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Please Let Me Pick At Your Brain

19 July 2010 - 08:59 AM

I got my results from enterolab 6 weeks ago , the result was an 8 , anything under a ten is considered non celiac , however I had been off gluten for 4 months at the time of the test , needless to say I resumed eating gluten with a p[assion , I felt better it seemed , five weeks later I am now in the worst fibro flare ever , ibs flare , the works, the exhasustion , the fibro fog and the sudden depression makes me unable to function , could enterolab exagerate when they say that they can detect a reaction when one is off gluten , would four months have been too long , I dont know what to do any more, should i go back to gluten free , has anyone gone through this experience ?

Can Anyone Shed Light On This Topic

03 April 2010 - 09:38 AM

Hello , I live in Ontario Canada, I have been on a very strict gluten free diet in the hope that it would help my stomach issues and my fibromyalgia symptoms . I read that there can be a long period of withdrawal however I am somewhat mystified that after 9 weeks I find myself with new symptoms , reflux has improved dramatically and the pain in my chest and upper back also but now I have pain in my lower back , legs and feet , I feel weak and tired and most importanly I went from havinbg greasy formed stools to very loose stools , is this due to detox or did I wait too long to start the diet , I am worried as to what is happening to me , I do not consume any gluten free grains , I only eat meat, non gassy veggies and bananas , no dairy , if anyone has had this experience I would be very grateful fore any input , thank you

Blood Test For Fibromyalgia

16 December 2009 - 01:37 PM

Reactivity on the APA Assay Correlates with Fibromyalgia Severity in Many Patients

NEW ORLEANS, February 10, 1999 - Autoimmune Technologies, LLC, a New Orleans
biotechnology company, today announced that scientists have discovered a new antibody in the blood
of many fibromyalgia patients. This research is described in an article entitled "Anti-Polymer
Antibody Reactivity in a Subset of Patients with Fibromyalgia Correlates with Severity," which
appears in the February 1999 issue of The Journal of Rheumatology, a prominent scientific journal.
Using a patented blood test called the Anti-Polymer Antibody Assay, or APA Assay, researchers
found anti-polymer antibodies in approximately one-half of all patients who were diagnosed with
fibromyalgia and in more than 60% of the fibromyalgia patients with severe fibromyalgia symptoms.
Patients with diseases frequently confused with fibromyalgia, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic
lupus erythematosus, and systemic sclerosis/scleroderma, had a much lower incidence of these
antibodies than did the fibromyalgia patients.
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic pain disorder that affects millions of individuals, primarily
women, in many countries throughout the world. The cause or causes of fibromyalgia are currently
unknown, but researchers have suggested that trauma, infection, and exposure to environmental
factors may all participate in the development of this debilitating illness. Together with widespread
pain and tender points in various areas of the body, signs and symptoms include fatigue, sleep
disorder, morning stiffness, headache, cognitive problems, and other symptoms. In the United States,
some 3% to 5% of adult women meet the strict diagnostic criteria of the American College of
Rheumatology for fibromyalgia, but as many as 15% to 20% of adult women may have fibromyalgia-
like symptoms.
Fibromyalgia syndrome is often difficult to diagnose, and typically a diagnosis is reached through the
time-consuming and expensive process of ruling out other illnesses that have similar symptoms. In
addition, many physicians consider fibromyalgia to be the result of aging and other normal body
processes and do not regard it as a distinct clinical disorder. The resulting reluctance on the part of
some physicians to attribute their patients' symptoms to a specific illness has added considerably to the
distress of many fibromyalgia patients. Until now, there has been no laboratory test to help identify
"Our results show that there is a unique immunological response in many fibromyalgia patients," said
Russell B. Wilson, Ph.D., president of Autoimmune Technologies and lead investigator of the
published study. "We hope that these findings will lead to a better understanding of the illness and to
the development of treatments for these patients."
It is possible, Dr. Wilson pointed out, that anti-polymer antibodies are associated with one of the
several different causes of fibromyalgia, perhaps the cause that tends to produce the most severe

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