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I was diagnosed in Nov. 06. I had symptoms after I had my second child in April of 06. I don't think I had symptoms before so I thought this was triggered by pregnancy. But I've been thinking about this a while now. I'm wondering, is it possible that the symptoms were triggered by pregnancy, but that I've always had it?

I was severly anemic at 3 years old. And I've never really liked pizza, bread, pasta or cookies. I always said they were too "heavy" for me, but I don't remember ever getting sick.

I had a bone scan done in Dec. and sure enough, I have Osteopenia. So is that another signal that I may have had this much longer?

Just curious.

Thanks,

Nikki

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You are born with the genes for it. Many of us looking back realize that we had this for a very long time before it was recognized or the symptoms became more than just something to be brushed off or classified as something else.

Usually a traumatic physical or emotional event will trigger an excaberation of symptoms. I can form a timeline with many events starting with being impaled at age 4.

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I have complained about many symptoms to my doctor for years. Many of them went away when I went gluten free. It is frustrating that doctors don't always figure it out. I have a little sister that was diagnosed at a year old. She is 7 years younger than I am and has so many health problems. I'm sure if she had been more strict about being gluten free, she could have avoided many of them. I am hoping to avoid any more problems by being gluten free.

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I was diagnosed in Nov. 06. I had symptoms after I had my second child in April of 06. I don't think I had symptoms before so I thought this was triggered by pregnancy. But I've been thinking about this a while now. I'm wondering, is it possible that the symptoms were triggered by pregnancy, but that I've always had it?

I was severly anemic at 3 years old. And I've never really liked pizza, bread, pasta or cookies. I always said they were too "heavy" for me, but I don't remember ever getting sick.

I had a bone scan done in Dec. and sure enough, I have Osteopenia. So is that another signal that I may have had this much longer?

Just curious.

Thanks,

Nikki

Nikki-

I'm interested in what you said because I also began having symptoms after my second child was born. And yet, I have always said that "I've never had a great stomache." And the first time I ever went to the doctor for stomach problems, I was 14. :huh:

I read somewhere that sometimes celiac / gluten intolerance symptoms can calm down when children get older, but come back later in life. I know that people have said pregnancy can kick off the genes. But I've wondered also, if I have really had this much longer than I thought.

The only reason I began exploring it at all was that my daughter was tested due to her own stomach issues, and when the pediatrician was describing the potential symptoms, I was cringing inside, thinking, yup, yup, got that one, yup, that too...! I did see a gastroenterologist, who performed an upper endoscopy, but was not looking for celiac damage, only issues with my gall bladder and stomach (for acid reflux). He found a hiatal hernia but no damage, which did not explain the episodes of vomiting, pain and diarrhea I was having regularly. <_<

But I might have continued on my not-so-merry way, just thinking, "I've never had a great stomach..." :blink: Thank God I finally woke up!

So maybe you were already showing signs of celiac when you were younger, but it's so underdiagnosed, it was missed.

Sheryll

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