alli sunshine said...
She is testing me because despite the fact that I had a uterine ablation last summer to end my heavy periods, my blood work is not showing improvement. My iron serum, hemoglobin, etc., have not been in the normal range. And, my vitamin D was extremely low and has not risen much despite supplements. Also, I do have some GI symptoms- nausea, reflux, pain. She is thinking that my blood could still be bad due to lack of absorbing nutrients due to celiac, as well as my GI symptoms. I did have an endoscopy last spring, which came back with inflamation in my stomach and a small hiatal hernia.
I'm glad to hear you say that the diet isn't so bad. I am just curious to see what my new bloodwork brings. Thanks for the website and the info.
Heavy periods, low iron/hemoglobin/vit D, GI symptoms etc can all be signs of celiac disease.
As Stacie said, celiac disease is definitely autoimmune. It can not only cause auto-antibodies to form which attack the intestinal villi, but it can also attack the bones, the skin, and the brain. One of its most charming characteristics (heavy sarcasm here) is that, if untreated via the gluten free diet, celiac disease can "
open the door" for other autoimmune diseases to develop.....such as lupus, for example. See the following link for more info on this:www.umm.edu/news/releases/zonulin.htm
This may be one of the reasons I have so many autoimmune diseases myself. I was undiagnosed for at least forty years. :(
So it is extremely
important for anyone with celiac disease to follow the gluten free diet. It is not an unpleasant diet, once you get used to it. Here is a helpful link which tells you how to go gluten free:glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/01/morning-after-diagnosis-that-is.html
There are lots of gluten free foods out there now, lots of restaurants with gluten free menus, and if you know how to cook, you will find that you can make a gluten-free version of literally anything
you miss. Here are just a few of my favorite gluten free cooking blogs:crockpot365.blogspot.com/glutenfree.wordpress.com/glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/www.elanaspantry.com/
However, you should NOT go on the gluten free diet until your doctor has finished running all of the tests for celiac disease (the blood tests and biopsy) or you risk false negatives. These tests have frequent false negatives anyway.....as Stacie suggested you should probably consider trying the gluten free diet yourself as the ultimate test (they call it a "gluten challenge"). If you go gluten free for a week or two and feel better, then go back on gluten and feel worse, then you know
beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have a problem with gluten. That was how I confirmed the doctor's diagnosis for myself.
Good luck with everything!
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