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Member Since 20 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 28 2013 09:23 AM

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In Topic: Help With Results

14 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

Hello again,

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has ever written a post on this site. I feel like I have read them all and am astounded by the depth and breadth of knowledge!

I had a follow up visit today with my doctor. Blood test (ttg IgA) results confirm diagnosis of Celiac Disease, following biopsy. Lab result was >80 with <4 being the reference range.

Additional blood tests showed elevated Red Blood cells (17.3 with reference range 11-14.5), elevated ESR (20 with reference range 0-12), Low RBC folate (319 with reference range of >829, and low ferritin (10 with reference range of 11-145).

I currently take B12 shots every three weeks. He has suggested 5 mg of folic acid. He didn't check my iron, so I am going tomorrow to have that blood test performed. Other then the folic acid, is there anything else he should be recommending. He self admitted that he does not know much about Celiac Disease and has referred me to a GI.

I have now been on a gluten free diet for 5 weeks. I am encouraged that I am seeing some small improvements..... less gastrointestinal issues, more restful sleep, gained 4 pounds :)

In Topic: Help With Results

21 December 2012 - 01:21 PM

Yes, the biopsy has always been considered the 'gold standard' of celiac diagnosis, but it sounds like you are in the early stages and the pathologist who read your slides was not totally convinced. Everything I have bolded is indicative of celiac disease. He is suggesting that your doctor run the celiac blood panel for confirmation of celiac.

For now, you can enjoy the holiday food as much as you can because these might be your last glutenous holidays :D

Thank you very much for your response.

My doctor has been trying to find the source of the fatigue, weight loss, etc (along with a B12 deficiency and anemia), so while I am not thrilled about the possible celiac diagnosis, I understand that there are far worse alternatives. Lymphoma has been ruled out after I had a CT scan that was negative after enlarged lymph nodes were detected on MRI.

I will enjoy the festive holiday treats and have the blood tests in the new year!

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