Still in search for diagnosis. What do you think?

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   Posted 10/22/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I went through 8 months of testing last year for abd pain, wt loss, joint pain and extreme fatigue with the only pos. results being a pos. Promethius test and a low Vit D level.  My abd pain became much better with the use of some natural remedies but my joint pain never went away.  My stomach pain has now come back for the last 3 months --- so here I go again on the round of MDs and testing.  I had an EGD and Colon last week that showed severe gastritis in stomach and duodenum with ulcers.  No H Pylori. My vit D level is less than it was last year (less than 5) this year even though I take daily suppliments. Also "moderate bulboduodenitis"  I have always suspected I had Crohn's because my symptoms pretty much fit and I have a brother and an uncle with it.  I have yet to see my GI after all of this to see what she makes of it.  With no H Pylori and no NSAID use, what else could it be?
Any thoughts?

Awaiting official diagnosis....... maybe Chron's, Lupus, RA nobody know yet.
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   Posted 10/22/2008 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
With your family history it very well could be crohn's or even UC (my mom has UC and I have CD), but I also have a sister that has IBS (which I have as well) to be certain you'll have to see your GI and probably the sooner the daughter has been tenatively DX with IBS as well, but she's going to see her GP early November to talk to him about setting her up to see a GI and get all the routine testing done.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 10/22/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
No real idea - it is certainly possible. Usually there are other deficiencies that go along with vitamin D - B12, iron and possibly folic acid are the most common. The vitamin deficiencies really only indicate an inflamed small intestine. The ulcers could be from Crohn's, but there are several other bacteria and viruses that can cause stomach ulcers. Have they tried any small bowel follow through/MRI/pill camera tests to check the small intestine for Crohn's lesions? It is the hardest area to examine and if Crohn's is localized there, it may take some time to get them to look in that area. That can delay a diagnosis. At the same time, there are other possibilities - type II diabetes can result in low vitamin D and in combination with bacterial problems in the gut could account for the observations, but...
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