0
poeticjul25

Doctor In Boston Experience

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

Hey all--I just went to a gastroenterologist in Boston, Ma., and he is supposedly a celiac disease specialist. Well, let's just say that my experience was not at all positive, and I am frustrated to high heaven with all of these doctors who assume they know everything. :angry: Saying my symptoms: 20 lb. weight loss occurring over a span of one month, bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pains, gluten cravings, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and bone pain, I was told that the autoimmune symptoms mentioned were not related to celiac disease, and that he did not think that I even had celiac disease, despite going through a positive IgA antibody test and a positive stool sample that showed antibodies. I did undergo a biopsy, but since I had only ingested gluten for two days, the test came back negative. Anyway, the doctor did not know what to do or say, despite ordering yet another blood test, which I am guessing is the IgG antibody test...I am still waiting for results on that one. He did not tell me what to do or where to go from here, unfortunately, and mentioned the gluten challenge, if the blood test came back negative. I am not sure if I want to put my body through that for an extended period of time, because the pain is so severe, but what does he know? He doesn't have to live inside my body for that time, and he doesn't know just how intolerable these symptoms truly are. I am just sick of getting bounced around from doctor to doctor, and being told that yes, I do have celiac disease, and then no, I do not have celiac disease. Which is it?? Needless to say, i left Boston feeling very confused, angry, frustrated and upset. This doctor only spent 5 minutes with me, if not less, and repeatedly interrupted me with his own comments. I might not be a celiac disease specialist, but I do know that some of the autoimmune symptoms I've been experiencing are indeed related to celiac disease, and I have a "gut" feeling (no pun intended) that I do have celiac disease. `I was told that: "well, we don't know", and that as a gastroenterologist he does not cover any other of those symptoms. I was just sick of all the hemming and hawing, and I was wondering if any of you experienced these same kinds of things... please let me know..I am so disappointed right now. :(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:


MOST of us have very similar experiences to your own. It is the reason so many of us are self-diagnosed, or Enterolab diagnosed. The medical field as we know it is not prepared to deal with so many gluten intolerant individuals, bu the fact remains that we are here! I don't know what to suggest to you. It is your choice to be gluten-free or not, and it sounds like you feel better gluten-free. You would be very lucky to find a doctor who will diagnose you after a negative biopsy. My doctor didn't even want to do the biopsy after the negative bloodtest. She finally agreed and she says it was negative, but I'm not sure I believe her. Even if it was borderline, she would say negative just to prove she was right and I was wrong...

God bless,

Mariann

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Poeticjul25,

I am sorry that not only have you been feeling crummy, but then you have to be frustrated by the ignorance of so-called expertdoctors. I've been having lots of gastro, but also many auto-immune-type, symptoms such as you mentioned, and after bloodwork (IgG) showed raised antibodies (although not very high ones) my doctor diagnosed me as having celiac. He explained that although the biopsy was the "gold standard" for diagnosis, it is very possible for people to have celiac and not have a positive biopsy. (I'm going ahead with the endoscopy this week because after three weeks on the diet I"m still having symptoms and he wants to check for peptic ulcers as well.)

If you test positive in your bloodwork and your symptoms improve or disappear on a gluten-free diet, it would certainly seem that you have celiac. It sounds to me as if your doctor is stuck in what he probably learned in medical school, which is now known to be erroneous, that celiac is very rare in the U.S. It is now being established that it is in fact much more common here than previously thought, and in fact, many people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Anyway, the good thing is that your doctor is not in charge of your body, you are. If you decide to go on a gluten-free diet to see if you feel better, that's what you should do -- and if you get better, than the solution is clear. If you need more proof for insurance purposes or your own peace of mind, I know that many people on this board swear by Enterolab and their very good test system for celiac, which you can do by yourself, apparently, through the mail without a doctor. I'm sure there are lots of people who can relate their experiences with this. But don't give up. This is a disease that presents itself in many different ways -- your symptoms actually sound like classic ones, so it's pretty strange that your doctor is reluctant to give you the diagnosis. The important thing, though, is to start healing and feeling better, so take charge of your own health. Just because he's an "expert" doesn't make him right. Good luck.

