Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

New To This Board. Have ?'s Endoscopy Friday
0

4 posts in this topic

Hi Everyone :-)

I am new to this board & on the very frustrated. Basically this is my history. Have always battled severe iron deficiency anemia (we think it is because of severe endometriosis, but now I wonder). Fatigue. GERD. Joint pain. Fibromyalgia. IBS (with constipation) Chronic allergies. Some food allergies but we haven't figured out what I am allergic to yet(I sneeze many times after every meal, if that makes sense). Had a hysterectomy back in January of this year. Diagnosed with an ileus on the 18th of January. It resolved, but nause & vomiting did not. Hospitalized for nausea & vomiting from the 18th - 31st of January. Lost 20 pounds during hospital stay. Only gained back about 3 pounds. Still having problems with the nausea & vomiting. Only thing I can keep down are bland foods such as crackers, macoroni & cheese, Slim-Fast, Boosts, toast, etc (even though I do sneeze after eating these foods indicating that I am allergic to something in them). Saw G.I. Dr last week. Immediately ordered an Endoscopy & flex sig for this Friday. What does all this sound like to you? Hubby & I have questioned ourselves in the past about the possibility of it being Celiac disease. Also for those of you who have had an endoscopy, can you please shed some light on it? Dr is going to do it under twilight sedation. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Tara

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Hi Tara, welcome.

I am sorry you have had all those health problems. It sounds like you have been through a lot.

I have had an endoscopy, it's not bad at all. Yes they put you in a twilight, my doc used "versed" via IV. As soon as he gave me the meds I do not remember anything. Some docs spray your throat I guess to numb it and keep you from gagging but my doc said the taste of the spray was a lot worse than gagging so he did not use it and I did not feel a thing. I woke up and was fine, a little sleepy but felt good.

I hope you get some answers soon, you will be in my thoughts and prayers :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My endoscopy was also done under twilight sedation. No problems. Don't remember a thing! Very grogy when I woke up and for several hours after, but otherwise, felt fine. I would consent to having another one done tommorrow without hesitation.

While there are no hard and fast symptoms for every Celiac, I would have to question your case - I would be surprised if you are diagnosed with Celiac. Have you had the Celiac panel (blood tests) done? That would be a good first step prior to the endoscopy.

Although, for me, it was backwards. My doctor did not begin suspecting Celiac until he was performing the endoscopy and seen the tell tale inflamation. Fortunately, his suspicions were strong enough that he took biopsies right away. Before he even got the biopsy results, he asked me to get the Celiac panel done. I failed both and have been gluten free ever since!

Have you discussed the possiblity of Celiac with your Dr.? You should prior to the endoscopy. At least plant the seed in his/her brain so that when they are doing the procedure, the thought will be with them. You can also request biopsies to be taken during the procedure. However, if your doctor does not feel they are justified, your insurance may not cover that part of it.

Best wishes!

Dewey

Marion, IA

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Tara,

I'm sorry that you are so ill, I know how you must be feeling.

I have an allergy to wheat. For 3 years I had red, sore, itchy

eyes. My allergist insisted it was "environmentally" caused

by trees, grass, and mold. I had allergy shots, antibiotics,

but nothing helped. In March of 03 I began having GI

problems, nausea, diarrhea, bloating all occuring after eating.

I had gb scans,colonoscopy, and endoscopy. My GI doc

came up w/diagnosis of GERD, IBS, and I had one tiny polyp

in my colon. He gave me fiber pills (they help both constipation

and diarrhea) and a small dose of an antidepressent then

told me to eat a high fiber diet. I improved a little but in Oct 03

I went back and told him I was still sick and having right-sided pain

so hr suggested a Celiac Panel be done, it came back neg for

celiac disease but slight positive for wheat. He told me to avoid wheat,

rye, barley, and distilled vinegar, never told me anything

about gluten or this diet. Fortunately I have been An RN all

of my life so I began to do research, found this site and

learned a lot.

As far as the Endoscopy, the only part I didn't like was

the solution they sprayed in my throat, it had a strong

banana taste. I didn't go completely out, I had Versed,

which he said would wipe out my memory of the procedure,

it didn't but it wasn't unpleasant, the nurses were very

kind and I got colored pictures of my problem areas.

I had to stay in recovery for 30 min., then got up,

went home and slept all day.

I never sneezed around wheat but both my mother and

Grandmother would sneeze about 15 times in a row.

They both had GI problems but not allergies as I have known them.

I hope this helps, I wish you the best of luck in your search for answers..

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,655
    • Total Posts
      921,622
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Below is copied & pasted from this thread:   My celiac doctor is Dr. Syed Jafri, in Webster, TX (just south of Houston -- basically the Clear Lake City area), saved my LIFE.  I would recommend him to the whole, entire world.  I was desperately ill, and am still struggling, and he's a wonderful, sweet man who listens and is very proactive in helping you solve whatever problems you're having.  I wish all doctors were like him.  I have to fight and struggle with too many doctors to just listen to me and what I live with, day in and day out.  He's not like that.  Good luck to you.     There are recommendations on this thread too:  
    • I never worried about cross contamination because i was originally told i was just intolerant. after going gluten free i felt so much better up until this last march. dairy and fructose have been giving me problems but both lactose and fructose test came back negative.  this is what my gi doctor emailed me today 
    • Any place you know of to find more info? Seems like I am still in so much pain/bloat, I am not even sure if I would pick the right 5 foods!
    • Don't freak out worrying about other maladies yet. You would be absolutely amazed at the things that can/will resolve on the gluten free diet. Some take longer than others -- neurological seem to take the longest for most people but really, I guarantee, there will be things you had no idea or expectation of resolving will. There were tons for me and then there were things I sort of "woke up one day" & said, "hey, that's gone and that & that & that". Other, larger things had taken my attention so I hadn't paid attention to the smaller things until...... On the other hand, not everything is related to celiac but I bet you wouldn't find a handful of celiacs who didn't say something very similar to what I said above. Yes, thyroid problems are common with celiac but I'll also tell you there are/have been people on here who were hypothyroid before dx but after being gluten-free for a while they actually went back to normal thyroid numbers. My husband is one (yes, we both are celiac - it happens). He was on synthroid for 20 years or more. Guess what? He's not on it anymore. We've had his thyroid panel done several times since about a year gluten-free & he is no longer hypothyroid. 
    • Yes please, that'd be awesome Having a fun time trying to reply on my phone due to broken screen but will be back on tomorrow after results of doctor appointment to get to the bottom of why they've given me seemingly wrong advice re: next steps. Yup I'll admit to pity, anger, frustration and outright fear, been through the mill of emotions in this first week that's for sure. One thing before I go for that; back when I was self-diagnosing I wanted a full thyroid panel (T3, T4 etc.) and also ESR & CRP checks for vasculitis and similar maladies. Now it seems from my reading they can often follow celiac so my worry level of those has gone up a notch, more blood tests ahoy it seems? Main reason for worrying about those is the nearly constant tight / tender head I have at the moment. Top and sides of scalp. Could be the stress tensing the shoulders and occipital muscles at back of head but after the celiac diagnosis being missed I'm fearful of anything else being missed. Did anyone else have this tight head feeling at the start? Feels like the skin is being pulled inwards, sometimes goes down for a few minutes here and there and gets worse when sitting I think. I see the term "brain fog" a lot but luckily don't seem to have too much of that at present, this is more a physical sensation.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,655
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    bentcreekmom
    Joined