• Ads by Google:
     




    Get email alerts Celiac.com E-Newsletter

    Ads by Google:



       Get email alertsCeliac.com E-Newsletter

  • Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.
  • Celiac.com Sponsor:
    Celiac.com Sponsor:

Doctor Is (Pretty Much) Stumped. Need 2Nd Opinion!
0

8 posts in this topic

I have been strictly gluten free for coming up on 2 years now and overall doing fine. Since last November though, I've experienced a dry mouth to varying degrees, sometimes it ebbs off for a few days but then returns with a vengeance. Water helps somewhat, but most of the time I have to drink more than my stomach can handle to feel any minor relief. My blood glucose, etc., is stellar, so no problems there, and I have tested negative for Sjogren's. It certainly seems like I am producing sufficient saliva but I never really took notice before now, and my eyes are definitely not dry. Other than the rice and some rice or corn flour ingredients, my diet is totally unprocessed, gluten-free/DF/SF, with a normal amount of sea salt and water each day.

This dry mouth seems mild some days and unbearable on others, but I have just noted an increase in the severity whenever I have eaten rice, rice flour or corn flour, persisting for a few days afterward. Potatoes, which I've eaten from the very beginning, do not seem to worsen things. Actually, I just reintroduced additional grains last summer, sparingly at first because they seem to make me tired if I eat too much or too frequently. Rice or not, the dry mouth has been with me to some degree on most days for 5 months.

The PCP most recently tested my vitamin levels (normal)and even considered a thyroid malfunction - although he only tested my overall TSH (1.486), not the individual markers so I'm not sure if I should get him to delve further into that. The only thing he uncovered is a marginally low sodium level, but he told me that was because I was drinking too much water trying to abate the dry mouth, which actually made a modicum of sense. He can only surmise that my body is still going through changes in the absence of gluten, dairy and soy and he's just not sure what to do. At least he's honest and didn't try to intimate this was all in my head (which, technically it is because that's where my mouth is, but I'm splitting hairs here

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:


I got dry mouth so dry for 81/2 months that my teeth stuck to my gum tissue. PlusI had swelling...All because of a change in my thyroid med.. Any change in any of your meds?Inow have enough moisture in my mouth but at times for unknown reasons I get this very dry feeling...My dx's is called angio lymphatic edema...I find that taking a Vit B-12 injection weekly has curbed this dry mouth.. I have no idea why...but its working..

I also would do thyroid testing for Free T-3, Free T-4,total T-3, reverse T-3, I'm hyper & hypo plus Grave's RAI in 07...

Hope you find the source!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you on any meds that can cause dry mouth? I had awful problems on lithium.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm definitely going to research that angio lymphatic edema issue. And that thyroid issue keeps coming up in my research too. I've left a message for my doctor to have a complete thyroid panel done. If he doesn't agree, I'll just have it done on my own.

Skylark, so interesting that you mention lithium. I'm not on any meds at all except bioidentical hormones. But a number of years ago, prior to me knowing about my gluten intolerance, I had a naturopath test my hair (not sure how accurate that is) and found my lithium levels were so high in my body they were off the charts immeasurable. She actually thought I had been less than truthful when I told her that I have never been depressed nor taken anti-depressants, since she had practiced for 20 years and never seen them that high in someone who hadn't been on anti-depressant meds for an extended time. She finally concluded that my body somehow was getting lithium from some natural source and not being able to expel it. I totally forgot about that until now, but I wonder if my body is somehow detoxing the excess lithium now; she told me back then it wasn't healthy to retain so much of it in the body. I'll have to research that as well.

Thanks!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yo. My ND put me on estrogen/progesterone bio identicals and I have been "imagining" a dry tongue!!

It never clicked til you mentioned it.

Also, I think it's the estrogen component for me. Progesterone didn't do it to me.

I stopped using it a few days ago but noticed dry tongue alot today. I chalked it up to the unseasonable heat.

But yo!!!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:


You said your glucose was fine....did you have a 2 hour glucose test? just a regular blood test for diabetes does not show how glucose is effecting your body. If they did not perform the 2 hour glucose I would highly encourage it. I am prediabtic, had been tested several times for diabetes and all tests were negative until they did the 2 hour glucose.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yo. My ND put me on estrogen/progesterone bio identicals and I have been "imagining" a dry tongue!!

It never clicked til you mentioned it.

Also, I think it's the estrogen component for me. Progesterone didn't do it to me.

I stopped using it a few days ago but noticed dry tongue alot today. I chalked it up to the unseasonable heat.

But yo!!!

So I wonder if there is some residual effect to starting or stopping hormones. A compound pharmacist once told me it could take up to 6 months in some people to feel full effects of hormone shifts. Hmmmm.

This hormone connection is interesting and something I had almost dismissed, now not so sure. I've used a topical compounded prescription for a couple years now that supposedly is tailored to my body's hormone need. But last fall I decided to stop the hormone entirely for about 6 weeks to 8 weeks to gauge whether I actually needed it anymore, since going gluten free so many things changed for the better in my body and I hate taking ANYTHING I don't need. I know I didn't have the dry mouth when I stopped applying the cream. But I decided to go back on them when I started feeling a bit run down: even had a strange anxiety attack one day and the dry mouth had already begun too. I did retest for the prescription in January thinking a shift in hormones may be the cause (and perhaps I shouldn't have taken a hiatus from the hormones cold turkey back then), and 4 months into the new prescription, the other symptoms of fatigue and anxiety are gone. The dry mouth persists. But hormones are definitely back on the "possible culprit" list for now since I could have skewed myself up.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You said your glucose was fine....did you have a 2 hour glucose test? just a regular blood test for diabetes does not show how glucose is effecting your body. If they did not perform the 2 hour glucose I would highly encourage it. I am prediabtic, had been tested several times for diabetes and all tests were negative until they did the 2 hour glucose.

No 2 hour glucose test, just the old comprehensive blood panels and metabolic tests. My blood sugar was between 86 and 90 on a few tests in the last few months so the PCP dismissed it. Diabetes runs rampant in my family and I'm going to mention this to the PCP - IF THE GUY EVER CALLS ME BACK!!!!!! I left a message for his office on Monday. This is nuts!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      107,082
    • Total Posts
      934,220
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      64,687
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    hermilie
    Joined
  • Popular Now

  •  

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Okay, I found a dr about a half hour away, soonest appointment is in 3 weeks. If they have a cancellation they will call. They said of course I should not have stopped eating gluten before testing and don't know why anyone who is a GI would say that. They asked for the name of the dr. I will get back onto gluten in the meantime. 
    • I suppose I can order the tests myself, but I also was hoping to find a doctor who can actually assist on this mess. I saw that celiac.org does have a search function to locate physicians. Trying that now. The first person I tried doesn't have any opening until October. 
    • If you want to do the full celiac panel quickly, you can buy the test online at walkinlab.com and get it done at your nearest Labcorp today. You can give the results to your next GI. The downside of this method is it's not covered by insurance and costs $298.00. But it'll guarantee you get the full panel. It's called the "Celiac Disease Comprehensive Antibody Profile" and includes: TTG IGA and IGG DGP IGA and IGG EMA IGA   Just a thought.  
    • Ugh. I will try to find another doctor. He was acting like I didn't know what I was talking about but I was pretty sure it was the other way around. Are there sources for recommended doctors/GIs who have better knowledge about appropriate testing procedures? I live in a smaller town so my options for quality care may be more limited.
    • It does matter.  Don't stop eating gluten until all tests are finished.  Maybe check for another GI? "Any changes in your diet can affect the accuracy of your biopsy results. You must be eating gluten every day, in an amount equivalent to at least 1 slice of bread, for at least 2 to 3 weeks before the procedure. If you are scheduled for a biopsy and are not eating gluten, talk to your doctor about what is necessary to obtain accurate results. If you have eaten gluten only a short time before the biopsy, you and your physician will not know if a negative test result is accurate or due to your diet." http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/diagnosis/   "For a gluten challenge we recommend eating 1/2 slice of bread or a cracker each day for the duration of the challenge. Prior to blood testing we recommend 12 weeks of eating gluten. Prior to an endoscopic biopsy we recommend 2 weeks of eating gluten."   http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/faq/what-is-a-gluten-challenge/
  • Upcoming Events