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roomorganizing

Member Since 17 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Oct 09 2014 12:55 PM
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#850472 I Immediately Think Every Symptom Is Caused From Gluten...

Posted by roomorganizing on 26 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

I totally understand how you could relate every symptom to gluten! After reading hundreds of posts and stories on this forum as well as dozens and dozens of medical articles, I have come to understand that celiac disease can be the ROOT of so many other conditions and symptoms. And it can be so frustrating when most doctors want to treat superficially and only what they see on the surface. We were fortunate with our oldest son -- our primary care physician was in the early stages of TRULY learning about celiac when I took our 16-yr-old for his physical. He was 5'3", in the 10th percentile of his peers, was not growing, had delayed puberty, but no other symptoms (that we recognized at the time). My concern was the short stature (pituitary? thyroid? just the card he was dealt?). Our doc wanted to run blood work, but emphasized that he was ordering a celiac panel. Tests showed tTg of 70 (<20 negative), so endoscopy was ordered. The GI doc said visually everything looked normal -- but the biopsies came back positive. We immediately went gluten-free with him and he grew over 7 inches in less than two years!

In the last two weeks, our daughter has presented with itchy blisters on her legs that broke open, got progressively larger and more angry looking, and now look like open sores. Of course, our new doc (we moved last summer), says it may be impetigo. I insisted that she be tested for DH, but he wanted to give it a week of treatment and go from there. I said I didn't want to wait a week. So we are moving ahead with the antibiotics in case they are infected, and I take her back in in a few days for the skin biopsy. Personally, with our family history, I prefer to rule out celiac before we run the gamut of every other condition it COULD BE! He was not as convinced, obviously, but reluctantly agreed to what I wanted.

That's a long story just to say "go with your gut!" Even with just a little bit of research on celiac disease, it's hard to not to see every symptom as related. I share your obsession Happy!
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