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Microscopic Colitis?

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First let me say that I haven't been diagnosed officially when celiac. I just began a gluten-free trial less than a week ago. I was diagnosed with IBS about a year ago.

From my understanding, one of the classic symptoms of microscopic colitis is watery diarrhea, correct? I have experienced a pattern like this the past month or so:

-woke up with watery D a week before thanksgiving. I went to the bathroom a few times throughout the day (went once in the middle of the night) I took immodium and it seemed to clear it up.

-about a week later, woke up again with watery d. same pattern. took immodium and it took a couple of days to clear up completely.

-This time, 2 weeks later, I woke up with watery D. Went about 3 times. Cleared up with imodium and this time didn't go at all during the night.

The idea of the watery D makes me think it could be MC, but the pattern does not necessarily seem like MC.

If you have it, could you weigh in on this? Possibly tell me about your symptoms/patterns? What about treatment? What should I expect if I did have this?

I feel completely fine, otherwise. I'm worried though, because I know you must get a biopsie to be diagnosed. I do not have insurance so that would be difficult.

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Whether this is a symptom of MC I don't know but I do know that for me it was a symptom of celiac. I was diagnosed with IBS years ago and it wasn't until after I was diagnosed celiac and remarked to my GI that I was so thankful to be done with the middle of the night D that he told me that IBS doesn't wake someone up from sleep. Unfortunately he never listened when I told him about it prediagnosis. He just looked at negative celiac blood tests and prescribed more pills. Have you had a colonoscopy or endo? I think it is the colonoscopy that would diagnose MC but they do need to take biopsies to examine if it is suspected. Like celiac it is not always noticeable with the naked eye.

Also since the watery D started abruptly do make sure they do stool tests to make sure you haven't picked up food poisoning or such. I had salmonella once and had to beg for 2 weeks for testing. I kept telling my GP that what I was experiencing wasn't anything like the IBS that I was diagnosed with but she wouldn't listen until I had lost over 20 lbs, almost a fifth of my weight over a two week period, that she finally tested and found me postive for salmonella.

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Are you taking any medication before bed not on a regular schedule or are you eating/drinking something at night that is causing this diarrhea to start during the night?

1960s-had symptoms-could have been before but don't remember

1970s-told had colitis or nervous stomach-was given phenobarbital, felt great but still had symptoms

Me, dd and ds diagnosed with Lactose Intolerance


2001-had stroke because of medications I was given

June 2003-saw Chiropractor who specialized in nutrition: Celiac Disease not Lactose Intolerance, went gluten free with once in awhile cheating, off soy and dairy for about 6 months

June 2003-found excellent doctor for fibromyalgia (who has found out she has Celiac Disease)

May 2006-went gluten free with NO cheating-excellent! Made all the difference in the world

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