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About kstiber

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  1. Thanks so much for your responses! It's great to hear from others in the same boat.
  2. Hi, I'm new to this site as well as being gluten free. My main question is, do I really need to have a biopsy or to be diagnosed? I went to a nutritionist about 3 years ago because I was so tired, that I thought maybe something was wrong with my thyroid. AFter a ton of blood work she told me that I had a malabsorption problem and that I wasn't absorbing amino acids, Vitamin D, and iron to name just a few. She said I most likely had Celiac Disease and told me to try eating gluten free and also ordered a blood test (I can't remember which one exactly). The blood test was negative. I went gluten free for a week but didn't really notice a difference. Shortly after I was also diagnosed with PVC's, an irregular heart arrythmia and put on beta blockers which helped with my fatigue. Could my PVC's also be a reaction to gluten? So I ignored the celiac somewhat diagnosis until recently when I made myself realize that my multiple loose bowel movements a day were not normal even though they have been normal to me. I guess I did not classify them as diarrhea but it really is. I have been gluten free for almost 2 months now and have normal bowel movements and feel better. I did however eat 2 slices of pizza to see what would happen. Nothing happened for almost 24 hours then severe diarrhea (15-20 times a day) for at least 2 days but really not normal for almost a week. My main question is, do I really need to have a formal diagnosis with a biopsy? I felt so bad eating 2 slices a pizza that the thought of a gluten challenge prior to a biopsy really terrifies me. Thank you and sorry for the long story Kathy