I am 23 years old and I just found out I have the Delta F508 mutation. I have a brother that is 21 years old and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as a baby. Since I can remember I have had digestive problems. I have been to a number of doctors and no one can seem to tell me what the problem is. I was given a sweat test about 6 years ago to see if I had CF and it came back negitive. Recently I decided to get a genetic test and they found the Delta F508 mutation. I am wondering if this has anything to do with my abnormal digestive system, which seems to be getting worse as the years pass. I have problems with bloating after anything I eat, I can bloat up to 10 pounds in a matter of 24 hours. I have tried to go off specific foods but nothing in particular seems to trigger the bloating. I was off gluten for 2 years and didnt see much of a difference when I began to eat normally again. I also have constint issues with diarrhea (between 4-8 times a week). I have extreme cramping, especially around my period (1 week before and 1 week after). I have never had lung issues or breathing but I seem to have every symptom that my brother has when it comes to my digestion.
Has anyone heard of people with the F508 mutation having digestive problems? Could this mutation possibly be causing something other than CF? I read a little about Crohns Disease and the connection with the mutation but I wasnt sure. Could anyone suggest a type of doctor to see? I was going to make an appointment at the Adult CF clinic but I wasnt sure if they would be able to treat me since I technically don't have Cystic Fibrosis. Also, could anyone reccomend other tests I could have done to try to pin point this problem? Any help would be so greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Post Edited (SavannahRemington) : 11/21/2011 8:15:25 AM (GMT-7)