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Undiagnosed. Wondering If This Could Be Celiac Or Ibs?

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Hello. I'm wondering if what I'm experiencing could be Celiac's or just severe IBS. I gave birth to twins in May of 2012, and starting about 6 weeks postpartum, I started experiencing bouts of diarrhea IMMEDIATELY after eating anything. Following the diarrhea, I started having quite severe gallbladder attacks about 3 nights per week. On 7/24, I had my gallbladder removed.Following my gallbladder surgery, on 7/29, I lost one of my children to SIDS. After this, the symptoms I had prior to the surgery started to come back. Now, I've included all of this, because I've read that Celiac's can be trigged after a life-changing event, and all three of those happened in the course of three months. Since then, I've had two weird rashes that I cannot explain, like poison ivy, weeping, and pretty itchy. The first appeared on my bum, and was there FOR weeks. A few weeks after that one went away, another one started around my eye on my face, and was the same way. It only lasted about a week or so. I'm certain neither of these were poison ivy, as I had spent those months confined to my house following the death of my daughter. 

 

 

My diarrhea is the worst. It starts about 15 minutes after eating anything with severe abdominal pain. it comes in spurts you could say. It'll bother me for a few weeks, then be gone for a few weeks, etc. This spurt has lasted well over a month. My primary care doctor suggested IBS, but I told her that spicy and greasy food doesn't bother me the same way that a subway sandwich or a hot dog does. I've got a referral to see a G.I. on Monday (6/24). I'm curious if I'm  heading in the right direction for this? Or if I should have just accepted the IBS diagnoses from my primary care doctor and taken the meds? Does this sound like Celiac? 

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OH! I'm so sorry about your baby! That has to be one of the hardest things to get past!

Yes. I would say you are on the right track with Celiac. Let me look up a couple of things you can print and take with you to the GI. You can keep them in your purse and have them in case he blows you off or doesn't know much about Celiac. Be right back....

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/medical-professionals/guide/symptoms

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/medical-professionals/screening

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/medical-professionals/guide/diagnosis

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OH! I'm so sorry about your baby! That has to be one of the hardest things to get past!

Yes. I would say you are on the right track with Celiac. Let me look up a couple of things you can print and take with you to the GI. You can keep them in your purse and have them in case he blows you off or doesn't know much about Celiac. Be right back....

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/medical-professionals/guide/symptoms

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/medical-professionals/screening

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/medical-professionals/guide/diagnosis

Thank you for these sites! I will try to remember to get them printed and take them with me. When my primary care doctor made the appointment for me, I mentioned to her that I have a feeling it may be Celiac's or a gluten sensitivity. So, hopefully my doctor mentioned that when making the appointment with the GI, so they know this ahead of time. :) 

I've also suffered from migraines for the last 9 years. I also have a left temporal fossa arachnoid cyst, and was going to be tested for peripheral neuropathy before becoming pregnant with my first child. I put the test on hold due to the pregnancy and no medical insurance, and never followed through with it. I'm reading that this too can be related? 

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Migraines are a symptom. Not sure about the cyst. I know I have not had more than 4 migraines in the 3 1/2 years I have been gluten-free. Those 4 were not very bad and went away with Excederin

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Migraines are a symptom. Not sure about the cyst. I know I have not had more than 4 migraines in the 3 1/2 years I have been gluten-free. Those 4 were not very bad and went away with Excederin

Oh I know the cyst isn't, it's genetic.  :P For years I thought the migraines were a result of the cyst, but my neurologist insists that they're asymptomatic.  I've been through oodles of prescriptions for them,and nothing has helped. I'll be somewhat excited if everything goes as planned and I can start becoming gluten free. I'm excited to hopefully start feeling better! 

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