Could I Have Celiac Disease?
Posted 20 February 2004 - 08:08 AM
Posted 20 February 2004 - 08:49 AM
Your best bet would be to check out the testing at Enterolab . The tests there are senstitive enough to pick up gluten intolerance (or gluten sensitivity) in it's early stages before the intestines are very damaged.
I've been where you are at, as have many other on this board. I've been laughed at by doctors and treated like a hypochondriac. But I am gluten intolerant and I am now on my way to better health. Thank God for Enterolab!
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 24 February 2004 - 12:56 PM
You did not mention if biopsy samples were taken during the endoscopy. This is still the only sure fire method of verifying a Celiac diagnosis. The vilous atrophy associated with Celiac disease is not detectable via the endoscope. Several biopsies must be taken for external microscopic examination.
You also did not mention if you had the Celiac panel blood test. I would recommend you convince your G.I. doctor to at least have that done, and if it comes back positive, you may need to either get a second opinion of the biopsy slides, of if none were taken, to have the endoscopy procedure repeated. If your G.I. is unwilling to cooperate, I suggest finding a new one.
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