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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I have recently been diagnosed with Barretts esophagus, Hashimotos, Addisons and Celiac disease. I am feeling beyond overwhelmed. I have always thought I was a healthy person . My blood test for celiac was strong positive for Tissue transglutaminase and Deamidated glidian. My biopsy was normal. I am wondering if those other diseases could cause a positive blood test? I have been gluten free for a month and am still feeling really fatigued. I was just diagnosed yesterday for Addisons and Hashimotos so I haven't really had a chance to get meds yet for those. Are all of these things related??? I am so bummed out. I feel like my body is just falling apart. In my sorrow yesterday, I gave up and ate some bread and chocolate chip cookies. Now I am mad at myself. I guess I am still in denial!
  2. Hello, I was a strong positive on the Tissue transglutaminase and moderate positive on the deamidated gliadin. Can other things cause these to be high?
  3. I had a follow up appointment with my GI and he only did one biopsy of my small intestine. It was near the top as well....I am so frustrated. He said it looked normal when he went in there and I think he just assumed it was fine. He did find that I have a problem with reflux which was news to me! He had also told me I could go gluten free 2 weeks before the biopsy because the cilia would not have time to heal. Is this true???
  4. Excactly what I didn't want to happen has happened...I have a postive blood test for celiac and my biopsy came back as normal. My GI says no way do I have celiac. I have been gluten free for about 4 days. Now I don't know what to do. I don't want to be gluten free if I don't have to, but I also dont want to not go gluten-free if I really have celiac. I would love any input on this matter especially if you have had a similiar experience. My GI doesn't seem to know much about celiac and only biopsied 2 spots. I wondered if that were enough. He also discovered I have Reflux and damage in my esophagus from that-which has just started in the last month or so...he called in a prescription which I hate to have to take. I am so lost! Please help if you have any good info or ideas.
  5. I just learned about Candida and wonder if you may have a yeast problem?
  6. I had a neighbor tell me yesterday that I don't have celiac, I have Candida. I had never heard of Candida and so I did some research. I found that the symptoms are very similar to Celiac. Many of my main symptoms like brain fog, numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, headaches, constipation are all symptoms of both. I have also had a yeast infection that I can't seem to get rid of and itchy ear and eyes. I had a postive blood test for celiac and am now waiting for the endoscopy in a week. I am afraid that the endoscopy will come back negative and then I will wonder if it is really celiac. I plan to go gluten-free immediately following the endo, but the gluten free diet would also rid you of candida it seems. Has anyone dealt with Candida and how do you know if you have that? I'm just so tired of feeling crappy! I hope I can work this out. I guess I really just don't want to give up my favorite things in the world which all contain gluten .
  7. It seems like all of my doctors think you have to have had symptoms for a long time in order to have celiac. I have a positive blood test and am waiting for my biopsy which is in another month. I got sick with strep then the stomach flu. My diarrhea wouldn't go away so they tested for celiac and here I am.... I feel like my symptoms keep getting worse and worse each day since I got sick last. My hands are numb most of the time now and I feel like I am floating around with a weird pounding in my head. Sounds that aren't loud are really loud to me. Im not sure this is even celiac related! I ate breadsticks yesterday and was so sick by the nighttime. I woke with super swollen hands and a bad headache and super dizzy. My concern is that I will keep getting more and more sick as I await my biopsy. My doc wants to rule out celiac for sure. Could these symptoms get dangerously worse in a months time? Could my vitamin levels have changed that much in the last month since I first got tested? My doctor is going off of labs that were drawn a month ago. Does Celiac come on that quickly? My concern is that I will keep on my normal diet and do serious damage while I wait.
  8. I recently got a weak positive on my deamidated gliadin and a strong positive on my tissue transglutaminase. I have numbness and tingling in my hands and feet that seems to be getting worse! My right hand pinky is completely numb. My doc thought is was a b-12 deficiency but my b-12 was good. All my vitamin levels are okay. Does that mean its not celiac? I thought celiac meant you couldn't absorb nutrients. I am scheduled to get a biopsy done in a few weeks, so I guess I cant eat gluten-free yet. Has anyone had this problem with numbness? I am also really light-headed and dizzy. Is this a common symptom of celiac or not? I also suffer from constipation and have started having a hard time swallowing. My blood tests showed a low level of TSH. Is thyroid related to celiac? I wish the doctors around here knew more about celiac. I'm really nervous about my hands and feet and sometimes I get numb up to my elbows and quads. Does eating gluten make it hard for anyone to hold a pen or type or spray hairspray etc? Please respond if any on this makes any sense!
  9. I am really in need of some answers....I don't know if I have Celiac disease or not. I had strep twice in a row. Followed by a week of terrible diarrhea. I have always had problems with constipation and gas/bloating. I asked my doc to test for celiacs. He said he would but that I probably didn't have it. My tissue transglutaminase came back as a stong positive and my deamidated glidin came back high as well. My doc said that didn't really mean I had celiac. Since that time, I have had headaches, dizziness, and really numb and tingling hands and feet, my grip in my hands is almost non-existent. My hand seem to lock into whatever position I leave them in...I am really shaky and super tired. This all came on so fast. I am a marathon runner and triathlete and am used to logging tons of miles. My legs have been cramping up really bad on runs and my feet are numb all the time. I have had to almost quit working out completely. I have been told not to change my diet for testing purposes. I did quit eating gluten for about 3 days and seemed to lose my headache and some of the numbness in my hands. Please respond especially to the loss of dexterity and numbness and tingling! I am getting really worried and wonder if I need a biopsy to confirm this.