Zippyten

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you, Mariann, for your reply. Yes, I should look into this Enterolab situation, because I have a feeling that may be helpful. I don't understand the egotism of some doctors, and it seems as if you have been experiencing that same exact thing. It is not a horrible thing to say to a patient that: "ok, I was wrong, and tests indicate that you do have celiac disease", if even a small amount of the IgA/IgG is found. I do feel better living life gluten-free, but still do have some of the other symptoms, so maybe slight traces of gluten are creeping into my diet without my knowledge. Anyway, thank you very much for taking the time to reply to me, and I wish you a lot of luck and health! :)

-Julie in Ma.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have you considered that you may also have another food intolerance (like lactose intolerance or casein intolerance, which are very common in gluten intolerance)? I am also casein intolerance and I get a very similar reaction to gluten. Infact my reaction to gluten is not as bad, bloating and gas-wise, since I have been dairy-free since November. Of course the other symptoms were awful when I did the gluten challenge from Nov.-January for the biopsy, but the gastro-symptoms were much better off dairy.

Just a thought. Enterolab tests for sensitivity to milk, eggs, and yeast, too.

God bless,

Mariann

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:


Mariann, I have thought that I possibly might have another food allergy, and it is interesting that you brought that up. Every morning, when I have milk in my cereal, I experience diarrhea, but then, that is the same with lactaid milk, and soymilk, so maybe I am just milk intolerant period..hehe, who knows. I don't think I am allergic to casein though, but I did discuss the possibility of the Enterolab with my mom, as she has been doing a lot to help me, and we both thought it was a great idea to look into.

Zippyten, thank you for your reply as well. I appreciate all the time you took in your response, and yes, it is frustrating that so called "experts" in gastroenterology/celiac disease keep on tossing me around in the game of "what-ifs"...I am sure you can very well relate to that. This doctor I went to is actually from Ireland and I have heard that the disease is quite prevalent there, which is why I am surprised that he made such a clear separation between celiac disease and other autoimmune symptoms...it just boggles the mind how an expert can just overlook the obvious. I suppose that he thinks it is rare that I can even have celiac disease, since it is thought of as almost unheard of in the United States, but that is where he is misinformed, from what I have read. I wish you luck in your biopsy, and hope and pray that you do not have any peptic ulcers in your system. Maybe you would test negative on one biopsy if you have not ingested gluten for awhile, being on the gluten free diet for a significant amount of time--the doctors tend to overlook that simple fact, but nonetheless, it's true. Anyway, I hope that you can feel better soon! :-)

-Julie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Julie. I will be very relieved when this endoscopy is over. I just want to know whatever I need to know, and move on. If you haven't already seen it, there's a really interesting article on this website written by Dr. Kenneth Fine, who's a gastroenterologist and a realexpert on celiac. If you go to the home page of celiac.com and look on the right sidebar, the article is listed as "Early Diagnosis of Gluten Sensitivity: Before the Villi are Gone." It's a little dense, but full of such great information that I printed it out so I could better digest it (ha ha).

Anyway, I wish some doctors would get off their high horses, when they must know how many diseases and conditions the medical profession as a whole has either mistreated, misdiagnosed, or misunderstood over the years. Don't forget, they used to treat fevers with blood-sucking leeches and thought it made perfect sense.

My last gastro doctor before my current one (who seems to be on the ball) told me that if my colonoscopy results came back negative, he didn't expect my bloodwork to show anything wrong because he expected all my symptoms were "just stress." It may not be too nice a thought, but sometimes I wish that all the doctors who told me I was simply under stress could experience my symptoms for a month and then see how quick they'd tell themselves they 'need to relax more because they're just stressed out." Frankly, there's an element of prejudice that some male doctors have against female patients. And some female doctors have it too! (Inside my evil head I call it the "Relax, dear, you worry too much" doctor syndrome.) It'd be an interesting study to see if men with celiac were diagnosed more quickly than women with celiac...

Keep us posted & good luck.

Ellen (Zippyten)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hey all--I just went to a gastroenterologist in Boston, Ma., and he is supposedly a celiac disease specialist. Well, let's just say that my experience was not at all positive, and I am frustrated to high heaven with all of these doctors who assume they know everything. :angry:

Who did you go to?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Was he just a random doctor? I'm thinking of going to Boston also but at the Celiac research center. Here's the website. I've heard good things about the doctors there.

http://www.bidmc.harvard.edu/display.asp?node_id=5449

francelajoie -- That is where I'm going. I am flying up from Florida the summer to see "THE MAN" there.

