luck!
gluten-free since November 1, 2003
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