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Weak positive, but potentially no genes?

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Hi all, I'm trying to not worry about this, but I'm getting anxious waiting for the results. 

I've been suffering from low iron and stomach issues for a while now and finally suggested to my GP to test for coeliac. He agreed and the results came back a weak positive. I haven't seen the report, but he mentioned the normal range was 0-20 and my results came back at 21. He's now asked that I test to see if I even have the genes and I'm waiting for those results. 

While waiting, I remembered that I've taken a 23andme test years ago, so I checked my health reports. According to 23andme, I do not carry the variants associated with coeliac disease. 

So, my question is...is it possible that I can return a weak positive for coealic but NOT have the coeliac genes? Could this weak positive be indicative of some other food allergy? 

I am trying my best to wait for the results of the latest blood test, but my anxiety is through the roof! Thanking you all in advance for offering any information or advice you have. :) 

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Although this article is older, it still indicates that even though you are very unlikely to have celiac disease if you don't have the genetic markers for it, you can still have gluten sensitivity:

Also, since your 23andMe tests were done there have been more genetic markers linked to celiac disease, so it a newer test may give different results. Let us know how it turns out.


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5 hours ago, Scott Adams said:

Although this article is older, it still indicates that even though you are very unlikely to have celiac disease if you don't have the genetic markers for it, you can still have gluten sensitivity:

Also, since your 23andMe tests were done there have been more genetic markers linked to celiac disease, so it a newer test may give different results. Let us know how it turns out.

Thanks so much, Scott! I have removed gluten from my diet on and off over the past two years and I always feel better for it. Now, my symptoms have fired up, which prompted me to get tested. I'll definitely keep you posted, I'm hoping to have some sort of answer by next week! Thanks again!!

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