I must say just my experience on the phone with them was very professional, it wasn't like I'm treatewd and disrespected here in Florida.

----

I stll wonder who poeticjul25 went to?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:


Who did you go to?

I live in Boston and have been going to a specialist at the Celiac center. I give them a hearty thumbs up. Finally, after all these years of weird symptoms, I've been diagnosed. They know their stuff, and I found the doctors and nurses to be very nice and helpful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry you had a bummer of an experience, poeticjul25!

I'll throw out who I saw since I am local to you. She is not from the Celiac Center, but she seems nice knows about celiac. She did not make me feel bad about trying to get a diagnosis! An RN at her office named Heidi Peters was awesome. She is who I saw inititally after my blood test. She took time to explain about the disease and noticed that an on going rash I have is connected to celiac.

Dr. Taitelbaum is the one who did the endoscopy so I did not remember hanging out with her all that much. I see her tomorrow as a follow up. She did call earlier than expected after the endoscopy to make sure I went on the diet. So far so good with her I guess, I'll know more tomorrow.

Taitelbaum, Greta, MD Gastroenterology

475 Franklin St Ste 110 Framingham, MA 01702

(508) 620-9200

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi

I also go to beth israel and that is where i got diagnosed. i saw dr kalmowitz who was awesome but hes leaving so im seeing dr leffler who works with cirian kelly. im meeting them in a few weeks for my appt. so far ive really liked beth israel. tommorow im getting my iron iv there and even the hematoligst there knew alot about celiac (his daugher has it)

Jess

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I met with my new gasto yesterday, she works in needham and is affiliated with BI in boston and needham when I told her my idiot gastro in milford said "diarrhea is the only real symptom of celiac disease' she said hes old school and most Drs don't know enough

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi to all and yes, as you may guess I am new so if I am doing this all wrong please let me know.

First of all I realise it is early morning for you - I am in the UK near Manchester. I decided to join and hopefully chat to some of you in time.

I am male 48 years old and I have been diagnosed Coeliac (sorry UK spelling) for around 10 years or so now and for the past 4 -5 years things have been really rough at times. I read with intesrest poeticjul25's comments, I agree it is hard to 'be taken seriously' at times and I think there is not enough recognition of the debilitating symptoms that can arise both from undiagnosed celiac disease and diagnosis after the body has 'taken a pounding' and diagnosis has been late.

I am lucky, I have a good doctor who is very understanding but I have met some in connection with other problems who have been dismisive and not really wanted to listen.

I dont want to ramble on so I will just be brief; I have to follow a strict gluten-free/WF diet and I am very sensitive to any wheat, rye, barley, oats - even malt or certain fats or rich foods; my health at present is up and down with no clear or happy 'medium or normal'. My own doctor feels I have ME type symptoms and I have to agree with this, I feel I have damaged or over sensitive nerves and have terrific back, leg and neck/head pains; I am certain that a lot of this pain is due to damage caused by undiagnosed celiac disease. I have fatigue, bone pain, nausea, cravings, IBS and so on........ all the common complaints related to celiac disease and It is very hard to explain to people that you feel really awful when you may look OK, and frustrating too.

If this strikes a bell with anyone - I am sure it will then I hope it is of comfort; I am glad to have joined this forum and hope to hear from some of you soon.

Regards to all

Andy

Hi to all and yes, as you may guess I am new so if I am doing this all wrong please let me know.

First of all I realise it is early afternoon (what was I thinking of) for you - I am in the UK near Manchester. I decided to join and hopefully chat to some of you in time.

I am male 48 years old and I have been diagnosed Coeliac (sorry UK spelling) for around 10 years or so now and for the past 4 -5 years things have been really rough at times. I read with intesrest poeticjul25's comments, I agree it is hard to 'be taken seriously' at times and I think there is not enough recognition of the debilitating symptoms that can arise both from undiagnosed celiac disease and diagnosis after the body has 'taken a pounding' and diagnosis has been late.

