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I need Help...does this sound like Celiac Disease?


Posted by better4life

Hello,

I really need peoples' help on this one. I've been reading a lot about Celiac's disease and its symptoms, because I haven't been feeling so great lately.

Here's a little about myself...

*I'm first generation American, my family comes from France, Europe. I was born in March, Spring time. Which I read an article that said babies born in spring/summer had more chances to have Celiac Disease. Here's the website of the article:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/womens-health/articles/2011/0

 *After exercising I will sometimes have tingling up and down my arms, it's not the same feeling as when your limbs go to "sleep," it's a different tingling I can't describe. Sometimes I have shortness of breath from walking up steps, although I am not overweight or out of exercise;-) I also sometimes have needle pains in my chest. 

*When standing or sitting my feet and toes might turn purplish, which I always thought was due to bad circulation since my sisters have the same thing.  

*I've had to mouth sores in my mouth, but my parents said it was just a blood bubble which occurred after I had mistakenly bit my lip without knowing.  

*I'm constipated sometime for 3-4 days straight until one day my stool will be about a foot in length. (Sorry for the details)

*I used to have perfect vision until my freshman year in high school...where i needed glasses in order to see far. This runs in the family on my dad's side.

*I can use a ton of lotion or coconut oil, and my skin will never be moist enough, which means my hands are always cracking or bleeding. I do live in the desert however. But my skin just flakes off dead skin from my legs and arms...grouse!

*Sometimes I'm tired all day or awake all night.

*I got really sick about a month ago, and threw up 10 times, and since then my stomach was in pain everytime after eating. Keep in mind I eat gluten everyday.

I started using bifidus probiotic which seems to help but i don't know.

*I stopped eating gluten for three days and felt better, but I don't know if i was just lucky or if that had an effect.

*Sometimes my depth perception will be a little off, and i will miss my mouth when attempting to drink a glass of water.

*My ankles always crack, as do other joints, since i was very little.

* I have these bumps on my upper arms which look like white pimples since seventh grade, and I can't seem to get rid of them.

*My jaw and teeth sometime hurt, but I don't know if it's because of my wisdom teeth or not.

*Sometimes I'll bloat and have bad gas or cramping stomach pain similar to menstrual cramps.

*I haven't had my period in two months and before then they were irregular, although they were regular from ages 13-17. 

*I bruise easily after running into walls (I'm a clutz)

*I'm tall...5 ft 10 so I don't have stunted growth.  

*I have articulation speech issues, which I've been working on since forever.

*Also, throughout middleschool and highschool they would test my hearing, and would always say that I had mild hearing loss, even though I think I have excellent hearing. 

Im eighteen year old, and white. I don't know if anyone in my extended family has celiac disease?

What do you think about my symptoms? Do these sound like Celiac or something else? I need your help, because I can't afford medical bills. therefore I can't go to a doctor. 

I thought about getting a testing kit...Biocard or CeliacSure, but I couldn't find any reviews where someone got a positive for the Celiac...all the reviews of the people who tested their kids or themselves with the kits got a negative. Which is great for them, but it makes me wonder if the kits even work. Has anyone used these kits and gotten a positive outcome? Please let me know what I should do.

 

 

 

 

