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Member Since 22 Jan 2004
Offline Last Active Oct 26 2004 02:19 PM
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Hair Loss?

15 March 2004 - 05:22 AM

I haven't been diagnosed by my Doctor, my blood test was negative and I'm the test was also negative for anaemia, so he's diagnosed IBS.

I've had stomach/bowel problems for as long as I can remember (I'm now 30), particularly bad since I was 17. At the same time, my hair thinned considerably on the top of my head and has never come back.

After telling me I wasn't anaemic according to the blood tests, my doctor said I could be mildly anaemic and an iron supplement may help with my hair thinning?!?

I've recently started a gluten-free diet and am feeling SIGNIFICANTLY better. I once in the past (unintentionally) did a gluten-free diet for about 6 weeks and this was the only time in my life I've ever been symptom free. Oats upset me too.

Any advice about the hair thing??
Thank you

Wierd Symptoms - Celiac?

22 January 2004 - 02:03 AM

After many years of ill health, I'm currently waiting to see my doctor to ask for a test for celiac.
I had trouble with my BMs even when I was at school. It started with chronic constipation (BMs only once or twice a month), despite being a very fit active person, terrible hayfever and other allergies and pasty pale skin with dark circles under my eyes. In fact, people often used to ask if I felt ill because of how I looked, and it was easier to say yes even though I felt normal. Oh, I also got terrible bouts of wind (gas) throughout childhood.

At around 16/17 these problems started to get worse. Suddenly, the gas was more constant and uncontrollable, I started to get urgency with my BMs and I was suffering from recurring styes on my sore itchy eyes. My hair became very thin on the top of my head. (Has never grown back fully).

This gradually progressed to become alternating C&D, stomach cramps, fatigue and sleep disturbances (narcopleptic? hallucinations and OBEs). I even had a seizure about a year ago in my sleep after a really bad day of gut cramps.

I've experimented with my diet A LOT and the only time I really felt significantly better was when I went gluten-free (and dairy free) for about 6 weeks (total cure). Interestingly, dairy seems to bother me too, but not as much as the wheat.

I have Irish grandparents, my dad suffered from D a lot and my grandmother had bowel cancer (I think).

My doctor did do a series of blood tests a couple of years ago, including celiac, but they were all negative, although at that time I had drastically reduced my intake of wheat (no bread or pasta), although I can't say I was completely gluten free. I have also had dried, cracked lips and sore eyes going right back through my childhood.

Does this sound like celiac. What if my doctor agrees to another blood-test and it is negative also???? Help!!!!!