I am lucky, I have a good doctor who is very understanding but I have met some in connection with other problems who have been dismisive and not really wanted to listen.

I dont want to ramble on so I will just be brief; I have to follow a strict gluten-free/WF diet and I am very sensitive to any wheat, rye, barley, oats - even malt or certain fats or rich foods; my health at present is up and down with no clear or happy 'medium or normal'. My own doctor feels I have ME type symptoms and I have to agree with this, I feel I have damaged or over sensitive nerves and have terrific back, leg and neck/head pains; I am certain that a lot of this pain is due to damage caused by undiagnosed celiac disease. I have fatigue, bone pain, nausea, cravings, IBS and so on........ all the common complaints related to celiac disease and It is very hard to explain to people that you feel really awful when you may look OK, and frustrating too.

If this strikes a bell with anyone - I am sure it will then I hope it is of comfort; I am glad to have joined this forum and hope to hear from some of you soon.

Regards to all

Andy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hi andy, welcome to the group. we seem to have the same symptoms, very frustrating :( hopefully we will all feel better in the near future..for now all we can do is support each other, I think you will find that here, its a great group of ppl.

take care..Betty

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hi andy, welcome to the group. we seem to have the same symptoms, very frustrating :( hopefully we will all feel better in the near future..for now all we can do is support each other, I think you will find that here, its a great group of ppl.

take care..Betty

Hi Betty,

many thanks for that. i know I messed up with my first message - left it twice I think; but who cares. I am really glad to hear from you, there is so much involved in celiac disease that you do need support.

Thanks again

Andy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
0

  • Who's Online   16 Members, 0 Anonymous, 1,166 Guests (See full list)

  • Top Posters +

  • Recent Articles

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/18/2018 - Celiac disease has been mainly associated with Caucasian populations in Northern Europe, and their descendants in other countries, but new scientific evidence is beginning to challenge that view. Still, the exact global prevalence of celiac disease remains unknown.  To get better data on that issue, a team of researchers recently conducted a comprehensive review and meta-analysis to get a reasonably accurate estimate the global prevalence of celiac disease. 
    The research team included P Singh, A Arora, TA Strand, DA Leffler, C Catassi, PH Green, CP Kelly, V Ahuja, and GK Makharia. They are variously affiliated with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India; Innlandet Hospital Trust, Lillehammer, Norway; Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts; Gastroenterology Research and Development, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc, Cambridge, MA; Department of Pediatrics, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy; Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York; USA Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York; and the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
    For their review, the team searched Medline, PubMed, and EMBASE for the keywords ‘celiac disease,’ ‘celiac,’ ‘tissue transglutaminase antibody,’ ‘anti-endomysium antibody,’ ‘endomysial antibody,’ and ‘prevalence’ for studies published from January 1991 through March 2016. 
    The team cross-referenced each article with the words ‘Asia,’ ‘Europe,’ ‘Africa,’ ‘South America,’ ‘North America,’ and ‘Australia.’ They defined celiac diagnosis based on European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition guidelines. The team used 96 articles of 3,843 articles in their final analysis.
    Overall global prevalence of celiac disease was 1.4% in 275,818 individuals, based on positive blood tests for anti-tissue transglutaminase and/or anti-endomysial antibodies. The pooled global prevalence of biopsy-confirmed celiac disease was 0.7% in 138,792 individuals. That means that numerous people with celiac disease potentially remain undiagnosed.
    Rates of celiac disease were 0.4% in South America, 0.5% in Africa and North America, 0.6% in Asia, and 0.8% in Europe and Oceania; the prevalence was 0.6% in female vs 0.4% males. Celiac disease was significantly more common in children than adults.
    This systematic review and meta-analysis showed celiac disease to be reported worldwide. Blood test data shows celiac disease rate of 1.4%, while biopsy data shows 0.7%. The prevalence of celiac disease varies with sex, age, and location. 
    This review demonstrates a need for more comprehensive population-based studies of celiac disease in numerous countries.  The 1.4% rate indicates that there are 91.2 million people worldwide with celiac disease, and 3.9 million are in the U.S.A.
    Source:
    Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jun;16(6):823-836.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2017.06.037.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/16/2018 - Summer is the time for chips and salsa. This fresh salsa recipe relies on cabbage, yes, cabbage, as a secret ingredient. The cabbage brings a delicious flavor and helps the salsa hold together nicely for scooping with your favorite chips. The result is a fresh, tasty salsa that goes great with guacamole.
    Ingredients:
    3 cups ripe fresh tomatoes, diced 1 cup shredded green cabbage ½ cup diced yellow onion ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 jalapeno, seeded 1 Serrano pepper, seeded 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 garlic cloves, minced salt to taste black pepper, to taste Directions:
    Purée all ingredients together in a blender.
    Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
    Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, as desired. 
    Serve is a bowl with tortilla chips and guacamole.

