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Laudahwiz added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsShould I Get A Biopsy To Be Sure?I posted this in my other topic but I figured I'd post it here too because it's more relevant.
My doctor (who does mostly acupuncture and naturopathic medicine) diagnosed me with celiac two days ago after the results of a blood test came back. She seemed to think from the panel that I definitely had it. But I've done some research and I've read that these panels are more often used as tools to indicate that one may have celiac but not a basis for a definite diagnosis?
Thing is, to get a biopsy would be really expensive. But if I don't get one I might go the rest of me life thinking 'do I actually have this disease?' and it'll be like an itch I can't scratch.
Here are the test results: http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac54/cyndersbane/TestResults_zps7ff6804d.jpg I'd really appreciate it if some of you that are more knowledgeable than me can take a look at it and tell me if you think a definite diagnosis can be made based on just this?
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Laudahwiz added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping WithJust Diagnosed. Kind Of In Denial About It.So my mom (a chiropractor) had a co-worker of hers (she does acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, ect.) do some blood tests on me (which I didn't really question because I've had a lot of those done) a couple weeks ago. Yesterday the results came back so I went to work with my mom and talked to her co-worker who diagnosed me with Celiac based on the results of my blood test. This was really out of the blue for me - my mom suspected that I had it but didn't say anything about it to me, just had the tests done - so it was kind of like a bomb dropped on me so I'm still reeling over it. I read that in order to get a legitimate diagnosis you have to get a biopsy done on your small intestine but we don't have the money for that unfortunately, so I guess I'll just have to trust this diagnosis even though I'm skeptical.
I just find it weird I guess that I never had any physical symptoms - never any digestive problems or headaches or things of that sort - but I've struggled with depression and other mood disorders since I was 6 or 7 and have also experienced 'brain fog' and some tremors, which apparently are less common symptoms. I have trouble believing that all the emotional problems I have can be attributed to Celiac, but obviously if a gluten-free diet helps then I'll be overjoyed.
I'm having a hard time though, I actually kind of had a breakdown about it today which I feel really stupid about because really it shouldn't be such a big deal. But I'm just worried about a lot of things, like being vegetarian and gluten free at the same time, going out to eat with the possibility that every little thing could have come into contact with gluten, and also generally being a burden on people.
But I'm hoping this forum will be really helpful. Sorry for the venting in this post if that's not something people normally do here.
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