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How Do I Know If I Have Celiac Disease
Crohn's diagnosis: The symptoms from crohn's range from very severe to very mild. If your primary doctor suspects crohn's they'll usually get some basic blood tests - cbc, esr, chemistry panel, liver tests, crp, but then most likely refer you to a GI specialist for a colonoscopy. The doctor will look for ulcerations, other signs of inflammation, and will do a biopsy, which will help with the diagnosis of crohn's. ...Read more
See a dentist: Sore, puffy gums that bleed when brushing or flossing would be a sign of periodontal disease. You should see a dentist for diagnosis and treatment before you progress to the point of losing bone support and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is often not painful until the more advanced stages, so please do not delay. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Ask your doctor: The autoimmune diseases are a complex group of diseases with many different types of symptoms. If you are concerned your first step should be to ask your doctor. Most of these diseases are diagnosed based on your medical history and physical examination followed by lab to help confirm a clinical suspicion. ...Read more
Symptoms and tests: Graves disease is another name for hyperthyroidism with diffuse enlargement of the thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism is confirmed by blood tests.Typical symptoms include anxiety, shaky hands, sweating, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, increased appetite, tremors, and weight loss. Some people with graves' disease can have an abnormal swelling of the front of the neck called a goiter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why this concern?: Not so sure you would have the capacity to ask this question if you truly had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, as the impact is quite profound, and deterioration can be fairly rapid. Do not understand your anxiety. Suggest a Concierge appointment to discuss your symptoms and fears further with one of our neurologists. ...Read more
Read labels: This requires that you go on a gluten free diet. Gluten is found primarily in wheat, barley and rye, so any product with these is out. There are a number of sources on the web, including the Mayo clinic, that provide guidance.Just search for "gluten free diet".The FDA requires that vendors list any of the top 8 food allergens on packages, so start looking.Some even have a GF seal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lab work: Your physician will check your serum ferritin. Serum iron, iron binding, and transferrin saturation are for screening. If the serum ferritin is way up and you have symptoms / signs / labs to support the diagnosis, a biopsy and/or genetic study may be in the offing. Of all the common deadly diseases, hemochromatosis is the easiest to manage and you can expect good health with treatment. ...Read more
Signs of gum disease: The signs of gum disease are subtle. Especially in the earliest stages, you might not even notice it, which is one of the reasons that regular checkups are so important. As the disease progresses, you gums may begin to bleed when you brush or they may look puffy and unnaturally red. Symptoms such as pain, abscesses, and loose (or falling out) teeth develop as the disease becomes more severe. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Comments: Early presentation may be very subtle, and often a tremor at rest is the first clue, but you may have several yrs of preceding issues, such as a REM sleep disorder, chronic constipation or problems swallowing, cramping of one foot. If concerned discuss possible neurological consultation. ...Read more
See a doctor.: There are specific tests and diagnostic criteria for these diseases. These include blood sugar measurement, hemoglobin a1c, tsh, ana, ena, cbc, etc. The most important is a history and physical examination by a physician familiar with these problems and capable of interpreting these tests. ...Read more
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