Quantcast Elyie's Story | NFCA
Skip Navigation Links

Elyie's Story


When my daughter, Elyie was 5 years old, she started complaining of stomachaches a lot. Her pediatrician put her on reflux medications.

After some time of still complaining, I took her to a GI specialist, who still thought it was reflux. Her pain was at her belly button, which to me did not sound like reflux, but he wanted to add two medications to what she was already taking. We did this for another year or so until the stomachaches were daily and diarrhea occurred multiple times a day.

I was getting very concerned by this point and took her back to the GI doctor. I told him that I was taking her off all her medications and I needed him to find out why she was having such bad diarrhea and stomachaches daily. He did a stool sample to check for blood and a blood test.

Three days later, he called me very apologetic for not having done this blood test sooner, and that she was positive for celiac disease. We confirmed 2 months later with an endoscopy. We have been gluten-free since then. She is now a thriving 10 year old!

Related Content:

You know the problem. Now be the solution.

Restore Health. Reclaim Lives. Donate Today »

  • Have you or your family members been diagnosed?
    Complete our celiac disease symptoms checklist today to find out if you are at risk of having celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity ('gluten sensitivity').  We can help improve your quality of life!
  • Stay Informed!
    Join our monthly newsletter to receive news, updates, and tips for healthy gluten-free living and information about celiac disease. Sign-up for the monthly e-mail newsletter