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What does my celiac blood test results mean?

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Hi there! So a little back story to start:

I have been trying for the past year and a half to convince doctors to help me with my stomach problems, and after MRIs CAT scans and ultra sounds have turned up nothing I have become desperate.  My primary physician had blanketed all of my problems into Anxiety and depression and had refused to even do metabolic panels. Pretty much she just thinks I've stepped off the deep end and my mental state is what is triggering all of it. She even made me take a month off of work. Which did not help by the way. All of this just makes me feel like I'm may be just going crazy,  that its just something i made up in my head!

I didn't know about celiac until a new coworker,  who has it ,said my symptoms sounded like celiac. I did some research and boy is it similar. 

My doctor said it was incredibly unlikely and too keep to the antidepressants. I literally had too go to a nurse practitioner just to get a referral to a GI specialist.

Anyway I finally got an appointment! The specialist said it is unlikely too, but that she would test me anyway.  She has yet to call me with the results but I got an email with them,  I just don't understand what the numbers mean.  If anyone happens to be able to translate I would really appreciate it.  I am at my wits end just waiting!

Results

IgA- Sufficient 

Gliadin IgA AB-  76.4 u/ml

Tissue transglut ab iga -  >250

 Thank you!

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33 minutes ago, Msgabbyv said:

Hi there! So a little back story to start:

I have been trying for the past year and a half to convince doctors to help me with my stomach problems, and after MRIs CAT scans and ultra sounds have turned up nothing I have become desperate.  My primary physician had blanketed all of my problems into Anxiety and depression and had refused to even do metabolic panels. Pretty much she just thinks I've stepped off the deep end and my mental state is what is triggering all of it. She even made me take a month off of work. Which did not help by the way. All of this just makes me feel like I'm may be just going crazy,  that its just something i made up in my head!

I didn't know about celiac until a new coworker,  who has it ,said my symptoms sounded like celiac. I did some research and boy is it similar. 

My doctor said it was incredibly unlikely and too keep to the antidepressants. I literally had too go to a nurse practitioner just to get a referral to a GI specialist.

Anyway I finally got an appointment! The specialist said it is unlikely too, but that she would test me anyway.  She has yet to call me with the results but I got an email with them,  I just don't understand what the numbers mean.  If anyone happens to be able to translate I would really appreciate it.  I am at my wits end just waiting!

Results

IgA- Sufficient 

Gliadin IgA AB-  76.4 u/ml

Tissue transglut ab iga -  >250

 Thank you!

Welcome! 

You did not provide the lab ranges, but I suspect that you exceeded them!  My best guess is that your lab stats that anything over 20 is a positive.  I am not a doctor, but if my guess is correct (about the lab ranges), you probably have celiac disease,  the next step is to obtain biopsies via an endoscopy.  You might consider doing them to get a solid diagnosis, since your doctors have not been very supportive.  You might even consider a celiac-savvy GI.  

Oh, the first test is just a control test indicating that the 2nd and 3rd tests are valid.  

I can tell you that anxiety and depression are common for celiacs!  It can resolve on a gluten free diet.  But do not go gluten free until you have completed all testing.  

Not all celiacs have GI issues.  I presented with anemia.  I was a bit crazy too, but I was going through menopause at the same time.  But....it was gluten all along (though going through menopause did not help!)

We are here to help!  

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Wow! If your ranges are 20 or lower like cycling lady said you have to have celiac (not a doc). Those numbers are high! Stay on gluten until the endoscopy is done. Congratulations on now knowing that all you have to do is be extremely strict on the gluten free diet. It could take a while for your symptoms to go away.

 

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If your doctor doesn't give you an apology you might want to find a new GP. Do keep eating gluten until all testing related to celiac is finished and then get strictly on the diet. Use the time until your endo, if you are having one, to learn as much as you can about what you need to do to keep safe. The newbie 101 thread at the top of the coping section will be helpful and ask any more questions you need.  Do talk to your doctor before stopping the antidepressent as some need to be tapered off. 

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