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No Weight Loss, Undiagnosed, Help!


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#1 janet93

 
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:27 AM

I have had strong symptoms of Celiacs for approximately 3 years; and growing up I have always been extremely pale, with sensitive skin (and no allergies) bruise/get nosebleeds easy, lethargy etc. The problem, is that if anything I have gained a fair amout of weight since the age o 18 (I am now 24). I have had my blood done twice and have been negative both times (but in the higher range). Is this common? Both my sister and grandfather are Celiacs who definitely experienced weight loss prior to diagnosis.

I am currently in the early days of a 1 month Gluten Free diet to test myself prior to scheduling a biopsy per my doctor's request as she does not want to perform an intrusive procedure until we are more certain.

Are there lots of other Celiacs out there who experienced no weight loss? Doctors in the past just brushed me off as this is one of the biggest symptoms.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:56 AM

I have had strong symptoms of Celiacs for approximately 3 years; and growing up I have always been extremely pale, with sensitive skin (and no allergies) bruise/get nosebleeds easy, lethargy etc. The problem, is that if anything I have gained a fair amout of weight since the age o 18 (I am now 24). I have had my blood done twice and have been negative both times (but in the higher range). Is this common? Both my sister and grandfather are Celiacs who definitely experienced weight loss prior to diagnosis.

I am currently in the early days of a 1 month Gluten Free diet to test myself prior to scheduling a biopsy per my doctor's request as she does not want to perform an intrusive procedure until we are more certain.

Are there lots of other Celiacs out there who experienced no weight loss? Doctors in the past just brushed me off as this is one of the biggest symptoms.

I also was under the impression that weight loss was a prerequisite to being diagnosed with celiac, but I read somewhere that it isn't even such a prevalent symptom (i wish i remembered where i saw it!). I was diagnosed by my GI based on my experience, not with a biopsy, and I've never experienced the weight loss either. I strongly suspect that my parents both have celiac, and that my grandmother has it as well. If anything, they've all gained weight which just won't budge no matter what due to the disease. My parents will hopefully be checked later this month, so I'll update when I find out if they're positive for Celiac. Good luck with your biopsy!
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:19 AM

Not sure why your doctor has asked you to go gluten free PRIOR to doing a biopsy as doing so will render the test results inaccurate. Your body could completely heal in one month and your endoscopy will appear negative but you may actually have celiac. You would then need to resume eating gluten (even if it makes you sick) for 3-6 months to even attempt accurate testing. Sounds like your doctor is a bit uninformed.

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they are finding that more celiacs are overweight than underweight. Unfortunately, it is taught in med school that weight loss and malnutrition are the big indicators of celiac disease.

My son was diagnosed at age 6 and he is in the 95% for size and was in no way, underweight. I had a positive blood test and positive response to the diet and I have about 50 extra pounds on me . . .

So yes, it is possible.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:23 AM

btw, i'm also always pale, and right when my celiac symptoms started I actually gained a few pounds, and just looked bloated all the time. If your doctor won't diagnose just because of the lack of that one symptom (which isn't present in all cases), me thinks it's time to find another doctor who is better versed in celiac symptoms, and all of its possible manifestations.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:02 PM

I am by no means an expert, as I am still on the road to diagnosis....but I just wanted to say that decided to 'test my theory' and went gluten free for 1 week, and as a result had to go on a 6 week Gluten Challenge, and essentially eat as much gluten as I could stomach for 6 weeks before my doctor could then do the blood test.
Everything I have read here, and my own experience suggests that it is important to continue eating gluten until a diagnosis is reached.
Right now I am waiting on getting my blood test results, but am still having to eat gluten in case any further tests are needed, if I were to go gluten free now, I could end up having to do another gluten challenge, and delay my diagnosis even further if I need any more tests.

I hope you get some answers soon, good luck.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

I am by no means an expert, as I am still on the road to diagnosis....but I just wanted to say that decided to 'test my theory' and went gluten free for 1 week, and as a result had to go on a 6 week Gluten Challenge, and essentially eat as much gluten as I could stomach for 6 weeks before my doctor could then do the blood test.
Everything I have read here, and my own experience suggests that it is important to continue eating gluten until a diagnosis is reached.
Right now I am waiting on getting my blood test results, but am still having to eat gluten in case any further tests are needed, if I were to go gluten free now, I could end up having to do another gluten challenge, and delay my diagnosis even further if I need any more tests.

I hope you get some answers soon, good luck.

Such an important point!!!! Unfortunately, my GP told me to go off of gluten once my blood test came back negative. She meant well, and honestly believed that even though I tested negative, I could have an intolerance to gluten which would be helped with a gluten-free diet. Well, now that I'm off of it, I cant get retested to confirm my GI's diagnosis (she dx'd me just by hearing my symptoms, and how i reacted well to gluten-free), so it's a bit of a pain to deal with that now. Don't go off of gluten until you've done every single possible test that you think you will ever want to do with regard to gluten! It'll make it so much easier for you to get accurate results!
Good luck finding some answers!
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