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Frequent bowel movements, stomach pain, wheat allergy. Endoscopy, colonoscopy done. Treatment?

My mother passes bowels/motion 2 to 3 even sometimes upto 4 times a day, she has had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy and it is all clear, she may allergic to wheat which she has stopped taking food with wheat from last year. She gets very tired and drained after motions and nearly every time gets a stomach ache Doctors cannot explain why she goes to motion so many times a day and she only eats a toddler s size meals. I hope you can help!
Asked On : Sun, 26 Aug 2012
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, sudabbi,
I am glad to hear that her endoscopy came ou t fine. That will rule
out any Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as ulcerative colitis,
Crohn's disease or other infectious causes. I am sure her doctor has
done blood and stoll studies as well.
As for the problem with wheat allergy, there are two different situations.
A person could be just sensitive or allergic to gluten that is in wheat,
Barley or Oat products or have Celiac Disease which is an auto-immune
mediated condition that affects the lining of the small intestine where
the nutrients are absorbed. If she has this, she could have diarrhea,
weight loss due to poor absorption of food. She could have anemia,
low protein levels, low calcium levels etc. Celia disease can be diagnosed
with very good blood tests that are available . Anti Gliadin Antibodies,
Endomyseal Antibodies can detect the problem and later they can confirm
it by taking a sample tissue from the intestine.
Treatment is strict "Gluten Free Diet ".
There is plenty of information on line about the diet and disease.
Have her doctor discuss these or check with the Gastroenterologist that
did the endoscopic procedures.
Wish her good health.
Answered: Sun, 26 Aug 2012
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