I will be having an upper GI endoscopy next week to see where the stomach I've been having is coming from. The doctor is also going to check for Celiac Disease because she says that it is directly related to having autoimmune diseases. Who has Celiac disease here?
I have gluten intolerance - my joint/back symptoms come back if i eat gluten or heavily processed or fried food, but i do not have any obvious stomach problems. It therefore took me a long time to understand that I can't eat gluten. I would not eat pasteurized cow's milk and sugar either. And generally processed 'dead' food, which damages the gut and your body. This elimination diet, + enzymes (to help digestion), and olive leaf extract (kills bacterias and fungus that might leak into the blood stream and/or create antigens from the gut) has made me almost symptom free. This is my experience, but I would definitley recommend to check your gut's health if you have any symptom in the gut in combination with this and other autoimmune diseases. It may be difficult to find symptoms in the stomach, and even blood tests could be unreliable, but you may experience a big difference when you eliminate it from your diet.
I'm gluten-free. I can't be tested for Celiac disease because I'd have to go back to eating wheat/gluten again to have an accurate test. My symptoms were so bad with wheat/gluten, it isn't worth the risk.
I just had upper and lower scopes this past Friday. I've had acute gastroparesis (my stomach isn't processing food), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain for six months now. It's really awful! I haven't been tested for Celiac's Disease, but my GI doctor said after the scopes she's going to test for a bunch of rare GI conditions. Evidently, a lot of GI issues go hand and hand with AS. I don't know how many are related to the medication we take or to the genetic disposition. On a different note, I'm on pain meds and my tolerance for medication tends to be really high. So the first time I went for the scopes, they couldn't knock me out. I had to reschedule, do the prep all over again and get general anesthesia. If you're on pain meds, you might want to call your doctor and ask about having the option of having an anesthesiologist present, so you don't have to do it all over again. It really upset me to get all the way back there, IV and all and have to reschedule. Good luck.