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I Immediately Think Every Symptom Is Caused From Gluten...

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:01 PM

I have been gluten free for about two years, and it has made a dramatic change in my life. (I won't get into all the symptoms and issues I had) I have five kids and they each have there own set of issues and I believe that most of their symptoms stem from gluten intolerance as well. I also have brothers and sisters that I believe have issues. I was never diagnosed celiac, so I think that is why I never completely take my kids off gluten. Our home is gluten free, but they eat lunches at school and so on. Does anyone else feel like they jump to gluten being the cause of symptoms?

My son came home from basketball practice tonight (12yrs) and said he could hardly run, because his body and head hurt so bad. He has many stomach issues that come and go and is sent home from school often for headaches. He does have many other unrelated issues, like a kp rash on his arms and face (but maybe they are all related) Dr's don't seem to worry, because he is overall a healthy child! My other son won't eat for days at a time because he feels like something is stuck in his throat (had throat study done and came back fine) My girls all have different issues as well.

Just thought I would see if anyone else has become obsessed with gluten symptoms?
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

I don't think I became obsessed... I saw the symptoms more often in people but I could be right. Right?

I saw GI symptoms in 2/3 of my kids. I made them gluten-free and those symptoms have largely improved. I think the only way to know if your kids are celiac is to test them, and likewise the only way to know if they are non-celiac gluten interant is to follow the gluten-free diet strictly. Perhaps give it a try and you'll be able to stop wondering. :)

Best wishes to you and your five.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

I have one son with celiac and one without. My celiac son complained for a YEAR of not feeling well (fatigue, joint pain, etc.) and I assumed it was from gluten - somewhere in our gluten-free house. We restricted his diet even more (no processed foods that were not specifically gluten-free), no eating out, etc. etc. I was at the point were I was going to hire someone to come in to my kitchen and find the elusive gluten. Turns out he had lyme disease. Now I know better than to just assume it is the gluten.

My poor older son, I am constantly asking about his bathroom habits. He still gets tested every two years, but sometimes I feel we need to go in sooner. Mood swings, headaches, fatigue, etc. All PERFECTLY NORMAL for a 10 year old . . . but I still wonder.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

I totally understand how you could relate every symptom to gluten! After reading hundreds of posts and stories on this forum as well as dozens and dozens of medical articles, I have come to understand that celiac disease can be the ROOT of so many other conditions and symptoms. And it can be so frustrating when most doctors want to treat superficially and only what they see on the surface. We were fortunate with our oldest son -- our primary care physician was in the early stages of TRULY learning about celiac when I took our 16-yr-old for his physical. He was 5'3", in the 10th percentile of his peers, was not growing, had delayed puberty, but no other symptoms (that we recognized at the time). My concern was the short stature (pituitary? thyroid? just the card he was dealt?). Our doc wanted to run blood work, but emphasized that he was ordering a celiac panel. Tests showed tTg of 70 (<20 negative), so endoscopy was ordered. The GI doc said visually everything looked normal -- but the biopsies came back positive. We immediately went gluten-free with him and he grew over 7 inches in less than two years!

In the last two weeks, our daughter has presented with itchy blisters on her legs that broke open, got progressively larger and more angry looking, and now look like open sores. Of course, our new doc (we moved last summer), says it may be impetigo. I insisted that she be tested for DH, but he wanted to give it a week of treatment and go from there. I said I didn't want to wait a week. So we are moving ahead with the antibiotics in case they are infected, and I take her back in in a few days for the skin biopsy. Personally, with our family history, I prefer to rule out celiac before we run the gamut of every other condition it COULD BE! He was not as convinced, obviously, but reluctantly agreed to what I wanted.

That's a long story just to say "go with your gut!" Even with just a little bit of research on celiac disease, it's hard to not to see every symptom as related. I share your obsession Happy!
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

I am taking my oldest son to his dr tomorrow. I am going to have them run a cbc and a celliac panel. He comes home constantly with headaches and bellyaches. He is constantly in the bathroom, and says its normal bm, but i no it's not... He also has had little bumps on his arms and face for the longest time. It may be nothing but I need to know!!!
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