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osusanna

Member Since 25 Jan 2008
Offline Last Active Feb 09 2008 08:08 PM
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Gluten Challenge Time Frame

25 January 2008 - 09:13 PM

For over 5 years I dealt with doctors telling me that all of my test results were "normal" even though I was complaining of chronic fatigue, Irritability, joint pain, brain fog, migranes, gas, bloating, eczema, and itchy blisters on my scalp. These symptoms became so bad that I would work one day and have to sleep the entire next day to be able to function. Eventuallly I quit my job entirely just so I could sleep enough during the day to take care of my family.

Finally a blood test alerted my 4th GP in as many years that an autoimune disease might be the cause. With further blood tests a Reumatologist actually diagnosed celiac and I have been gluten-free for 2 years now and 95% healthy.

My problem is that I am seeing a GI doctor now and he believes because I was not given an endoscopy I do not know for sure I have celiac. He recommends doing the challenge for awhile and then the endoscopy/biopsy. How long I asked? "A few weeks? Maybe months or it could take longer before a biopsy would show damage".

Not a very helpful answer

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