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Member Since 30 Apr 2005
Offline Last Active Apr 15 2012 09:23 PM
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In Topic: Bad Endoscopy Results :(

31 January 2007 - 09:18 PM

Well... I have no idea what is going on now! These are results I got from my doctor today (regarding tests I had Monday):

Complete blood count and iron studies looked good. No sign of iron-deficient anemia.

Liver enzymes are normal.

Thyroid screen (TSH) is normal.

Magnesium is normal.

B12 and folate are normal.

Vit E, A, and D are normal.

Tissue transglutaminase IgA is 3.9 (normal < 7.0, it was 23.4 when we screened and detected celiac disease in May 2005).

So... I'm interpreting this to mean that I'm not getting gluten in my diet.

What could be wrong? :(

I *did* (however) discover that both my birth control pills (ortho tri-cyclen lo) and allergy medication (Zyrtec) have a lactose base, and yesterday was the first day I had a normal bathroom experience. (yay!) So, the dairy hit that I had on Christmas was enough to wipe them out, and then the lactose was enough to prevent healing..? I don't know.

My friend thinks that my body is very passive aggressive - "If you're not going to take care of me exactly as I want you to.. I'm just not going to heal! Ha! :angry: "

I think she understands, since she has Celiac too ;) Maybe all of our bodies are passive aggressive :P

Anyway - I'm open to ideas if anyone has any! Still don't know why my villi are flat and my gastroenterologist is out of town! (Before he answered *any* of my question! Punk!)

- Michelle

In Topic: Bad Endoscopy Results :(

29 January 2007 - 02:28 PM

Thank you for the hugs! Much needed ;)

The good news is that my doctors office called this morning to tell me that the biopsies were benign. (whew!)

The bad news is that I *still* haven't talked to my doctor (gastro) and when I called back to ask questions, they said he was out of town until next week. (argh!!!)

So, I went to my general health practitioner with my book on Celiac Disease and the article (from celiac.com!) on Refractory Sprue by the Mayo Clinic doctor. She ran a lot of tests (so many blood tests that they made me lie down for twenty minutes after because they thought I was going to pass out!) - including a new tTG test, a bunch of vitamin/mineral tests, thyroid, etc.

Hopefully the tTG will tell me if there is gluten in my diet somewhere that I don't know about. I hope that test will work, anyway. Theoretically, I've been gluten-free since May 11, 2005 - almost two years. So... what the hell??

Anyway - I'll keep you updated! Thank you!

- Michelle :wub:

In Topic: Celiac Disease, Gluten Ataxia And Candida

28 January 2007 - 07:00 PM

Hey, I haven't read all of the posts on this topic - but thought I would add something (forgive me if you've heard this before). I had a wicked yeast infection & obviously intestinal candida for over 18 months. What finally helped me was a no sugar, no grain diet, lots of probiotics, fish oil (3-4 teaspoons/day), and a 4 month run on Lamisil (the anti-fungal that is commonly used to treat toenail fungus). If you know that your liver is already having problems, obviously this isn't the way to go. But my doctor checked my liver function every month and I was fine. He said that he'd heard of people having liver problems with it - but had never actually seen it in his practice (and he was very strict on testing).

I know it's a bit out there - but you might want to consider it. I know that Candida is awful, and I had tried everything too.

With all my heart, I wish you the best.

- Michelle :wub:

In Topic: Bad Endoscopy Results :(

28 January 2007 - 07:57 AM

Thank you to everyone who has replied.

About Candida - yes, I did read the link - and find it very interesting. I had a yeast infection for 18 months - and Candida for who knows how long.

I'm still waiting to talk to my gastroenterologist about the results. I haven't had the chance to talk to him for even a second after the procedure. And, obviously, I am very anxious. Hopefully I will get a call from him soon.

I spoke with my general practitioner - after emailing her the results - and she said that, it looks like refractory sprue. I'm not sure how familiar you guys are with that so I'm going to quote the section on it from the book, "Celiac Disease" by Peter Green.

