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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. yeah i think i'm going to try to go gluten-free entirely and see what happens... i got my energy back and then i had a couple of slices more just to see, and the same thing happened... like i had taken a sleeping pill... the toppings were cheese, green olives, and mushrooms... no tomatoes... thanx. )
  2. hi there, A couple of months ago, I was tested for celiac disease with the blood test and the stomach biopsy and both were negative... i was really disappointed (since i wanted to figure out why i've been having so much gas/bloating since I was 14 - now 30)... i thought, maybe wheat isn't my problem, so yesterday i had four slices of pizza and afterwards, i wanted to fall asleep (it was almost like i had taken one of my sleeping pills)... so i went to bed, woke up very tired and now it's 12pm and i'm still really drowsy... now, i've read that being extremely tired after eating wheat can be a symptom of gluten intolerance... so now i'm thinking that maybe i don't have celiac disease, but am just gluten intolerant... does this sounds familiar to anyone?? i googled it and i'm sort of confused, because i also read some things not related to gluten intolerance (like blood glucose levels going high after eating carbohydrates so you feel sleepy after) but i didn't have this sleepiness after eating the ww tortilla sometimes... i'm just confused, and i was wondering what the experienced celiac diseasers think... thanx so much, jenny
  3. oh sorry, you meant my gastroscopy symptoms... they get better every day so i should be fine very soon... thanx again
  4. oh i know it doesn't test for celiac and i can wait another 2 weeks (i've had symptoms for 15 years)... i know it sounds weird and illogical, but i just don't want to start the elimination diet until all my tests are done... plus it'll be a new month in 2 weeks and it'll be time to buy more groceries by then so it just makes more sense to me.
  5. I don't want to start the diet just yet cuz I have a colonoscopy booked at the end of the month and for some reason I want to be done all tests before I start experimenting with my diet. Also I'm feeling much better today with very mild stomach pain when i have a meal but it gets better every day. I think the doc just did some major scraping for the biopsy samples, which is good I think? LOL Thanx ravenwoodglass!
  6. well i just had my gastroscopy done on Saturday morning (yesterday). I was told i could resume a normal diet so I ate something a couple of hours later. I immediately got heartburn and lots of pain in my stomach. After a couple of hours of sleeping, the pain was a little better but the heartburn was still there so i took a Pepsid AC. Most of the heartburn went away with the pill. This morning I had a really bad headache and when I ate breakfast, I started to get stomach pain again (but not as much as the day before) and just a little bit of heartburn. Generally, my stomach feels kind of sour. It's a bit hard to describe. Anyway, when I had my bowel movement this morning, there was no blood in my stool, but i noticed that when i wiped, there was blood on the toilet paper. I thought maybe I had gotten my period and the blood had travelled, but further wiping confirmed it was not my period. It's in the afternoon now and I haven't noticed any more blood from my rectal area, so I think that's good. Does anyone know if this is normal?? Has anyone had these symptoms after their gastroscopy?? I called the clinic where i went but like most places, they are closed on Sundays. I'm not too concerned at the moment, but I was just wondering what everyone else's experiences were like with their gastroscopies....
  7. well i had the blood tests done and they were negative... just had my gastroscopy today and now i have to wait for the results. I was a little groggy after the gastroscopy because of the sedation and I remember her handing me a sheet of paper saying that my gastroscopy was normal, but then she handed me a prescription for Pantoloc, so i'll have to call them tomorrow and find out why... has anyone been given this after their gastroscopy?? i really don't think they should be giving people detailed information verbally after they've just woken up from sedation... i think everything on paper would be much better, but whatcha gonna do... i have a headache and i feel nauseous, my throat hurts, and i've had heartburn all day (more with eating anything today) with some pain in my upper stomach area too, but i think that's probably going to go away by tomorrow... she also mentioned that i should have a colonoscopy (based on my "loose stools") so i'm booked for one in 2 weeks... hopefully the results of my gastroscopy biopsy will get to my family doctor before then in case i have any questions for the GI doc...
