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In Topic: Visit With Primary Care Doctor

23 July 2013 - 04:45 PM

Some of you may recall my introductory post where I mentioned recently having multiple medical tests coming back with abnormal results.  I'd arranged for a visit with my doctor to go over those results, suspecting celiac.  


Well, I saw my primary care doctor today, and he agreed. He told me to stop eating gluten and gave me orders for a celiac blood test. He also said that the test would not be definitive. If it comes up positive, we have an answer but he said that there are many false negatives. I knew this, but was glad to hear him say it. He said that if I get a negative result I should stay on the diet for at least six to eight weeks before deciding if it's working for me or not. Of course, if it's positive, I stay on the diet for life.


I am relieved that I didn't have to argue with him to get this test.  He said he has many patients on a gluten free diet who are feeling better than they ever did with gluten in their systems.  What a relief to have that out of the way. 

Great!  But keep eating gluten until you have exausted all possible tests.

In Topic: Can't Take Much More!

23 July 2013 - 04:42 PM

Well...I would think that it would be worth your time to revisit your gluten free diet and make 100% sure you are eating *clean* on the diet.  It took me several months to master the diet in 2005, so it's not so easy to begin and to learn all the ins and outs.


Begin simply with meats, fish, fresh veggies, eggs, rice and potatoes and fresh fruit.  Stay away from processed foods and be careful about shared equipment in your home.  Check you meds to make sure they are gluten free.  And make sure everything that can come into contact with your mouth, is gluten free.


Hope this helps.

In Topic: The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Sequel

23 July 2013 - 02:36 PM

"The Other Woman"  is a great name for a sailing blog.  I have seen one or two boats by that name.  A gentleman's ship is truely  a mistress.  Um, maybe a good thing? :rolleyes:

In Topic: Ate Gluten Accidentally, But Didn't React! Why?

22 July 2013 - 05:54 PM

As you ordered from the gluten free menu, it is possible that your chicken was fried or sauteed in Rice Flour.  P.F. Changs does the same using rice flour, and lightly dusts the chicken, for several of their gluten free dishes.


But, yes, sometimes... often times, things are just a mystery. :rolleyes:

In Topic: Do I Have Celiac?

22 July 2013 - 05:17 PM

Pregancy can be a trigger for those who may be predisposed to Celiac.   Do  you have a family history (parents or other family members) of digestive issues, diabetes, thyroid or other autoimmune disorders?  Sometime, as my parents would say "a bad stomach" could be a genetic trait you may have inherited.


As mentioned, the Celiac Blood Panel would be less expensive than a colonoscopy/biopsy, but you must remain on a gluten free diet for the optimun accuracy.



The following are the celiac specific blood tests:

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA
Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG
Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA
Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA
Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG
Total Serum IgA


Or, you may choose to go TOTALLY gluten free and see how you feel.


Hope this helps. :) And Welcome!