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I'm seeing a functional dr. He ran a bunch of blood tests and discovered low vit D, immflamation in my body and problems digesting protein. However none of the blood test was for gluten issues. He had me do a 24 HR saliva test which also tested for gliadin (sorry if I misspelled that!) He didn't seem too concerned about celiac being a possibility but did say if things haven't improved in a couple months he'd order further testing.
I don't eat much processed gluten free food except a piece of bread in the morning and the occasional bun, pancakes, muffin or bowl of steel cut oats (all gluten-free of course).
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, everyone! I'm new here. I was diagnosed with celiac in May of this year. It was kind of a surprise--my primary care physician added the bloodwork into a panel as an afterthought when we were trying to figure out what was wrong with me. When it came back positive, we were both surprised. Then, of course, the biopsy confirmed. In the meantime, I've been seeing my 6 year old daughter have stomach issues off and on since she was born. A lot of the same stomach issues that I have associated with my celiac. 2 years ago we had the initial bloodwork done and it came back negative. We just retested in October (a year later) and the celiac panel was positive this time. The GI told me that, based on the bloodwork and symptoms, she was pretty positive that my daughter had celiac and the biopsy would just confirm. But the biopsy came out negative! She said she was tentatively diagnosing it as non-celiac gluten intolerance and said that we should definitely put her on a gluten free diet. She suggested we do another biopsy in a year. Obviously, if the gluten free diet appeared to have no positive effect on her symptoms then we would come back and begin looking for other potential GI issues. Has anyone else experienced something like this? Could they have missed something on the biopsy? I know from my GI that my intestinal damage was patchy. Some areas were terrible and others were almost fine. Maybe they just missed it? Just wanted to see thoughts from people with more experience than me. I'm already new to the whole celiac thing for myself, let alone my daughter. We've obviously gone gluten free with Ali (my daughter) but it's only been a few days since I got the results from the GI. We haven't had enough time to see results just yet.
Edited to add: An additional note about her igA. 2 years ago when we tested her igA was normal. I don't remember the exact number (I've requested that her pediatrician send me a copy of the lab results) but I know it was normal. This year when we tested, her igA had dropped to "almost nothing." It's below a 5. According to the GI, that was the thing that made her thing celiac--apparently celiacs frequently have low igA.