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Ibs Or Celiac

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Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if any of you out there can help me. First, I will list my symptoms and I would love some feedback if it souds like Celiac or if it does NOT sound like Celiac.

-gall bladder removed 3 years ago

-about a year ago, stools started to lighten in color, about 4 months later turned to diarrhea

-small itchy blisters on the palms of my hands for about 10 years

-headaches

-canker sores

-back pain (middle left side) for about 10 months

-severe stomach pains shortly after drinking any malt beverage

I've been to a GI and have had the following tests which have all come back negative: x-ray, MRI, CT scan, colonoscopy, upper GI, lactose test, and a blood test for Celiac disease.

My doctor has diagnosed me with IBS but I just can't get past everything I've read on Celiac Disease and wondering if it would be worth sending away for a test for Celiac Disease. I am not following a gluten-free diet but am considering giving it a try. Any feed back would be greatly appreciated.

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Maybe you should give the diet a try you really have nothing to lose. There are some members here who have had negative bloodwork for celiac but have tried the diet and have feel all around better and that is all the proof they need to continue on.

Hope this helps.


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You might want to get those itchy blisters biopsied, or rather the skin near them. Sometimes celiacs have villious flattening (endoscopy with biopsies) without having positive blood work. And more often, many of us with IBS find it magically goes away when we avoid the magic foods that make us sick.

I assume you're thinking of Enterolab when you talk about testing? I think its worth a shot if you're done with your own doctors.

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You might want to get those itchy blisters biopsied, or rather the skin near them. Sometimes celiacs have villious flattening (endoscopy with biopsies) without having positive blood work. And more often, many of us with IBS find it magically goes away when we avoid the magic foods that make us sick.

I assume you're thinking of Enterolab when you talk about testing? I think its worth a shot if you're done with your own doctors.

Thanks for the support.

Is Enterolab the one to use? What test should I ask for? Are they reputable?

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disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. Having said that, as far as I can tell, IBS is a bull-**** diagnosis; it's not a disease, it's a collection of symptoms. As far as I can tell, it's the same symptom list as celiac disease, minus the positive test results.

There are many of us on this board who either did not test positive for celiac, or who had doctors who read the tests inaccurately, yet our symptoms completely disappeared when we went on a gluten-free diet. More and more often, dietary response is becoming an accepted diagnostic tool.

As a previous poster said, you have nothing to lose but stomach pain!

Welcome aboard, and let us know how things go with you!

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disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. Having said that, as far as I can tell, IBS is a bull-**** diagnosis; it's not a disease, it's a collection of symptoms. As far as I can tell, it's the same symptom list as celiac disease, minus the positive test results.

I agree with you about the IBS being bull. If they can't tell me what causes IBS, how can I just sit back and deal with the symptoms and not rule out Celiac.

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Am I correct that even if you are on a gluten free diet that the you can still be DNA tested?

If you go with Enterolab you can do the gene test, and the gluten intolerance test, as well as malabsorption, dairy and soy. And with them, you can do all that while being on the gluten-free diet.

They do stool testing, which is far more reliable and sensitive than the blood tests and the biopsy. Also, they test for the celiac disease genes as well as the gluten sensitive genes. Because you can be gluten sensitive and have all the symptoms of celiac disease, without the damage to the villi. The treatment is the same, which is a gluten-free diet.

All your symptoms could be celiac disease symptoms. Go ahead and try the diet, and if you feel better, you have your answer.


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It sure won't hurt you to try the diet. I've got the IBS "diagnosis" too. But the only thing that allowed me to not starve to death because everything I ate made me sick was going gluten-free. I had mouth ulcers (canker sores) too until I removed gluten from my diet.


Tapioca intolerant

First cousin dx'd with Celiac Disease

Grandmother died of malnutrition b/c everything made her sick... sounds like celiac to me.

Gluten-free since June 2005

Dx with IBS February 2005

Blood tests both negative (or inconclusive?) for celiac (in 2002 and 2004)

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I agree, IBS is complete bull. IBS is a lazy doctor's diagnosis. Definitely get yourself tested. Those blisters on your hands could be dermatitis herpetiformis. If you get a biopsy on it, and it comes out positive, you don't have to do any further testing for celiac disease. DH is a confirmed celiac diagnosis. Good luck.

-Brian


Celiac Sprue

Multiple Food Allergies

Diagnosed June 2006

Stopped Eating June 2007

IV Nutrition: 6/27/07 - Present

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I tried out a gluten-free diet after being assured I didn't have celiac (because I didn't have the "classic" symptoms). I now go to a different doctor and have no doubt in my mind that I have celiac after my complete 180 while on the diet.

You have NOTHING to lose by trying it.


ELIZABETH

gluten-free (04.17.2006)

corn-free (03.27.2007)

xanthan gum-free

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I had all of you symptoms and same diagnosis. I had no luck with blood test or biopsy of my itchy blisters (however I think my dr. biopsied the only bug bite on my leg instead of the smaller blisters in groups). I went on a gluten free diet just before blood test and biopsy and in about 2 weeks started feeling much better. In about 3 weeks the blisters went away.

4 months into the gluten free diet I tried Enterolab. I was disappointed. It showed I had some intestine damage, but I did not test positive to Gluten intolerance. It was high but in normal range. In the gene test it did show I had 2 gluten intolerance genes.

But what really matters is for the first time in years I feel much better and have far less problems. I think it is worth doing the test with enterolab and going on the diet.


"The only thing constant in life is change"

Celiac not confirmed, but positive results with diet change

Gluten free since 10/06

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If you have yet to start the diet, my advice is this:

Contact the local Celiac group in your area (you can find them on celiac.com) and ask for a reputable doctor that deals with Celiac. Ask to have the full Celiac bloodwork done (including the tTG test) and ask to have the area around your blisters biopsied.

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I went the for the Enterolab test, also. Since I had been gluten-light for several years, I didn't think any test would be valid, even though I still had major IBS symptoms.

As it turns out (from Enterolab) I have two intolerant genes - no celiac genes - and no malabsorbtion problems. What this means to me is that I have non-celiac gluten intolerance, with no intestinal damage. Blood tests and a biopsy would have been negative in this case. But I still need to be gluten-free.

As you browse the posts in this forum you'll find that there are many who weren't diagnosed by the traditional tests but, because of positive dietary response, are now gluten-free and staying that way.


Valda

Enterolab results: ...two genes for gluten intolerance ...casein intolerance

other sensitivities: corn, eggs, soy, potato, tapioca

Hypoglycemic

Sensitivity to high EMFs [electromagnetic frequency] (limits my time in front of the computer)

Living a healthier, happier life.

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