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erbadger

Member Since 10 Feb 2004
Offline Last Active Mar 15 2004 11:02 AM
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Celiac?

11 February 2004 - 07:59 AM

Hi,
I have been having some stomach and intestinal issues for the last nine months. It started off as just nausea, but however has gained some frrequent bathroom trips, cramps, intestinal pains, gas and bloating. My GI and primamry care doc have had me do an extensive series of tests like endoscopy, a barrium swallow, and ultrasound of my gallbladder, an ultra sound of my "girl parts" and random blood and fecal tests (not to mention the initial pregnancy test 9 months ago-thank god I'm not preg, my husband and I would be so upset!)

A few months ago my GI put me on amytriptiline which is an antidepressent (at much higher doses than what I was using) with the positive side effect of decreasing nausea, decreasing migraines (about 2x mo since I was 15) but causes weight gain! I went from about 135 lbs to 155 in just over 8 weeks! (I'm 5'8) I just stopped the medication due to the side effects and that it wasn't working very well.

I have always been a sleepy person (8-9 hrs a night is never enough) and have gone to the doc for exhaustion. But, that medicine made my sleepyness increase but olike 200%. In addition to nausea and migrane prevention, at the same lower concentration is perscribed as a sleep aid! So, needless to say, on the meds, I was drowsy for at least 4 hrs after waking. Now, I am still tired and exhuasted, but not as bad as on that medication!

I started having all these issues about a month after a pretty serious surgical procedure (totally unrelated) and just after being accepted to graduate school, though I wouldn't say I was under a ton of stress. Also, at that time I was doing Atkins, though not as good as I should have been. I was down to about 128-130 lbs (lowest in my life!) By the way, I am 24.

This week, my primamry care doc thought to test me for food allergies and sensitivities, so had me do a blood celiac test and some more stool samples.

I have been on that medicine for so long that I forgot what I felt like without it, that I just wasnt hungry and always sick to my stomach. Since Saturday, I haven't wanted to eat anything, because I always feel worse.

I don't know how long these results take, but do any of you have advice? Part of me wants this to be it so I dont have to be poked and prodded as much, but the majority of me really doesn't want this because I love pizza and chocolate cake and would miss having them ever.

Thanks in advance!
erbadger :D

Celiac?

10 February 2004 - 07:36 AM

Hi,
I am wondering if I can get some advice from some of you out there! I have been ill for about nine months now, and my doctors have no idea what is wrong. It statred out as nausea, just massive nasuea. (no, I was not pregnant!) and then slowly the nausea grew, and then the bowel problems. I used to use the bathroom about 1x a day, but now I am up to 4-6 on average. It isn't totally loose, but it is definetly not totally normal (sorry this is so gross) My regular doctor and my GI have made me do all sorts of tests other than the blood and stools, I did a barrium swallow, a ultrasound for my gallbladder and liver, an endoscopy and another ultrasound to check my uterus and "girl parts" everything has been fine. I have been on a medicine that helps with nausea, but causes weight gain. So, yesterday they did the test for celiac, and I am thinking maybe?

I guess my question is, is it possible to develop this problem slowly by suddenly when you are 24? I read some times it follows a stressfull time, and I did have a decently serious surgery done about 2 months before this started. and also, I have been gaining weight, I am up about 20lbs this year, although a lot of that happened right after starting that medication which makes almost everyone on it gain weight.

How long do I have to wait for these test results?

Part of me just really wants this to be it so they dont give me the genaric "It's IBS" diagnosis again. I just don't know how I can deal with the stomach pains, cramps, bloating gas, bathroom trips and exhaustion for the rest of my life.

Does anyone have any advice?

Thanks,
erbadger :unsure: