Had Bloodwork, Now I Am Confused
Posted 26 April 2004 - 06:04 AM
I went to my GP last week and told him of my problems and he did ordered a blood test. He said everything was normal except IGG. It was 32 (and said >30 is moderate to strong). He wants me to go on a gluten-free diet for a while to see if things get better. But what confuses me is that during the last month, I switched my breakfast from oatmeal and Lactaid milk to Kashi Organic waffles, soy sausage links and milk. Both have lots of soy protein and a good amount of fiber. My problems that weren't so bad to begin with have almost completely vanished. And those Kashi waffles have lots of gluten. I don't really see what going gluten-free will do now since I am not having very many (if any) symptoms. But if I don't have celiac disease, why did the IGG come back so high? Can other things cause the IGG to be high?
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 08:30 AM
Also, it is not uncommon for people with celiac disease to be symptom free or have the symptoms come and go. It is part of the reason that it is so hard for doctors to diagnose the disease. Just becasue the symptoms are lessened or gone does not mean that gluten is not harming you. If you have a gluten intolerance the only way to be sure that you are not damaging your intestines is to be completely gluten free, whether you have symptoms or not. Please check into further testing.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 26 April 2004 - 03:04 PM
Posted 27 April 2004 - 06:00 AM
Posted 27 April 2004 - 06:51 AM
Even without symptoms, gluten can slowly be causing damage. An ounce of prevention is always a good idea.
My brother's situation is similar to yours: positive on AGA IGG and negative on AGA IGA. However he is also anemic and other tests have not determined the cause. He had his tests at my urging after I got a strong positive on the TTG IGA test and improvement on a gluten-free diet (I also suspect our mother suffered for years with undiagnosed celiac disease.) He is going gluten-free, but I think more tests should be done.
Posted 27 April 2004 - 06:55 AM
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