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BeccaM

My Doctor Diagnosed Me Without A Biopsy?

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Hello All-

I have posted before explaining my situation. I am a cancer survivor who for ten years has been dealing with pain, nausea, osteoporosis, neuropathy, diarrhea etc.... The doctors had blammed it all on the treatments (chemo, radiation) and now I finally have a GI doctor who just diagnosed me with Celiac.

He said that I am "Clinically Celiac". He doesn't feel like he needs to do a biopsy. My blood work was so borderline low before, and after a while on the gluten-free diet, it was fantastic. I mean, my white count which always hovers around 2.2 (normal is 5-10) was up to 3.5. Pretty cool!! He found that my actual celiac tests were not positive, but he said that it was because I had been gluten free for a while. He wants me to just try a gluten diet for a week or two to "firm up" the diagnosis. He said that if I feel awful on gluten, then we will know for sure.

Anyone else diagnosed with out the biopsy?

Thanks in advance.

-Becca

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Anyone else diagnosed with out the biopsy?

Thanks in advance.

-Becca

Ooh, my kind of dr. If your body feels better withouth gluten, then you have ipso facto celiac. My dr. dx'd me w/o bloodwork or biopsy. It's called the diet challenge and is a very viable diagnostic tool. I'm glad you have a dr. that is taking into consideration everything you've been through and is paying attention to what your body is telling you. Try the diet challenge under your dr's direction. If you feel better, then continue. If not, then he may have to find other avenues to explore, but it sounds like he's on the right track.

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Anyone else diagnosed with out the biopsy?

Thanks in advance.

-Becca

Only my IgG was high on my blood test, so my dr put me on a gluten-free diet to see if it works. If it works, I have it, if it doesn't I don't. I've said this before, but she's taking the :huh:duh :huh: approach. She's also kind of apprehensive, though, she's waiting until she sees my records from my GI doc in AR, since he did an endoscopy...She also doesn't want to do an endo if possible, since it's so invasive :P

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I was dx'ed without a biopsy. My blood test levels were so high that he said that there was no doubt about it... Also since my health improved dramatically on the gluten free diet he said that I most definitely had celiac and the only reason to do the biopsy was if I was not improving on the diet.

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There seem to be a number of doctors/researchers who are pushing for the elimination of the biopsy as the main diagnostic tool. Blood tests can be unreliable. Enterolab's stool tests claim to have a much greater diagnostic capability, but that has not be accepted yet by the broader medical community (unfortunately!!). There may be occasional reasons for the biopsy, but once a suspicion of celiac is there, the gluten free diet seems a better indicator of diagnosis. The diet is the only treatment anyway, and how hard is it to do the diet for awhile and see how it goes?

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I was diagnosed without a biopsy. I had not ingested ANYTHING (including water, which I threw up) in the nine days prior to the blood test. Totally dehydrated and massive weight loss. The month prior to the test I had very little sustenance. When the light bulb went off in my GP's head for celiac disease, I probably had very little gluten in my body. The test came back slightly elevated and he still diagnosed celiac disease. He said I was far to sick to go through the biopsy and I certainly did not push it. The blisters on my hands disappeared and I could not believe the dramatic change the diet made in my health.

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Hello All-

I have posted before explaining my situation. I am a cancer survivor who for ten years has been dealing with pain, nausea, osteoporosis, neuropathy, diarrhea etc.... The doctors had blammed it all on the treatments (chemo, radiation) and now I finally have a GI doctor who just diagnosed me with Celiac.

He said that I am "Clinically Celiac". He doesn't feel like he needs to do a biopsy. My blood work was so borderline low before, and after a while on the gluten-free diet, it was fantastic. I mean, my white count which always hovers around 2.2 (normal is 5-10) was up to 3.5. Pretty cool!! He found that my actual celiac tests were not positive, but he said that it was because I had been gluten free for a while. He wants me to just try a gluten diet for a week or two to "firm up" the diagnosis. He said that if I feel awful on gluten, then we will know for sure.

Anyone else diagnosed with out the biopsy?

Thanks in advance.

-Becca

Both I and my DS were diagnosed through dietary changes. The gluten challange made me too sick to go to the biopsy. My DD had a biopsy that showed changes but not full blown celiac.

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I was diagnosed without a biopsy.....had positive blood work. My dumb dr told me to go on the gluten-free diet before my biopsy....so amazingly enough, I had healed and they didn't see any blunted villi. But, I still have the Celiac diagnosis.

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Hello All-

I have posted before explaining my situation. I am a cancer survivor who for ten years has been dealing with pain, nausea, osteoporosis, neuropathy, diarrhea etc.... The doctors had blammed it all on the treatments (chemo, radiation) and now I finally have a GI doctor who just diagnosed me with Celiac.

He said that I am "Clinically Celiac". He doesn't feel like he needs to do a biopsy. My blood work was so borderline low before, and after a while on the gluten-free diet, it was fantastic. I mean, my white count which always hovers around 2.2 (normal is 5-10) was up to 3.5. Pretty cool!! He found that my actual celiac tests were not positive, but he said that it was because I had been gluten free for a while. He wants me to just try a gluten diet for a week or two to "firm up" the diagnosis. He said that if I feel awful on gluten, then we will know for sure.

Anyone else diagnosed with out the biopsy?

Thanks in advance.

-Becca

HI Becca

i too have neuropathy which was caused by malnutrion and the shortage of b12, since i went gluten free i find its not as agressive but i still have it. how do you deal with it yourself?. also my white blood count went down i was in er 2 weeks ago and they gave me a copy of the lab work and said my wbc is only1.7. i went to my regular gp who said he would not worry about it too much, but somewhere in the back of my mind i think that ,that it shouldnt be so low and its for a reason. anyway hope this diet works for you it as done wonders for me .

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thanks so much everyone for your positive thoughts!

I have been struggling lately- I was hospitalized with what was thought to be a bowel obstruction, (would have been my third in six months) and had an allergic reaction to compazine. That was a week and a half ago, and since then, I have been feeling awful.

Just really hypoglycemic- sooo shakey and yucky. Like i'm going to faint and my heart palpitates. Does this happen to anyone else?

The doctor is having me check my blood glucose (I have a glucometer) and I have been getting the wierdest readings.. fasting -when I awake my sugar is 80, then, after I eat breakfast my sugar is 79, right before lunch it is 80, and right after eating 75. All of these are low- normal is 90-120/ So I'm wondering if there is something up with my pancreas, or if any of you are chronically hypoglycemic too.

thanks

becca

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Becca, A lot of us are hypoglycemic, it sounds like you might be. Also, I have had problems with my potassium levels--too low--causes similar symptoms. I try to eat potassium-rich foods like bananas, potatoes, orange juice, etc. Take care, and keep us posted on your recovery. God bless :):)

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