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jessdreams

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Hi all,

I just got the results from my blood test and they are negative =( It may sound odd but I was REALLY hoping and praying for a positive result b/c it would mean an end to years of unexplained problems.

Ok so here is my question, I have heard a lot on these boards about people getting false negative...but does that just mean that those people have "boarderline" or "weak positive" results? I am looking at the test results right now and my scores are LOW!

Antiglaidin IgA = 1

Antiglaidin IgG = 2

tTG IgA = 1

tTG IgG = 1

A little backround, for about 2 months before blood test I was doing Weight Watchers Core, which is somewhat low carb, really the only gluten I was eating was a bowl of shredded wheat in the morning and possibly some trace ammounts of hidden gluten although I wasn't eating much processed food at all. I tried to pump up the gluten in the week I had between the doc prescibing and me actually having the blood drawn, but....

Is it possible that my diet was too low in gluten to show the anitbodies in my blood but high enough to cause symptoms? I have been gluten free since the test since that seems to be the real test and I "think" I feel better but I'm not sure of anything anymore.

Please be honest, am I barking up the wrong tree?

Thanks in advance,

Jessica

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"Is it possible that my diet was too low in gluten to show the anitbodies in my blood but high enough to cause symptoms? I have been gluten free since the test since that seems to be the real test and I "think" I feel better but I'm not sure of anything anymore. "

I think it is very possible that could have effected it. Also, if you are gluten intolerant (which acts the same), instead of celiac, it will not show up in the tests.

I wasn't sure either 'till I sat down and wrote down all the little things that I had before going gluten free (ie: cracked lips, very bad skin, extreme mood swings) and realized i hadn't even thought about those things lately because they had all pretty much gone away. the only time I notice them are when I get glutened.

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I would think the bowl of shredded wheat would be enough ... I know it would be enough to make me sick!! LOL

What are your symptoms? Which have gotten better? Which do you still have?

I would go on the gluten-free diet. If your symptoms go away, then you know you have a gluten problem. If they don't, then you know it's something else. If they don't go away, you can still ask here if anyone has any suggestions ... many of us are familiar with the other diseases that can look like celiac. There's a tremendous amount of experience here.


gluten-free 12/05

diagnosed with Lyme Disease 12/06

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The shredded wheat might be enough to make you sick, but it's very possible it's not enough to show up on a blood test. I think the guideline is 3-5 slices of wheat bread for several months prior to the blood test to get a positive if you have celiac. Gluten-light could be enough to not give you a positive. Try the diet and see how you feel. If you feel better after a few months, you have your answer.


Gluten-Free since September 15, 2005.

Peanut-Free since July 2006.

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