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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Turns Out It Is Lactose Intolerance
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At the first of the year I posted that after 12 years of being my doc's 'most compliant celiac disease patient' I was losing weight and as a result of an endoscope my villa was once again flattened/blunted. I was having mild stomach discomfort and I blamed it on cc w/such items as BRM hot rice cereal and UDI bread. Now that I'm lactose free, I can once again eat those items (however Tinkyada pasta still causes diarrhea and bloating). My question is this.......lactose intolerance can cause weight loss but does it also cause villa damage? My doc did some blood work and he said my celiac disease numbers are very low, whatever that means.....I'm continuing on and trying not to worry about the intestinal issues. I'm not losing weight anymore but I'm not gaining either(thank you....). Just curious. As always, many thanks for everyone's input.

Linda in Savannah, GA

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According to the book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall, "The flattened or blunted intestinal surface has been reported in innumerable disease states: infectious heptitis, ulcerative colitis, parasitic infections of the intestine including various types of worms and one-celled parasites, kwashiorkor, soy protein intolerance, intolerance to cow's milk protein, intractable diarrhea of infancy, Chron's disease, and bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine". This appears on page 41.

It stands to reason that if your villi are blunted you will be lactose intolerant. But are you casein intolerant, since casein is the protein fraction of cow's milk which Elaine says can cause villous flattening. On the other hand, you may not tolerate soy, which could have flattened the villi and made you unable to digest the lactose. Or you could have one of the other conditions she mentions. What other testing did your doctor do?

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