    Dr. Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.
    Celiac.com 06/15/2018 - There seems to be widespread agreement in the published medical research reports that stuttering is driven by abnormalities in the brain. Sometimes these are the result of brain injuries resulting from a stroke. Other types of brain injuries can also result in stuttering. Patients with Parkinson’s disease who were treated with stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus, an area of the brain that regulates some motor functions, experienced a return or worsening of stuttering that improved when the stimulation was turned off (1). Similarly, stroke has also been reported in association with acquired stuttering (2). While there are some reports of psychological mechanisms underlying stuttering, a majority of reports seem to favor altered brain morphology and/or function as the root of stuttering (3). Reports of structural differences between the brain hemispheres that are absent in those who do not stutter are also common (4). About 5% of children stutter, beginning sometime around age 3, during the phase of speech acquisition. However, about 75% of these cases resolve without intervention, before reaching their teens (5). Some cases of aphasia, a loss of speech production or understanding, have been reported in association with damage or changes to one or more of the language centers of the brain (6). Stuttering may sometimes arise from changes or damage to these same language centers (7). Thus, many stutterers have abnormalities in the same regions of the brain similar to those seen in aphasia.
    So how, you may ask, is all this related to gluten? As a starting point, one report from the medical literature identifies a patient who developed aphasia after admission for severe diarrhea. By the time celiac disease was diagnosed, he had completely lost his faculty of speech. However, his speech and normal bowel function gradually returned after beginning a gluten free diet (8). This finding was so controversial at the time of publication (1988) that the authors chose to remain anonymous. Nonetheless, it is a valuable clue that suggests gluten as a factor in compromised speech production. At about the same time (late 1980’s) reports of connections between untreated celiac disease and seizures/epilepsy were emerging in the medical literature (9).
    With the advent of the Internet a whole new field of anecdotal information was emerging, connecting a variety of neurological symptoms to celiac disease. While many medical practitioners and researchers were casting aspersions on these assertions, a select few chose to explore such claims using scientific research designs and methods. While connections between stuttering and gluten consumption seem to have been overlooked by the medical research community, there is a rich literature on the Internet that cries out for more structured investigation of this connection. Conversely, perhaps a publication bias of the peer review process excludes work that explores this connection.
    Whatever the reason that stuttering has not been reported in the medical literature in association with gluten ingestion, a number of personal disclosures and comments suggesting a connection between gluten and stuttering can be found on the Internet. Abid Hussain, in an article about food allergy and stuttering said: “The most common food allergy prevalent in stutterers is that of gluten which has been found to aggravate the stutter” (10). Similarly, Craig Forsythe posted an article that includes five cases of self-reporting individuals who believe that their stuttering is or was connected to gluten, one of whom also experiences stuttering from foods containing yeast (11). The same site contains one report of a stutterer who has had no relief despite following a gluten free diet for 20 years (11). Another stutterer, Jay88, reports the complete disappearance of her/his stammer on a gluten free diet (12). Doubtless there are many more such anecdotes to be found on the Internet* but we have to question them, exercising more skepticism than we might when reading similar claims in a peer reviewed scientific or medical journal.
    There are many reports in such journals connecting brain and neurological ailments with gluten, so it is not much of a stretch, on that basis alone, to suspect that stuttering may be a symptom of the gluten syndrome. Rodney Ford has even characterized celiac disease as an ailment that may begin through gluten-induced neurological damage (13) and Marios Hadjivassiliou and his group of neurologists and neurological investigators have devoted considerable time and effort to research that reveals gluten as an important factor in a majority of neurological diseases of unknown origin (14) which, as I have pointed out previously, includes most neurological ailments.
    My own experience with stuttering is limited. I stuttered as a child when I became nervous, upset, or self-conscious. Although I have been gluten free for many years, I haven’t noticed any impact on my inclination to stutter when upset. I don’t know if they are related, but I have also had challenges with speaking when distressed and I have noticed a substantial improvement in this area since removing gluten from my diet. Nonetheless, I have long wondered if there is a connection between gluten consumption and stuttering. Having done the research for this article, I would now encourage stutterers to try a gluten free diet for six months to see if it will reduce or eliminate their stutter. Meanwhile, I hope that some investigator out there will research this matter, publish her findings, and start the ball rolling toward getting some definitive answers to this question.
