I've had a number of health issues over the last few years, which have come to a climax recently.
I am an 18 year old female, and my mother and I think I might have Celiac disease.
I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for many years now, but my emotions have become increasingly unstable. I have a lot of trouble with focusing, and paying attention. I am constantly irritable and have complete disinterest in things I used to love.
I've been having a number of problems with my stomach, I am in near constant pain, with severe nausea. I don't always throw up, but I constantly feel like I need to. I had an ultra sound, which came back normal. My weight fluctuates a fair amount, without a change in my diet. I've had a lot of abdominal bloating. I can't eat alot at once, but I always feel hungry, sometimes I crave something like I never have before. Even eating what I really want doesn't always make it go away. My bowel movements are slightly more frequent but very different from eachother.
I am always tired, no matter how much I sleep. I feel weak all the time, and it takes so much energy to do the smallest thing.
My skin and lips are always dry, no matter what I do. I also have dry mouth all the time. I've had sores in my mouth that dont seem like canker sores and I've never had a cold sore.
I have alot of back pain, all over but mostly in my middle and lower back. My hands cramp easily, and I get leg cramps alot. I also get cramps in my shoulders. I get tremors in my hands sometimes.
I have a headache 24/7 and had that headache for a few years now. I have panic attacks sometimes, and my eyes are deteriorating steadily even though they are healthy according to my optometrist. (I have reading glasses, and glasses for distance. I'm 18!!! I didn't even start wearing glasses until I was about 12 or 13).
I also have athsma, and when I had allergy testing about 18 months ago, at the athsma clinic I was told I have a sensitivity to milk, before that point we assumed I was lactose intolerant like my mother.
Because of the stomach problems, I had blood work done, and an ultrasound. The bloodwork, they said was normal (a few years ago, when I was having problems I was told I had problems with my iron, and electrolytes, so those aren't on there anymore? even though I feel the same). The ultrasound was clear, they tested everything, I am assuming, except internally (they were supposed to, but never asked or did so. I think they told my doctor I refused, untrue). I've been on too many anti-depressants, and other drugs for my mental health and they never really work all that well, alot of them made me sicker. I've been tested for alot of stuff and there has never been anything wrong with me. Everyone thinks I am making it up, or faking. But no one would want to feel like this, least of all me.
So, does this sound like Celiac? And how do I go about asking my doctor to test me for it? He doesn't think very highly of me....but I need answers....I can't keep living like this, every day is a struggle. So what test do I ask him to do?
xzandraMember Since 22 Oct 2008
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24 Oct 2008 - 06:30