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Possible Celiac? ALWAYS feeling sick!

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  • Posted By: lindsay1024
  • March 30, 2007
  • 09:55 AM

Hello Everyone,

This is my first time on one of these message boards, so please forgive me if this sounds familiar. First off, I am a 25 year old female. The majority of my symptoms began about two years ago, however I have had several other digestive related problems for most of my life.

Starting from the beginning, I have had chronic constipation for as long as I can remember. I've seen many GI's and I've always been told it was IBS, but I never really thought that was the case. I was given many prescriptions, most recently Zelnorm and Miralax, which helped some but didn't fix the problem. During my 8th grade year of school I was hospitalized due to 20+ stomach ulcers, the majority of them bleeding. I did not have the H. pylori bacteria. Then starting about two years ago, I started feeling sick after eating almost anything. I always have the feeling that what I ate is still in my stomach even several hours later. I always feel full. I then began having severe bloating in my stomach with lots of gas....I was always burping. I looked about 6 months pregnant....I couldn't have stuck my stomach out more if I tried! Sometimes I would feel better with less bloating and gas, other days I'd be home throwing up all day. This progressed into almost constant nausea and vomiting after about 80% of my meals. I would even wake up at night and vomit. At this point I went to a new GI who ran several tests, and told me that I had a bacterial overgrowth of my small intestine and I also had a motility disorder in my colon. After finishing the antibiotics for the bacterial overgrowth I felt better for about a week. Then all the symptoms came back even worse than before. I could barely eat anything and lost about 15 pounds in 2 months. Although I felt full, I always felt hungry too. I wanted to eat, but was afraid that I'd get sick again. I am ALWAYS tired/exhausted. I feel like I can't get enough sleep, yet have trouble falling asleep. In addition to this, I have very frequent severe migraines. Also as all this was going on I was diagnosed with depression and ADD. I have wondered if my ADD symptoms could be caused by a lack of vitamins or something to that effect. One last random thing is I have these dark circles under my eyes that won't go away no matter how much sleep I get.

I recently found out that my Aunt and my Grandfather on my Mom's side have Celiac's Disease. I have had a biopsy of my small intestine that came back normal. This was taken during the period when I was barely eating anything at all though. I have heard of people who have had negative biopsies, but were later diagnosed with Celiacs. From what I have read most of my symptoms fit the Celiac list, but I haven't come across much information about vomiting, migraines, chronic constipation and Celiacs.

I guess my question is, does this sound like it could be Celiacs?

I am just tired of feeling like a sickly tired version of my formerly athletic happy self.

Thank you for tolerating my long-winded account, but I would really appreciate any input from people who have similar problems.

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