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flourgirl

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Hi. Just want to thank all of you for being here, and for all of the comments, advice and support you provide for one another. It's so nice to not feel quite so alone here.

I was diagnosed in November, after one lousy summer of getting more and more sick. The symptoms are just too many to list, the tests I've taken also too many. Looking back I see so many instances of Celiac and horrible illness. Who'd have thought? I wish I could be more certain if all of the symptoms are really Celiac, or if other things are going on. I still am sometimes just overwhelmed by it all.....not so much the diet (although Iget a bit frustrated with that too, sometimes), just this constant sick feeling.

Am looking forward to the comraderie I find here.

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flourgirl,

Welcome to the board!!!

I'm sorry that you have gone through so much, but I hope with the answers, life will improve! This board is a great place, and will make the Celiac learning curve much easier. Hope that you stick around and make yourself right at home. :)

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Speaking of being a "Newbie," I may "officially be a "Newbie" pretty soon. I've been miserable for many years, too...since I was little. Yesterday, finally, I went to a GI for the FIRST TIME EVER. I'm now 25.

They are testing me for: Chrons, Celiac and Colitis. Is this normal...does anyone know?

Also, I got some old medical records in the mail from when I was younger...like High School age. There was a period of about 3-5 years where I see I went in for "rash around my nose," and then "rash on my chin." Weird. Kept coming back. Anyone know what that is/was?!

I'm scared for the blood tests to come back. Feb. 26th I'm having a Colonoscopy and the other one with the tube down the throat.

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I'm a newbie too - officially Celiac for only 16 days (confirmed by biopsy January 30). I suppose I'm lucky though, I was diagnosed without ever really having any Celiac symptoms, so I wasn't sick for months or years before being diagnosed like so many other people. Back in October I got sick with antibiotic-induced colitis and c.difficile (nasty gastrointestinal bacteria). Then just when I was feeling better and thought I was on the road to recovery, the doctor announces that she was going to test me for Celiac!

I think it is normal for them to test for Crohns, colitis and Celiac because they can present with similar symptoms. They're also all supposedly genetic. In my case, my sister has Crohns, but no one else in the family does, and I'm the lone Celiac! My poor mother feels so guilty that she gave birth to two daughters with genetic gastrointestinal disorders!

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Speaking of being a "Newbie," I may "officially be a "Newbie" pretty soon. I've been miserable for many years, too...since I was little. Yesterday, finally, I went to a GI for the FIRST TIME EVER. I'm now 25.

They are testing me for: Chrons, Celiac and Colitis. Is this normal...does anyone know?

Also, I got some old medical records in the mail from when I was younger...like High School age. There was a period of about 3-5 years where I see I went in for "rash around my nose," and then "rash on my chin." Weird. Kept coming back. Anyone know what that is/was?!

I'm scared for the blood tests to come back. Feb. 26th I'm having a Colonoscopy and the other one with the tube down the throat.

Welcome to OP and the other newbies here!

jewi - Sounds like your GI is being pretty through testing for Chrons, Celiac and Colitis. The rash could be DH. Or it could be some other sort of rash which may or may not be caused by celiac. It's really hard to say. Do you still get it?

Don't be scared about the blood test results. Remember that if they come back positive, you will have you answer to all your years of suffering and be able to get your health back on track. Also remember that blood tests and scopes are notorious for false negatives so you might want to try the diet regardless of blood test results. But don't go gluten-free before the scope or you'll have a higher likelihood of it coming back negative!

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Well...I already got my blood tests, BUT the colonoscopy and that stuff isn't until Feb. 26th BUT when I talked to the Dr today he said that because I got the blood tests done I can go back to a gluten-free diet. Is this not correct?!?

No, I do not still get the rash. Around that time in my life I started also getting the painful cracks in the corners of my mouth. I have gotten these up until this point in my life, though never as bad as when I'd first get them?!

Welcome to OP and the other newbies here!

jewi - Sounds like your GI is being pretty through testing for Chrons, Celiac and Colitis. The rash could be DH. Or it could be some other sort of rash which may or may not be caused by celiac. It's really hard to say. Do you still get it?

Don't be scared about the blood test results. Remember that if they come back positive, you will have you answer to all your years of suffering and be able to get your health back on track. Also remember that blood tests and scopes are notorious for false negatives so you might want to try the diet regardless of blood test results. But don't go gluten-free before the scope or you'll have a higher likelihood of it coming back negative!

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Well...I already got my blood tests, BUT the colonoscopy and that stuff isn't until Feb. 26th BUT when I talked to the Dr today he said that because I got the blood tests done I can go back to a gluten-free diet. Is this not correct?!?

No, I do not still get the rash. Around that time in my life I started also getting the painful cracks in the corners of my mouth. I have gotten these up until this point in my life, though never as bad as when I'd first get them?!

I had the sore mouth corner cracks unril I started vitamin B...seemed to help and they went away. glad you are getting diagnosed and can get on to feeling much better, it is rough to have problems most of a LONG life like myself. You will get very good advice here..lots of very helpful people on this forum. good health to you...evie

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Jewi,

I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone. I'm going in for a biopsy (via gastroscopy) as well as a colonoscopy on the 20th. I am 25, and have been experiencing symptoms (for which nobody offered any viable explanation) for five years now. Personally, I cannot wait (to get these procedures done) so that I can finally begin to take control of my "situation".

I am slightly concerned that your dr. has suggested your going onto a gluten free diet before having the biopsy. Unfortunately, many med "professionals" seem to get this wrong for some reason. It is important that you INCLUDE gluten in your diet up until you have had the test; otherwise, it may indeed produce a false negative (which, as many will attest to in this forum, is quite a common occurrence for Celiacs undergoing the biopsy/blood tests, anyway). Going gluten free will allow your bowel to heal; thus, it makes sense that an accurate test would require for you to have been eating gluten beforehand.

In saying that, it is also true that positive results from the gluten-free diet itself functions as a (if not THE) diagnostic tool for celiac disease. I am choosing to have the other tests done simply for peace of mind (to eliminate any other possibilities); that said, to each their own!

Keep us updated with your results!!

xo

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Well...I already got my blood tests, BUT the colonoscopy and that stuff isn't until Feb. 26th BUT when I talked to the Dr today he said that because I got the blood tests done I can go back to a gluten-free diet. Is this not correct?!?

You should be consuming gluten if you are still undergoing testing for Celiac. Taking gluten out increases the chances of false negatives. The damage caused by Celiac happens when you are consuming gluten, and heals when gluten is taken out.

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Well...I already got my blood tests, BUT the colonoscopy and that stuff isn't until Feb. 26th BUT when I talked to the Dr today he said that because I got the blood tests done I can go back to a gluten-free diet. Is this not correct?!?

...go back to a gluten-free diet?

I'm assuming you were gluten free for a while and then on gluten for your blood test? How long were you back on gluten? If it wasn't long enough, your blood test might not be accurate.

Stay on gluten until your endoscopy.

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@Alaskaguy With regard to the timing, I think that everyone is a bit different! I used to have a shorter time to onset when I was first diagnosed (within 24h). As time has gone on, and I've glutened myself less and less, I have noticed that the time gets a bit longer.  Recent history seems to matter a bit too - if I've been glutened recently and then get glutened again, the rash will show up faster on the second round. For example, in the last 3 weeks I got slightly glutened by inadvertent
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