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Hi, new member here.

I've been trying to tackle my health issues for about 4 years now with no definitive answer. This is my history that i typed up for my new physician that i'm seeing (trying to seek a second opinion). I tried to make it as concise as possible but i have a complicated history.

2001

- Went to family doctor in with symptom of bright red blood on tissue.

- Had Upper GI series done

- Diagnosed with duodenal ulcer (even though there were no other visible symptoms)

- Underwent HP-PAC treatment

- Blood on tissue intermittantly after, did not think much of it

December 2004

- Came down with sinus infection

- Went to walk-in clinic, prescribed a week long dosage of antibiotics, ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory nasal spray

- During treatment, began having waking morning bowel urgency and loose stool. (this morning urgency has occurred daily without relief for 3 years)

- Blood on tissue became more frequent

- Saw doctor who performed digital exam and then referred to GI specialist to investigate the rectal bleeding.

- Before appointment with GI specialist, saw family doctor who decided to do another upper GI series. Also had liver function test, CBC, abdominal x-ray as well as Gastrin test. All came back normal.

- Found Gastric ulcer through Upper GI test, and put on HP-Pac again

- During treatment, had severe episode of diarrhea, lasting 2 days, could not keep any food down.

- Went to emergency room, given fecal collection kit to test for parasites.

- April 2005, had unexplained weight loss of at least 15 lbs.

- GI specialist in May 2005, underwent sigmoidoscopy, looked normal. Doctor suggested bleeding likely due to fissure. Did not address other gastro. concerns. Seemed dismissive

- Went back to family doctor who decided to order Lower GI series; result: colon was imaged well, and looked normal.

- Doctor began to suspect anxiety as probably cause.

April 2007

- Had a week long episode of stomach flu like symptoms, starting with slight fever, chills, and then week of diarrhea. Unable to eat much of anything.

- Mid April, during exams, started feeling off-balance when standing, slight lightheadedness. Has been constant with no pattern since then. Doctor ordered CBC, came back normal.

- During summer, had another episode of unexplained weight loss of more than 15lbs. Doctor ordered thyroid function test which came back normal. Again, attributed symptoms to likely anxiety issues.

Current symptoms/concerns:

- Continued daily episodes of morning bowel urgency, usually loose stools. Occasionally, there is first a semi-normal stool, followed minutes later by much looser/watery stools. Less frequently, there is visible large amounts of mucus. As well, colour and form of stool at times abnormal; sometimes very light, sometimes contains parts that are almost black. As well, appearance of undigested food present sometimes. Blood on toilet paper as well as streaked on stool frequent.

- Through out rest of day, there is instances of mild discomfort in abdomen, and under right ribcage.

- Constant feeling of off-balance when standing, sometimes severe, sometimes slight.

- Frequent episodes of sore radiating foot pain at night in bed, about 3-4 nights a week.

- Still unsure of reasons for episodes of unexplained weight loss.

Anyway, the first thing my new physician wanted to do was run some general bloodwork as well as a celiac panel. I got the results back today:

Celiac Panel

- Gliadin IgA ABS = 26 (ref range: <20 KEU/L)

- Gliadin IgG ABS = 20 (ref range: <20 KEU/L)

- Transglutaminase IgA = 17

(under reference range it says <20 = negative, 20-25 = borderline, >25 = positive)

So my Glidin IgA is positive, my Gliadin IgG borderline, and my Transglutaminase IgA looks negative.

My doctor said I may have a gluten sensitivity but not "full blown Celiac". What do you guys think?

The rest of my bloodwork showed some spikes as well..

- Magnesium = 1.08 (ref range: 0.65-1.05mmol/L)

- Sodium = 146 (ref range: 135-145)

- Potassium = 5.2 (ref range: 5.2)

- Hemoglobin = 174 (ref range: 135-170g/L)

- Hematocrit = 0.51 (ref range: 0.38-0.49 l/l)

- RBC = 5.82 (ref range: 4.2-5.70)

The bloodwork also included a random glucose test, calcium, vitamin b12, Ferriton, sTSH, T4 Free, Free T3, GGT, AST, Alkaline Phosphatase, all came back within normal range.

I'm getting a referral back to the same gastroenterologist that i had before, hopefully will get some more answers this time

Any advice/suggestions/insight would be appreciated.

Thanks

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I just skimmed this as I've got to get my kids lunch.

Looks to me like you need to go gluten free. The bloodwork is borderline, but who needs more damage to occur before going on the diet. I don't know if you want to go through a biopsy or not or other tests you'd want done. You need to remain on gluten til whatever testing is done.

With the symptoms you have it also sounds like celiac.


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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I just skimmed this as I've got to get my kids lunch.

