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Had Endoscopy On Thursday...

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Hi all!

This is my first post. I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease back in November. I was on a low residue diet and meds for Crohn's, but at my last appt with my GI doctor, I told him of some stomach pain I was having so he had me do an endoscopy last Thursday. The endoscopy showed scalloping (?) indicative of Celiac disease but he wanted to do more testing (a gallbladder ultrasound, a genetic test for Celiac, and a pill cam). He said I would need to go on a gluten free diet but AFTER the tests were done. I'm already on a low residue (no fresh fruits, fresh veggies, nuts or fiber)

Anyway, the question is - did anyone's upper GI endoscopy with scallops and inflamation come out with anything OTHER than Celiac? I want to see what my "choices" are here.

Thanks!

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Celiac certainly sounds like the most likely cause. I have no personal knowledge or experience.

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As far as I know that scalloping is pretty likely to be celiac related, you have a very good doctor. I know the prospect of celiac is daunting but you may find that it also helps your Chrons symptoms. Your doctor is right that you shouldn't start the diet until all celiac related testing is done but when it is finished you should start the diet strictly no matter what the gene tests show. Your in the right place for support and info on what you need to do. Welcome to the board and ask any questions you need to.

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Thank you for your response! I looooove my doctor, although the poor guy is getting frustrated with my case because a lot of my meds just aren't working. I kind of want to get the show on the road with the gluten free trial because if that's what is causing the pain... then let's get on it. Alas, I have to wait for the insurance company to give us the green light for more testing... hopefully it will only be a few days until I can start. Until then, it's hard to think the foods I put in my mouth are actually very harmful.

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Thank you for your response! I looooove my doctor, although the poor guy is getting frustrated with my case because a lot of my meds just aren't working. I kind of want to get the show on the road with the gluten free trial because if that's what is causing the pain... then let's get on it. Alas, I have to wait for the insurance company to give us the green light for more testing... hopefully it will only be a few days until I can start. Until then, it's hard to think the foods I put in my mouth are actually very harmful.

Hopefully you will be able to start soon. Do be sure to check all the meds that you will continue with while you are waiting. Celiac can effect the amount of meds we absorb and some meds like antidepressants many have no effect at all. With antidepressants they are finally realizing that when people don't respond or get worse on them that can be a sign of celiac. I hope the diet helps you and that you are feeling better soon. Do stay in close touch with your doctor as you heal as your med dosages may need to be adjusted and some you may not need anymore.

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I had scalloping on biopsy, and it was celiac.

There is a high prevalence of celiac disease in crohn's disease. They recently found the genes have a relationship.

Here is a link. Celiac and Crohn's genetic link

When my doctor tested me for celiac, he also tested me for crohn's. I have the genes for both, but I do not have active crohn's.

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Thanks very much for your responses. I CANNOT WAIT until I can get these tests done and get on with it. I am in a lot of Crohn's pain right now and it's getting to the point where I really don't care if I have Celiac and if never eating another ounce of gluten will make me feel better, I'm on it!

I did a little online looking and I see that gluten is even in some of our shampoos... so much to learn!!!

Thanks much though!

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Sorta off your topic but I had an EGD and a colonoscopy on Monday and the "twilight sedation" didn't take. I was awake and conscious throughout the entire process and still sorta wake up with nightmares of the pain it caused. I'd definitely recommend anyone getting the test to ask to be put under for it. As if trying to figure out whats wrong with you isn't traumatizing enough.

Sorry, I just had to vent about it somewhere.

Best of luck!

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Sorta off your topic but I had an EGD and a colonoscopy on Monday and the "twilight sedation" didn't take. I was awake and conscious throughout the entire process and still sorta wake up with nightmares of the pain it caused.

I had the exact same experience! It was horrible, but let me add that this experience is also very, VERY rare. Most patients remember nothing, as though they were asleep. I've been told many patients hardly remember going to the hospital at all for the procedure. Very pleasant for most!

I believe the procedure requires the patient to be able to swallow on command, and so the conscious sedation is needed. I knew going in that my lack of response to the medication was likely (I've had trouble before with other medications) and had the anesthesiologist in the room putting meds in my IV during the procedure so I could be more "out" for parts, but "up" for the parts where I needed to obey commands like "swallow". My new GI is considering a gluten challenge followed by a repeat EGD, and I am NOT happy about either going back on gluten or the EGD.

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I've never "met" anyone else who had this lack of proper response to those meds and I couldn't help but reply!

Lisa

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I'm glad you did. Its good to know that I'm not some freak who experienced something that no one else has. It was truly a horrible experience but I managed through it and if they figure out whats going on with me, I'll be happy. I'm already a diagnosed celiac, so it was to check for some other things but it was just really a less than awesome experience!

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Im so sorry you both had a bad experience! Both my endoscopy and colonoscopy were done under I guess twilight sleep. I remember nothing about either procedure. I mean as far as testing goes, neither was bad.

So sorry to both of you!

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