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krisb

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My son is 8. He is little for his age, 10% for weight, and has severe allergies. He is allergic to a lot of foods and also get allergy shots. He has a history of slow growth, fatigue, belly pain, skin rashes ect. He was failure to thrive in his first year and fell off the charts. Now I had brought him to the Dr. because he is always tired and doesn't look good. He had blood work done for the third time. It showed that his iron was normal but his hemoglobin was low and his one thyroid test was low. Between his allergist and his Pediatricain they don't seem to be too concerned. I pushed for them to do the celiac test because he has all the symptoms. The allergist said that the tests came back high suggesting a positive for celiac. He still made me feel stupid for even condidering the fact that he can have celiacs and said he will rule it out with another blood test. we are waiting results on that one. I talked to his pediatricain today and asked him what his thought were on it and he said he thinks he has celiacs. But that was it. He didn't offer any advice. I asked if he should go to a GI Dr. and he said not to worry about it that he will be fine on his new diet. He wasn't concerned at all and that was the end of it. Now what do i do? Do I see a GI Dr. for him? What kind of Dr. treats Celiacs. He has so many food allergies to begin with that it's so hard to feed him. I'm very upset about this. I'm also upset that neither of his Dr.'s are very supportive about it. His allergist made me feel stupid and I don't even know what his diagnoses is and his Ped. says it's celiacs and walks away. Now what? I am convinced that my son has celiacs, it just fits everything. he has so many of the symptoms. I started the diet tonight I just don't know where to go from here.

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Kris


Kris -gluten intolerant, DH diagnosed without a biopsy

Mom to:

Kevin-11 food allergies, celiac

Owen-8 gluten intolerant

Alex- 5 gluten intolerant

Luke- 3/1/07 not planning on introducing gluten, still breastfeeding

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To be honest, a lot of doctors don't know very much about celiac and leave us on our own (like in your case). They just say start the gluten free diet and that's it. The best info on the gluten-free diet (from by experience) can be found on the internet, in books, and on this website. I would highly suggest going to the bookstore and buying some books on celiac and the gluten-free diet and some recipe books. Feel free to ask questions here on the website :)


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Postitive tTg Blood Test, December 2003

Positive Biopsy, March 3, 2004

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Doctors are not really up on things when it comes to celiac. Also, celiac is not an allergy so if your allergist did allergy testing then it would not show celiac. Celiac has a separate panel that needs to be done. Also, if the celiac panel was done, which tests were they? Was it the full panel?

Celiac can't be treated by doctors. Only thing you can do is go gluten free and that keeps it under control.

Dietitians, nutritionists, and doctors know nothing about it. Your best bet is to research yourself and this site is a great place to come to for info and support.


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Doctors are not really up on things when it comes to celiac. Also, celiac is not an allergy so if your allergist did allergy testing then it would not show celiac. Celiac has a separate panel that needs to be done. Also, if the celiac panel was done, which tests were they? Was it the full panel?


Kris -gluten intolerant, DH diagnosed without a biopsy

Mom to:

Kevin-11 food allergies, celiac

Owen-8 gluten intolerant

Alex- 5 gluten intolerant

Luke- 3/1/07 not planning on introducing gluten, still breastfeeding

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His pediatricain did a blood test, I don't know what one, and it came back positive. The allergist got the results and said he didn't like the test that was run so he was running a different one to rule out a false positive. He has 2 Dr.'s working on this and it seems like neither one of them have an idea. The positive was enough for one Dr. but the other Dr. is so determined to rule it out. Even with all the symptoms.

Do you know which tests were run? If you don't I would find out and post them.

Forget the doctor trying to rule it out...he obviously knows nothing about celiac. I would change doctors. I had a doctor spending more time convincing me it was all in my head then actually figuring out what the problem really was.


Kaiti

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The allergist got the results and said he didn't like the test that was run so he was running a different one to rule out a false positive.

A very slightly elevated blood test can still be accurate in detecting celiac disease. My grandmother had a mildly elevated tissue transglutamase blood test and she had villi damage in her intestine. Meaning that the blood test was highly specific for the disease.


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Diagnosed with Celiac Disease in March 2004

Postitive tTg Blood Test, December 2003

Positive Biopsy, March 3, 2004

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Call the allergist you saw, ask to speak to his nurse and ask her EXACTLY what tests were run, and what they are going to run. Tell them you don't feel like you have enough infor. Then call your pediatrician and do the same thing. You have to tell a Dr when they are doing a bad job, or they don't know.

Second don't be afraid of them. They are just people. Even if they act holier than thou, they are not. I used to be afraid, but since my SIL and COUSIN and Best friend have become Dr.'s I realize they are just like me. I ask questions, and don't let them back out of the room until you are satisfied. You are paying them. They work for YOU!!!!!!!!!

Then when you get the answers you want. Find another pediatrician. Good luck. IT can be overwhelming. We are here to help.

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