Worried about celiac

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   Posted 5/23/2014 3:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 28 years old and I have an endoscopy scheduled for June 16. The dr said he is checking for possible celiac and a re test to see if I am still infected with h pylori. I'm really afraid because I do not want to have a gluten allergy.

I was diagnosed with h pylori in April and took the antibiotics for two weeks, metronidazole, clarithromycin and omperazole. I had bad side effects from the meds but continued with them. My orignal pain was heartburn (felt like my chest was tightening and I was having a heart attack) and a pain on my right side, under my ribs but radiates up towards my actual rib cage on the side. None of the drs seem to think that's a GI related issue, my ultrasound for gallbladder came out normal. One doctor thinks it's costocrondritis, which I've read is also a condition many celiac people get.

My GI dr thinks that the treatment I was on has about an 80% effective rate, so there is a chance I am still infected. I am struggling right now with severe heartburn.. my chest is tightening, I have a lump in my throat, my throat hurts after I eat anything and is scratchy. the omeprazole is not working (and i have to go off it 10 days before endoscopy), neither does graviscon or anything else. I am in constant pain 24/7 - either I have the heartburn, the pain on my right ribs, or a migraine which I have suffered from since I was a child and get them frequently.

I do not have bowel issues like constipation or diarreha, I am pretty normal in that area. I do get bloating sometimes but I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables so I always assume it's from that. I don't get nausea or rashes either. But since March I have been in severe pain everyday and I feel like my body is attacking me.

Do a lot of celiac suffers get h pylori infections?

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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 5/25/2014 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like LPR, also known as the silent reflux. If your esophagus is damaged, acid and pepsin from your stomach can be splashing up into your larynx. The larynx does not have any defenses against the acid and pepsin, so it can be injured easily, which results in scratchy throat, the feeling of a lump in the throat, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, chronic coughing, and/or throat clearing due to excessive mucus in the throat. If esophagus is badly damaged, the acid and pepsin can also spill over the esophagus into the lungs (it may get into lungs via inhaling as well in this case). This would cause chest pain, pain upon inhaling and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. In some cases sleep apnea may occur due to larynospasms. When a laryngospasm occurs, a person will wake in the middle of a sound sleep, gasping for air. This is caused by stomach acid and pepsin reaching the larynx (vocal chords) due to a malfunctioning of the esophageal valve. The larynx becomes irritated and begins to spasm. The convulsing and contracting of the vocal chords block the flow of air to the lungs, resulting in the inability to breathe or speak. This only lasts for a few moments, but to the person experiencing it, it seems like eternity!
You should know the condition of your esophagus after your endoscopy on June 16. If it turns out to be LPR, don't worry, there are ways to treat it. The most important will be foods that you need to avoid and some minor lifestyle changes. If you would like to try eliminating some of the foods now in hopes of a little relief, here are the ones that I can remember; chocolate, caffeine, carbonated beverages, onions, fried foods, fatty foods, spicy foods, tomatoes, peppers. I know it sounds hard, but it might alleviate some of the pain and discomfort that you have been experiencing. Good Luck, I wish you the best!
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