" I've been really good about the diet - I watch everything I eat. I do eat out a lot, but only where I know I'm safe... But my last biopsy was still totally flat. I don't know what I'm doing wrong or what more I can do. Maybe stop eating. (Anonymous, 50)

Primary refractory sprue is the term used for patients with celiac disease who have ongoing diarrhea and persistent villous atrophy after going on a gluten-free diet for at least six months and in whom pancreatic insufficiency, bacterial overgrowth, microscopic colitis, and small intestinal lymphoma has been ruled out. This is mainly a diagnosis of exclusion. It is not just the persistence of villous atrophy in a patient who is otherwise doing well with the diet.
Some patients initially appear to do extremely well on the diet and then relapse despite compliance. This is secondary refractory sprue. In these patients, refractory sprue develops during the course of celiac disease, but in others the cause is unclear. Studies have been done to determine whether these patients actually have celiac disease. In terms of pathology, both conditions are similar.
Refractory sprue can have serious consequences - one is malignancy. Some patients with refractory sprue have abnormal lymphocytes (white blood cells), called clonal lymphoctyes. Patients with refractory sprue are also seen with clonal proliferation. If clonal lymphocytes are present, patients may progress to lymphoma.
Patients with refractory sprue may need hospitalization and treatment with intravenous fluids and nutrients as well as antidiarrheal agents. Many receive steroids, immunosuppresive therapy, and antibiotics.
After eliminating any other possible reasons for the condition - double-checking the diagnosis, ruling out dietary indescretion and bacterial overgrowth, and using pancreatic supplements - drugs such as cyclosporines and azathioprone (Imuran) are used as treatment for patients with refractory sprue. They have fewer side effects than steroids."


Needless to say, if it is refractory, not happy news. I do not have pancreatic insufficiency, as I have taken pancreatic enzymes in the past with no benefit. I was tested for bacterial overgrowth last year and that's not it. And I'm pretty sure that I don't have microscopic colitis. (Wouldn't I know on that one?) So, I'm waiting to get the small intestinal lymphoma ruled out. (Yikes.)

Obviously there could be other food intolerances that I don't know about. But I do not have active Candida now.

What worries me the most is that I haven't had a reaction (i.e. "glutened") since last June. And I developed a pretty bad depression in August - which (now that I know what's going on with my villi) leads me to believe that this has been going on for some time. If I *do* have refractory sprue, it must be the *secondary* refractory sprue, because I was doing really well for a while. But in August, for whatever reason, I started really breaking down and could hardly function. By November, I was crying every single day (to the point of sobbing most days). I started taking anti-depressants again November 1st (Wellbutrin).

I really don't know what is going on now. I do believe that Candida can play a role - but I don't think that's the case for me now. (I even posted on the Candida link a long time ago - not sure of the forum link, but here is a web page that I linked to: http://www.denvernat...ews/celiac.html ) (Please read that if you haven't already!)

So... waiting.

Thank you so very, very much for your support. Sorry I haven't responded yet - I've been slammed with work & school & dating & trying to get my living space organized (I was living with my boyfriend for almost 3 years - left him on Christmas, possibly -in part- because of this active celiac business that I didn't know about).

You guys are wonderful. Thank you thank you thank you!

- Michelle :wub:

In Topic: Bad Endoscopy Results :(

20 January 2007 - 05:15 AM

I know that villous atrophy can occur due to casein. I also found out that I'm seriously allergic to dairy (plus beef & gelatin) a couple of months before I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I also react to eggs and sesame - but not so intensely. I had the ELISA blood testing in March 2005. Since then, I have RARELY ingested any sort of dairy product. The last time I "cheated" with dairy was on Christmas, when I had some cheese (and became really emotionally upset) (but I also broke up with my boyfriend that day so it could have been that!) - I would think that the villi would have regenerated by yesterday, if it was the dairy.

No more "cheating" though. I am more than a little terrified of the cancer risks I'm looking at.

I thought I was doing so well :( I *never* risk exposure to gluten. I emailed my primary care doctor with these results but haven't heard from her. She's wonderful & brilliant, so I am very anxious to speak with her.

I am scared :(