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09 October 2012 - 08:36 PM

I am making arrangements to get my bloodwork done this week, but I have a couple of questions. I have health insurance (thank the good Lord), but no PCP, so I am opting to pay out of pocket for testing. I guess I'm leaning toward Healthcheckusa. I saw it mentioned on this forum many posts back. Can anyone please tell me if this place is legitimate? Kind of sounds too good to be true that you don't need a doctor's order to get labwork, espcially when you're wanting a Celiac panel. Also, I've never had my vitamin levels checked w/ the exception of an iron test about four years ago, when I was diagnosed w/ hypothyroidism. Don't know if it was B12 or another iron test if there is one. Anyway, I'm almost positive I'll be deficient in D due to inadequate sunlight and milk (lactose intolerance). With the test I'm looking at, they offer the B12 and I think folate and complete CBC as well. It's a profile nutrition test or something like that. I'm wondering if I should get my vitamin/mineral levels checked before doing the Celiac panel or the other way around? Finally, to the subject at hand, has anyone else developed hypopigmentation of their skin. I have developed these white patches on my legs over the past year. I googled this depigmentation and found that it is likely one of four things, a fungal infection, leukopenia, vitiligo, or a B12 deficiency. Have any of you had this before? Just curious what your diagnosis was and if it was related to Celiac or not. Thank you for taking the time to read this and/or respond!

Sick And Suspicious

07 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

Hey everyone! I am glad to have stumbled onto this site! I really appreciate the wealth of information and the sense of community here. I am a newbie and have posted under a few different topics already. I hope to not repeat myself, but I wanted to share my personal history to see if any of you think my symptoms/diagnoses (please see my signature or other posts) warrant testing for Celiac Disease or not. I am a 34-year-old female, but my health started to deteriorate 7 years ago. In late Sept.'05, I developed what I thought at the time was a stomach virus. I had pretty intense abdominal pain that radiated to my back and diarrhea. I purchased some Imodium and went about my day. My symptoms lasted throughout the day, only to stop the next, and then return again. My symptoms continued so I consulted a gastroenterologist. In Jan. '06, I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy. I was diagnosed with IBS. I left the office with a pamphlet and a RX for Hyoscyamine. My abdominal pain and diarrhea continued for the next seven years (until present day). I finally discontinued the Hyoscyamine in Aug. '07 due to its ineffectiveness. I might as well have taken a placebo. I was diagnosed w/ hypothyroidism in Oct. '08 and put on Synthroid. While I am thankful to have had an astute physician recommend testing my thyroid (I know some women aren't as lucky), I am frustrated that I do not know the cause of my thyroid disease or my IBS. I am curious to know if it is Hashimoto's or not and furthermore whether gluten is the culprit. I have developed additional symptoms over the years, namely unidentified rashes, unexplained bruising, acid reflux, and lactose intolerance. I am slightly overweight and experience constipation as well, but my view is that w/ having an underactive thyroid, these symptoms don't negate Celiac Disease. My latest complaint is sciatica-type back pain. Let's just say my heating pad is my new best friend! What brought me to the suspicion of Celiac Disease or even gluten sensitivity again is that I picked up the latest issue of Woman's World magazine due to the headline grabber, "Sluggish Thyroid?" Inside it stated than an underactive thyroid might be due to an undiagnosed gluten or dairy sensitivity. I have two young daughters and I want to know if there's even the remote possibility that they have a chance to develop this disease. It wouldn't hurt to have some validation either. I know it seems like I've made up my mind, but after years of being treated like a neurotic nutcase, I suffer from self doubt. I would so appreciate any advice/suggestions any of you have to offer. Many thanks for taking the time to read my novel! :)

Extraintestinal Manifestations

06 October 2012 - 10:10 PM

I'm curious to see if anyone can relate to my skin issues. In September '09, I developed an intensely pruritic, symmetrical rash on my inner thighs. After trying and failing with at-home treatments, I went to the doctor. She mentioned shingles, but I told her I've never had chicken pox. She prescribed me an antiviral and an antihistamine. I finished the RX, but it didn't phase the rash, so I went for a subsequent visit. She then prescribed Nystatin, a topical cream (again, didn't phase the rash). She recommended I consult a dermatologist, but without health ins. and paying out of pocket at the time, a dermatologist was out of the question. No one else in my household has had any type of rash, it hasn't spread, and I can't pinpoint it to anything in particular. The rash comes and goes and its presentation changes as well, much like my bowel movements/abdominal pain. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for any of it. Three years later (present day), the rash persists, as do the gastrointestinal symptoms. I'm perplexed to say the least. Just last year, I developed a single lesion (completely different than the other rash) on one of my buttocks. I just assumed it was a spider bite or something. Over the course of the past year, these lesions still appear in singular fashion, last for several weeks, and disappear, leaving behind a purple mark. These lesions do not itch and like the rash, they come and go. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Any suggestions or ideas what could be going on?


06 October 2012 - 07:27 PM

Can someone please tell me how to set my personal information, such as name, address, phone number, etc. to private? When I click on my profile, it is listed. I do not want such information displayed. Please help!

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