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samiam712

Possible Celiac Disease?

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Hi everyone,

I hope you can give me your input. I'm a 24 year old female. This past January I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The doctors also discovered I am Vitamin D deficient. Because of symptoms I have had in the past two months, I am beginning to suspect I may have Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy. Here are my symptoms:

-Constantly tired

-Nauseous

-Feel almost flu-like; head aches, sleepy, just a general gross feeling

-Diarrhea 5 days of the week, typically 2-3 times a day, often after eating

-Bloated

-Gas constantly

-Joint pain

-irritability

My general practice doctor has not been very helpful, she thinks maybe it is just stress since I am getting married in 3 weeks. I know myself and know it is not. It has gotten to be so unpleasant! I am seeing an Allergist this wednesday and wanted to know if there is anything specific I should ask to be tested for. On this board I have read about an Enterolab Test and a Celiac Panel. Is there anything else? I have been trying to see a Gastroernologist (sp?) but there are no appointments in the next month.

Also, my mom has Grave's Disease (hyperthyroid), my uncle has MS, and my cousin has Chrones, which are all auto-immune diseases, and Celiac is too I believe.

Please let me know of any good questions to ask the Allergist and any other tests you would recommend. Thanks so much.

Samantha

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Hi everyone,

I hope you can give me your input. I'm a 24 year old female. This past January I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The doctors also discovered I am Vitamin D deficient. Because of symptoms I have had in the past two months, I am beginning to suspect I may have Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy. Here are my symptoms:

-Constantly tired

-Feel almost flu-like; head aches, sleepy, just a general gross feeling

-Diarrhea 5 days of the week, typically 2-3 times a day, often after eating

-Bloated

-Gas constantly

-Joint pain

-irritability

My general practice doctor has not been very helpful, she thinks maybe it is just stress since I am getting married in 3 weeks. I know myself and know it is not. It has gotten to be so unpleasant! I am seeing an Allergist this wednesday and wanted to know if there is anything specific I should ask to be tested for. On this board I have read about an Enterolab Test and a Celiac Panel. Is there anything else? I have been trying to see a Gastroernologist (sp?) but there are no appointments in the next month.

Also, my mom has Grave's Disease (hyperthyroid), my uncle has MS, and my cousin has Chrones, which are all auto-immune diseases, and Celiac is too I believe.

Please let me know of any good questions to ask the Allergist and any other tests you would recommend. Thanks so much.

Samantha

Hi Samantha,

Welcome here!

If I were in your position, I would require my doctor to run a Celiac Panel. It is a series of four tests. It is not always accurate, but a great place to start. Do not go gluten free prior to testing. If you do have Celiac (with a strong family history) I don't know how helpful an allergist would be to you.

Celiac can be kicked in by stress. You can predisposed for Celiac and many times it takes a trigger to set off the symptoms. You certainly do have many of the 200 symptoms.

Hope you get your answers quickly so you can enjoy your wedding.

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Hi Samantha,

Welcome here!

If I were in your position, I would require my doctor to run a Celiac Panel. It is a series of four tests. It is not always accurate, but a great place to start. Do not go gluten free prior to testing. If you do have Celiac (with a strong family history) I don't know how helpful an allergist would be to you.

Celiac can be kicked in by stress. You can predisposed for Celiac and many times it takes a trigger to set off the symptoms. You certainly do have many of the 200 symptoms.

Hope you get your answers quickly so you can enjoy your wedding.

Thanks for such a quick response! Yes, I am not sure about the Allergist but my regular doctor hasn't gotten back to me and the last week has been awful. The nurse for the Allergist said he can test for gluten allergies. Do you think he can still order a Celiac Panel? I also wonder if he can order a scope test (where they look at your stomach and intestines).

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Thanks for such a quick response! Yes, I am not sure about the Allergist but my regular doctor hasn't gotten back to me and the last week has been awful. The nurse for the Allergist said he can test for gluten allergies. Do you think he can still order a Celiac Panel? I also wonder if he can order a scope test (where they look at your stomach and intestines).

I have never been to an Allergist. I was diagnosedd with Celiac before I even knew what it was. A doctor can order and endoscopy exam performed by a GI.

Many people here have been self-diagnosed and they feel quite cofortable with it. Your other option is to try the diet and see if you have a possitive dietary response. With damage due to celiac, it may take some time for the gut to heal and to show improvement. That in itself is a diagnosis.

Hope I was helpful. Others will check in as well.

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Here is the story on getting tested:

You can get the blood tests - BUT you will have to print them out from here - there are about 4 or 5 & make SURE that the doc runs them all AND check to see what lab he is sending them to.

If they check for the genes it will only be the celiac ones DQ2 & DQ8.

Then you can get an endoscopy to check for damage...

The above two tests should be done while you are still eating gluten. & the info then will be on your medical records. BUT be aware that there are a lot of false negatives with those tests, sooo....

Now if you do not care if the info is NOT on your medical records you can test thru Enterolab.com, it is done thru a Fed Ex service & takes two weeks. & you do not have to be eating gluten to get this test. You can read about it on their web site. I like them because they check for the celiac genes AND the gluten intolerance genes. Some doctors try to be picky & say that they will not use it for a diagnosis, but really why do we care.

THE final & real diagnosis is if you improve on a gluten free diet. ( & the doctors know this, but they do not tell you...) Sounds like you would. Also sounds like your cousins Crohns is untreated celiac - you might want to clue cousin in...

If I were in your situation, I would quit eating gluten AND dairy, order the enterolab tests - enjoy my wedding & have a great honeymoon eating lobster & shrimp contails

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I just did the same thing I went to my allergist and he said it was a good idea that I thought of celiac disease because of my symptoms and ran the 4 panel test and its a good thing I went to him because I went to my regular doctor the next day and he said that he thought there were only 2 tests and not 4. Anyhow, Since my allergist is more leaning towards crohn's disease because I had a fistulotomy in 2002 and they never looked any further to see why I had to have one of those at the age of 23 he wants me to get a colonoscopy. I dont know if that is just as good as an endoscopy but My regular doctor had to set the colonoscopy up because thats how referrals are done for my insurance and thats scheduled for december 3rd. They are going to do a biopsy for celiac at the same time. Im really nerve wracked over this because im in the military!! They will probably kick me out! I had them test my stool also. Im to the point where im telling the doctor what to do instead of letting him figure it out. I hope all works out for you and congratulations on your wedding! Please let us know how it went!

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