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kdaley

Member Since 06 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active Jan 28 2009 11:18 AM
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I Need Advice!

06 March 2008 - 08:59 PM

Hello, my name is Kelly, and I am new to the group. Throughout my life I have experienced a lot of GI issues, that have coincided with increased consumption of Gluten (I really did not make that connection until this January). I'd feel reasonable great in the summer (times when I rarely if ever ate things that contained Gluten), and then would become progressively misserable throughout the winter as I ate more breads. cereals, and cookies.

Anyway, I spoke with my doctor about this, and she ran the celiac serology panel (that included IgG and IgA Gliadin Antibodies, and total serum levels). This test came back negative, with normal serum levels. Then, I started a gluten-free Diet. It has been three weeks, and I feel better than I have in my entire life. My joints don't hurt any more, my bowels are not going crazy any more, and I have more energy. I don't mind being gluten-free at all, especially since it makes me feel so good!

Due to my response to the gluten-free Diet, my doc sent me to a GI specialist who decided to run the Gene Test for Celiacs. Those results came back today, stating that I was DQ2- and DQ8-, with a less than 0.1X (or extremely low risk) of developing Celiacs. However, the "HLA DQA1*0201 Alleles" was detected - I have no idea what that means, and the GI doctor did not explain.

I was hoping that someone here could shed some light on these results. I have had the allergy tests for the "big 10." I really do believe I am sensitive to Gluten. Can a person have a gluten intollerance without having positive genetics, are there other genes that might be involved, or do I have somewhat positive genetics with that "HLA DQA1*0201 Alleles?"

Any and all advice would be extremely helpful! Thanks so much, Kelly