Staceyj replied to Staceyj's topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsThanks for responding. I guess I should ask about lupus, my great aunt died of it. That's a very scary thought though, and I am Queen Denial. Anyway, thanks again, I'll have the results in a week. (And if it's negative I guess I'm just crazy!)
Staceyj posted a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsHi! This is my first post, sorry if it is too long. I have been dealing with swollen joints and fatigue for about seven years (I'm 21). My primary care physician from 14 to 19 ignored me and so I thought I was crazy. I went to college and got a new primary care physician who listened to me and tested for rheumatoid factor last summer, which came back negative. I continued to have fatigue and joint pain so I did some research on the Internet and found that food allergies could be to blame. So I tried exclusionary diets (dairy, wheat). The wheatless diet made things much better and so I made an appointment with an allergist. He tested for most common food allergies and everything came back negative. He told me that rheumatoid factor is not the be all end all test for rheumatoid arthritis and he sent me to a rheumatologist (hang on I'm getting to the point!) So, I went to see the rheumatologist. He said well, could be arthritis, but I think celiac disease is a possibility. Any GI symptoms? Nope. He ordered blood tests for celiac and rheumatoid arthritis. They will call next week with results My question is, if I have swollen joints and fatigue as my only symptoms, how could I have celiac disease?