  8. adab8ca... yeah, the more i read posts, the more i'm realizing there are a lot of docs not very interested in or educated about celiac disease... now as a GI specialist, isn't is their JOB to know everything they can about their specialty, especially since they get paid very handsomely for what they do?? *sigh* hockeymomofceliacchild... I might be willing to go up to Barrie, so i wouldn't mind having the name of that doc at the Barrie Endoscopy Clinic... thanx. )
  9. Hi there, I was wondering if anyone who lives in or around the Mississauga, Ontario area knows a good Gastroenterologist who has much experience in celiac disease. I just did my blood tests today and am just waiting for the results. I am worried that they will come back negative and I will be back to square one about what's wrong with me, but I would like to definitely get the stomach biopsy done and I'm thinking that going to a GI doc that has a lot of knowledge about celiac disease would be more willing to do something like that than one who might not know much about celiac yet and who may dismiss my request, therefore wasting my time and energy of getting an appointment with him/her in the first place. Does anyone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance have a GREAT gastroenterologist that they are seeing currently in the Mississauga, Ontario area?? Thanks so much in advance.
  10. Thanx! And I'm glad it has helped you. I really hope this is what's wrong with me because I really don't know what else it could be. Everything seems to point to this. Thanx again.
  11. Hi arch8, I have been having the same problem and am just realizing that i might have gluten intolerance, but am reading more about it every day. My social life has severely suffered (especially not being to go to the movies - everyone loves going to the movies!) I know this is a really old post and I'm not even sure if you still visit this forum, but I was just wondering how you've been doing with everything and if being gluten-free has helped you??
  12. Yeah, I'm thinking that even if I test negatively, I'm still going to do my best to live gluten-free. I've read some other things, like you can get deficiencies from celiac disease, like iron deficiency (like i have - taking Euro-fer currently) from damaged villi not being able to absorb the proper nutrients from food. Also, some people in my family have always had stomach problems, but are too stubborn to talk about it (genetics, which I read is an indicator as well) which has probably made me suffer for so long. My mom had ulcerative colitis and now has an ostomy bag, but I'm not sure if ulcers in the colon can be related to celiac disease. Also, i'm lactose intolerant (I can have a little bit of milk in my tea and my stomach won't go nuts, but if I have a whole glass, i pretty much can't leave the house for the rest of the day (lots of bubbling gas). The more I read, the more my symptoms and family history seem to point to gluten intolerance. I also read about people's acne clearing up after they went gluten-free, and since I've been suffering from breakouts since I was 12 to this day regularly, healing this would be a plus as well. I don't know many 30 year olds still suffering from regular acne breakouts. I actually really hope I test positive in the blood test, so I at least have some kind of medical diagnosis to back me up. Thanks for your help eatmeat4good!
  13. Hi everyone, I have not officially been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, but I've been suffering from excessive amounts of gas since I was about 14 years old and I am now 30. Recently, I did the South Beach diet (where you eat only vegetables and meat and eggs basically for a couple of weeks) and I felt great. Not 100%, but most of my gas went away and I was able to have somewhat of a social life again. When I started introducing grains and starches into my diet again, I started getting excessive gas again. So, from reading all the information on the web, I think I may be gluten intolerant or at least sensitive to it. The only thing I'm wondering about is that I very rarely have pain when I have the abdominal bloating and excessive gas. The gas is really the biggest problem. If I don't let it out, it comes back double fold and pretty much just explodes inside my rectum (since I'm holding it in) because it has nowhere to go, which is loud and embarassing (and pretty much sounds like i just let it out anyway, so i don't even know why i bother). Anyway, sorry for the novel, but my question is, can you have gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity without any pain, just bloating and lots of gas?? I'm going to talk to my doctor about the blood test and biopsy soon...