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Kurban

Celiac And Pleurisy

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Dear all,

I have the celiac disease (was asymptomatic, diagnosed 2.5 years ago am 42 and gluten free) and last year I had a very sharp stabbing pain under my left ribs. Was diagnosed with pleurisy and inflammation of the pleura with a very mild pleural effusion. I had pain for six months, and the symptoms disappeared. However, on the 1st anniversary of the pain in early June I started to have the sharp pains again.

I was tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus with a simple blood test and was found to be negative. Every other test comes back normal except for a low platelet (last one 111 and normal should be above 140).

I know auto immune disorders can cause inflammation including the inflammation of the pleura but am wondering if there is any link with celiac disease. Any input and feedback will be appreciated. I am freaking out because the pulmonary specialist said I need to have surgery and biopsy for a diagnosis.

Kurban.

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I don't know if it has a link to celiac disease. I also have had pleuresy a couple of times. I suppose with a compromised immune system anything is possible.

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I had pluerisy almost a year ago on the left side and probably a little pneumonia at the same time. I am 56 years old now. It was excruciatingly painful for a couple of days. I was put on anti inflamatories and an antibiotic. It got better after a few days but the pain persisted to some degree for about 2 weeks.

Steve

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I think that there is a major link between celiac disease and many other disorders. Some are direct links; others are a result of your body not having the strength to fight off diseases. Face it, when we were eating G, we were basically destroying the part of our body that was absorbing the vitamins and minerals our bodies needed to remain healthy. Since I have gone gluten-free, I no longer have as many colds, infections, etc. Eating right and being able to absorb the things our bodies need has made me a healthier person. I had plurasy several times in the past. It is not fun! The longer that you are able to control your diet and heal, the healthier you will get!

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Since going gluten free I have considerably fewer colds than I used to as well. There are days, though, even now, when I feel run down and ache all over. Maybe its just being 56 but maybe it has somenting to do with a body whose immune system is on edge.

Steve

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wow, I did not know there might be a connection, about a year ago I began having pains on my left side ribcage, no doctor did anything about it [no insurance] it began at about the same time I did a celiac test through enterolab and started on the diet. Now just a few days ago I ended up in the ER with very sharp pain on the ribcage, shoulder and arm weakness and told it looked like a pleurisy. Now I'm going to a specialist [waiting on insurance approval] it's good to hear it is not something too serious aside from the horrible pain.

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Hi

I have read what you have put about having pain under the left rib cage.I have been diagnoised with celiac 3yrs now and have had this extreme pain in my left rib cage now for a full year and my doc has done nothing but prscribe me more pain pills ,which does not help with the pain.I do not want any more pills,I want this fixed.I am suffering way too long now and am worried what it might be.I went for thorax tests and came up neg.and have quit smoking.I get alot of lung pnomonia back to back and don't know why.Neither does my doc.Does anybody know what i can do about this,or ask the doc to do.I can;t take much more.

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I have celiac and recurring pleurisy. I 100% agree there is a connection and wish someone would research this. The only thing that can knock the pleurisy out is steroids (prednisone.) I am strict 100% freak about being gluten free. However, I believe when I accidentally eat gluten, I get pleurisy.

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