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Women, Have U Used Depo Provera Before Symptoms Started?
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I was thinking back and realized that I started getting Depo shots just a month or so before I started getting sick. I never put the two together but now (almost 5 years later) I just stopped getting depo shots because I am wondering if the Depo could have caused the onset of the celiac disease symptoms. I know that Depo has caused many women BIG problems. http://www.abcinternetmarketing.com/depo-provera/ This link is about Depo side effects, if you have time to read it, it is kind of scary. Anyways, I am wondering if anyone else started taking Depo before getting sick with celiac disease? I had NO symptoms of any kind before starting the Depo, and after being gluten free for like 4 years now, I am still suffering with Diahreea, stomach pain, weight loss, fatigue. I can not work and I hardly ever leave the house because my stomach is such and issue, plus I have panic attacks due to my symptoms. Please, If you started depo before you got sick, even if you dont think the two are connected, respond to this post!

THANK YOU!

-Jennifer

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Hi Jennifer,

Now that is the strangest thing. I have been thinking a lot over the last few weeks about what could have been my trigger. I have had stomach/digestive problems my whole life but things really came to a head last year.

I got a Depo injection last year in August for the first time in my life. I had terrible problems from it - bled non-stop for almost 4 months. Had another one anyway (I know, I know) in November and vowed never to go near it again. Anyway it was around October/November last year that I got really sick and started my long journey of visits to doctors, dietitians, etc. etc. etc.

Hmmm .... interesting! Anyone else?

Yvonne

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Hi Jennifer,

Now that is the strangest thing. I have been thinking a lot over the last few weeks about what could have been my trigger. I have had stomach/digestive problems my whole life but things really came to a head last year.

I got a Depo injection last year in August for the first time in my life. I had terrible problems from it - bled non-stop for almost 4 months. Had another one anyway (I know, I know) in November and vowed never to go near it again. Anyway it was around October/November last year that I got really sick and started my long journey of visits to doctors, dietitians, etc. etc. etc.

Hmmm .... interesting! Anyone else?

Yvonne

Hi Jennifer, I don't post much as I'm new and still on a steep learning curve :) But I just had to reply to this.

Yes, I did have Depo, I just phoned my GP to check and certainly had it from Dec 94 to at least Dec 95 and possibly before 1989 and after '95 I cannot be sure as it is so long ago and the receptionist was busy.

I was slim and fit once...... :rolleyes:

I'v got a TERRIBLE memory and a very long, fat medical history full of odd stuff. IBS, fibro, chronic pain, weight gain, bladder issues, odd rashes, teeth grinding, freezing feet and hands etc etc etc, something new and NOT SOoooo exciting each year, a steady decline.

I'v Seen 100s of doctors, specialists, had surgery, physio, drugs (and lots of them) I only started to link everything when I found this site looking for receipes for my D just dx by biopsy in Nov.

I have so many symptoms which could be auto-immune, coeliac, gluten intolerance, experiments by aliens (LOL) :P who knows?

I am going to look into Depo a bit further, especially the Detox side and bone loss issues. I'v sent off my Entolab samples today so may have at least some answers in 3 weeks. My GP has only just started to take me seriously after 25 years, after getting a 5 page medical report from the pain clinic.

Its so frustrating, I feel like I have bits of a jigsaw puzzle but didn't get the box, don't know how many bits I have, which way up they go, or what on earth the picture should be!

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I was on the Depo shot in the past and have just recently found out that I have celiac. I think there may be a direct correlation to birth control and the onset of celiac.

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I have never been on Depo Provera, but I know for a fact that taking birth contol pills triggered the onset of a lot of my health problems. I was taking a tri-phasal pill and within a month a had an orange-sized cyst and endometriosis. I switched Doctors and was told that the tri-phasal pill was the worst thing I could be on and the fluxuating hormones had caused my problems. I wasn't diagnosed with celiac disease for quite some time after that, but that was roughly the same time that I started having bowel problems too. I then went on a hormone treatment called Lupron Depo to cure my endometriosis. (I don't know if it is related to Depo Provera) It is possible that Lupron Depo contributed to triggering the Celiac disease (I have heard that Celiac disease can be triggered by stress and that particular treatment is very stressful).....but it is a miracle drug.....as you can see from my latest ultrasound it saved my fertility!

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I just went to the Doctor yesterday and she is going to put me on Provera... or a possible substitution for its generic form. Do both have gluten in them?

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Depo Provera does not have gluten as far as I know; it just messes with your hormones. I think you should do some real research about it before deciding if you want to go on it, I was on it four years, and after two I started asking my doc every visit if it is safe to be on this long and they all said oh yeah no problem at all, well now the company has said to not be on it more then 2 years because of the bone loss it causes and who knows what else it causes. Docs don’t know crap about these drugs, they just know they make money giving them out, you tell them you have Celiac and they do not think about how drugs will affect your health differently. I don’t know, but if I were you I would just not mess around with ANY birth control but condoms, especially Depo because once they give you that shot you are stuck for at least 3 months no mater how you react to it. My last shot was on Aug 1st, I have not started my period again but in the last month my stomach has been completely different, better, but I still am not feeling good enough to get a job, and I think a lot of it has to do with the Depo! Just research it first, PLEASE!

-Jennifer

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anyone else?

I have a dowagers hump, and a lot of back /neck pain and all my problems started after the jabs. I am going to get bone density scans done and see if I have a problem. My daughter who is coeliac was born after I started the jabs. I'm waiting for my Entrolab results.

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