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i was told yesterday (at the ER) that i had gastritis but probably had more serious issues such as IBS and should go see a GI. I made the appt today for a GI and their response to IBS was " (sigh)...EVERYBODY has IBS... we'll figure out what's really going on" which REALLY made me happy, as I believe IBS to be a sympton that has become at catch-all to DRs who don't know the answer.

Has anyone else encountered Gastritis due to celiac/gluten sensitivity?

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When I had my biopsy I think that they said my stomach was inflamed along with the intestinal inflammation and flattened villi. So I'm quite sure that gluten can also cause gastritis. It looks like you've found yourself a good GI! Good luck with your appointment.

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yes.....I also was diagnosed with chronic gastritis along with celiac. I was told it was caused by multiple vitamin deficiencies.

Denise

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Yes, I went to ED with pneumonia/pluerisy in lower lobe of left lung about a year and a half ago. They did some films of my mid section and one of the things that showed was gastritis. That surprized me as I had been gluten free for some time already and I wasn't having GI discomfort.

Steve

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I have a pretty severe case of gastritis. Gastritis can cause a whole bunch of symptoms and they can give you Protonix, which lowers the acid levels in your stomach. Be careful if they give you any medication because I've reacted badly to all the meds they've tried on me. The meds actually made it much worse. Stay away from foods that contain higher acid levels like tomato, oranges, and onions/hot peppers. They will make it much much worse. Try to eat only a few meals each day (3 or 4) because frequent meals actually keeps the acid levels higher in your stomach. Good luck with the diagnosis. Most people have the gastritis heal up after a few months... mine has lasted a few years. Oh, and it can be caused by a lack of B-12. They can test your B-12 levels in a blood test. Just figure out what foods trigger the painful symptoms. Good luck!

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Thanks for the advice. They gave me Pepcid at the ED and I've been taking it and I have noticed a difference. I felt however that the Dr in the ED took the lazy way out... it doesn't matter what I eat, I have stomach pain. When I made the appt with the GI and told them that, she said "I have gastritis, but only certain foods cause a reaction, like coke or spicy. You shouldn't have that reaction to everything..."

Which was why I went to the ED in the first place!! I hope to get to the bottom of this soon. I have been pretty miserable for awhile now. I cut out gluten about a month ago, and was feeling better. I starting eating gluten again for my blood test, which came back negative. I'm wondering if I messed up the results by going for a while with being gluten-free, then trying to overload in a day or two to have gluten in my system. But since then, my GI system has been all whacked out. I'm being very OCD now about being gluten-free, and things are getting better. My sinus issues are clearing up a bit and no more headaches. But this latest thing is pretty miserable....

Anyway, thanks for the responses and words of advice!

Liz

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I has gastritis when I was diagnosed with Celiac. After a year on the gluten free diet, I no longer needed any perscription antacids (which I took twice daily).

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I has gastritis when I was diagnosed with Celiac. After a year on the gluten free diet, I no longer needed any perscription antacids (which I took twice daily).

Thanks Lisa, at least now there's hope that this will go away and I can stop taking pills twice a day also! I HATE!!!!! taking pills. I am only 25 and definitely don't want to be on meds for the rest of my life. I have given up coffee, and hot tea among other things, and I'm just looking forward to when I can have coffee with no pain!

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I went gluten-free a month before my colonoscopy and it screwed with the test results. It depends on the blood test that they ran on you. If they only ran a simple antibody test it may have messed that test up. If they ran the genetic test and it came back negative for celiac disease you still may be gluten intolerant. I was reading a journal which was making a distinction between celiac disease (genetic) and gluten intolerance (won't show on a genetic test). If you feel better on a gluten-free diet then you should stay on the diet. I actually had gastritis and it reacted with almost everything, but some foods worse than others.... so your symptoms aren't too strange. Have them test your liver enzymes, and if they are elevated it is another symptom of celiac disease (among many other diseases). At least then it may help them with a diagnosis. I honestly don't trust doctors very much. I find that the ones I have been to are pretty lazy and could honestly care less after they tell you yes or no to a symtom/disease. I'm on my third doctor right now. Good luck!

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