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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I have been sick for about 2 years now on and off. I do have some stomach troubles. Every once in awhile I will have pains in my abdomen like needles poking me. (weird, I know) Sometimes diarrhea, sometimes constipation. But nothing horrible, it's always been this way. But the major problems I have been having are cognitive. Last January I was admitted to the hospital with stroke like symptoms. It was awful. They found nothing on the MRI but my speech was impaired, I had pins/needles feeling all along the right side of my body, problems with walking, balance, etc. Nothing showed up on the MRI. Good news, but baffling. I have had a pretty bad case of vertigo which flairs up from time to time. I also have pretty bad leg pain intermittently. My memory is poor at best. I can't remember ANYTHING! I have ZERO energy. I have to take a two hour nap every stinkin day. Recently, I had a ferritin/iron test done and found out that I am extremely deficient. However, I am not anemic. My hemoglobin is at the lowest point of normal. So with the low iron my doc was concerned about celiac and I had the blood tests done. Negative, hallelujah! But GI doc was concerned about internal bleeding so I had a ENG/colonoscopy. A biopsy of my small bowel came back stating that I had lymphocytosis. Lymphocytosis can be attributed to any number of things... Gluten sensitivity, MS, autoimmune, etc. BUT, most people with GS/Celiac have these little villi that are damaged/atrophied, my villi structure looks normal. Soooo, doc wants me to go gluten free for awhile to see what happens. I have been gluten free for about a week and have had a horrible headache almost everyday. Has anyone else out there wound up having GS/Celiac with normal villous structure? Just wondering if I am doing this whole gluten free thing for nothing. Any input would be greatly appreciated and welcomed:)