I had genetic testing and fecal antibody testing done by Enterolabs about 1 1/2 years ago after suffering from GI type problems all my life. I was a healthy weight but had chronic constipation, bloating, fatigue, muscle aches, migraines, among other things, so I decided to get tested. My results were as follows:
Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA 12 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units)
Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0602
Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,1 (Subtype 2,6)
Interpretation Of HLA-DQ Testing: HLA-DQB1 gene analysis reveals that you have one of the main genes that predisposes to gluten sensitivity and celiac sprue, HLA-DQB1*0201 or HLA-DQB1*0302. You also have a non-celiac gene predisposing to gluten sensitivity (any DQ1, DQ2 not by HLA-DQB1*0201, or DQ3 not by HLA-DQB1*0302)
I never fully understood the results but went off gluten mostly for the last 1 1/2 years, telling myself that I am gluten sensitive, but not celiac. In January of this year, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and decided that I needed to take the gluten issues more seriously. I think I have been avoiding a celiac diagnosis because life is much easier that way. I don't eat gluten, but I don't worry about cross-contamination and occasionally cheat by doing things like eating icing off a cake with a few cake crumbs on it.
Now, I am thinking that I need to do a gluten challenge and get blood work done so that I can't ignore what I need to do if I am indeed celiac. I don't currently have a gastroenterologist and would like to get the testing done myself if possible. We have a local lab service that offers the following tests on a walk-in basis.
CELIAC DISEASE PANEL
The Celiac Disease Panel contains the following tests to measure autoantibodies that identify Celiac Disease:
- Anti-TTG Antibodies, IGA - Tissue Transglutaminase IgA
- Total IGA
- Anti-DGP, IGA - Gliadin (Deamidated) Antibody IgA
Does it sound like this is a good option for me? Are these tests sufficient? If I test positive, I will then go to a doctor to discuss the results, I was just hoping to cut out the middle step. I appreciate any feedback.