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Findin my way

Member Since 19 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Mar 28 2013 07:19 PM
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Digestive Enzymes

25 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

I was wondering if I could get some advice/information about these.  I was passing some really bad smelling gas so I decided to try some digestive enzymes.  I got a brand that's gluten/dairy/soy and corn free (all the "frees" I need).  My gas went away, but now I'm sick as a dog.  I'm so nauseated I don't want to eat anything.  I've read that the enzymes can cause nausea, but this seems extreme.  Did anyone else go through this?  If so, how long did you feel sick?  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Man, Do I Feel Stupid!

14 November 2012 - 03:43 PM

So I've been gluten free for almost 6 months and dairy free for about 3 months. I found a recipe for dairy/gluten free shortbread. I finally got around to making the dough and baking up some cookies. Unfortunately I mixed it all in my old mixer. I haven't replaced it yet. We just don't have a couple hundred dollars lying around to do so. I had three cookies about half an hour ago. They weren't too bad, taste wise. BUT, now I'm in pain all down my right side. It feels like someone is pinching the nerves down my right leg and right arm.

I can't believe I did that. I really didn't think I was that sensitive. Oy this learning curve. I hope everyone else is doing better than I am right now. And learn from my mistake - replace your old appliances. This really sucks!

Transglutaminase Iga Ab - What Test Is This?

20 September 2012 - 09:58 AM

Hi everyone,

I've seen so many posts about tests, ttg's, iga's, etc, and now I'm confused. This is the only celiac type of blood test my gastro doc ordered. So which one, of the many tests mentioned, is this? Also the test was negative:

my number 2.5 range <10 U/mL

I had an endoscopy too. I think he only did three biopsies. I asked for his notes and I only see a duodenal biopsy (mild intraepithelial lymphocytosis), gastric biopsy, and mid-esophageal biopsy. My b12 was low, my iron in the "reduced iron stores" zone, my TSH in the normal range. He didn't test for any other deficiencies. I'm also on PPI's (proton pump inhibitors for severe heartburn) which can lower b12, iron, folate and calcium.

The GI decided with a negative blood test and only mild villous atrophy that my Celiac diagnoses was indeterminate. He told me to go gluten free and come back in 4 months. If I felt better he'd say I have Celiac. The only thing is I really don't feel better yet. I just gave up dairy a couple of weeks ago and am avoiding soy too.

I have to see him next week. He keeps insisting on a colonoscopy. I had one 8 years ago that showed nothing. It was a horrible experience and I don't want to go through with it again. So what do I tell him? It's not like I can ask for more tests, I've been gluten free for 3.5 months now.

Oh yeah, I also had another autoimmune disease as a teenager, chronic ITP which ended in a splenectomy. Thanks for reading the novel. :)

Any help and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.

What Thyroid Tests Should I Ask For?

17 September 2012 - 08:20 PM

My gastro doc was unwilling to diagnose me as Celiac. My blood work was negative (he only did the transglutamnase IgA AB) and my biopsy was "indeterminate." He said the villi was only slightly blunted. I've since found out he only did a couple of biopsies. He told me to go gluten free for 4 months, come back to see him, and if I felt better he'd say I have Celiac.

I've been gluten free for about 3.5 months. I really can't say I feel better. The first couple of weeks I felt better and then it went down hill from there. I've given up dairy. I'm avoiding soy, but it seems to creep in. I'm afraid to have to give up corn, just because of how much stuff it's in. I'm still on PPI's which probably aren't helping anything either. I've started to slowly taper them to avoid the acid rebound problems.

Anyway, I'm not complaining about my digestive issues. I actually want to know what thyroid tests I should ask for. I'm seeing my family doctor for my yearly physical on Wed. I'm thinking I should get my thyroid checked. Gastro doc did a TSH test, which was in range. So if someone could let me know which tests to ask for that would be great. Thanks.