 
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You may want to make sure it isn't diabetes too. Especially with the neuropathy (tingling). That might be helped with added B vitamins and magnesium. We have celiac in our family. It normally takes quite a while without gluten in the diet before you feel noticably better. You may have gluten intolerance, but there is no way to be sure it is celiac without a proper blood test.
Diagnosing Celiac based on symptoms alone is very difficult, since it is so different for everyone. I would suggest a celiac blood panel before removing gluten from your diet.  Good luck!
I SEE THAT THEY WERE PICKY AND REMOVED ALL THE LINKS I PUT INTO MY COMMENTS! PLEASE MESSAGE ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THOSE LINKS. I WAS SMART ENOUGH TO COPY/PASTE ALL I WROTE TO YOU INTO A WORD DOCUMENT, SO CAN FORWARD THAT TO YOU, IF YOU WISH, PRIVATELY.
HELLO, I TYPE IN ALL CAPS TO SEE BETTER, NOT TO YELL, SO DON'T BE OFFENDED. FIRST, I WOULD NOT PUT TOO MUCH STOCK IN ONE ARTICLE; UNLESS YOU FIND LOTS OF CONFIRMATION, IT'S PROBABLY NOT VERY APPLICABLE. WHAT YOU DO NEED TO DO IS TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN HEALTH AND HEALING. YOU CAN BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR; IT'S NOT DIFFICULT. YOU DO NEED TO COMMIT TO LEARNING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET YOUR BODY ON A HEALING PATHWAY. FROM READING YOUR POST, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE SEVERAL ISSUES GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME. I WOULD DEFINITELY SUSPECT CELIAC SPRUE, ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU TRIED ELIMINATING IT ALREADY FOR A FEW DAYS AND FELT BETTER. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO FIND OUT MORE, ELIMINATE IT FOR A MONTH AND SEE HOW YOU FEEL THEN. YOU REALLY HAVE TO WATCH CLOSELY WHAT YOU EAT; NO PROCESSED FOODS OF ANY KIND, NO SUGARS, EITHER; YOU'RE BETTER OFF EATING A RAW, PROPER FOOD COMBINED, CLEANSING DIET, LIKE OR  HAS TO OFFER. I WAS TOLD YEARS AGO, "SHE WHO IS GREEN INSIDE IS CLEAN INSIDE" AND "INTERNAL CLEANSING IS AN OLD MOVEMENT!" EATING GREEN IS EATING HEALTHY, AND IT'S HEALING FOR THE BODY. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU EVER HAD ANY MRIs OR CAT SCANS? OR PERHAPS HAD A FROSTBITE OR HYPOTHERMIA AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER IN THE PAST? PART OF THE SYMPTOMS YOU TALK ABOUT SOUND MORE LIKE REYNAUD'S SYNDROME RATHER THAN CELIAC. THE TINGLING, THE DARKENED EXTREMITIES AT TIMES, ARE SYMPTOMS OF REYNAUD'S, WHICH MY FIRSTBORN SUFFERS FROM AS A RESULT OF HAVING HAD SEVERAL MRIs IN THE PAST. REYNAUD'S AFFECTS THE EXTREMITIES THROUGH THE VASCULAR SYSTEM. IT CAUSES THE BLOOD VESSELS TO CONSTRICT AND THEN DILATE RAPIDLY, AND THAT CAUSES THE COLOR CHANGES, SOMETIMES WITH PAIN LIKE STABBING KNIVES, PINS AND NEEDLES, ET CETERA. IT'S A TERRIBLY PAINFUL SITUATION FOR HER - SO DEBILITATING THAT SHE MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO HOLD A JOB REQUIRING HER TO BE ON HER FEET ALL THE TIME, AND SHE WANTS TO BE A PEDIATRIC NURSE! I CAN RECOMMEND THE CLEANSING PROGRAMS FROM THESE WEBSITES: , , , AND , ALL OF WHICH CARRY EXCELLENT PRODUCTS - MANY I HAVE USED FOR OVER 30 YEARS - AND LOTS OF FREE INFORMATION.  