Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:40 PM
Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:40 AM
Celiac disease can cause many of the same symptoms of those AI diseases though, so it might be worth having a doctor run some blood work, but you'll have to ensure that you are eating gluten to get an accurate test.
Good luck. I hope you find some answers.
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:58 AM
If you have already been mostly gluten-free for some time you'll need to decide if it is worth ingesting gluten in order to have testing done.
Another option is to remove ALL gluten for at least three months to monitor symptom improvement - this is the ONLY test for Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance.
As Nicole mentioned, you should consult with Rheumatology regarding the RF result. The positive result does not indicate Celiac Disease - other than the fact that Autoimmune Disorders often run together with and/or share common symptoms with Celiac Disease.
Undiagnosed Celiac Disease ~ 43 years
3/26/09 gluten-free - dignosed celiac - blood 3/3/09, biopsy 3/26/09, double DQ2 / single DQ8 positive
10/25/13 - MCAD
Health history since celiac diagnosis became too long -- moved to the "about me" section of my profile
My children and I all have multiple copies of the genes for Celiac Disease, along with large variety of symptoms/resolution gluten-free
Current tally from me, three kids and two grands: 4 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, 2 NCGS
Get PROPERLY tested BEFORE REMOVING GLUTEN.
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