I am wondering if I could have a celiac disease related disease. I know nothing about celiac disease or anything that could be close to it so I am hoping someone here can be of some help. Any advice would greatly be appreciated.
I have been diagnosed with a common form of lymphoma. A CAT scan showed an inflamation in the ileum over 10cm ( 4 inches) and the oncologists suspect it is related to the lymphoma. I have done some reading on recent research and I have good reason to believe that the inflammation is not a result of the lymphoma.
Soon after dx I changed my nutrition somewhat and a subsequent CAT (at 3 mos) showed a reduction in the inflamation by 30% over several cm. The lymphoma also showed a slight regression. I would like to believe it is due to the nutrition changes.
I was not an "unhealthy" eater before but rather changed my diet to focus on foods very high in antioxidents (small fruits, flax seed and oil, green tea, curcumin, yogourt, lots of vegetables, onion, garlic,...) to combat the lymphoma. I now realize it also resulted in a reduction of other foods such as morning toasts, cereals and frequent pasta.
I have had intestional pains in the past ( lower left side) which were about 2 hours previous to significant bowel movements. I did have a "barium wash" (I believe it is called) over 2 years ago that showed nothing.
I have had constipation and diarea type problems but they were irregular. In the last 6 months I have experienced considerable flatulance, noisy bowels, cramps and a bloated sensation. I have had some other less significant symptoms that I can share as well if it can be helpfull.
I used to be a big consumer of whole grain cereal products (probably a very terrible wording for you folks) which I reduced slightly. Because I recently suspected a link with gluten type products I have reduced my consumption to what I think as a "layman" is zero in the last week or so. Interestingly the symptoms have...knock on wood.... disappeared.
I have approached my GP and he does not believe that I should consult a GI.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you might have.