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Member Since 06 Feb 2010
Offline Last Active Mar 20 2010 05:34 PM

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Celiac? Lupus? Something Else?

06 February 2010 - 05:40 AM


I'm 26 and completely healthy, or so I thought! I had a routine blood test last August that showed abnormal liver function. Numrous additional blood tests, an ultrasound & cat scan showing nothing. And all the while I present as asymptomatic. In November I saw a specialist who did further blood tests, including one for Celiac.

My Tissue Transflutaminase Iga Abs was >100 U/ml , I'm now waiting to have an endoscopy through the public system.

I've since also had further blood tests with my GP that showed positive ANA, ENA, Anti-Ro 52 Antibody & ds DNA, which apparently is an indicator for lupus? (I've been referred to a rheumatologist for this, although appointment is not until April).

To date, I'm still asymptomatic, although I have been more aware of a few random stomach cramps, but they're generally more annoying than really painful, and I also wonder whether this is just me being a bit of a hypocondriac now that I know something is potentially wrong with me? In terms of other symptoms, I do experience joint pain, primarily in my fingers and hands, and sometimes in my elbows. The joint pain has flared up on and off over the past five years, but I've always dismissed it as something more RSI related due to retail work, and now work that requires me to spend alot of time at a computer.

Has anyone had any similar experiences, or been diagnosed whilst asymptomatic? I'm trying to prepare myself for the possibility of going gluten free but it's hard to convice myself when it doesn't seem to have an adverse effect on me, at least overtley anyway.

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