Diagnosed with Gastritis - but I think I have Celiac

by Katie

I am only 21, but I have suffered from a "sensitive stomach" and chronic constipation my whole life. I thought my body just didn't function right, and I would have to live with discomfort forever. When I was a freshman in college, I began to have severe, burning pain in my stomach; it felt like my stomach was on fire. The pain would come on randomly and it was so severe that I could not stand up; I woke up to it many days.

I had also begun to throw up everything I ate. Sometimes it was immediate, other times I wouldn't get sick until hours after I ate. I would also get severely bloated after eating, which would cause me to burp continuously; I was nauseous all the time.

I was miserable and afraid to eat. Nothing helped and I ended up eating plain lettuce for lunch and dinner; I dropped 10 lbs. As the year went on, the severe pain subsided but I would still get sick on a daily basis.

When I finally went to the doctor, he told me I probably just had gastritis and prescribed me antacids. It helped for a week or two, but the nausea returned with a vengeance.

I returned to the doctor and he thought maybe it was my gallbladder. I went for an ultrasound on my gallbladder, but everything was normal. My doctor gave me a different antacid and told me to stop eating any unhealthy foods.

It has been two years and nothing has helped. I pop prilosec and tums like candy. Then, two months ago my great uncle was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I began looking into the symptoms and everything clicked into place. Not only do I have the gastric symptoms, but I have also suffered from chronic sinus infections, unexplained knee & back pain, anxiety, fatigue, and increased appetite/cravings.

I decided to try a gluten-free diet to see how it affected me, and I am shocked. I have been on it for one week, and I have not thrown up once, I haven't been nauseous, I feel more energetic, and I have not been excessively hungry (I used to get intense cravings). I feel better than I have in four years. I plan on introducing a little gluten back, just to be sure before I get tested. But I am positive that I finally found a solution; I am finally free of the fear that gripped me every time I ate.

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Sep 07, 2016
I thought I was alone
by: Jessie

I felt as I read this like I was reading my own stories.

If it wasn't for me personally requesting my own blood tests I feel like my doctor would of never acknowledge celiac.

My blood tests came positive, now I'm just waiting on my biopsies.
However, my doctor never told me to stop my Zantac which worries me because I don't have gastritis. So I'm starting to think that the Zantac is causing me pain since it is an acid reducer and when you don't have enough acid in your stomach it can cause similar symptoms as one with gastritis. Or so I have read.

Nov 07, 2012
Blood test
by: Anonymous

Blood test can give you the answer.

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