I HIGHLY SUSPECT THAT AT LEAST ONE TIME IN YOUR LIFE YOU MAY HAVE TAKEN AN ANTIBIOTIC, AM I CORRECT? THAT YOU EVEN TOOK ONE TABLET OR CAPSULE SET YOUR INTESTINES UP FOR IMBALANCE. THIS IS BECAUSE ANTIBIOTICS ARE NOT PICKY - THEY JUST KILL ALL FORMS OF LIFE, INCLUDING THE GOOD GUYS. MANY DOCTORS FEEL THAT ALL DISEASE BEGINS IN THE INTESTINES, AND IF YOU TOOK ANTIBIOTICS BUT NEVER TOOK PROBIOTICS, YOUR GUT IS MOST LIKELY OUT OF BALANCE, CONTRIBUTING TO THE SYMPTOMS YOU ARE EXPERIENCING. YOU PROBABLY ARE DEALING WITH A MINERAL IMBALANCE AS WELL AS THE LACK OF PROBIOTICS. I CAN RECOMMEND THE WONDERFUL MINERAL CONCENTRATE YOU CAN FIND AT . ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTS ARE FANTASTIC BECAUSE THE FIRST LADY OF HEALTH, THE LATE MAUREEN KENNEDY SALAMAN, IS THE INVENTOR OF THOSE WONDERFUL PRODUCTS. SHE WROTE NUMEROUS BOOKS ON HEALTH, INCLUDING "ALL YOUR HEALTH QUESTIONS ANSWERED - NATURALLY II" THAT BOOK I KEEP ON THE SHELF WITH MY BIBLE AND OTHER REFERENCE BOOKS. IT'S A VITAL REFERENCE SOURCE ON HEALTH THAT CONTAINS ALMOST EVERY HEALTH PROBLEM ANYONE COULD EVER ENCOUNTER. SHE INCLUDES SUPPLEMENTS TO TAKE AND DOSAGES FOR EACH ONE SO THAT THERE IS NO QUESTION LEFT UNANSWERED. YOU COULD CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY FOR A COPY AND IF THEY DON'T HAVE IT, ASK THAT THEY GET IT. AT , DR RICHARD BECKER'S DEFINITIVE BOOK, "FOUNDATIONS FOR HEALING" COVERS SOME THINGS THAT PICK UP WHERE MAUREEN'S BOOK LEAVES OFF. DR BECKER AND HIS WIFE, CINDY, HOST A TV SHOW, "YOUR HEALTH," WHICH AIRS ON LESEA BROADCASTING, WORLD HARVEST TELEVISION, ET AL. DOUG KAUFMANN'S CARRIES HIS "THE FUNGUS LINK" TRILOGY, WHICH HAS A GREAT "PHASE 1 DIET" TO HELP RESTORE BALANCE TO THE GUT AND HEALTH TO YOUR BODY IF YOU'RE SUFFERING FROM FUNGAL INFECTION OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING CHRONIC CANDIDA INFECTIONS. DOUG ALSO HOSTS A GREAT TV SHOW, "KNOW THE CAUSE," THAT IS CARRIED ON MANY TV STATIONS. THEIR SHOWS ARE ARCHIVED ON THEIR WEBSITES FOR FREE VIEWING. BOTH THESE GUYS ARE GREATLY KNOWLEDGEABLE IN THEIR FIELDS, AND YOU CAN LEARN MUCH FROM THEIR TV SHOWS, BOOKS, AND WEBSITES, ET CETERA.  I HOPE THAT THIS WILL GIVE YOU A GOOD START ON YOUR PATHWAY TO HEALING. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, THE ABOVE-MENTIONED WEBSITES ARE A WELLSPRING OF INFORMATION AND THEY ALL CARRY ADDITIONAL LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION. IF A BOOK INTERESTS YOU, ALWAYS CHECK THE LIBRARY FIRST. THAT SAVES MONEY OVER BUYING. ONCE YOU HAVE LAID EYES ON THE CONTENTS OF THESE BOOKS, YOU WILL KNOW WHICH ONES TO INVEST IN FOR REFERENCE MATERIALS IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE. "BELOVED, I WISH ABOVE ALL THINGS THAT YOU PROSPER AND BE IN HEALTH, EVEN AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS." ~ 3 JOHN VERSE 2, NKJV. 

Hello,

I have never heard of any kits but what I have heard is that an elimination diet is the best route to go.  If you went without it for three or four days before and you felt better chances are that is your problem or at least part of your problems. I would also talk to a doctor, they can do a blood test ;however; these blood tests do not show gluten allergies or intolerances so if you don't have celiac the blood test will not be very helpful.  Elimination diets are great to find the source of what ailes you, Dr. Hyman is someone to look up online, he has a lot of useful information on eliminating gluten. Hope that helps some! Good luck!

-Ashley Knight @ Http:glutenfreepalette.blogspot.com

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