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Member Since 31 Oct 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 04 2012 02:15 PM

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31 October 2012 - 02:52 AM

Hi everyone. I've been struggling with various symptoms for a while now and have been driving myself crazy worrying about all the possible diseases I could have. Just recently I read an article about celiacs disease, and it felt like the pieces fell into place. I'm just hoping for a little advice as to whether my symptoms really do fit, or if I'm just thinking wishfully.

I'm in my late 20's, but for my whole life I've suffered from loose stool (not what I'd consider diarrhea, but sometimes close). I've never really thought anything of it, because it's always been that way, and there were never any other symptoms like bloating or pain). I've also suffered on and off from bad breath.

About 5 years ago after a trip to Mexico where I was sick with a flu and very stuffed up I developed a persistant nasal drip and blocked ears (I can hear a sticky sound when I yawn and swallow). This became quite a nuisance requiring regular throat clearing. I was sure it came about from when I was sick, but my doctor dismissed and treated it as allergies, diagnosing nasal spays - these didn't really help, so I just lived with it.

More recently in the last 6-12 months I started to get a strange tingling / gushing sensation in both my feet. Within the last 3 months I decided to try a dairy free diet for my nasal drip, but instead of getting better, I started getting a hard to describe light-headed or foggy (not sure if that's the right word) sensation that comes and goes to varying degrees, lasting anywhere from hours to days at a time. The doctor didn't offer any help, although I've had bloodwork done for diabetes, LFT, calcium deficiency, CBC, and a couple of other things I can't remember. My LFT came back with elevated levels (I wasn't told any specifics), and will be going back for another blood test in a couple of weeks to see if they have returned to normal. I've also more recently been waking in the morning with pins and needles / dead arms, as though I've been sleeping on them, but I always wake up like this lying on my back and turning on my side quickly resolves the 'deadness'. I'm also slightly shakey in my fingers, and generally feel like my nerves are out of wack.

My biggest fear was MS, but after reading up on it, I'm almost certain my symptoms don't quite fit, as the pins and needles don't come on randomly, and seem to affect both sides of my body equally. My doctor hasn't even mentioned celiac's disease, but it seems to me to fit many of the symptoms quite well.

I've already started avoiding gluten because at this point I feel like I need to take action, although after reading a few posts I know many of you will suggest I get tested, so I'm considering starting to eat gluten again and asking my doctor to do the full slew of tests. My doctor didn't even test me for B12 or vitimin D defficiency, and I'm wondering if I should request these as well, in case I'm not absorbing them properly (hence my nerve issues).

Thanks for taking the time to read my woes, and I look forward to any further insights and advice any of you can give me.