Looks to me like you need to go gluten free. The bloodwork is borderline, but who needs more damage to occur before going on the diet. I don't know if you want to go through a biopsy or not or other tests you'd want done. You need to remain on gluten til whatever testing is done.

With the symptoms you have it also sounds like celiac.

Thanks for the reply..

I don't foresee getting in to see the specialist for at least a couple months (long wait times here in Canada) so would it be okay to go gluten-free for a little while and then if the specialist wants to do a biopsy, then i could go back on gluten?

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Thanks for the reply..

I don't foresee getting in to see the specialist for at least a couple months (long wait times here in Canada) so would it be okay to go gluten-free for a little while and then if the specialist wants to do a biopsy, then i could go back on gluten?

I wouldn't recommend it as biopsies are hit and miss as it is.

If your biopsy is positive it would be definate. Bloodwork is not definate and misses a lot of people. The diet is the best 'test'. If the biopsy is negative it doesn't necessarily mean you don't have celiac or gluten intolerance.....just that the spots of villi looked at weren't damaged.


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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I wouldn't recommend it as biopsies are hit and miss as it is.

If your biopsy is positive it would be definate. Bloodwork is not definate and misses a lot of people. The diet is the best 'test'. If the biopsy is negative it doesn't necessarily mean you don't have celiac or gluten intolerance.....just that the spots of villi looked at weren't damaged.

Thanks again..

so from the sounds of it, it's looking likely that i have gluten sensitivity?

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so from the sounds of it, it's looking likely that i have gluten sensitivity?

I would say that you most probably have gluten sensitivity, and more than likely celiac.

Your history seems to be pointing that direction.

Some people have more going on than just celiac/gluten sensitivity so if symptoms don't improve on the gluten free diet then you'd need to continue digging for answers. You will have ups and downs but in general things improve dramatically as you heal.


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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I would say that you most probably have gluten sensitivity, and more than likely celiac.

Your history seems to be pointing that direction.

Some people have more going on than just celiac/gluten sensitivity so if symptoms don't improve on the gluten free diet then you'd need to continue digging for answers. You will have ups and downs but in general things improve dramatically as you heal.

Thank you,

my other fear is Crohn's as I've heard that elevated IgG levels can mean other gastrointestinal disorders? this is one instance where i'm hoping for Celiac.

Going on a gluten-free diet looks daunty, but i think with some effort and support ( i have a great girlfriend who's willing to go through it all wiht me) then i should be able to do it.

I guess my biggest fear now is that i WON'T get better on the diet and it'll be something more serious :(

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I guess my biggest fear now is that i WON'T get better on the diet and it'll be something more serious :(

The gluten free diet will help tremendously, even if something else is going on you'll see improvement and start to feel a little better.

Cross that bridge when it comes. MOST people do great on the gluten free diet and don't have other things that they need to worry about.

It would be good to rule out Crohn's as well.

That's great that you have a girlfriend who is willing to help you with this. That is one blessing for you right there. :)

Take some time now to learn more about the gluten free diet and the transition will be easier.


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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The gluten free diet will help tremendously, even if something else is going on you'll see improvement and start to feel a little better.

Cross that bridge when it comes. MOST people do great on the gluten free diet and don't have other things that they need to worry about.

It would be good to rule out Crohn's as well.

That's great that you have a girlfriend who is willing to help you with this. That is one blessing for you right there. :)

Take some time now to learn more about the gluten free diet and the transition will be easier.

Thanks once again

I decided to take the plunge and go gluten-free and see how I respond. I started off last night with a gluten-free pizza from a local pizzeria. Not really the healthiest choice i know, but it was more symbolic than anything I guess.

I was wondering about how diligent i should be concerning Non-foods.. I've read posts here about gluten in shampoos, toothpaste, washing machine detergent, etc?

Thanks

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I was wondering about how diligent i should be concerning Non-foods.. I've read posts here about gluten in shampoos, toothpaste, washing machine detergent, etc?

Toothpaste (and I'd say handsoap) is a must to be gluten free.

As far as other personal care products, that's a personal decision. Some are sensitive to the gluten ingredients in personal care products, some are not. For my family, I opted to be gluten free in everything, even though we don't have bad reactions.

Also you girlfriend will need to brush her teeth before kissing you as that could also make you sick.


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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Dove products are good. I've heard that some crest toothpaste is gluten free. I use Tom's of Maine or Jason's which are more expensive.

I don't kow what products you have in Canada so I can't be of much help there.

Another poster pm'ed me a gluten free list to give my brother. It has a lot of foodstuff and personal care stuff on there. Again, I don't know how applicable it will be for you in Canada. It does list a couple toothpastes on it.


