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Just came back to update. Had the biopsy done yesterday. All the pictures appeared to be normal, but just have to wait for biopsy results.
I'm glad I didn't have to do it for much longer, 6 weeks and I feel dreadful! My Hashimoto's antibodies were well over range, so that is probably not helping things. Can't wait to start feeling better!!
I thought I would post this up on the forum because I would like to see if anybody would be able to give advise on where I am at the moment.....I have intolerance to dairy, wheat, corn and barley.
I have constant issues with my stomach - I go to the loo regularly (some days can be 6/7 times a day) - when I feel really rough I go to the loo and feel better after.
Chronic tiredness (at times going to sleep for 8 hours and waking up the next day wrecked - feeling like I could have another 8 hours sleep).
When being out for a drink the next day I am extremely bad (I know people may say stop drinking - thats understandable and something I have started) but I do not drink alot.
Go to the loo and feel like I need to go more
Brain fog/Heavy head
But the biggest thing for me is Dizziness.
This has been going for approx. 8 years (Im 37).
I have seen and paid alot of money to see ENT Specialists, my ears and hearing are fine - I havent got Menieres. I have scans - no underlying illness or issues with the brain....then I read that being allergic to gluten or having an intollerance could make you dizzy or bring on vertigo. My doctor has prescribed me many tablets to try and rectify or help the dizziness but none work.
The more I read on Gluten the more I am convinced its the problem - but was wanting peoples opinion and advise....or instance why wasnt this picked up by my doctor?
I have decided to avoid gluten to see if it helps - for the past 7 days I have only eaten fresh meat, veg and fruit and no alchohol, I want to see if it helps.
My normal diet would consist of bread, alot of pasta (3/4 times a week), chocolate for treats, red wine etc. Its just dawned on me I am eating all the things I shouldnt.
If this is the case and I have finally found the issue, how long until I should start feeling better?
I would like to also add that the dizziness isnt permanent, it comes and goes and gets worse and then better but over the past years its been a real problem for me.
Thanks for listening - Lee
For a Celiac, just a supposedly gluten-free crust would not be enough. I would check that they are using separate pans, cutting utensils and clean toppings. When they stretch out a crust and then put thier hands in the cheeses or other toppings, they transfer some flour to the container.
To add to what Barty said - you must be on a regular gluten containing diet to get Celiac blood tests and endoscopic biopsies. See a medical doctor, pediatrician or GI or Family Practice, and do that before you go gluten-free .
First of all, celiac is not an allergy. It is an auto immune disease. The testing for celiac is much different from the testing for allergies.
And allergy testing is fairly unreliable anyway. Does your son have any type of ALLERGIC reaction to any of these things? An allergic reaction would be things like breathing problems or hives or other types of rashes.
It DOES sound though like he may be having a celiac reaction. Pooping problems (one way or the other if you catch my drift) are common, especially in kids, although a person can have celiac with no symptoms.
And celiac runs in families so it's very possible that if he has it his sister might too. What's more, it's very possible that either you or their mother has it too.
If you go to the coping section here you will see a thread pinned to the top called "Newbie 101". Check that out for a wealth of information about celiac, and be sure to click on all of the links in that thread too, especially the ones from the University of Chicago Celiac Center.
Then come on back and ask as many questions as come to mind. We're here to help.