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I have not "officially" been dx with Celiac Disease but I have been gluten-free since Jan of this year. I have had stomach problems for many many years and had two endoscopys(sp). One doc told me I had IBS and the other told me I had gastorisist and both sent me on my way with no follow up just eat more fiber.

I saw an Allergy specialist in Jan and he did the sctrach test and I was positive for most all inhalants and a lot of foods. I was really confused on the blood work he did but he said it came back neg for celiac. But I know how my body feels I know better then he does so I went gluten free and have had good reslults and can really tell when I have had something with gluten in by accident. When this happens it take at least a week if not more for my body to get back to what is normal.

I also suffer with MS and have notice that with in the last year my teeth are breaking, I now have 4 broken teeth in my mouth. I am wondering if this a result of malabsortion.

I know I am rambling sorry I tend to that MS makes me have brain fog a lot. My question would be, do you think it would be worth it for me to find a doc in colorado who know about celiac and should I get tested. I have read that in order for it to be accurate I would have to eat wheat again I do not think I am welling to do that. I really do not what to be sick not when I am just beginning to feel I little bit better.

Any advice would be very welcome.

Chissy


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IF you can afford it, you might consider Enterolab as their results are supposed to be accurate even gluten-free (up to a year gluten-free). You can also get the genetic component of the test to see if you have Celiac genes. They also test for egg, dairy and soy.

Afraid blood/biopsy would be neg for you now due to how long you have been gluten-free. There is a chance your damage was so severe that it might still show up in biopsy. It is up to you if you want to put yourself through that for iffy results at best.


GLUTEN FREE 4/4/08. LEGUME/SOY FREE 5/15/08. YEAST FREE. CORN FREE. GRAIN FREE. DAIRY FREE. I am eating all meats, eggs, veggies, fruits, squash, nuts and seeds. I just keep getting better every day. :)

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Hi Chrissy,

Personally I am not willing to go on gluten just to get a test result. My symptoms when I get glutened are pretty obvious to me though. I did get a positive on the gene test and Dr. Fassano said my symptoms were a match for celiac. The value of being tested is something you would need to think about and decide if it is important enough to you. It is not like you can't decide to do a gluten challenge some time later on and get tested, you are not locked out from doing it. Like I said, my symptoms are pretty clear to me when I get glutened though. I understand that is not the case for everyone and it can be confusing what symptoms are being caused by what condition. I have thyroiditis and I sometimes wonder if the thyroid is causing some symptoms or the celiac. If you have clear GI reactions to being glutened then I see no point in being tested really. If your body doesn't like the stuff then it is best to avoid it.

Ok, breaking teeth. You aren't chewing on nickles are you? :) Malabsorbtion seems like a good bet there. I am lactose intolerant so I take calcium pills every day to compensate for the lack of dairy in my diet. Maybe that would help you too.


Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."

Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, celery, strawberries, pistachios, and hard work. Have a good day! 🙂 Paul

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Hi Everyone,

I had my biopsy September 4th. I was so sick. Since having the biopsy I am now off gluten for good. Two week after the biopsy my bloating in my stomach is just starting to go down.

My Arthritist (OT) said my hand grip is a little better, still not good, since being off the gluten.

Gastro took 3 or 4 samples, I was satated, and still felt her take the samples. One in my throat, one in my stomach, and rest from my small intestine.

She said she didn't think I am celiac, but gluten intolerant. She said she would not be certain until biopsies came back. It really doesn't matter to me I am not eating gluten anymore, I was so very sick preparing for the biopsy. I needed to have the biopsy also done because I wanted to know what was going in my throat and stomach. I will find out about everything October 19th. My stomach and throat, continues to hurt. The GERDs pain just doesn't want to go away. Everything I eating causes pain.

I had two other doctors during the preparation towards the gluten biopsy say they would had diagnosed me with celiac without the biopsy. Because of their statement I am classifying myself as celiac.

Hugs

Gerri

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Hi Everyone,

I had my biopsy September 4th. I was so sick. Since having the biopsy I am now off gluten for good. Two week after the biopsy my bloating in my stomach is just starting to go down.

My Arthritist (OT) said my hand grip is a little better, still not good, since being off the gluten.

Gastro took 3 or 4 samples, I was satated, and still felt her take the samples. One in my throat, one in my stomach, and rest from my small intestine.

