I joined up today after a GI consultants letter arrived this morning!
I am hypothyroid and have a fatty liver. Various GP’s and 2 consultants have been trying to find a cause for my chronic belching (50 times a day ish) and abdominal pain which is in the small intestines and duodenal area. Also very loose BM’s about 3-4 times a day. Gall stones ruled out on ultrasound and CT scan just showed swollen lymph nodes in mesentery. Poo samples fine but bloods showed severe vitamin D deficient (25), b12 and folate very low normal range, ferritin fine. I’ve given up alcohol and lost 16kg but that was deliberate on advise from GP to improve liver.
IBS and dyspepsia suggested but CT suggests inflammation so am now due to have gastro endoscopy on the 2 week protocol. The letter I had today specifically recommends the D2 biopsy which I googled tests for coeliac, is this possible? I had severe campylobacter food poisoning last summer so wondering if this could have triggered it? My last question is should I try giving up gluten now or wait til after endoscopy?
Any advice or opinions would be really welcome! It’s taken 7 months to get this far and it’s really getting me down. I barely sleep and have ended up on sertraline for anxiety.
Thanks everybody and hope you all have a good day