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Member Since 10 Jul 2009
Offline Last Active Sep 13 2009 01:32 PM

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In Topic: Seen At Cleveland Clinic For Follow Up

09 September 2009 - 06:15 PM

Did you check with your pharmacist or the company to make sure the drug was gluten free? You have to check all meds, script or OTC. Generic drugs need to be checked at each refill as the binders can change. You also need to check all vitamins and supplements and do be aware that some vitamins labeled gluten free will have barley or wheat grass added and those are not something you want. Do read all labels carefully.

Yes, we think it may be related to a course of Augmentin I took.

In Topic: Please Help Need Someone To Read This Biopsy Result

29 July 2009 - 05:51 AM

Well then, coupled with a positive serologic test and blunted villi, it sounds like you have Celiac Disease. Welcome to the club!

Many people have issues with dairy early into the diet due to villious atrophy. After some healing has taken place, dairy is often re-introduced successfully.

thats good to know because I love dairy.. How long do you think I should wait before starting dairy?

In Topic: Please Help Need Someone To Read This Biopsy Result

29 July 2009 - 05:07 AM

Although blunted villi are consistent and in many cases probable with Celiac, it is not specific to Celiac Disease.

Do you have a history of intestinal distress? Do you have an intolerance to cow's milk, gluten or soy?
Do you have an eating disorder? Have you be tested with a serologic panel for Celiac?

Your biopsy is a piece of the puzzle. While in some people, healing can be rapid, but I don't think three week would effect your biopsy.

I would certainly schedule a followup with your doctor.

I did have positive labs, positive antibody and positive antigen of 19
I have had GI issues for years and I do have problems with milk
Feel 100% better gluten-free

In Topic: Please Help Need Someone To Read This Biopsy Result

29 July 2009 - 05:05 AM

i'm sure you'll get other replies; but, since i'm here...

since you are on a gluten-free diet, it will be very difficult to get 'clinical correlation'. that means blood tests to determine the cause of the 'villous blunting'. lots of threads around here that talk about eating gluten until AFTER all testing. otherwise all tests (blood/biopsy/etc) are suspect for celiac diagnosis.

as another thread somewhere over the last week or so has discussed, there are other disease states (besides celiac disease) that can cause villous blunting -- note the text in your report regarding 'malabsorption syndromes'.

in the absence of any other information (e.g., what other diseases can be ruled out or what other blood tests you have had) it is impossible to diagnose any disease from a single biopsy/blood test.

I did have positive antibodies and antigen .. labs were all positive,, I have had GI stuff for years.

In Topic: I Had My Endo Today,, Positve Blood But Was gluten-free Prior To Biopsy

25 July 2009 - 11:08 AM

With positive blood work and a positive EMA, you have your diagnosis. The only reason to do an endo after positive blood work is to see what damage has been done. You cannot see indications of Celiac Disease with the naked eye, period. It has to be looked at microscopically. A doctor may see inflammation but to actually diagnose flattened villi, you need a microscope.

If the biopsy comes back negative, that could be for a number of reasons which do not mean you do not have celiac disease. However, there is absolutely no reason ever again, with what you have said in your post, to do a gluten challenge later on. You've also had a positive dietary response.

I hope you are feeling better soon!

Thanks so much for your advice. I agree, I am much bette now and not going to risk it.. Thanks,

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