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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Hi All,

So I've felt something is wrong with my digestion since I had my first child in 2008. Around this time I also quit drinking alcohol, so I assumed the weight loss was due to that. However, after my second daughter was born in 2010, I've continued to lose weight. My doctor gave me a clean bill of health in August, but I've made an appointment with a GI specialist because of these symptoms:



  • 2-3 loose stools per day
  • one episode of blood on TP & in toilet (last week, which prompted me to make the GI appt)
  • weight loss without trying (pre children averaged 155, now 128)
  • extreme itchy skin but no rash
  • tingling in right hand

Of course I'm also terrified I have colon cancer or some such. Has anyone had symptoms like this? It really feels like food goes right through me and is not getting absorbed.

Any feedback would be great as I'm curious if anyone has shared my experience.

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GI would be a good way to go...the blood in your stool could very well be from the irritation of having loose stool so many times in a day.

I'm assuming your doctor did blood work before issuing you a clean bill of health so he/she should have been able to determine if your liver function was within normal limits because after drinking (especially if you we're a heavy drinker) you could develop liver issues which commonly cause itchiness all over...that is NOT to say you have a liver function issue I wouldn't even begin to say that without medical history and blood results.

That said, perhaps an allergist would also be a good person to see...my daughters have food allergies and if they consume dairy or soy they will have loose stool to diarreha of which has had blood in it.

Good luck!!

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It could be worth checking out with a GI. Ask for a full celiac panel. TTY IgA and EMA are the most specific an sensitive for celiac, but there are other tests too.

It is possible the blood was from something harmless, but irritating, like hemorrhoids. It is good to check it out though.

Good luck. I hope you feel better.

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  • 2-3 loose stools per day
  • one episode of blood on TP & in toilet (last week, which prompted me to make the GI appt)
  • weight loss without trying (pre children averaged 155, now 128)
  • extreme itchy skin but no rash
  • tingling in right hand

Hi there Uppity,

My Name is Butch, and I'm new around here. Although I've been lurking only for a few days I've found many of my symptoms here on this board. I've been waiting to introduce myself with my own thread but I did want to jump in here in case I can encourage you.

I have had VERY severe generalized (a-symptomatic) Pruritus for about 3.5 years now. So yeah I can vouch for your itching. I've also had blood in my toilet paper many times in the last 3.5 years. I've had a GI tell me I have bleeding hemorrhoids, (though they don't itch or bother me. Just bleed).

About the only medication I've found to help with the itching is Gabapentin, and Lyrica.

Good luck. Keep us informed.

Butch,

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