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Member Since 31 Dec 2008
Offline Last Active Feb 02 2009 10:25 AM

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Anybody Have A List Of The "normal" Ranges?

09 January 2009 - 04:42 PM

I just got my son's blood work results that they took in the hospital. They took the first set before he was admitted and it was very positive. But I'm trying to find the ranges online and am having NO luck! Here are the 4 "Immunology" lines on the paper -

Gliadin IgA Ab
Gliadin IgG Ab
Tissue Transglutaminase AB IgG

Does anyone know the normal ranges for these? I was to be able to read the results. Thank you!!


(autoimmune) Asthma, Allergies And Skin Issues (eczema)?

08 January 2009 - 06:04 AM

I was just wondering if anyone else has issues with asthma and allergies in particular? I have always had asthma. For a little while in my teens, it seemed to get a “little” bit better. However, it has been back with a vengeance for a couple of years now. I’m wondering if there is a direct link between these issues and Celiac? I haven’t been gluten-free long enough to see an improvement yet since I was only diagnosed a week and a half ago.

I did read an article about autoimmune asthma, which can follow along with other autoimmune disorders (all asthma has some form of autoimmune reaction though). I’m wondering if this is my issue as it describes my asthma to a T. I don’t respond to the corticosteroid treatments and my asthma gets worse in the nights/mornings. I also have a LOT of rheumatic symptoms. I suspect some type of arthritis but I’m definitely no doctor. I do get severe joint pains, typically in my arms.

I’m definitely the triple combination….allergies, asthma and eczema (though my eczema has subsided in the last few years – still have itchy skin but absolutely nothing to show for it).

Anyway, I’d be interested to see how many other Celiacs deal with this combo too.

Anyone Turn Down A Biopsy For Their Child?

05 January 2009 - 09:38 AM

I just had a high-pressure discussion on the phone with my son’s G.I. My husband took him in today for his first appt. since being diagnosed with Celiac on Dec.15th (very positive blood work). Since my father (who is a doctor) also has Celiac (as do I – just diagnosed as well) we knew that the G.I. would advise us to get the endoscopy for him. My husband politely told him we wouldn’t be going that route (after a long discussion with my dad about false negatives, risks, etc). Well, I called the dr. back to see if I could receive a copy of the lab work and he called me back to pretty much rip me a new one for our decision to not do the scope. He never did give me a good reason, admitted that he would put my son on a gluten-free diet b/c of his shown sensitivity anyway and kept saying it was their “procedure for diagnosis”.

So, my question is….has anyone chosen NOT to have the biopsy done on their child?
Am I really the odd-man out? The gluten-free diet has done WONDERS for my son. He’s gained almost 5lbs in just 3 weeks, his appearance is the polar opposite of what it was and he’s just happier in general (not to mention counting to ten when just weeks ago he didn’t say anything beyond 1 word phrases – he’s 2yrs. old). He's still got a ways to go but doing much better.


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