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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Dove products are good. I've heard that some crest toothpaste is gluten free. I use Tom's of Maine or Jason's which are more expensive.

I don't kow what products you have in Canada so I can't be of much help there.

Another poster pm'ed me a gluten free list to give my brother. It has a lot of foodstuff and personal care stuff on there. Again, I don't know how applicable it will be for you in Canada. It does list a couple toothpastes on it.

Thanks again! So dove soap, shampoo, etc should be gluten free?

i think i downloaded that list, but yeah alot of them are specialty ones not available here in Canada.

How stringent should the brushing teeth before kissing thing be? lol.. like only if she's eaten something with gluten?

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How stringent should the brushing teeth before kissing thing be? lol.. like only if she's eaten something with gluten?

After eating something with gluten, yes.

I pm'ed you the list of products.


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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After eating something with gluten, yes.

I pm'ed you the list of products.

Thanks definitely will help...

i guess its time to go shopping :P

Do you think i should cut out dairy as well for now?

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I read your posts and I am more concerned that you may have inflammatory bowel disease. The antibody levels are not impressive for celiac disease, and I didn't see if an endomysial antibody test was done or not. The tissue transglutaminase antibody and endomysial antibody are now considered the appropriate screening antibodies for celiac. As to the positivity of the antigliadin, it MAY represent gluten sensitivity, but there are no guidelines established for this concept. I for one believe it to be true. That you have mucousy,bloody stools is a concern for IBD. Perhaps you could handwrite a letter to the GI and see about an earlier appointment?? I am not familiar with Canadian medicine, so I don't know if that would help or not. Good luck on your path to diagnosis,health and healing.


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Positive celiac biopsy 4/2003

Autoimmune thyroiditis 8/2005

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I would for 6 months anyway. It will help with the healing process. If your intestines are in bad shape you may need to be off for closer to a year.

I have a recipe thread I've started I can direct you to that has gluten free, dairy free, egg free and mostly soy free recipes. You could also click on my user name and click on show members topics, if you want to see what's listed there. Cashews are used a lot to make sauces and cheeses to replace dairy. I use coconut oil to replace butter. We don't drink milk but I think I have a recipe in that thread that goes through making rice milk as well as a couple others.

You may experience withdrawals symptoms for both gluten and dairy. They are powerfully addictive foods. Staying busy and having a good standby replacement will help a lot.


Andrea

Enterolab positive results only June 06:
Me HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0301; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2, 7)
Husband HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201; HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0302; Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (subtype 2,8)



The whole family has been soy free since February, gluten free since June 2006.

The whole family went back to a gluten diet October 2011.  We never had official testing done and I decided to give gluten a go again.  At this point I've decided to work on making some gluten free things again, though healthwise everyone seems to be fine.  The decision to add gluten back in was also made based on other things I'd read about the 2nd sequence of genes.  It is my belief that we had a gluten intolerance, but thanks to things I've learned here, I know more what to keep an eye on.  If you have a confirmed case of celiac, please don't go back to gluten, it's a lifelong lifestyle change.

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Well that would certainly be not good... I thought mucous and bloody stools was also a symptom of Celiac? As well, my barium enema had shown normal when i had that done. (i know colonoscopy is more accurate to screen for IBD)

I read your posts and I am more concerned that you may have inflammatory bowel disease. The antibody levels are not impressive for celiac disease, and I didn't see if an endomysial antibody test was done or not. The tissue transglutaminase antibody and endomysial antibody are now considered the appropriate screening antibodies for celiac. As to the positivity of the antigliadin, it MAY represent gluten sensitivity, but there are no guidelines established for this concept. I for one believe it to be true. That you have mucousy,bloody stools is a concern for IBD. Perhaps you could handwrite a letter to the GI and see about an earlier appointment?? I am not familiar with Canadian medicine, so I don't know if that would help or not. Good luck on your path to diagnosis,health and healing.

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Well that would certainly be not good... I thought mucous and bloody stools was also a symptom of Celiac? As well, my barium enema had shown normal when i had that done. (i know colonoscopy is more accurate to screen for IBD)

Generally speaking, celiac patients do not have bloody stools unless there is a specific reason.....hemorrhoids,polyps,bleeding ulcers,etc.. Celiac disease by itself does not cause bleeding, although it can cause anemia from malabsorption of iron( B12, folate,too). Well....I guess there are exceptions to everything......guess a severe Vit K deficiency from celiac could predispose to some unusual bleeding. Mucus in the stools is another matter. I'd suggesy going to PubMed and putting "mucus stools" for the most recent articles /abstracts re: this. I checked it and it's 4 pages long.


