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I have been tested twice for celiac disease and both times my blood work came back negative..I have MS and thyroid problems. I ended up doing the radioactive iodine to kill my thyroid.  I have iron deficient anemia as well.  The anemia only started about a year ago. I had an endoscopy to see if I was bleeding internally.  The only thing that showed up was my stomach lining was red and inflamed.The doctors said that was from my use of Motrin for the last 8yrs.  Never a mention of gluten sensitivity.  Can you all of a sudden be gluten sensitive or was I born with it?  

 

I am so confused about this...

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did  they  take  several biopsies  when  you  had the  endo done? I too am  thyroidless  from RAI...plus  several other  autoimmune  disorders...it  appears  once  your  get  one  autoimmune  more  follows.....

You  can develop  sensitivity   at  any  time...

There  are  many  who only  have  anemia  &  docs  put  hem on a gluten-free  diet....

Lost  in pa...... I'm  from  western Pa.....(Pittsburgh area)

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Can you all of a sudden be gluten sensitive or was I born with it?  

 

Welcome to the Forum LostInPA -

 

You're born with a predisposition for Celiac - the predisposition for it is genetic.  But that doesn't mean that you will necessarily get it.  Some develop the disease very early in life - pretty much as soon as they are given solid foods that contain gluten.  Others don't develop it until very late in life.  Some develop it after a traumatic event (i.e a serious illness, pregnancy, etc.).  Some have intense symptoms and some have no symptoms at all.

 

(FYI... about 1/3 of the population has at least one of the genes identified as predisposing you to Celiac.  Only about 1% of the population actually has it.)

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A gluten free diet has been shown in some studies to be helpful for auto-immune diseases.  (In basic terms..  the gluten protein chain is more complex,  choosing a simple diet is easier for an already stressed body~ so eliminating extra stress in the gut enables the body to be healthier.  The usual suspects for food intolerance/allergies are well known as the top 8 allergen list) 

 

I have known an MS sufferer who went on the gluten free diet as a last line of defense (she could no longer afford her medications).  She has had an amazing turnaround in her health.  She has also decided to avoid sugar among other allergens.  Her doctor now really stresses to patients that changing their diet is part of treatment plan that works.

 

If you have had testing for Celiac/intolerance completed you can start the diet.  Welcome to the board!  Any questions feel free to ask.  Peruse old posts by all means, but if you need to ask questions, it might be best to start a new thread.

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Yes. My gluten-insensitivity seems to have been triggered by pregnancy. I am very new to gluten-free lifestyle.  Like you, I have thyroid problems. I have to pay down my existing medical bills before I get the endoscopy test to get more difinative results...  But for me, the bottom line is, how do I FEEL. This gluten thing hit me all of a sudden, and I just felt terrible after eating: I mean debilitating gut pain!   When I cut out gluten, I stopped having excruciating pain! And now that I have cut out dairy, my other GI issues seem to have calmed down as well.  

 

So, IMO, doctors and tests ARE important, but as Celiac and NCGI are only treatable by diet, change your diet and see how you feel. :)

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Yes. My gluten-insensitivity seems to have been triggered by pregnancy. I am very new to gluten-free lifestyle.  Like you, I have thyroid problems. I have to pay down my existing medical bills before I get the endoscopy test to get more difinative results...  But for me, the bottom line is, how do I FEEL. This gluten thing hit me all of a sudden, and I just felt terrible after eating: I mean debilitating gut pain!   When I cut out gluten, I stopped having excruciating pain! And now that I have cut out dairy, my other GI issues seem to have calmed down as well.  

 

So, IMO, doctors and tests ARE important, but as Celiac and NCGI are only treatable by diet, change your diet and see how you feel. :)

If you go gluten-free, there is no point in other celiac tests - blood or endo. You will have to go back on gluten for a few months to get an accurate celiac test. It's best to get tested before you go gluten-free.

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