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Holly4

Member Since 01 Jan 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 13 2011 09:42 AM
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Topics I've Started

Celiac, Barretts Esophagus, Addisons, And Hashimotos Are They Related?

18 February 2011 - 10:01 AM

I have recently been diagnosed with Barretts esophagus, Hashimotos, Addisons and Celiac disease. I am feeling beyond overwhelmed. I have always thought I was a healthy person :). My blood test for celiac was strong positive for Tissue transglutaminase and Deamidated glidian. My biopsy was normal. I am wondering if those other diseases could cause a positive blood test? I have been gluten free for a month and am still feeling really fatigued. I was just diagnosed yesterday for Addisons and Hashimotos so I haven't really had a chance to get meds yet for those. Are all of these things related??? I am so bummed out. I feel like my body is just falling apart. In my sorrow yesterday, I gave up and ate some bread and chocolate chip cookies. Now I am mad at myself. I guess I am still in denial!

Positive Blood And Negative Biopsy

27 January 2011 - 02:59 PM

Excactly what I didn't want to happen has happened...I have a postive blood test for celiac and my biopsy came back as normal. My GI says no way do I have celiac. I have been gluten free for about 4 days. Now I don't know what to do. I don't want to be gluten free if I don't have to, but I also dont want to not go gluten-free if I really have celiac. I would love any input on this matter especially if you have had a similiar experience.

My GI doesn't seem to know much about celiac and only biopsied 2 spots. I wondered if that were enough. He also discovered I have Reflux and damage in my esophagus from that-which has just started in the last month or so...he called in a prescription which I hate to have to take.

I am so lost! Please help if you have any good info or ideas.

Candida Or Celiac

17 January 2011 - 09:50 AM

I had a neighbor tell me yesterday that I don't have celiac, I have Candida. I had never heard of Candida and so I did some research. I found that the symptoms are very similar to Celiac. Many of my main symptoms like brain fog, numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, headaches, constipation are all symptoms of both. I have also had a yeast infection that I can't seem to get rid of and itchy ear and eyes.
I had a postive blood test for celiac and am now waiting for the endoscopy in a week. I am afraid that the endoscopy will come back negative and then I will wonder if it is really celiac. I plan to go gluten-free immediately following the endo, but the gluten free diet would also rid you of candida it seems.
Has anyone dealt with Candida and how do you know if you have that? I'm just so tired of feeling crappy! I hope I can work this out. I guess I really just don't want to give up my favorite things in the world which all contain gluten :(.

Can Symptoms Get Dangerously Worse?

09 January 2011 - 12:02 PM

It seems like all of my doctors think you have to have had symptoms for a long time in order to have celiac. I have a positive blood test and am waiting for my biopsy which is in another month. I got sick with strep then the stomach flu. My diarrhea wouldn't go away so they tested for celiac and here I am....

I feel like my symptoms keep getting worse and worse each day since I got sick last. My hands are numb most of the time now and I feel like I am floating around with a weird pounding in my head. Sounds that aren't loud are really loud to me. Im not sure this is even celiac related! I ate breadsticks yesterday and was so sick by the nighttime. I woke with super swollen hands and a bad headache and super dizzy. My concern is that I will keep getting more and more sick as I await my biopsy. My doc wants to rule out celiac for sure.

Could these symptoms get dangerously worse in a months time? Could my vitamin levels have changed that much in the last month since I first got tested? My doctor is going off of labs that were drawn a month ago. Does Celiac come on that quickly? My concern is that I will keep on my normal diet and do serious damage while I wait.

Numbness And Tingling....docs Dont Know...help Again Please!

07 January 2011 - 04:58 PM

I recently got a weak positive on my deamidated gliadin and a strong positive on my tissue transglutaminase. I have numbness and tingling in my hands and feet that seems to be getting worse! My right hand pinky is completely numb. My doc thought is was a b-12 deficiency but my b-12 was good. All my vitamin levels are okay. Does that mean its not celiac? I thought celiac meant you couldn't absorb nutrients. I am scheduled to get a biopsy done in a few weeks, so I guess I cant eat gluten-free yet. Has anyone had this problem with numbness?

I am also really light-headed and dizzy. Is this a common symptom of celiac or not? I also suffer from constipation :( and have started having a hard time swallowing. My blood tests showed a low level of TSH. Is thyroid related to celiac?

I wish the doctors around here knew more about celiac. I'm really nervous about my hands and feet and sometimes I get numb up to my elbows and quads. Does eating gluten make it hard for anyone to hold a pen or type or spray hairspray etc? Please respond if any on this makes any sense!