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Is There A Connection Between Ulcerative Colitis And Celiac?

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 02:56 PM

I have been battling with what I believe is Candida and Ulcerative Colitis since my early 20's. I am almost 50 now and have had 3 severe episodes of UC which were only brought under control by high doses of Prednisone. I believe the candida, if it is there, has comprised my intestinal walls and caused the disease to progress to the stage it is in at this time. I also think I could possibly have Leaky Gut problems as well brought on by the before mentioned candida.

My friend (who is TammyK; I don't have my own username yet) has told me about Celiac Disease and to look into it as a possible connection. Does anyone else out there have both Celiac and UC and know how they are related? I have noticed multiple food sensitivities but as time goes on, I am getting more and more confused about which bother me. I have NOT noticed gluten to effect me, but haven't excluded it either, except while I was on a Candida diet and when I was on a liquid diet during a severe UC flare-up.

Yesterday it flared-up again, out of the blue. I have no idea what brings them on and having no idea how to correct them without Prednisone.
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11 yr. old daughter
Asthma, Allergies to wheat, dog, cat, trees, grass, pollen, dust mites, dx 2004
Onset of seizures & migraines caused by gluten, 5/08
Focusing every day to stay seizure free without meds
39 yr. old mother:
Hypothyroid dx 2004 after battling it for way too long
Adrenal Insufficiency dx 2004
Multiple Miscarriages
Infertility for 11 yrs. now
Rashy & itchy caused by wheat, oats and eggs. Gassy too.
Both of us are currently gluten-free, caseine-free, soy-free & MSG-free.
3 older siblings & 1 loving husband: eating healthier because of us :)

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 06:46 PM

Hi Tammy's friend,

Have you tried an elimination diet? If you do an elimination diet you can usually pinpoint foods that are affecting you. once you pinpoint one food, don't stop. Eliminate that food and put it on the bad list. Keep adding foods to the diet one at a time because you may have several food sensitivities. Start with a basic rice diet. Add other foods every few days and note the symptoms.
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Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and hard work. have a good day! :-) Paul



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Posted 10 August 2008 - 11:20 PM

I am in my 50's and had battled ulcerative colitis off and on since my early 20's as well. When I was finally diagnosed with celiac disease, my GI told me he did not think I ever really had ulcerative colitis. He felt all my problems were always from celiac disease and that it had been active all my life. He says I do have markers for crohn's, but no evidence of UC.
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HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (Subtype 2,9)


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 04:30 AM

I might have had my first episode of Chrohn's disease or ulceritive colitis. In Sept I will be diagnosed Celiac for 4 years but in June and especially July I had a accute attact. My Gastro is working me up and found my celiac under countrol with my lab results and Endoscopy but I have a Colonoscopy tomarrow and my blood work is borderline high for either ulceritive colitic or Chrohn's disease.
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