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Member Since 15 May 2004
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Celiac Or Not?

15 May 2004 - 02:13 PM


I have just found the site, and theres a lot of interesting information on it and it would be nice to hear from someone who can give some advice as my current doctor seems to have drawn a big blank

I would like to know if anyone could advise whether after a bout of food poisoning (where I was pretty much allergic to any food I ate) a IgG blood food intolerence test might provide inaccurate results, or cause a person to get celiac disease.

I'm happy to get retested with the enterolabs test if thats possible from the UK

I have been trying to get well for 11 months now, and I keep relapsing about once a week back to the same symptoms, bloating and gurgling stomach with no apparant link to any particular foods. I am eating wheat again, and I don't seem to be reacting to it..... maybe I am mistaken though and I am reacting after a certain time?

Can't help thinking I'm missing something, I just have no energy at the moment and feel like I'm not absorbing much of my food. I lost 10kilos in the first month I got ill and have weighed 65kilos since (I used to be 75kilos). I can't put on weight at all

I was interested in the comments about tropical sprue too, maybe I have that. Can you get that in other areas of the world?

I am feeling a little better, but if I could get rid of the bloating and be able to dispel/belch this wind up and get some energy back - My quality of life would be so much better.

I would appreciate peoples advice - Thanks for reading.


My Story
Well, I was on holiday last year in Malia (Greek resort) and got very bad food poisoning on day 4 of a 7 day holiday.

Initial Symptoms were feeling bloated in stomach but not being able to dispel the wind/belch it up - this gave me a stomach pain and sometimes a little panic attack. Eventually, I'd be able to belch it up but it took some time and I felt very nauseous.

Symptoms were ok at this time eating a meal, normally flared up three hours after.

I managed to get through the holiday by drinking far too much alcohol, which masked the symptoms completely (I expect thats true of many other illnesses!!)

On the day we had to fly home, I felt absolutely terrible and didn't eat breakfast as I knew I would react to it.

Needless to say, by the time we got on the flight my stomach was very bloated, I felt very nauseous and wanted to be sick (but couldn't). I actually asked to be allowed off the plane (with 300 passengers waiting on the runway). They talked me round and soon after take off the pain got worse and I came so close to passing out with a constant pain in my stomach.

The pain relented a bit when we landed, I've since found out if you do have bloating - going on a plane makes the bloating much worse!

Anyway, that was 11 months ago - I've taken many mediations and advice but am still not better. I don't know whether I have celiac disease or not and would like to find out!

I'll try and list the medications and advice over the last 10 months, maybe someone has a similar story or advice.

June 2003
Event: Food poisoning on holiday
Symptoms: Bloating pain/cannot dispel wind, chest pains, stomach pains, panic attacks, nausea, insomnia due to symptoms. Acidic stomach?. Food sitting in stomach, feeling like not being digested for a long time.reacting badly to all food i ate even after one mouthful

Lost about 10 kilograms in weight very quickly.

Mediaction taken: Gaviscon, helped acidic stomach but didn't help bloating and stomach pains

July 2003
Event: Went to see doctor, doctor "guessed" heliobacter and prescribed due to long NHS waiting list for Endoscopy. Referred me anyway

Medication prescribed: 3 phase 3 week mediaction to cure heliobacter(amoxillian, metadinprazole, ?)

Did it help :
For a week, yes. Felt a bit better. Then back to old symptoms.

August 2003
Event: Decided to get a blood food intolerence test

Results: Results came back saying I was allergic to Cows Milk, Gliadin (Gluten), Rye, Wheat, Yeast.

Did it help: Stopped having gluten and dairy foods for a month. No real change. Went back to eating Gluten again

August 2003
Event: First visit to nutritionilist. She recommended great smokies stool test

Results: No parasites, but overgrowth of Proteus Vulgaris, Citrobacter Freundi, Klebsiella pneumonia . Very little good bacteria

Medication: Acidophilus, Berberine and Grapefruit seed extract, Uva Ursi, Oil of Oregano

October 2003
Event: endoscopy appointment (at last!). Biopsy resulted in negative heliobacter but hiatus hernia.

Prescribed: Dom peridone (30 day course).

Also took: Bio-Care acidophilus forte (1 in the morning 30 mins before meal), Solgar Multivitamin (with dinner)

Did it help:
Yes, stomach pains went away after a week. Food seemed to get digested better and didn't sit in my stomach.Bloating remained.

November 2003
Event: Symptoms very bad. Went to specialist, and had barium xray/barium enema/chest xray/ultrasound/blood tests

Results: Specialist couldn't see anything wrong, couldn't advise any more other than it "might get better in a couple of years"

May 2004
Nutritionlist suggested I take the following for food allergy/gut repair: Too early to tell whether these help but id be interested to see if people think they might help

1 * Kirkmans Acidophilus (first thing when I get up) This is a pretty high strength one and seems to make me more bloated

Breakfast supplements
1 * MSM tablets

Lunch supplements
Ginger supplement (30 minutes before meal)
2 * MSM tablets

Dinner supplements
Ginger supplement (30 minutes before meal)
1 * MSM tablet
1 * Solgar multivitamin

4 * triphala internal intestine cleanser tablets (ayurvedic remedy)

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