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So i got my results from Quest, though my Dr. has yet to call me about them, so we'll see what he says, but my Tissue Transglutaminase AB, IGA result was a 1, greater than 4 being postive. So, I dunno wtf to do with this information because I have been gluten-free for like 5 months, went back on it for 4 days a week before the test (then went back off because BP craziness), and then crammed some bread immediately prior to my blood test because despite the fact that my Dr told me I didn't have to be eating gluten for the test I had a feeling he was wrong. So, basically I'm back to square 1, unless everyone who doesn't have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is also walking around with a low level of the gluten antibody in their system? I mean, my interpretation would be, hey it's present, which probably indicates something, unless it doesn't. Literally no idea. I may have exhaused my desire to find answers at the this point.
ETA: Oh and my Immunoglobulina A was 84 (81-463) being normal. I'm pretty sure this measures a deficiency, so a lower number would be less ideal, but also, not a Dr.
I have had Sjogren's Syndrome for well over 30 years and what you describe is most likely due to exposure to allergens, which in tune aggravates your allergies, which in turn aggravate Sjogren's symptoms. You have many of the non-food allergies I have and continued exposure to them will make symptoms worse, in an indirect way. Your mucous membranes will become irritated and dryer when your allergies are bothering you and it is always amplified if you have Sjogren's. No need to do medical research on this, it's common sense.
If you are on any medications, those will most likely dry you out even more.....especially OTC or Rx allergy meds. You are better off doing immunotherapy for allergies and steer clear of the meds.
I cannot speak for migraines as I am not a headache person and have never had a migraine. I don't know how long you have been gluten free but I have heard from those with migraines that they see great improvement after going gluten-free.
Hi Karen G:
Both as someone with Sjogrens and as a retiree with a medical doctorate, I'd love for someone in the Sjogren's research community to look into this, but I have yet to see it. I only know what happens with me very clearly and consistently.
My eyes produce a reduced amount of tears, and my nasal passages a small (not much) amount of mucus, and my mouth a reduced amount of saliva on a good day. However, whenever I eat any of the above mentioned items, or I am exposed to any of the above mentioned things, my eyes, nasal passages and mouth dry up completely within an hour and the effect lasts 24-72 hours.
That is not to say that my Sjogrens comes and goes. It is, however, to say, that my immune system directly flares, when I ingest or get exposed to certain things. Koch's Postulates (if you are familiar with them) are fulfilled.
Hi Ender...I don't know if you get this in time, but push for the Vitamin D and full thyroid testing. Ask for thyroid meds....with a free T4 below range you need it. The only other thing I can think of is lupus.. I have a cousin who has it and I know that there can be a lot of pain involved. But I'm not sure about anything else. Do stress to your doctor how bad this feels, how severe it is. Good luck and please let us know how it goes.
Especially when it comes to dizziness, don't overlook the effects of environmental allergens, like dust mites, molds, mildews and plants. Meclizine, the active ingredient in common over-the-counter anti-nausea drugs, taken at bedtime, really helps me break through long stretches of dizzy spells. Too, a good physical therapist can show you a position to take that helps with certain types of vertigo.
BTW, don't wait for an MD's confirmation of a dust mite allergy if you suspect your dizzy spells get worse when you are lying in bed. Just go out and get a good hypoallergenic mattress cover and pillow cover (roughly a $45 investment that protects both you and your mattress for a long time). You'll notice an improvement in both your sleep and your dizzy spells within days. Another investment that was worth every penny when it comes to minimizing my own dizzy spells is a good HEPA filter in my bedroom.
Hope this helps!