She said she didn't think I am celiac, but gluten intolerant. She said she would not be certain until biopsies came back. It really doesn't matter to me I am not eating gluten anymore, I was so very sick preparing for the biopsy. I needed to have the biopsy also done because I wanted to know what was going in my throat and stomach. I will find out about everything October 19th. My stomach and throat, continues to hurt. The GERDs pain just doesn't want to go away. Everything I eating causes pain.

I had two other doctors during the preparation towards the gluten biopsy say they would had diagnosed me with celiac without the biopsy. Because of their statement I am classifying myself as celiac.

Hugs

Gerri

Gerri, You have been through so much. I am glad it is over. Now you can heal and I hope it happens quickly for you.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

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

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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I have not "officially" been dx with Celiac Disease but I have been gluten-free since Jan of this year. I have had stomach problems for many many years and had two endoscopys(sp). One doc told me I had IBS and the other told me I had gastorisist and both sent me on my way with no follow up just eat more fiber.

I saw an Allergy specialist in Jan and he did the sctrach test and I was positive for most all inhalants and a lot of foods. I was really confused on the blood work he did but he said it came back neg for celiac. But I know how my body feels I know better then he does so I went gluten free and have had good reslults and can really tell when I have had something with gluten in by accident. When this happens it take at least a week if not more for my body to get back to what is normal.

I also suffer with MS and have notice that with in the last year my teeth are breaking, I now have 4 broken teeth in my mouth. I am wondering if this a result of malabsortion.

I know I am rambling sorry I tend to that MS makes me have brain fog a lot. My question would be, do you think it would be worth it for me to find a doc in colorado who know about celiac and should I get tested. I have read that in order for it to be accurate I would have to eat wheat again I do not think I am welling to do that. I really do not what to be sick not when I am just beginning to feel I little bit better.

Any advice would be very welcome.

Chissy

Hi Chrissy,

I am new to this site and have similar symptoms to you. I have not been diagnosed, but having been Gluten Free since August 2007, I can tell you that I am feeling so much better. It took some time to get it right, but I am almost there. The only problem I am having now is the gastritis and erosive esophagus. I was diagnosed in January 08 with that. I went in for endoscopy for Celiac and came out with something else. I asked my Dr if I would have to follow any special diet for the Gastritis and he said no. So, I kept eating the way I normally would, minus the gluten. However, with GERD, Gastritis, Heartburn, etc, you need to stay away from onions, garlic, beans, coffee, chocolate, stringy meats, peppermint, etc. When I have any of these foods, I get gassy and bloated almost immediately. I've been on various meds for it, and after 4-5 weeks they all stop working and I'm on to a new one. The only reason I think I am having problems is if Gluten is somehow slipping into my diet and messing me up. I will be fine, and then I am bloated and gassy for 1-2 weeks, and feeling sick. Then I'm fine again. So fed up with it and I am going for genetic testing at the end of October. My other choice was to be on gluten breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 wks. If I did that I think I would wind up in the ER and would have enough gas to blow up the state of NJ...LOL. All kidding aside, maybe something in slipping in and causing you problems. Did you go for allergy testing through the blood?


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Have responded extremely well to Gluten Free diet :)

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Dina - I had a IgG and IgA done in Jan and doc said the both were normal but this is the same allergy doc that told me that my allergy med would help with my wheat " allergy" :o Meds help if I am have an allergic reation like my ears itching, eye watering nose icky type stuff but not when it comes to my other problems duh. Not a smart doc when it come to celiac but he was not a gastro doc not sure he was good allergy doc now that I think of it but oh well. I just know that I feel better when I don't have gluten and that to me tells me something so I think I will listent to my body.


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Dina - I had a IgG and IgA done in Jan and doc said the both were normal but this is the same allergy doc that told me that my allergy med would help with my wheat " allergy" :o Meds help if I am have an allergic reation like my ears itching, eye watering nose icky type stuff but not when it comes to my other problems duh. Not a smart doc when it come to celiac but he was not a gastro doc not sure he was good allergy doc now that I think of it but oh well. I just know that I feel better when I don't have gluten and that to me tells me something so I think I will listent to my body.

I know, I get so frustrated. One second I can eat something and I am fine. I eat too much of it and I am itchy all over. Do you know of any people who are Gluten Intolerant who CAN'T use what shampoos or hair products?


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