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fullagle added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsProbable Cd? Many QuestionsHello, This is my first post. I'm glad to find this place, although I am not yet officially diagnosed.
My doctor recently sent me for a number of blood tests, some of which related to celiac disease. I picked up the results at the lab, but don't have a follow up with doc for several weeks.
After looking at the results, I gleaned that I might have celiac disease and so have started looking around the web for more info.
Here are the test results that I'm wondering about:
Gliadin AB IGG - 11 (ref: 0-19)
Gliadin AB IGA - 98 (ref: 0-19)
Am I correct in assuming that the positive IGA means I likely have celiac disease?
I really don't have obvious GI symptoms....but I do have another autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) as well as osteoporosis and probably fibromyalgia.
Is it always necessary to have to have a biopsy? If I'm correctly understanding what I've read, it seems that the positive IGA is a pretty big clue. I'm perfectly willing to proceed with gluten-free lifestyle without a biopsy....but perhaps there are compelling reasons to have one anyway.....Can anyone clarify that for me?
Also, should I continue eating as always till I get a chance to discuss with my doc and/or have biopsy? If I'm likely to have celiac disease, I am inclined to jump right in and begin eating gluten-free to get on the road to healing. But (back to the biopsy question) maybe getting started now would mess up possible future tests.
Out of curiousity, I dipped my toe in the gluten-free lifestyle for the past two days, and am a bit concerned to find that I feel worse, if anything. Very achy!
Well, those are my questions for the moment! I'm grateful for any insight any seasoned readers might offer! Best, Geri
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