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elcamino
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   Posted 6/11/2007 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for sharing your info on celiac on my other post (celiac vs IBS).

I have a biopsy done today via EGD. I am fully prepared to restrict, not eliminate, gluten even if my biopsies prove negative. I had the blood tests, and they were inconclusive. Evidently, I am IgA deficient, so the more specific antibody tests were not accurate. Interestingly enough, many people who are IgA deficient and lactose intolerant (like myself) are undiagosed celiacs. I can tell you that just by restricting my gluten, I tend to have much less pain and cramping.

I'm a bit nervous about the EGD. I've had them done before, so the test itself is not a big deal. The problem is the drugs they gave me. I had a colonoscopy about a year ago, and only went out for about 3 minutes. I woke up during the procedure, realized what was going on, but couldn't talk (I was feeling pretty loopy from the drugs) and I felt paralyzed--couldn't move. Nurse finally saw that my knuckles were white from gripping the bed frame so hard and realized I was awake. They stopped the procedure at that point and I was rescheduled for a colonoscopy under deeper sedation with an anethesiologist. I was told that because I take tramadol for pain (I have rheumatoid arthritis), my body had built up a tolerance to the drugs they use for conscious sedation--so I needed way more of the drug to get the same effect. Myy other doctors told me that was a bunch of bunk--the original GI doctor (or her nurse) screwed up when they gave me the drugs.

My GI doctor (different doctor than the one who did my colonoscopy) swears this will not happen. But at least this is an upper EGD and not a colonoscopy :)

In any case, thanks again for sharing your stories. They are helpful.

Elcamino
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
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dbab
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   Posted 6/11/2007 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your scope elcamino.

My gut tells me (pun intended :) that your docs are right on about what the GI and nurse told you. I am not a doctor or even in the medical field but I have never heard anything about what they told you. I have not taken Tramadol but I have been on other meds for pain including Darvocet and many types of muscle relaxers and my doc has never told me that was a problem. Are you comfortable with your current GI? Has he been in the business long? If he is a very experienced doctor who does a lot of scopes, I would tend to believe him however this is you, not me and I can only speak from the experiences that I have with my current doctors. Hope all goes well for you. Let us know how it goes.

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   Posted 6/11/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your EGD. I'm having the Prometheus Blood Test for Celiac on Wednesday. I had to start eating stuff that I had cut out first! I'll be interested in hearing how your results go. Take care and all the best.
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elcamino
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   Posted 6/11/2007 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.

I had the scope done. Initial findings are erosive gastritis and erosive esophagitis. Celiac biopsies won't come back for 3 weeks yet. I think I also have a hiatal hernia (sp), if that's significant at all--it's just a small one.

I had no problems with the drugs they gave me. The GI doctor (from a year ago) who told me it was the tramadol just wanted to blame me for it--she yelled at me and told me it was my fault because I hadn't told her I took tramadol. In reality, I had just started taking a week prior to that colonoscopy and had the made the appt for the colonoscopy weeks prior. This same GI doctor didn't even show up to do the scope--had a substititue and called me on the phone to yell at me about the tramadol when the first scope had to be stopped. In any case, that nightmare is over. My current GI doctor has not treated me poorly, and I hope he won't.

Elcamino
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan

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