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Hi all, I'm new to this forum and new to the idea of celiac disease.

I must say at this stage i have not been tested for the disease but next week am having a gastroscopy for diagnosis. However i have been reading a lot about this disease and think it may just be what i have. Let me give you all a run down on myself and see what your thoughts are.

I am 34 years old and have always had attention difficulties, mood swings, short disturbed sleep, sore throats in childhood. In early adulthood i developed panic attacks and generalised anxiety, depression and more.

my full symptoms list from head to toe would be dull headaches, panic attacks (not so much now) anxiety, depression, foggy head, occasional light headedness for a second or two, ever so slight blurry vision despite being told countless times i have 20/20 vision, constant runny nose or post nasal drip (my whole life) almost constant sore throat, bad breath, reflux without heartburn, the full gamut of IBS symptoms, and psoriasis.

now i don't have all these symptoms all at once all the time. the anxiety and the IBS are the most present, almost daily. headaches weekly foggy brain lots. mood changes constantly LOL but i just don't seem to be the person i once was. i used to be the life of the party, now I'm happy to just sit in the corner or stay home. i just don't feel right. I've even caught myself getting paranoid recently and thats something new but I've grabbed myself and managed to halt that.

now so far in my life i have been diagnosed with - anxiety disorder - depression - GERD/GORD - IBS. now most of those symptoms above are symptoms of those illnesses but only in celiac disease are they ALL symptoms of one illness. i should note anxiety and depression have never gotten better with treatment (pill or talk) and neither have they gotten worse over time. i take nexium for the GERD but i want to stop as it has long term side effects, and what got me onto the whole celiac thing was that even on the nexium i could eat/drink anything EXCEPT wheatbix and other foods with a lot of wheat/gluten in them, that always sets off the reflux despite the nexium. if i go a day with no wheat/ gluten my IBS seems to stop.

i have had blood tests come back normal (general tests, not for celiac) CT scans, thyroid tests, etc etc etc, operations to remove tonsils and a nasal reconstruction for the sore throat and drip, neither stopped either of them. even had wisdom teeth out earlier this year just in case they were causing something but alas, no. Other than those listed issues, i am in good health (i know thats a funny thing to say after all that but i mean no other illness found)

does any of what i have said point to celiac disease or even just a gluten intolerance? i would be grateful for any insight.

many thanks and a big hi from Australia

troy

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Hi all, I'm new to this forum and new to the idea of celiac disease.

I must say at this stage i have not been tested for the disease but next week am having a gastroscopy for diagnosis. However i have been reading a lot about this disease and think it may just be what i have. Let me give you all a run down on myself and see what your thoughts are.

I am 34 years old and have always had attention difficulties, mood swings, short disturbed sleep, sore throats in childhood. In early adulthood i developed panic attacks and generalised anxiety, depression and more.

my full symptoms list from head to toe would be dull headaches, panic attacks (not so much now) anxiety, depression, foggy head, occasional light headedness for a second or two, ever so slight blurry vision despite being told countless times i have 20/20 vision, constant runny nose or post nasal drip (my whole life) almost constant sore throat, bad breath, reflux without heartburn, the full gamut of IBS symptoms, and psoriasis.

now i don't have all these symptoms all at once all the time. the anxiety and the IBS are the most present, almost daily. headaches weekly foggy brain lots. mood changes constantly LOL but i just don't seem to be the person i once was. i used to be the life of the party, now I'm happy to just sit in the corner or stay home. i just don't feel right. I've even caught myself getting paranoid recently and thats something new but I've grabbed myself and managed to halt that.

now so far in my life i have been diagnosed with - anxiety disorder - depression - GERD/GORD - IBS. now most of those symptoms above are symptoms of those illnesses but only in celiac disease are they ALL symptoms of one illness. i should note anxiety and depression have never gotten better with treatment (pill or talk) and neither have they gotten worse over time. i take nexium for the GERD but i want to stop as it has long term side effects, and what got me onto the whole celiac thing was that even on the nexium i could eat/drink anything EXCEPT wheatbix and other foods with a lot of wheat/gluten in them, that always sets off the reflux despite the nexium. if i go a day with no wheat/ gluten my IBS seems to stop.

i have had blood tests come back normal (general tests, not for celiac) CT scans, thyroid tests, etc etc etc, operations to remove tonsils and a nasal reconstruction for the sore throat and drip, neither stopped either of them. even had wisdom teeth out earlier this year just in case they were causing something but alas, no. Other than those listed issues, i am in good health (i know thats a funny thing to say after all that but i mean no other illness found)

does any of what i have said point to celiac disease or even just a gluten intolerance? i would be grateful for any insight.

many thanks and a big hi from Australia

troy

My doctor told me that psoriasis is definately connected with gluten intolerance. I have other of the symptoms you mention foggines, anxiety, and blurry vision. These do seem to be much improved by my grain free diet. I have been on it 2 months. I hope you will be helped and get healthy.

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Hi Troy,

Welcome to the site! (hand waving smiley here that we don't have available.)

You could indeed have celiac or NCGI. Before starting the gluten-free diet though it would be good to have the blood antibody tests done for celiac. It could also be a wheat allergy instead, which is pretty much treated the same way, with diet. Different tests though. Your symptoms sound like a good match to me though.

Some starting the gluten-free diet tips:

Get tested before starting the gluten-free diet.

Don't eat in restaraunts

Eat only whole foods not processed foods.

Eat only food you cook yourself, think simple foods, not gourmet meals.

Take probiotics.

Take digestive enzymes.

Avoid dairy.

Avoid sugars and starchy foods.

Avoid alcohol.

Some threads with good info:

FAQ Celiac com

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/forum-7/announcement-3-frequently-asked-questions-about-celiac-disease/

Celiac Newbie Info 101

What's For Breakfast Today?

What Did You Have For Lunch Today?

What Are You Cooking Tonight?

Easy yummy bread in minutes

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