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  1. Hi. I started feeling really unwell several months back. Permanently exhausted; brain fog; really bad acid reflux and sometimes heartburn/indigestion so bad it kept me awake at nights (after never having a problem like this in my life, and I'm in my mid 50s). To the point it stopped me working. Initially, I went to a rather unsympathetic new GP in my practice, who charmlessly decided that given my age (she made me feel 100) I must have stomach cancer. As my grandma died of this, I was worried to say the least, but as an emetophobe, very scared of having the endoscopy. She prescribed me Lansoprazole but nothing when they ran out. If my symptoms returned, she said I should go abck and she'd book me for an endoscopy. The Lansoprazole ran out and predictably, my symptoms returned in about two days. In the meantime, I had gone back to her with an unrelated, lifelong condition (PCOS) and instead of saying I was a perimenopausal woman with severe PCOS, she decided I definiitely must have endometrial cancer! So two cancers in a fortnight! Needless to say I insisted on having my original, and lovely, GP back. She is older and less likely to assume anyone over 50 has cancer every time they stub their big toe! She did a smear test for the PCOS and sure enough - no cancer or pre-cancerous cells. Just PCOS. She also resumed the Lansoprazole whilst I waited for an endoscopy. I had the endoscopy this week. They said nothing sinister they could see, but I do have gastritis. They took 4 biopsies including one for coeliac. I have had no blood tests, or any other tests. Although I'm going to the (nice) GP this afternoon and may well ask her if she will do a blood test looking for coelic disease as we are waiting 4 weeks for the biopsy results and I'd like as much info as possible. Upto today I have continued eating gluten. I should say I was diagnosed with vitiligo several years back so I do have a history of auto-immune disease. I am really concerned that although the Lansoprazole works brilliantly on my reflux and indigestion - I am still feeling exhausted all the time. So I want to see if there are any other tests my GP can do to find me some answers whilst I wait. I am thinking, and have thought all along - I have something related to gluten intolerance or coelic disease. And don't want to spend the next 4 weeks waiting for results, making myself more ill as I feel the Lanzoprazole - whilst essential right now - is only a sticking plaster. I want to find out what is causing it. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone who went on to get a full diagnosis of coelic disease? Just having gastritis that is visible during endoscopy..? Also, should I stop eating the gluten from today onwards, after I get a blood test (If I do)? I am really, really keen to try and tackle the root cause of this so I won't have to have PPIs for the rest of my life. I am also keen t get fit again (am overweight). I am curently too tired to exercise and hoping that by dropping out the gluten I might lose the brain fog and exhaustion... Any info, support or light anyone could shed would be a MASSIVE help to me right now. Feeling relieved I don't have cancer (and angry that first GP decided everything I ever presented with was cancer and couldnt possibly be anything else, to the point she didn;t do a blood test or mention any other possibilities and had me scared out of my wits for the past 3 months). Still a bit shellshocked from the endoscopy and also all the stress of the past few months.
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