    Sources:
    1. Toft M, Dietrichs E. Aggravated stuttering following subthalamic deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease--two cases. BMC Neurol. 2011 Apr 8;11:44.
    2. Tani T, Sakai Y. Stuttering after right cerebellar infarction: a case study. J Fluency Disord. 2010 Jun;35(2):141-5. Epub 2010 Mar 15.
    3. Lundgren K, Helm-Estabrooks N, Klein R. Stuttering Following Acquired Brain Damage: A Review of the Literature. J Neurolinguistics. 2010 Sep 1;23(5):447-454.
    4. Jäncke L, Hänggi J, Steinmetz H. Morphological brain differences between adult stutterers and non-stutterers. BMC Neurol. 2004 Dec 10;4(1):23.
    5. Kell CA, Neumann K, von Kriegstein K, Posenenske C, von Gudenberg AW, Euler H, Giraud AL. How the brain repairs stuttering. Brain. 2009 Oct;132(Pt 10):2747-60. Epub 2009 Aug 26.
    6. Galantucci S, Tartaglia MC, Wilson SM, Henry ML, Filippi M, Agosta F, Dronkers NF, Henry RG, Ogar JM, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML. White matter damage in primary progressive aphasias: a diffusion tensor tractography study. Brain. 2011 Jun 11.
    7. Lundgren K, Helm-Estabrooks N, Klein R. Stuttering Following Acquired Brain Damage: A Review of the Literature. J Neurolinguistics. 2010 Sep 1;23(5):447-454.
    8. [No authors listed] Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Weekly clinicopathological exercises. Case 43-1988. A 52-year-old man with persistent watery diarrhea and aphasia. N Engl J Med. 1988 Oct 27;319(17):1139-48
    9. Molteni N, Bardella MT, Baldassarri AR, Bianchi PA. Celiac disease associated with epilepsy and intracranial calcifications: report of two patients. Am J Gastroenterol. 1988 Sep;83(9):992-4.
    10. http://ezinearticles.com/?Food-Allergy-and-Stuttering-Link&id=1235725 
    11. http://www.craig.copperleife.com/health/stuttering_allergies.htm 
    12. https://www.celiac.com/forums/topic/73362-any-help-is-appreciated/
    13. Ford RP. The gluten syndrome: a neurological disease. Med Hypotheses. 2009 Sep;73(3):438-40. Epub 2009 Apr 29.
    14. Hadjivassiliou M, Gibson A, Davies-Jones GA, Lobo AJ, Stephenson TJ, Milford-Ward A. Does cryptic gluten sensitivity play a part in neurological illness? Lancet. 1996 Feb 10;347(8998):369-71.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/14/2018 - Refractory celiac disease type II (RCDII) is a rare complication of celiac disease that has high death rates. To diagnose RCDII, doctors identify a clonal population of phenotypically aberrant intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs). 
    However, researchers really don’t have much data regarding the frequency and significance of clonal T cell receptor (TCR) gene rearrangements (TCR-GRs) in small bowel (SB) biopsies of patients without RCDII. Such data could provide useful comparison information for patients with RCDII, among other things.
    To that end, a research team recently set out to try to get some information about the frequency and importance of clonal T cell receptor (TCR) gene rearrangements (TCR-GRs) in small bowel (SB) biopsies of patients without RCDII. The research team included Shafinaz Hussein, Tatyana Gindin, Stephen M Lagana, Carolina Arguelles-Grande, Suneeta Krishnareddy, Bachir Alobeid, Suzanne K Lewis, Mahesh M Mansukhani, Peter H R Green, and Govind Bhagat.
    They are variously affiliated with the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, and the Department of Medicine at the Celiac Disease Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA. Their team analyzed results of TCR-GR analyses performed on SB biopsies at our institution over a 3-year period, which were obtained from eight active celiac disease, 172 celiac disease on gluten-free diet, 33 RCDI, and three RCDII patients and 14 patients without celiac disease. 
    Clonal TCR-GRs are not infrequent in cases lacking features of RCDII, while PCPs are frequent in all disease phases. TCR-GR results should be assessed in conjunction with immunophenotypic, histological and clinical findings for appropriate diagnosis and classification of RCD.
    The team divided the TCR-GR patterns into clonal, polyclonal and prominent clonal peaks (PCPs), and correlated these patterns with clinical and pathological features. In all, they detected clonal TCR-GR products in biopsies from 67% of patients with RCDII, 17% of patients with RCDI and 6% of patients with gluten-free diet. They found PCPs in all disease phases, but saw no significant difference in the TCR-GR patterns between the non-RCDII disease categories (p=0.39). 
    They also noted a higher frequency of surface CD3(−) IELs in cases with clonal TCR-GR, but the PCP pattern showed no associations with any clinical or pathological feature. 
    Repeat biopsy showed that the clonal or PCP pattern persisted for up to 2 years with no evidence of RCDII. The study indicates that better understanding of clonal T cell receptor gene rearrangements may help researchers improve refractory celiac diagnosis. 
    Source:
    Journal of Clinical Pathologyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jclinpath-2018-205023

