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Hello everyone! My name is Shannon. I am 21 years old and from Michigan. I tested positive for Celiac Disease in 2002, but just found out about it. I got a copy of my medical records recently and found the test results. I have been suffering for years, not knowing what's wrong. I've been to hundreds of doctors. I have extremely severe daily headaches, fatigue, stomach pains, nausea, diarrhea, flu-like aches/pains, and many other symptoms. I am so glad to have found this message board for support. I don't really know where to go from here. I would like to get the blood test done again, but where do I start? Should I see my primary care doctor and go from there? Input would be appreciated!

Shannon

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Hi and welcome!!!!

I would start at your primary...most insurance require a referral to a GI. So I would go in and ask for the blood tests or a referral. My Dr. sent me right to the GI and they did the blood work and Biopsy!

You'll find lots of great info on here! It was a life saver for me!

I recommend two books(I'm a reader! :D )

1. Living Gluten Free for Dummies by Dana Korn

2 Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic by Dr. Peter Green

*you can buy both together on amazon .com for about $30!

Good Luck!

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pink dreams

Welcome you must love pink any way what I don't understand is why didn't you doctor tell you your results to begin with. Man just think if that happens a lot are doctors just tring to make a $buck$ by not telling someone to begin with that they are positive for something. OBGYN's let you know when you are defiantly preganate, If you have a TB the community has to know about, AIDS/HIV, So I don't get it that if you have celiac disease don't you have a right to know about it. It is your health that the Doctor is playing with, regardless of what he thinks is not important. When my GI told me that he would WANT me to have IBS because you can control it with drugs, all I could think of was ya you want me to have IBS so you can maybe try some new kind of medicine on me that just might not work in the first place and get $money$ for it, when all i may need is a new diet and some vitamin supplements.

Ok Im done ranting

Nice to have you here, we don't alway rant on here we also learn too.

Donna


Fecal Antigliadin IgA 21 (Normal Range <10 Units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 13 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score <300 Units (Normal Range <300 Units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 12 Units (Normal Range <10 Units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0501

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (Subtype 5,5)

You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!

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What a shock! I really don't understand doctors. Pink dreams, did this happen in a college health center, by any chance? Or through a referral?

When I was in grad school, I was diagnosed with migraines by a neurologist; nobody told me, nor did they treat them. It wasn't til I got a real doctor several years later and I was having a headache/neck pain that day did I find out that it could be treated at all, not just endured... When I think about the years without medication - without triptans, etc.- and all that pain, it makes me so angry. :angry: My dissertation would have done so much faster ;) They're still dreadful, but ...

It's especially bad with things like celiac - the majority of people here who have it waited years for a diagnosis that they should have had in weeks or months. And you had it!!

I would suggest going to your PCPhys., and talking to them about next steps. Did you have a biopsy before? How's your health now? I'm newly diagnosed and that's the step I'm stuck in now - trying to find out where I stand in terms of vitamin & mineral definciencies and learning how to eat.

My sympathies. This sucks!!

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You may as well get a blood test done again-but make sure you are eating gluten. Don't go off of it before the test or the results will be incorrect. Your symptoms certainly fit, though.

See your doctor and if he/she does confirm it, we are all here to help you get used to your new lifestyle-new and improved, that is!

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Hi Shannon, and welcome

Does your preveious blood work showed celiac?

The doctor never told you the results, and what do you hope to find from the repeating of the test.

You will find lots of answers to your questions here.

Take care, and best regards to you.


Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with you every where you go.

Jos 1:9

I can do all things thru Christ which strengtheneth me.

Phi 4:13

Blood Test: Negative 03/2006

Biopsy Negative 04/2006

Stopped gluten-free diet 04/2006

EnteroLabs: Positive 04/2007

Fecal Antigliadin IgA "Positive"

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA "Positive"

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score "Positive"

Fecal anti-casein (cow

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Thank you all for your help and advice!

I wanted to get tested again because my first test was done in 2002 and they never told me about it, so I thought that perhaps there was some mistake? Right now the doctors feel that I have a rare cancer called Pheochromocytoma, but they can't find the tumors. Then I found out about testing positive for Celiac and the symptoms are the same, so I am just curious to know if it is really Celiac or not.

little d & gray, this actually happened through my primary care doctor at the time. I have been ill for so long and they couldn't figure out what's wrong with me. So, they finally tested me for Celiac and two weeks later they call me and tell me everything is "normal." Fast forward to five years later and I get a copy of my medical records and find out it was NOT normal. It's even written on the paper by the doctor, "Strong positive for Celiac." I've never had a biopsy -- just the blood work. I kind of forgot about Celiac in 2002 and researched other conditions that would fit my symptoms. Over the years, things have just been getting wose and right now I am too ill to do anything. I am in bed most of the time. And now that I think about it, everything I eat has gluten in it. So, I definitely think it is a possibility.

I'm also wondering, is sweating a symptom? I will just break out into a sweat for no reason.

