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  1. Thank You!

    Thanks for the welcome! I'm sure that I'll have numerous questions as I'm just a "babe" in the woods! My Dr. is now referring me to a GI specialist, to go over the blood test results and move on to the "next step>" I imagine you can easily give me a clue as to what those next steps might include. I'd like to be prepared a bit before I go to the appt. In the meantime, where do I begin? As in learning what is a truly gluten-free diet. There seems to be so much information out there that it's a bit mind boggling! I'd surely appreciate your help in figuring this out! Again, I say thank you! I was beginning to wonder if I was imaging all this. Blessings, Kari
  2. Thank You!

    I just want to say thank you to Momma Goose and all the others that replied to my initial message two weeks ago. After reading what you all wrote I visited another Dr. for a 2nd opinion as my 1st seemed slightly confused. This Dr. was still a little reluctant to run the blood test for Celiac but after some gentle nudging she did.....and what do you know.....positive! I would not have sought out another opinion had it not been for those who wrote to me and who knows how long it may have been before being properly diagnosed. so.....THANK YOU! Kari
  3. Hi there, Has your Dr. considered Crohn's disease? My nephew had very similar symptoms and although many are common for various health issues there are specifics for Crohns.
  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I, too, wondered at the time why not just run the blood work while this would be evident within my body? This is all very new for me and I was uncertain as what procedures are best. At this point now I'm wondering if it is too late to be tested? I've been on the diet since Saturday. I must add that the scripture verse you wrote it one of my dearest! Kari
  5. Hi there, I hope I'm replying correctly this time. Yes, I'm concerned my dr. is "vague" as well. The information she gave me was from 1989 and it seemed to me that the diet as well as do's and don'ts were for both IBS and Celiac. My symptoms include constipation on and off, consistent stomachache (dull ache that sometimes radiates into my back, low back pain, hip discomfort, I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (take Levoxyll for that), increased menstrual cycles which have been a bit heavier than normal. That's all I can think of right now. I should have started writing this all down awhile ago but I felt that it would clear up eventually.......definitely wrong on my part! Thanks for your welcome to the site! Have a great day!
  6. Hi Momma Goose, Hopefully I'm replying to your message properly. Apparently I'm not quite acclimated to this message board yet. Yes, I'm concerned my dr. is "vague" as well. The information she gave me as far as diet and other precautions were from 1989 and seem to me suggest that IBS and Celiac are followed in the same manner? As for my symptoms, they change, with constipation on and off, consistent stomach ache (dull ache that sometimes radiates into my back, low back pain, hip discomfort for lack of better word, I'm on Levoxyll already for hypothyroidism. That is all I can think of right now. They plan on doing blood work after I'm finished with the restricted diet and then begin to reintroduce gluten into my body. However if I do start to feel better I may have a very hard time going back to my previous diet. Thanks so much!
  7. I am just at the beginning of a two-week gluten free diet as my dr. is trying to determine if I'm having symptoms of IBS or Celiac disease? I've followed an IBS diet just on my own but didn't notice any significant changes in the way I felt however she said that my symptoms are so "vague" that there are many possibilities. This has been on-going now for about 3 months and I'm just wondering what symptoms, specifically, would indicate Celiac's? Most days I have what I call and upset stomach but it feels more like just a big lump sitting there. I occasionally feel this in my back as well. I suffer from constipation on and off too. Would someone please give me some insight into this. I would surely appreciate hearing some words of wisdom. Blessings, Kari
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