CELIAC DISEASE

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    Jul 17, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    Does anybody on here have it or know a lot about it? I've been having issues lately and due to my effed up nature of self-diagnosing, I'm very worried that I could have it. I know, I know...make an appointment to see the doc. I'm doing that. But just wondering if anyone on here does have it, what were your symptoms and how did you figure out you had it?
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    Jul 17, 2013 3:12 AM GMT
    Both my cousins have it, my brothers and sister dont but we have a diagnosed intolerance to wheat.

    There are loads of symptoms from bloating, ear infections through to depression.
    Since my cousins were diagnosed physically they are both now in great shape and mentally they have improved markedly.

    Go to the doctor its not a big deal and if you are Celiac or just intolerant you will be able to move on from there.

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    Jul 17, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    boomerangOz saidBoth my cousins have it, my brothers and sister dont but we have a diagnosed intolerance to wheat.

    There are loads of symptoms from bloating, ear infections through to depression.
    Since my cousins were diagnosed physically they are both now in great shape and mentally they have improved markedly.

    Go to the doctor its not a big deal and if you are Celiac or just intolerant you will be able to move on from there.



    I'm just worried cuz I've LOST like 6lbs from about a month ago. My eating hasn't changed...my workouts are slightly not as intense cuz I injured my shoulder but I don't think I should've lost THAT much weight.
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    Jul 17, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    My cousins both lost weight after they finished eating gluten. More lost bloating I guess. But another friend who was diagnosed was always skinny until her diagnoses, afterwards she looked fuller.

    I guess its like all diseases/ conditions there may be many symptoms, you will never know until you get tested.

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    Jul 17, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    hellass said
    boomerangOz saidBoth my cousins have it, my brothers and sister dont but we have a diagnosed intolerance to wheat.

    There are loads of symptoms from bloating, ear infections through to depression.
    Since my cousins were diagnosed physically they are both now in great shape and mentally they have improved markedly.

    Go to the doctor its not a big deal and if you are Celiac or just intolerant you will be able to move on from there.



    I'm just worried cuz I've LOST like 6lbs from about a month ago. My eating hasn't changed...my workouts are slightly not as intense cuz I injured my shoulder but I don't think I should've lost THAT much weight.



    Is that your only symptom?

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    Jul 17, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    I wouldn't go jumping to conclusions.

    A friend of mine had a girlfriend I nicknamed "Gluten-Free." She couldn't afford gluten-free products so he got them for her even though she was never diagnosed with celiac disease. She was a health food restaurant waitress in Manhattan who last month turned down a $40K job in her field of interest (developmental disability counseling!) to dump him and move to California to waitress.

    I got a big charge out of the opening scene of the film "This Is The End" where someone calls out Seth Rogen for eating gluten-free, saying he didn't even know what gluten was or why it'd be bad for him.
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    Jul 17, 2013 4:49 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI wouldn't go jumping to conclusions.

    A friend of mine had a girlfriend I nicknamed "Gluten-Free." She couldn't afford gluten-free products so he got them for her even though she was never diagnosed with celiac disease. She was a health food restaurant waitress in Manhattan who last month turned down a $40K job in her field of interest (developmental disability counseling!) to dump him and move to California to waitress.

    I got a big charge out of the opening scene of the film "This Is The End" where someone calls out Seth Rogen for eating gluten-free, saying he didn't even know what gluten was or why it'd be bad for him.


    She couldn't afford Rice, vegetables chicken and eggs? Wow, she musta been one BROKEASS ho.
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    Jul 17, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    As you mentioned in your original post, obviously it is a good idea to see your doctor if you notice something abnormal.

    That said, there are a lot of things that can cause you to lose weight rapidly. Last winter I had a month where I lost 14 lbs due to some intestinal side effects from taking an antibiotic. It freaked me out, my doctor ran some tests and everything came back normal. The symptoms passed and my weight quickly jumped back to normal. My point - it ended up being something minor.

    Try to stay off the internet if you are looking up symptoms - those health related message boards are filled with horror stories that will have you second guessing every symptom you have.
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    Jul 17, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    Its no biggie. Been Celiac for 4 yrs. No wheat dood. Time to eat only real food.

    sorry..
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    Jul 17, 2013 5:02 AM GMT
    It's very unlikely you have Celiac Disease. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57483789-10391704/gluten-free-diet-fad-are-celiac-disease-rates-actually-rising/
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    Jul 17, 2013 11:39 AM GMT
    A very good friend of mine was diagnosed with Celiac disease a while ago. She has to be very careful about what she eats, soaps she uses, almost anything that can have traces of gluten. Its hard but as long as she does it, it doesn't bother her.
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    Jul 17, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
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    eagermuscle saidI wouldn't go jumping to conclusions.

    A friend of mine had a girlfriend I nicknamed "Gluten-Free." She couldn't afford gluten-free products so he got them for her even though she was never diagnosed with celiac disease. She was a health food restaurant waitress in Manhattan who last month turned down a $40K job in her field of interest (developmental disability counseling!) to dump him and move to California to waitress.

    I got a big charge out of the opening scene of the film "This Is The End" where someone calls out Seth Rogen for eating gluten-free, saying he didn't even know what gluten was or why it'd be bad for him.


    She couldn't afford Rice, vegetables chicken and eggs? Wow, she musta been one BROKEASS ho.

    Oh, she could afford those. But she didn't want to give up her bread, cake and cookies, and gluten-free versions of those are $$$ and she was a health food diner waitress in Washington Heights, for godsake.
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    Jul 19, 2013 12:55 AM GMT
    Hi hellass, I've been having issues around poor digestion lately too and been reading about things like coeliac and similar conditions. Are you demonstrating any other symptoms that are suggestive of coeliac disease? For example if you are having diarrhoea/constipation/bad wind, then I think a doctor would see fit to help you.

    You probably know that gluten is contained in crops like wheat, barley, rye (and something very similar in oats) - foods that have been consumed by very few humans before 10,000 years ago.

    Estimates are that just under 1% of people have coeliac disease while about 3 or 4% have gluten sensitivity. Coeliac disease involves gluten sensitivity coupled with damaged intestinal vili, making absorption of nutrients very difficult for their body.

    Testing for coeliac goes something like this: 5 genetic markers are sought and possession of certain genes give statistically higher likelihoods that you may develop coeliac disease. If the genetic testing suggests coeliac, then they look at your bowel with an endoscope (camera). The endoscopy will give imges of the vili so the doctor can see whether they are healthy or damaged. In the case of a negative genetic result, if the symptoms are overwhelmingly indicative of coeliac then the endoscopy may still be carried out. It is the endoscopy which is the true gold badge of coeliac. (But you need to be consuming gluten for 6 weeks before the endoscopy).

    You may try a gluten free diet for at least 2 weeks to see how you get on. If you find your symptoms relieving after some time (many weeks, months) being gluten-free, then you discovered that you are at least gluten-sensitive.

    The tests are expensive and that is why no doctor will run them without good reason and long-standing symptoms.

    The symptoms of coeliac are really varied and some sufferers show few symptoms. Certainly if you have reason to check this out then do check it out. But don't be too hasty as doctors don't like to feel as though their time is being wasted so be careful about going based on the one very recent symptom you told us (weight loss in one month). Good luck and hope it works out the best for you.