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

      This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  1. 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.
  2. 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??