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/13/2018 - There have been numerous reports that olmesartan, aka Benicar, seems to trigger sprue‐like enteropathy in many patients, but so far, studies have produced mixed results, and there really hasn’t been a rigorous study of the issue. A team of researchers recently set out to assess whether olmesartan is associated with a higher rate of enteropathy compared with other angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).
    The research team included Y.‐H. Dong; Y. Jin; TN Tsacogianis; M He; PH Hsieh; and JJ Gagne. They are variously affiliated with the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA; the Faculty of Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Science at National Yang‐Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan; and the Department of Hepato‐Gastroenterology, Chi Mei Medical Center in Tainan, Taiwan.
    To get solid data on the issue, the team conducted a cohort study among ARB initiators in 5 US claims databases covering numerous health insurers. They used Cox regression models to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for enteropathy‐related outcomes, including celiac disease, malabsorption, concomitant diagnoses of diarrhea and weight loss, and non‐infectious enteropathy. In all, they found nearly two million eligible patients. 
    They then assessed those patients and compared the results for olmesartan initiators to initiators of other ARBs after propensity score (PS) matching. They found unadjusted incidence rates of 0.82, 1.41, 1.66 and 29.20 per 1,000 person‐years for celiac disease, malabsorption, concomitant diagnoses of diarrhea and weight loss, and non‐infectious enteropathy respectively. 
    After PS matching comparing olmesartan to other ARBs, hazard ratios were 1.21 (95% CI, 1.05‐1.40), 1.00 (95% CI, 0.88‐1.13), 1.22 (95% CI, 1.10‐1.36) and 1.04 (95% CI, 1.01‐1.07) for each outcome. Patients aged 65 years and older showed greater hazard ratios for celiac disease, as did patients receiving treatment for more than 1 year, and patients receiving higher cumulative olmesartan doses.
    This is the first comprehensive multi‐database study to document a higher rate of enteropathy in olmesartan initiators as compared to initiators of other ARBs, though absolute rates were low for both groups.
    Source:
    Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      110,237
    • Total Posts
      949,664
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      77,352
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Lee Frizzell
    Joined
  • Popular Now

