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Blood Test - Good News And Bad News (I Think)
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Ok, so had the positive Celiac diagnosis from a blood test around 4 months ago. I decided i needed a follow up blood test as want to see how I'm doing (possibly a bit early I know). My ferritin was low so was pleased to see that has responded to supplementation and I note B12 and folate are fine. Celiac antibodies are now negative. However, red blood cell count and white blood cell (neutrophils ONLY) counts were down quite a bit and are now jus outside the 'normal' statistical range. Cue the obligatory googling but although wbc reduction appears to be common in celiacs (assume more are used up trying to react to any ongoing inflammation although this should be reducing as am on the gluten-free diet) rbc reduction appears less common. 2 weeks before my blood test I *did* have what I think was a brief stomach virus. Any ideas?

FWIW the intestine pain I had has now largely gone altough I regularly get indigestion type dull ache just below the rib cage - feels better when I eat or take antacids. H pylori or peptic ulcer test?

Paul.

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What does your doc say about the low rbc's?

When I had a (non-pylori) duodenal ulcer, the pain was under the lower right rib cage. Is that what you're feeling? My doc says those particular ulcers do seem to go along with celiac.

Good to hear everything else is good!

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