Thanks again for all of your help!

Shannon

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Could you post the exact test results? Which tests did they run at the time? And why Oh why didn't anyone send you to a GI doc for a biopsy at the time?!? I mean, they find out you have a serious health problem but never even mention it, let alone tell you that it's controllable by diet? Sheesh.

OK, if you are still eating gluten, you can request another blood test and have a biopsy of your small intestine done to make sure, but do it as soon as you can, because if you already had positive blood work in 2002 I'm worried that you shouldn't keep on eating gluten too much longer and damaging your intestines.

Pauliina

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Hi.

Please the sooner you find out the better. If I was you, and you already have proof about Celiac. I would start the gluten free diet.

I tell you some doctors don't deserve to be doctors.

Please take care.


Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with you every where you go.

Jos 1:9

I can do all things thru Christ which strengtheneth me.

Phi 4:13

Blood Test: Negative 03/2006

Biopsy Negative 04/2006

Stopped gluten-free diet 04/2006

EnteroLabs: Positive 04/2007

Fecal Antigliadin IgA "Positive"

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA "Positive"

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score "Positive"

Fecal anti-casein (cow

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aikiducky -- The test results in 2002 said this: Gliadin AB (IGG) was high. Normal was under 30 and my result was 44. That was the only abnormal thing as far as I could tell. At the bottom of the page it said, "Notify mother of Celiac Disease" but we were never notified. Could there be a lot of damage to my intestines? I had no idea. I'm still learning about Celiac. I have been spending so much time researching Pheochromocytoma, since that's what the doctors thought I have. I'm not sure anymore. The symptoms of both diseases are very similar and my test results for each one came out positive. (For Pheochromocytoma, my dopamine levels were highly elevated which the doctors suspect could mean a dopamine secreting tumor). It could be a mess if I had BOTH! It would be absolutely wonderful though that when I start the gluten-free diet, I start to feel better. It's so hard to live with these headaches and all of the other uncomfortable symptoms. I always worry when I eat because I know I'm going to get sick afterwards.

Nancym -- I have had horrible bad luck with doctors, it seems. My health has been declining since I was about 11 years old and they just ignore me. It started to get serious when I could hardly get out of bed and I'm bleeding from both ends. It's like you have to have actual serious symptoms that the doctors can SEE for them to believe you. Screaming in pain from an awful headache apparently isn't enough.

Pedro -- My primary care doctor is in the office on Monday, so I'm going to give her a call about the test. Once I have that done, I am going to start a gluten free diet. It's amazing how gluten seems to be in everything. You know, I even found it in the shampoo I use!

Thank you all so much for your kindness and information. I would be completely lost right now if it wasn't for this message board!

Shannon

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aikiducky -- The test results in 2002 said this: Gliadin AB (IGG) was high. Normal was under 30 and my result was 44. That was the only abnormal thing as far as I could tell. At the bottom of the page it said, "Notify mother of Celiac Disease" but we were never notified. Could there be a lot of damage to my intestines? I had no idea.

I would get into a GI immediately. You could have developed refractive sprue which can be very serious and require more dramatic treatment than just going gluten-free.

The very next thing I would do is get a very good personal injury attorney and sue the son of a jerk that didn't relay the results and provide guidance to effective treatments. This is the definition of Malpractice.

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Elevated Igg alone is by a lot of doctors not considered strong enough evidence of celiac, which may explain why it wasn't investigated further. I think anybody with elevated anti-gliadin Igg would be wise to at least try the gluten free diet though (just my opinion). And I do think that it warrants further testing, I really do think they were negligent not to do that back in 2002.

I googled dopamine levels and celiac and quickly found this:

https://www.celiac.com/st_prod.html?p_prodid=119

I'm glad you're going to ask for the tests and that you're planning to try the diet. Please be aware that if you want to have a biopsy taken from your small intestine (the official way to confirm diagnosis) you should wait until that is done before going gluten free, as it will be more difficult to interpret the results from the biopsy if your intestine is beginning to heal.

I really hope for you that this is the answer, the diet takes some work in the beginning but as chronic diseases go, one that can be controlled by diet isn't too bad, right? :)

Pauliina

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Gonbad -- I had no idea it could be that serious. I know that my symptoms are definitely serious, but to think that my intestines could be damaged that seriously is scary. Especially when it could have been prevented by just telling me about it (the doctor). I have been thinking about sueing for some time. I've been so sick and been to so many different doctors and none of them tell me what's wrong or what they think. One doctor had the results of my Celiac blood test and never told me. She also never told me how they suspected Pheochromocytoma at age 11. It took me 10 years of research to finally figure that one out.

Aikiducky -- I didn't know enough about the tests to understand them, aside from the "abnormal" and "normal" part. Thank you for the article on dopamine levels. That is very interesting. It might turn out to just be Celiac after all. I'm definitely going to look into further testing. The diet does sound hard, but if it will make me feel better, then it's worth it!

Shannon

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