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      • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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    1. nikkintodd added a post in a topic Please Help With Blood Work Results   

      For anyone interested in my full story - here it is....
      To start with - my stools were always a problem.  My mother admits now that she doesn't remember me ever going to the bathroom.  She thought I had some sort of emotional problem from my parent's divorce.  At about 10 I started having horrible pains in my stomach.  Went to the ER a few times only to be told that I was completely full of fecal matter and that is why I was in so much pain.  They gave me pills went I went that took care of the pain.
      Side note - got mono a couple of times in my teens.
      At 26 my husband and I started trying to get pregant.  It took a few months but I wasn't too concerned.  At about 6 weeks pregnant I started bleeding.  Went to the doctor and was told I was previously pregnant with twins but lost one of them.  They put me on a steroid to help my placenta keep the remaining baby.  Pregnancy continued uneventful until I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. 
      I'm 30 now - fyi.
      2 years ago I started running in the morning but my knees swelled up so badly that I had to quit.  Couldn't even go up and down stairs.  Went to the doctor, a sports therapist, and a physical therapist.  I was told I had arthritis by the sports injury therapist.  I later went to a chiropractor and have since gotten some relief.  In the last two years I have also developed numbess in my toes/feet.  I've always had it in my hands and have always had cold hands.
      Within the last year I have had many symptoms appear.  My hair has changed texture. I have a serious case of IRRATIONAL irritability, depression and anxiety.  I have had horrible hangovers and drinking beer.  Also, have researching I have realized that the skin problems I have fought my entire life (chicken skin) can be a symptom of celiac. Also have been coughing up phlegm every morning for over a year.  I'm also a smoker so that has been dismissed by every doctor I have mentioned it to.
      I got my first colonscopy 3 years ago (at 27) and 3 polyps were found.  Had a follow up conoscopy last year - 4 polyps found.
      So, as I am reading about celiac - it looks like the story of my life! Lots more examples like this but this is probably long enough for my first day on the boards.
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    2. nikkintodd added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & Symptoms   

      Please Help With Blood Work Results
      Looking for help with my bloodwork results. I am scheduled for my EGD/biopsy next week.
      Deamidated Gliadin Abs, IgA 3 units
      Deamidated Gliadin Abs, IgG 8 unites
      t-Transglutaminase tTG Iga <2 U/ml
      All of these showed in normal range of report
      Note on report:  Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) has been identified as the endomysial antigen.  Studies have demonstrated that endomysial IgA antibodies have over 99% specificity for gluten sensitive enteropathy.
      Then continues...
      t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgG <2 U/ml
      Endomysial Antibody IgA POSITIVE
      Immunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum 91 mg/dL
      My confusion is the note - it talks about what has been identified as the endomysial anitbody but it looks like my numbers were in the normal range.  Was this note just a random point that is on all blood work results?
      Also, the Immunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum range it shows is 91-414.  I received a 91 - that's probably pretty bad isn't it??
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