Crohns and celiac?

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   Posted 3/3/2015 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I'm here from the crohns board. I was diagnosed with crohns about 15 years ago. On and off different meds, but I noticed about 4 years not eating gluten seemed more effective than any of the meds. I thought maybe gluten was something that set off my crohns, but now I'm wondering if i might have a gluten intolerance or celiac. I started having bowel and pain symptoms that were not common for a crohns flare. Like having lose stools and for about 3 hrs in the middle of the day. After spending time thinking about it it seems that it was always the day following eating something fried from a restaurant that was most likely cross contaminated. (I wasn't consuming gluten items, but not avoiding cross contaminated foods) The difference is my crohns wouldn't be just a few hour incidence at pretty much the same time of day each time. And like I said only the day following eating something that was probably fried in a fryer with foods containing gluten, so it would be spaced out and not daily issues. I'm also having pain under my rib cage. It's almost always present if I press on the area, but is terrible when my bowels are acting up. My dr mentioned possibly testing for celiac by taking a tissue sample? Does any of this sound like gluten intolerance/ celiac to you?

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   Posted 3/13/2015 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Chrons are diagnosed by colon biopsy,colonscopy and blood test for specific antibdoies. Chrons can affect any portions of the intestines, besides the colon, but colon is preferred.
Celiacs is the autoimmune reaction to gluten, "prolamin" proteins of gluten, celiacs is slightly more complicated as well. The stools of celiacs are yellowish, which are sticky foul smelling, and fatty(thats a severe form celiacs). In order to be tested for gluten you should be eating foods containing gluten for several weeks to several months to insure that antibodies will show up. Otherwise your celiacs test will be negative. tHEY WILL DO a small intestinal biopsy to see any villous atrophy(indicative of celiacs). If you are caucasian ancestry, you should get tested for celiacs genes. 1 gene makes you a high risk for celiac, another for gluten insensitivity(not celiacs), wheat allergies is a real allergy so that is different.

Furthermore, if you have blisters, dermatitis herpetiformis(which is a celiacs or gluten sensitivity rash), thats a high indication for one of the diseases, stil you need a skin biopsy to rule it out. You cant be tested for celiacs unless you are consistently eating gluten products for a about a month.
celiacs also have other symptoms, such as association with diabetes type 1, hashimotos,,etc.

if you are gluten free, currently your celiacs test will also be negative. as willl a small intesitnal biopsy.
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