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Gastroparesis Versus Hashimoto's And Celiac
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I thought it might be helpful to share with others how after I went gluten free 1 1/2 years ago, my 'stomach' symptoms worsened. I felt full so quickly, would get painful attacks that would lead to vomiting, and I couldn't handle foods with much fat nor fibrous foods. 1 year ago I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. 10 months ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, as well as having a positive blood test for Limited Scleroderma. Over the last 10 months the scleroderma doctor has decided that I had a false positive for it. In talking with my new GI specialist, he told me that Hashimoto's can cause gastroparesis. He also said that they are finding that celiac can affect the stomach. So in my case, the culprit to my gastroparesis could be either or both.

I have a personal theory as well. I think I tested positive for scleroderma because I believe I was developing it. I've read that untreated celiac can lead to scleroderma. I had most all of the symptoms for scleroderma except skin involvement. After alot of deducing, the scleroderma doctor and the GI specialist said we could blame most of my symptoms on either Hashimoto's or celiac. The only symptom that no one had much of an explanation for was telangiectasia on my face, hands, upper body, and splinter hemorrhages on my nails. I haven't had splinter hemorrhages in a few months, and I haven't gotten any new telangiectasia. Therefore, I have to think that going gluten free and getting my thyroid managed has helped me in many ways unknown.

My advice to anyone with celiac who cheats is to please realize that it is of GRAVE danger to their health.

Well wishes,

Chopper

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burdee    80

I thought it might be helpful to share with others how after I went gluten free 1 1/2 years ago, my 'stomach' symptoms worsened. I felt full so quickly, would get painful attacks that would lead to vomiting, and I couldn't handle foods with much fat nor fibrous foods. 1 year ago I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. 10 months ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, as well as having a positive blood test for Limited Scleroderma. Over the last 10 months the scleroderma doctor has decided that I had a false positive for it. In talking with my new GI specialist, he told me that Hashimoto's can cause gastroparesis. He also said that they are finding that celiac can affect the stomach. So in my case, the culprit to my gastroparesis could be either or both.

I have a personal theory as well. I think I tested positive for scleroderma because I believe I was developing it. I've read that untreated celiac can lead to scleroderma. I had most all of the symptoms for scleroderma except skin involvement. After alot of deducing, the scleroderma doctor and the GI specialist said we could blame most of my symptoms on either Hashimoto's or celiac. The only symptom that no one had much of an explanation for was telangiectasia on my face, hands, upper body, and splinter hemorrhages on my nails. I haven't had splinter hemorrhages in a few months, and I haven't gotten any new telangiectasia. Therefore, I have to think that going gluten free and getting my thyroid managed has helped me in many ways unknown.

My advice to anyone with celiac who cheats is to please realize that it is of GRAVE danger to their health.

Well wishes,

Chopper

I also had impaired digestion after eating gluten free and even after being dx'd w/ 6 other food allergies and abstaining from those allergens. Before I was dx'd w/ Hashimoto's I felt overly full after eating very little and had chronic constipation no matter what else I ate, drank or did. After my Hashi's dx I took 16 months to understand which and how much thyroid supplements I needed to eliminate my hypothyroid symptoms. I also took a stomach acid production test which showed I had low stomach acid production. Even before thyroid supplements, digestive supplements helped me digest more rapidly so that I didn't feel overly full for hours after eating very little. Through my experience I learned that celiac, other food allergies, hypothyroidism and low stomach acid can negatively effect digestion. I'm doing better than ever after almost 8 years since my celiac disease dx.

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