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Hey Folks,

Starting last  year around November I started noticed increased flatulence and burping and a change of bowel movements (slower than normal). I thought nothing much of it as I am an active, healthy, 27 year old male. Time went by and the symptoms persisted to a point where this year in March I started getting pain right to the left of my stomach that felt dull and constant. 

I finally went in to see a GI specialist doc who ran a bunch of stool and blood tests on me, an H Pylori test, and an ultrasound. He also wanted me to get an EGD done, which I haven't yet.

My stool results for inflammation all came back normal, but my anti-TTG test result was positive. Also the H Pylori breath test was negative. 

I got igA level of 442 mg/DL, igA1 level of 358 mg/DL, and igA3 level of just 39.1 mg/DL. The igA and igA1 levels are outside the reference range of normal and were flagged.

Similarly my TTG result came back positive with a value of 80.6 U/mL almost 5.3 times higher than the normal reference range.

I'm assuming my ultrasound showed nothing abnormal as I took it a few weeks back and haven't heard from the nurse at the doc's office. Given the results, the doc noted on my records that 'celiac lab results were positive'. I'm sure the EGD is the final step in diagnosing whether its celiac's or not, but I haven't had the time to do it yet.

That being said I've changed my diet on 5/9 as much as I could by avoiding gluten containing products, and have increased my diet to more fruits like bananas, apples, and more fruit like carrots and cucumbers and tomatoes.

The pain I had near my stomach has substantially gone down, as well as the bloating in my stomach, and constant burping I had. Now it's not as bad, but the flatulence levels are still constant. I am wondering if that has to do with FODMAPs that my body isn't processing right. I do still eat a lot of dairy like cheese and milk, but don't have diarrhea when I eat it. I'm assuming possibly fructose or lactose intolerance as my guts repair themselves?  

Just wanted to thank everyone on this forum in advance, I am hoping I just have gluten sensitivity and not celiac, but I'm assuming the EGD will eventually clarify that.

Thanks! 

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10 minutes ago, foobag said:

Hey Folks,

Starting last  year around November I started noticed increased flatulence and burping and a change of bowel movements (slower than normal). I thought nothing much of it as I am an active, healthy, 27 year old male. Time went by and the symptoms persisted to a point where this year in March I started getting pain right to the left of my stomach that felt dull and constant. 

I finally went in to see a GI specialist doc who ran a bunch of stool and blood tests on me, an H Pylori test, and an ultrasound. He also wanted me to get an EGD done, which I haven't yet.

My stool results for inflammation all came back normal, but my anti-TTG test result was positive. Also the H Pylori breath test was negative. 

I got igA level of 442 mg/DL, igA1 level of 358 mg/DL, and igA3 level of just 39.1 mg/DL. The igA and igA1 levels are outside the reference range of normal and were flagged.

Similarly my TTG result came back positive with a value of 80.6 U/mL almost 5.3 times higher than the normal reference range.

I'm assuming my ultrasound showed nothing abnormal as I took it a few weeks back and haven't heard from the nurse at the doc's office. Given the results, the doc noted on my records that 'celiac lab results were positive'. I'm sure the EGD is the final step in diagnosing whether its celiac's or not, but I haven't had the time to do it yet.

That being said I've changed my diet on 5/9 as much as I could by avoiding gluten containing products, and have increased my diet to more fruits like bananas, apples, and more fruit like carrots and cucumbers and tomatoes.

The pain I had near my stomach has substantially gone down, as well as the bloating in my stomach, and constant burping I had. Now it's not as bad, but the flatulence levels are still constant. I am wondering if that has to do with FODMAPs that my body isn't processing right. I do still eat a lot of dairy like cheese and milk, but don't have diarrhea when I eat it. I'm assuming possibly fructose or lactose intolerance as my guts repair themselves?  

Just wanted to thank everyone on this forum in advance, I am hoping I just have gluten sensitivity and not celiac, but I'm assuming the EGD will eventually clarify that.

Thanks! 

You don;t get positive Celiac antibodies for FODMAPS.  What does the doctor say?  Usually they want you to keep eating gluten until you have your endoscopy.

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Different foods have different effects on what comes out. Too much cheese causes constipation, too much of some fruits, like apples, do the opposite. So if your stools are too soft, eating more cheese will fix and if they are too hard, more fruit, veggies will fix. And there can be a delay of a couple of days.

On top of that, if you have intestinal issues (like celiac), other foods will have different effects because they are not being digested properly.

For me (pre celiac), ice cream makes things softer, zucchini makes things move along better, cheese makes things hard, slower, apples make things move along better, but can give me gas. Zucchini never gave me gas.

So when you changed your diet, you changed the outcome. It doesn't mean you have a new problem, just that you changed the balance.

It could also mean you have a new food issue, but I'm not a diet expert, just know about cause and effect for me.

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The endoscopy requires you to be on a gluten diet and despite everything.....biopsies of the small intestine confirms the celiac diagnosis.  Some folks choose not to do the endoscopy (dangerously  ill, financial, or long wait times for the procedure).  Only you can decide what is best for you, but make an informed decision!  ?

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/diagnosis/

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