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runsuzannerun

Member Since 02 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Jan 04 2013 02:05 PM
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2Nd Opinion Help!

02 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

I am an emerging professional distance runner and have suffered from all of the celiac symptoms in the book. I have also had hypothyroidism for about 12 years and have had to increase my dose after every visit due to malabsorption. My symptoms started about 3 years ago when I started running and were almost unbearable, and I have also been suffering from anemia.

I only became aware of celiac disease after another runner suffering from the same symptoms was diagnosed. Not knowing much about it, I skipped the blood tests and went straight to the GI. The nurse practioner said it sounded like classic celiac and had no problem getting me in for the endoscopy. When I went in for the procedure, the official "doctor" asked me what my problems were. I told him that I am convinced I had celiac disease, and his reply was, "you don't have celiac." This really concerned me, but I was already hooked up to the IV and prepped.

When I called for my results, they said that they were negative, but they found some redness and chronic inflammation that was from gastritis. They said I should come back in for a follow-up and think about getting a colonoscopy. Completely unconvinced and frustrated, I asked to see the results for myself. They sent me the actual pictures from the biopsy, and I spent hours comparing them to other biopsies of people with celiac disease. Clearly, I am not a doctor, but my biopsies looked identical to other biopsies with a celiac disease diagnosis! The vili are definitely blunted and much shorter than they should be.

I self-diagnosed myself with celiac disease and went gluten-free for what's been 4 months now. I started feeling almost 100% better after about a month, but now I am having some other problems that are representing a hyperthyroid. I feel that my gut is able to absorb my synthroid much better now, that I am actually overmedicated.

This has now brought me back to the frustration of getting the proper diagnosis for celiac disease and seeing a doctor who actually knows about the connection between celiac disease and other autoimmune disorders such as Thyroiditis. I feel really helpless and am looking for some advice as to who I should see. I live in the San Diego area and would appreciate any feedback. Is it possible to just take my biopsy results to another doctor?

Please help!