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Generally speaking, celiac patients do not have bloody stools unless there is a specific reason.....hemorrhoids,polyps,bleeding ulcers,etc.. Celiac disease by itself does not cause bleeding, although it can cause anemia from malabsorption of iron( B12, folate,too). Well....I guess there are exceptions to everything......guess a severe Vit K deficiency from celiac could predispose to some unusual bleeding. Mucus in the stools is another matter. I'd suggesy going to PubMed and putting "mucus stools" for the most recent articles /abstracts re: this. I checked it and it's 4 pages long.

Thanks for the reply.. the blood is usually only on the tissue paper, which leads me to believe that it might be internal hemmoroids as my first visit to the GI suggested.

I think i will stick to this gluten free diet for now and see if it does anything, because it will be a few months anyway before i get in to see the GI (long wait times in Canada). I'm sure with my symptoms they will want to test for IBD and i don't think going gluten-free would affect those tests?

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Thanks for the reply.. the blood is usually only on the tissue paper, which leads me to believe that it might be internal hemmoroids as my first visit to the GI suggested.

I think i will stick to this gluten free diet for now and see if it does anything, because it will be a few months anyway before i get in to see the GI (long wait times in Canada). I'm sure with my symptoms they will want to test for IBD and i don't think going gluten-free would affect those tests?

Glad your sticking with the diet. You may find you can cancel that appointment that you need to wait a few months for. Going gluten-free is not going to effect the outcome of those tests or any others except the ones specifically for celiac. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that the diet makes the appointment unneccessary, while it is a pain in the butt at first it so wonderful when we can live pain free and without meds.


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Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

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Thanks for the reply.. the blood is usually only on the tissue paper, which leads me to believe that it might be internal hemmoroids as my first visit to the GI suggested.

I think i will stick to this gluten free diet for now and see if it does anything, because it will be a few months anyway before i get in to see the GI (long wait times in Canada). I'm sure with my symptoms they will want to test for IBD and i don't think going gluten-free would affect those tests?

Certainly sounds like blood only on tissue paper could be just hemorrhoids. The diet will not affect your endoscopy/colonoscopy except if you heal celiac disease damage in the process...so that's good! A personal letter to the GI doc /assistant doesn't help up there?? I posted a flow chart on the diagnosis of celiac disease (and what else it can be ) a few months ago. I'll try and locate it for you.


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Autoimmune thyroiditis 8/2005

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Thanks for the reply.. the blood is usually only on the tissue paper, which leads me to believe that it might be internal hemmoroids as my first visit to the GI suggested.

I think i will stick to this gluten free diet for now and see if it does anything, because it will be a few months anyway before i get in to see the GI (long wait times in Canada). I'm sure with my symptoms they will want to test for IBD and i don't think going gluten-free would affect those tests?

I found the post and reference. ..unfortunately you have to have the journal (or pay to access it) to see it. If you have access to a medical library, it's in the Annals of Internal Medicine Sept 4,2007 edition. I don't have any way to link it for you......sorry. I found it to be very complete in diagramming the thought processes of making a celiac diagnosis.


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Autoimmune thyroiditis 8/2005

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Certainly sounds like blood only on tissue paper could be just hemorrhoids. The diet will not affect your endoscopy/colonoscopy except if you heal celiac disease damage in the process...so that's good! A personal letter to the GI doc /assistant doesn't help up there?? I posted a flow chart on the diagnosis of celiac disease (and what else it can be ) a few months ago. I'll try and locate it for you.

Yes, I've never had instances of LOTS of blood or blood mixed with the stool, just blood on toilet paper and occasionally (rarely) streaked on stool. It is often the case that i can feel a slight sharp pinch during a bowel movement which results in blood on the toilet paper. Same goes for mucous as well, it is quite rare that i get mucous in the stool; but i guess when i do it just stands out in my memory more.

I don't think a letter to the GI would help any, the system is quite bureaucratized here imo.. your family physician refers you, you wait for their receptionist to set up an appointment then you wait..

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I had tiny specks of blood every day for three years before going gluten-free. Now it is totally gone. An aquaintance without a diagnosis but avoiding gluten has the same thing.

nora


gluten-free since may 06 after neg. biopsy symptoms went away and DH symptoms which I had since 03 got gradually better.

daughter officially diagnosed celiac and casein intolerant.

non-DQ2 or DQ8. Maybe DQ1? Updated: Yes, double DQ5

Hypothyroid since 2000, thyroxine first started to work well 06 on a low-carb and gluten-free diet

Lost 20 kg after going gluten-free and weighing 53 kg now. neg. biopsy for DH. Found out afterwards from this forum that it should have been taken during an outbreak but it was taken two weeks after. vitaminD was 57 nmol/l in may08)

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