Hi, I just wanted to ask a few questions and get some feedback from others who are familiar with Celiac and gluten intolerance. After suffering for two years from some pretty nasty digestive problems, I finally convinced my doctor to run a celiac panel blood test on me. The Deamidated Gliadin IgA came back as a 38, while everything else came back as a negative. From what I've read, the IgA is a pretty solid indicator for Celiac, even if nothing else comes back. Can anyone verify this for me, or could it mean something else?
Because of my positive result for the IgA, my doctor set me up with a GI specialist in a couple of weeks so that I could get some more conclusive testing done. Though she also told me to stay away from gluten for the time being. I've also read that going off gluten before you have conclusive tests can mean a false negative when an endoscopy is done. I questioned my family doctor about this, and they insisted I should stay gluten free for the time being. I tried to ask the office of the GI doctor, though they refused to answer questions until they'd seen me. What are you're opinions about this?
For the last week I've kept to a strict gluten free diet, and I'm already feeling a lot better in a lot of ways. I'm torn though about whether it's more important to get a solid diagnosis, or if I should be satisfied just feeling healthier. Any comments or opinions are appreciated. I'm still pretty new to this whole idea, and none of my doctors seem to be giving me very much solid advice or seem to know much about it at all.