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Is this all in MY head??

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 06:57 PM

I was diagnosed with celiac last Wednesday, 5/26. I've been doing the best I can on my own to eliminate gluten from my diet...haven't begun to take a look at my cosmetics and body care products. I have an appointment this Thursday with a new gastro doc...but until then.....

These are my test results:

tTG Ab,IgA
Unit: U/mL
Reference Range:
Reference range: 81 to 463
Unit: mg/dL
Gliadin Ab IgA
Unit: U/mL
Reference Range:

I'm concerned because, it's been almost a week and I'm getting more and more of a burning sensation in my upper stomach and now it feels like it's in my sinuses. Taking lotsa papaya enzyme but this just won't go away...wondering if I should try to get in sooner to doc (I know it's only 2 days from now, but I'm worried).

Is this all in MY head?? Will I be put on medication? Will this get better?

Thank you!
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 07:33 PM

Holy cow, unless I'm reading that terribly incorrectly your results are greater than 100 AU!

That couldn't be further from being "all in your head" it sounds more like it's all over your body! The cleansing process can be very confusing and it takes most people multiple tries to finally get totally gluten free at home.

In the meantime, my special drink for gastric issues concerns lots of bacteria. I personally prefer coconut kefir (some of the most delicious stuff in the world) but you could just take some probiotics (or mix the two!). Probiotics have been shown to aid in the recovery of celiac disease, while damaging your intestines with gluten you end up severely disturbing the natural colonies of bacteria that keep your guts running properly.
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Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:52 AM

It is not all in your head. It takes a while to recover from the damage, it didn't occur overnight and won't go away instantly either.
Be sure you check all meds and supplements you take, eat a whole food unprocessed diet and learn about CC issues. There is a bit of learning to this gluten free thing but you will get it. Your in a great place to learn what you need to do, like having a seperate toaster for your gluten free items, replacing scratched and wooden cooking utensils, not baking with gluten flours for others etc.
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celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007

Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15

Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom

Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

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



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Posted 02 June 2010 - 09:23 AM

When I went gluten free, I experienced the most painful heart burn ever. For a week or two I ate rolaids and tums like they were candy. I had never experienced real heart burn before that. It was super intense but eventually went away. I think the severe diet change caused my body to freak out a bit.

I understand the "Is it all in my head" problem. Trust yourself. You know what's going on even if it seems crazy.
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