Indigestion/acid reflux symptoms and food intolerances

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   Posted 11/21/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone. Has anyone else discovered since having digestive and acid problems whether or not they have a food intolerance?
I've had stomach issues for the past 18 months, and if I'm honest it's taken a long time to pinpoint the causes/problems, but with me, I've found that I have sensitive reactions to wheat (and may be gluten as well but not certain). Bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta all the main wheat based food particularly make me ill. After experimenting by giving it up for a while, and then reintroducing it back into my diet to see how I coped, I've found that wheat makes me really ill. Horrible digestive problems and reflux since introducing it again.
I had a blood test for celiac done during the early part of this year, which was negative, but don't know if it could have been a false negative. I haven't had a biopsy for celiac which is pretty stupid considering I've had 2 endoscopies done, but the initial gastroenterologist I saw didn't seem very good either. Just very dismissive, saying it would just be IBS, and he didn't seem to want to do much in the way of tests!
Just wondering if anyone else has found a correlation between this and food allergies? While my stomach is recovering I am limiting acidic foods, fatty foods, and stuff like small dried food as well which are hard for me to digest as eliminating wheat and gluten but just wondering if anyone else found this??

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   Posted 11/21/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Judy,

If the person being tested has not consumed any gluten for several weeks prior to testing, then celiac disease tests may be negative.  If the doctor still suspects celiac disease, she/he  may do a gluten challenge – have the patient introduce gluten into his diet for several weeks or months to see if the symptoms return. At that time, celiac tests may be repeated or a biopsy may be done to check for villous atrophy (damage to the villi in the intestine).

Positive and indeterminate celiac disease tests are usually followed by an intestinal biopsy.  A biopsy is used to make a definitive diagnosis of celiac disease.
I know others here that have food allergies and I am sure you will be hearing from them re your questions.
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   Posted 11/21/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info Kitt

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   Posted 11/21/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Blood test for celiac is not particularly accurate. The only standard is the biopsy. But people can have wheat allergy or intolerance without celiac. It's just like other allergies and intolerances.

I've posted long and loud about keeping food logs. If you're intolerant to wheat, it might not even be the wheat, but the preservatives or other things in the product. If you spend a month or two keeping a food log you may find there are more things which are triggers for you. If you get a few more things on your list you can google the foods and "food allergies" to see if there is a pattern.

My list is anything with sulfites.

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   Posted 11/21/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I've been keeping a food diary for a while. Been experimenting for a while and pretty certain wheat is something I'm sensitive to. I've also got to keep away from acidic things for now as well as limiting fatty foods as they mess up my digestion. Not sure if that is just while my stomach recovers from the wheat or if it's just a permanent thing. Time will tell I guess.
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