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • I figured I'd give an update. Shortly after my last post I had a bad sinus infection but was only given prednisone which only made the congestion in my nose go away and some sinus pressure. I continued to feel worse with it pretty much developing into Bronchitis. I called the dr about it and they phone in a z-pac. I thought "well if I have SIBO" which I still wasn't sure of...." this will alleviate the off and on symptoms I had of mushy stools and icky feeling stomach. I would get that feeling whenever I had dairy for the last 9 yrs or so. Sure enough after I was done I felt like my old self. I did take probiotics while I was on the zpac which I hadn't taken for months since it only made things worse.  Everything finally returned to what it was before all this started. I felt so much better and "normal". I tried some aged cheese, brown rice and refried beans over the course of a couple weeks and was able to have those with absolutely no issues. For the next 1.5 months or so I felt great and better than before. I continued to take the probiotics twice a day as I did before and one day had a little stomach issue with some cramping. I then had some trail mix which had soy in it but I didn't really give it much thought and the next day my stomach was hurting pretty bad and worse than before it seemed. This lasted off and on for a week. Now the mushiness has returned and seems to be constant for the last week along with cramping. I'm guessing that the zpac killed off whatever it was I had...SIBO or Candida and now I've relapsed? Not sure but I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow to see if I can get some relief. I've also had some gas return as well.  I stopped taking the pribiotics thinking maybe that's making things bad again too since I wasn't on them before after I stopped gluten and soy and I didnt have this as much as I have now. I do take Gentian with Pepsin when I have protein and that seems to help as I don't have the gas I had way back.  It's so disheartening because I thought I figured out what was going on
    • I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago. I never had any of the usual problems. I had anemia and while trying to find what that was from, my GI found the celiac. I immediately started a gluten free diet, but it has always been a struggle. I am not the healthiest eater and would always seem to get the processed gluten-free items. I am not much for veggies and fruit or fish. So, for the last year it has been very difficult, financially and mentally for me to stick to it, but I did. I hated how I always had to have "special" food at family gatherings. I asked my GI several times what would happen if I stopped. He advised against it of course, but recently I just felt like my quality of life was so diminished. I already have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hashimotos, Arthritis, Pre-diabetes, endometriosis, had my gallbladder out recently and many other issues. So, after much decision making, I decided to go back to my "old life". I started today with a couple regular beers and had some crackers. I was expecting to be running to the bathroom like when I first switched to gluten-free, but nothing has happened and it's been almost 8 hours now. Not sure what to think. I know about the dangers of cancer and etc, but I have so many illnesses, I just want to live a semi-normal life again. 
    • In 2004, I complained to my doc of intestinal problems. I had my gallbladder out in 2003, and things hadn't really returned to normal. He did some testing, and told me, "You're not quite celiac, but you definitely have something going on." He never showed me the numbers, and I never asked. We moved shortly afterwards, and I never really thought about it after that. A few years ago, I went on the Atkins diet. I cut out all starchy carbs & bread carbs for three months. I had one cheat day (Wednesday), and broke out in a rash from neck to ankle. It was Thanksgiving weekend (and my birthday), and I couldn't get in to the doc. I ate a piece of birthday cake on Friday, and had insane stomach cramps. I know, I know. I should've gone to the ER. I finally got in to see the doc the following Wednesday, and the rash was clearing up. She told me it was dermatitis herpetiformis, and to stay away from gluten. No talk of being celiac. No other ramifications. So I go home, look it up, and find out about celiac. I ask for testing, and she tells me I'd have to go on a gluten diet for a month in order to get tested. After the pain I had from one piece of cake, I know I can't tolerate it. I stay off gluten, I don't have a rash. I eat something containing gluten (always in small amounts from cross-contamination--never like a donut or something), and I get a rash. That's proof enough for me. Fast forward to today. I got a copy of my medical records from 2004.
      IGA <20, which is negative
      IGG 79, where 30 is considered a moderate to strong positive. Wouldn't this be a "definite celiac", not a "something going on"? I'm a bit frustrated. I should've been gluten-free for 14 years, not 3. 
    • Hopefully the biopsy results will tell the tale as they say.  I am on rx D myself.  You can find info on vitamin D at the vitamin D  council site.  Seeing they just announced higher levels of vitamin D can help prevent colon cancer it's even a better reason to take some.  You can get natural vitamin D from oily fish like mackeral, sardines, salmon and tuna.  Other than that they do add it to milk and some orange juice in the USA.  The sun is another good source but only during certain hours of the day depending on your local latitude.
    • I dropped 30 lbs after going gluten free in a MONTH.  It seemed to be a lot of water flushing out of my body.  Underneath I was underweight and looked emaciated.  I've since built back 10 lbs of good weight in muscle and probably bone, and much healthier.
  • Blog Entries

  • Upcoming Events