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Gluten Intolerance - Symptoms and Should I get Tested?

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I think I may have gluten sensitivity. Or Celiac disease? I don't really know.

So, where to go from here? My Dr. said that I don't need to be eating gluten for my results to come back positive (I have heard the opposite). I don't think they will anyway, I'd be the unlucky person with negative results, and can they even detect a sensitivity over intolerance anyway? Supposedly, Celiac isn't in the family.  Should I just stop eating it, and if I feel better, know I shouldn't eat gluten and proceed with life? Or should I find a really good allergy Dr. and go to them? I'm just worried nothing will come up, as that's the norm unless I've broken a bone, and I'm tired of feeling horrible on a daily basis.

How do I know if I can still eat foods that are processed in a facility with wheat? Are all Celiacs/people with sensitivity affected?

My symptoms
- lifelong headaches, migraines
- Daily bloating (got way worse returning after living abroad for several months)
- fatigue (though I do eat well)
- some brain fog/ irritability/ mood swings
- depression (even though I am a happy person, happy with life)
- eczema on arms 
- random nausea 

I do not have any nutrient deficiency. I don't run to the bathroom 20 times after eating bread. I've tried to clear up my issues for years now and no one can figure out what's wrong.

Ps. I'm not allowing things to be stuck up me... and I'm not okay with anesthesia.
Thanks for the help!
 

 

 

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If you truly want to find out if you are celiac, you have to have blood tests and/or an endoscope which, as you guessee it, means a needle in your arm and/or a camera down your throat, and you do have anesthesia with the endoscope.  It is my understanding that the endoscope is the gold standard of diagnosing celiac disease because it involves biopsies of your small intestine tissue.  If I am incorrect about this someone will enlighten both of us.  :)

Here is an answer to your question about eating gluten prior to testing:
http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/archives/faq/how-much-gluten-should-be-consumed-prior-to-being-screened-for-celiac-disease

Here is also an article:  http://theceliacmd.com/2013/04/six-reasons-to-test-for-celiac-disease-before-starting-a-gluten-free-diet/

It sounds like you have been consulting with your doctor, but it sounds like he does not specialize in digestive issues. I would ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist, who does specialize in digestive disease. 

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Ugh!  Your doctor sounds like he is not celiac savvy!  You must be consuming gluten daily (about 8 to 12 week) prior to a celiac blood panel.  If you are gluten free, your body will stop producing antibodies!  SSL Runner is right!  

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

I happen to be the first in my family to have celiac disease which is an autoimmune disorder (not an allergy) than runs in families.  My family is riddled with AI disorders (lupus, RA, MS, thyroiditis, etc.)  You could be the first in your family too!  Anemia was my primary symptom.  I had no known gut issues to gluten.  I went in for a routine colonoscopy (yeah, I'm in the over 50 club) and was shocked with the GI suggested celiac disease and ordered an endoscopy too.   But, he was right!  I had moderate to severe intestinal damage!  Both procedures were easy.  The colonoscopy (which is usually not ordered for celiac disease) prep was the hardest.  How much jello and clear broth can a person eat!  

If all celiac testing is negative, you could try going gluten free to see if symptoms resolve.  But diet adherence can be difficult (but not impossible) without a formal diagnosis.  

Your best bet is plenty of research.  See if you can get another doctor too.  


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I do have a GI but haven't seen her in a few years. She was leaning towards lactose intolerance at first and we did a bunch of testing and I was also treated for parasite. She suggested an endoscopy but I won't do anesthesia. Is there a way to do it without? 

My GP said eating gluten free didn't matter, so I will be returning to the GI. Unless it is better to go to an allergy specialist? 

Just worried nothing will show up, and now my family thinks I'm a hypochondriac, hah. 

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You MUST be eating gluten for blood testing. I don't care what your doc says. If you don't keep eating gluten until the blood is drawn then you can get a false negative. It's happened countless times!!!!! 

An allergy specialist will do you no good in dx'ing celiac disease. Better to go to the GI. It may be possible to do the endoscopy under heavy sedation but not anesthesia but I'm not sure. I have a friend who did a colonoscopy where she watched it on the monitor so she was awake enough to do that.  You will have to discuss that with the GI. If you can work something out with the GI so you will have the endoscopy then you will need to continue eating gluten until the endoscopy is completed.


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You could have an allergy to wheat and that is totally unrelated to celiac disease.  But, why are you so worried about having an endoscopy?  I have been "knocked out" for several things (C-section, gallbladder, etc.) and I can relate to your concerns (actually, my hubby worries more about this) but each time, the end result was well worth it.  

Did you know that most celiacs have lactose intolerance?  It is because the enzymes used to digest lactose are released from the villi tips.  If those are damaged from celiac disease, you can not digest lactose.  The intolerance varies with the degree of damage.  In many cases, based on genetics, you become lactose intolerant due to age or race.  It's like a huge chunk of the world population.  If you fall into that category, you will never overcome lactose intolerance.  

Get to your GI.  Keep eating gluten until all testing is complete.  And you are not a hypochondriac!


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Diagnosed via Blood Test and Endoscopy: March 2013

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis -- Stable 2014

Anemia -- Resolved

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Osteopenia/osteoporosis -- June 2013

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Diabetes -- January 2014

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nacoconut,

Apparently there are many options for the endoscopy procedure & you can do it without general anesthesia. Many people have gone through it with just a throat numbing spray. I found a few links I thought you might like to read:

http://digestivehealth.net/faqs/sedationoptions.html

https://www.reddit.com/r/Celiac/comments/2w3clt/endoscopy_without_sedation_can_anyone_share_their/

http://www.iffgd.org/site/manage-your-health/tests-diagnosis/upper-endoscopy


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Reynaud's October 2018

Rheumatoid Arthritis October 2018

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Cyclinglady, 

Because of anesthesia as a child, I have extreme needle phobia to the point of either passing out, running out of the room, or being sedated which usually doesn't work once I see the needle. I'm doing my best, but some doctors have refused to take blood because of it. I will do this if I must but I don't know how I will react or what my GI will do.

I think I'm lactose sensitive as I can't do heavy ice creams or bisque anymore without having a stomach ache for the next 2 days. It has only become an issue within the last 4 years so that makes sense, before that no real issues but I didn't grow up on milk and prefer easier digested foods like yogurt and cheese.

All of this is making a lot of sense now! My mom has recently cut lactose, maybe I should urge her to get tested with me.

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It would not be unreasonable to ask for a mild sedative to be taken prior to even leaving your house.  You could  swallow a small tablet with a tiny bit of water.   Perhaps this would lessen your anxiety prior to getting the IV meds.  Might be worth a try.  You could even try a dose the evening before also.  DON'T LOOK AT THE NEEDLE!

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