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Mom Diagnosed Me W/ Gluten Intolerance..scared....

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 04:19 PM

Hey! I am a freshman in college and since i Started school my parents became convinced that I had anorexia because i kept loosing weight, but i don't, because I eat 3 meals and 2 snacks everyday. But I told my mom I was feeling so full even after eating small portions of food and bloated and I would "go to the bathroom" 2-3 times a day. I would often feel naseated after I ate, my mom believes I have gluten intolerance...so I am seeing my doctor on friday. She isnt sure what test he will do...can you give me some insight about the test that he will be peforming? I have also beein avoiding wheat products as best as I can..is this okay to do?
Thanks for your help!!!
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Posted 03 January 2006 - 04:39 PM

If you are going to plan on having tests done, do NOT eliminate wheat products yet.

If you eliminate wheat and gluten before testing it may skew the results and you could get a false negative. The blood tests and the biopsy both depend on someone consuming LOTS of gluten... however, if after all testing is done and they still don't have an answer, you could always try the Gluten Free diet at that time and see if it helps you. You also want to make sure the Dr. you see is a Gastroenterologist familiar with Celiac Disease (not just the classic presentation, but all the new info as well)

Celiac panel blood tests This is the specific panel of blood tests you want to insist on. If your Dr. tries to tell you that all the tests aren't needed, find another Dr. OR if you want to stick with the one you are going to see, insist they do all of them and that they have someone that can ACCURATELY interpret them.

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA
Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG
Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA
Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA
Total Serum IgA

Edited by nini, 03 January 2006 - 04:42 PM.

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