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Member Since 08 Sep 2011
Offline Last Active Oct 28 2011 07:00 PM

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In Topic: Reliable Food Intolerance Testing

21 October 2011 - 09:19 AM

Hi T.H.,

Would you mind sharing what sort of (non-gastrointestinal) symptoms you typically experience when you're exposed to gluten? I'd simply be curious to know which of my own symptoms might be related to the ingestion of gluten.

Thanks! :)

In Topic: Reliable Food Intolerance Testing

20 October 2011 - 10:09 AM

Yes, I guess that's the most important detail... If our health improves when we are gluten-free, it doesn't really matter what the medical profession tells us. The proof is in the pudding!

Thanks again, guys! :)

In Topic: Reliable Food Intolerance Testing

18 October 2011 - 09:35 AM

Thanks for your replies. :)

Next month I have a follow-up appointment with this GI specialist. I'll be sure to ask him many questions. Maybe he used the term "stomach" in a colloquial fashion (like "tummy"). Until I get more information, I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Sometimes I wonder if these physicians consider themselves too busy to keep abreast of topical medical literature. Although this is not a legitimate excuse, it might characterize their own perspectives.

Curiously, the constant cramping in my left side simply vanished while I was fasting for approx. 36 hours prior to the endoscopy. The postoperative consumption of a bowl of cereal and light soup seemed to bring this symptom back in full force. As suggested, I guess I'll simply have to go gluten-free and see what happens.

Thanks again... This discussion forum is a real blessing to me! :)

In Topic: Reliable Food Intolerance Testing

17 October 2011 - 03:21 PM

Hello again! :)

Well, today I had my endoscopy procedure done at the local hospital. Unfortunately, the gastroenterologist only took three (3) biopsy samples from my stomach (none from the small intestines). This physician looked to be under 40 years-old. So, he should be well-acquainted with the recent medical literature pertaining to celiac disease. Of course, I had deliberately been eating gluten for six weeks prior to this medical procedure. It will be awhile before I know the lab results of the biopsies.

Question #1: Are biopsy samples of the stomach also a reliable indicator of celiac disease?

Before I was anesthetized today, the gastroenterologist made a few disconcerting remarks while we were chatting. For example, he maintained that diarrhea must be present in every instance of celiac disease when gluten is being consumed. As well, he claimed there exist NO blood tests which mean anything in regard to celiac disease - due to the fact that false positive results are exceedingly common. Finally, he mentioned that it is unlikely that I have celiac disease since this condition is quite rare. All this being said, this was our first encounter. Prior to today, I had never met this gastroenterologist before. It was my family physician who requested the blood-work and made the referral. Although it is - of course - possible that I don't have celiac disease, my reading seems to be irreconcilable with the details mentioned by this physician.

Question #2: Is this physician correct? Am I mistaken?

Thanks! :)

In Topic: Reliable Food Intolerance Testing

21 September 2011 - 04:41 AM

A truly gluten free diet should have you feeling better if gluten is your problem.

Certainly my symptoms have become far more pronounced since I started a full gluten-inclusive diet, almost three weeks ago, in preparation for my upcoming endoscopy. That being said, at no point in my life have I been "entirely" gluten-free. Already I'm looking forward to going gluten-free... based on what I'm experiencing now. :blink:

A diagnosis of celiac disease would certainly explain a lot. For example, my blood work always exhibits anemia (decreased number of red blood cells). No physician has ever explained this anomaly, and I have (barring possible gluten issues) no diagnosable health problems.

Thanks! :D

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