Pre-Test Symptoms And Questions
Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:28 PM
After suspecting diet ties to my condition, I cut dairy out from my diet completely a month and a half ago(with a few set backs from accidental consumption.) Since I am now at home for the summer, I am able to control my diet, I will also be off the meal plan next semester. After seeing an improvement but not complete recession in my eczema and digestive symptoms, I decided gluten may also be involved when I began to see reactions in dairy free bread that contained soy and wheat. During the cut out of dairy, my wheat consumption drastically cut back (many dairy free foods are also gluten free.) I was also consuming more whole foods, non-processed foods including salads, which could explain an improvement in my eczema.
Five days ago, for the most part, I went wheat/gluten/dairy free, but not bothering with cross contamination. I have mixed emotions at this point... My eczema is even better, only a few new blisters which could be a result of cross-contamination,detoxifying of allergens, other possible allergens, or contact with gluten/dairy at work. On the contrary, I feel terrible. After the first day, I went into a pretty bad depressive slump, and now I believe I am sick (there was a sick co-worker, although we don't interact much nor share the same air for extended periods of time, we're usually on the move, he's a server and I'm a busser.) My temperature is only 98.8 (fareinheit,) but I feel very lethargic, headaches, canker sore, slight body aches, yet no runny nose or congestion. At this point, I know with all these symptoms, it is very likely I am allergic to some food.
At this point, my questions to you:
1) Do you think I may be suffering from a gluten allergy (possibly celiacs?)
2) I plan on re-introducing all foods back into my diet a week before the blood test, would you recommend re-introducing earlier?
Thanks for you that read and sorry for wall of text.
Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:32 PM
Posted 12 July 2012 - 04:02 PM
If you are going to be tested for Celiac, you need to resume a regular gluten filled diet. You don't need to eat dairy, but you should not be gluten free.
I can also add my mother suffers for gallbladder problems, yet had her gallbladder checked out and nothing was wrong with it. My sister has digestive problems and my grandmother has a very "sensitive" stomach. My dad's mom has TONS of allergies and my dad is allergic to shellfish himself and he possibly contains undiagnosed delayed food allergies.
If I go gluten free for another week just to see how my skin and digestive track improve will it make a difference? Then I will be eating gluten for more then two weeks, and to my knowledge antibodies take 6 months to fully reset. One more week of gluten free won't leave much room for any or hardly any of the antibodies to fulfill their half-lifes.
Posted 12 July 2012 - 04:05 PM
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:08 PM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:33 PM
Be aware that after bloodwork, they likely will do a follow up endoscopy, and you need to continue eating gluten until after the endoscopy.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:59 AM
Already began the re-gluten phase thanks to your recommendations. Started with half a piece of regular gluten filled white bread last night, and ate an ezekiel sandwich with tofu, lettuce, tomatoes, parsley, onions, and vegan mayonnaise. Alas, blisters accompanied the re-gluten, along with a yellow stool :/ Should I be eating even heavier doses of gluten?
If you are sure you are having symptoms from re-introducing gluten then you really have sort of an answer now. But if you have doubts you can stay on gluten and do the testing. It all depends on what the testing is worth to you as an individual. Some people really need the official diagnosis to motivate them to stay on the diet, or the want it for tax purposes or for future clinical trials or school programs. But there are people with NCGI (non-celiac gluten intolerance) who never test positive, yet they still have symptoms. The blood antibodie tests are a simple blood draw and that is not a bad thing at all. The endoscopy is invasive and more expensive so it's a questions mark to me.
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 02:15 PM
Every time I look, I find less.
The recommendation is the equivalent of 4 slices of wheat bread a day. ...
Stanford's GI head told me 1/2 slice/day.
Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.
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