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shellv1969

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Where to start, I am 36 years old and have been sick the last 10 years. I have been told I have everything from Flybromyalgia to IBS. The depression and anxiety have been horrible and i have been getting to the point i cannot drive at night because i am completly night blind. The day after Thanksgiving i had to go to the emergancy room. I was in horrible pain in my abdomen and could hardly breath. The cat scan showed nothing and the blood work showed i was anemic. I have gained about 40 lbs in the last 2 months, (mainly in my abdomen from swelling) Well the scheduled me to see a gastro specialist this past tuesday that i have seen before for the ibc and problems after my gallbladder was removed and he mentioned the symptoms of Sprue/Celiac disease and it fits my symptoms perfect. He wanted me to try a gluten free diet and is setting up me to see a dietician.. He is doing a blood test on Monday and i have been eating gluten free for the last 2 days and am starting to feel better... Will this effect the blood panel for sprue? I feel like after reading this message board that i am finally going to feel normal again and that is what has been going on with me instead of the other diagnosis. I have the extremely dry skin, ezcema, sores in the corner of my mouth , pain all over my body and bones...( i think i have every symptom. ) I felt really overwhelmed at first but this message board has seemed to make me feel better and know i am not alone in how i have felt. I know now this is what killed my mother, She died from emancipation at age 54. She weighed 69 lbs when she died. She always had gastro , pancreas, liver , stomach and intestinal problems and as the years went by she became insullin dependant diabetic and even though she ate we watched her waste away to nothing. I wonder if she was ever diagnosed with this.. Anyone know where to look up support groups in the area that you live in? I still feel a little overwhelmed and any advise would be great

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In order for the bloodtests to be accurate you cannot start a gluten-free diet. Your Dr. was wrong to tell you to go on the diet and then he'll test you. You can get a false negative by starting the diet before testing. Its the same for the the Endoscopy....you need to be eating plenty of gluten for up to 3 months before the test.


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Welcome to the board! We are happy you have found us.

It sounds like you have been through a lot, health wise. I would recommend that you keep eating gluten until after you bloodwork in order to have accurate bloodwork. You will need to discuss if you want an endoscopy/biopsy with your dr., as you don't want to have to go gluten free, then go back on gluten.

http://www.celiaccenter.org/faq.asp has the list of the bloodwork you need run. Many doctors do not run the full panel. Print out the list and bring it with you and make SURE that the full panel is run.

GIG is one of the best groups around. Here is a link to some of their branches: http://www.gluten.net/branches.htm

Also, CSACeliacs has numerous groups, and Celiac Disease Foundation has some celiac support groups!

I am sorry to hear about your mother. If you do have Celiac, it might very well be what she had. It is a genetic disorder, so it can run in families (but, just having the genes doesn't mean you have it, nor does having a family member mean you will get it, luckily!)

I hope his helps some. Let us know what else we can do. PM me if there is anything I can help with.

Laura

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In order for the bloodtests to be accurate you cannot start a gluten-free diet. Your Dr. was wrong to tell you to go on the diet and then he'll test you. You can get a false negative by starting the diet before testing. Its the same for the the Endoscopy....you need to be eating plenty of gluten for up to 3 months before the test.

my Doctor was of no help in my quest to feel better, so two months ago I went gluten free and am now just starting to feel better...but I did have the blood work done about 3 weeks ago or so and of course it was negative...now I am having an Endoscopy this week, but I'll have it done anyway, along with a colonoscopy. My new Gastro Doc was sure enough of my symptoms to think I could have a wheat problem..since my major bloating and gas have gone away, still have D pretty bad, but it is finally starting to subside a bit,......I am not very hopeful now that he will find anything...but it doesn't matter, I'll continue with the no gluten anyway, I am so sure that this is my problem, but it will be good to rule out any other major bowel problems.

I wish you luck shellv and it's so sad about your mother. My maternal grandma had horrible, what they thought was IBS, as long as I can remember, and I am now sure it was probably celiacs, my mother and two aunts also have problems.


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Microscopic/lymphocytic colitis confirmed through biopsies..Dec 2006

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Thanks for everyones advise, I have been feeling a lot better not eating gluten in less than a week. but before the blood test i decided to go and eat up...ha ha . I had Ravioli with cheese in it yesterday w/garlic bread and about died. The swelling that had went down came right back and i was up all night with stomach cramps and running to the bathroom. yuck. I am going to be tested this week but god i do not want to suffer like this. After doing some more family research all my mother's sisters and my granfather died from complications w/the intestinal track... Pancretitis, diabetes, etc... I have several 1st cousins that are now suffering with diabetes, fybromyalgia, exzema, psoriosis,stomach cancer, gerd ,etc. After my test , If it comes out positive I am going to be informing everyone in my family to be tested. Would eating a little gluten be ok for the test to come out positive? (even though i prefer not to eat any at all)

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Thanks for everyones advise, I have been feeling a lot better not eating gluten in less than a week. but before the blood test i decided to go and eat up...ha ha . I had Ravioli with cheese in it yesterday w/garlic bread and about died. The swelling that had went down came right back and i was up all night with stomach cramps and running to the bathroom. yuck. I am going to be tested this week but god i do not want to suffer like this. After doing some more family research all my mother's sisters and my granfather died from complications w/the intestinal track... Pancretitis, diabetes, etc... I have several 1st cousins that are now suffering with diabetes, fybromyalgia, exzema, psoriosis,stomach cancer, gerd ,etc. After my test , If it comes out positive I am going to be informing everyone in my family to be tested. Would eating a little gluten be ok for the test to come out positive? (even though i prefer not to eat any at all)
I am so new at this, but I don't care what the test results say now, if they are negative, I'll know why they are negative and will just forge ahead gluten free for the rest of my life. I am not going to torture myself to find out something I already know to be true...but like I said I will be glad to have a few other things checked out tomorrow anyway, just to be on the safe side, in matters of our health I feel it is better to error on the side of caution.

Hypothyroidism since 2001

Negative Blood work celiacs

Negative biopsies for celiacs

Microscopic/lymphocytic colitis confirmed through biopsies..Dec 2006

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Thanks for everyones advise, I have been feeling a lot better not eating gluten in less than a week. but before the blood test i decided to go and eat up...ha ha . I had Ravioli with cheese in it yesterday w/garlic bread and about died. The swelling that had went down came right back and i was up all night with stomach cramps and running to the bathroom. yuck. I am going to be tested this week but god i do not want to suffer like this. After doing some more family research all my mother's sisters and my granfather died from complications w/the intestinal track... Pancretitis, diabetes, etc... I have several 1st cousins that are now suffering with diabetes, fybromyalgia, exzema, psoriosis,stomach cancer, gerd ,etc. After my test , If it comes out positive I am going to be informing everyone in my family to be tested. Would eating a little gluten be ok for the test to come out positive? (even though i prefer not to eat any at all)

You need to be eating a good amount of gluten for the tests to be positive.

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