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My blood test came back negative.

Over here in the UK its like getting blood out of a stone. I even rang the Lab to ask if they could interpret for me as my doctor said he didn't know enough about it, but they said they couldn't help as it is illegal! Can you believe that?

Anyway, I did manage at least to get the doc's receptionist to give me what did come back - the following

tTG 1uml range 0 - 10

IgA 1.54 range .85 - 4.68

Doesn't seem like nearly enough testing or information to me. Any other opinions?

Other than putting me forward for gastroscopy which wouldn't show now as I am gluten-free with no intention of going back to it, I'm pretty stuffed really.

Shame I don't live in the States, I'd probably be better off getting a stool test done with Enterolab.


Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

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tTG 1uml range 0 - 10

IgA 1.54 range .85 - 4.68

Doesn't seem like nearly enough testing or information to me. Any other opinions?

Looks like your tTg was NEG (usually anything over 10 is POS)

Also your total IgA count looks normal (Low IgA negates the tTg test)

There were a few other bloods your GP could have done (Haemoglobin, EMA etc) but the tTG is generally thought to be the most important.

Were you eating gluten when you had the bloods?...although NEG bloods doesn't mean you DON'T have celiac disease

As you say - if you are already gluten-free there's not much point in having any biopsies - do you feel any better for going gluten-free??? :)


It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required - Sir Winston Churchill

Nikki

Son diagnosed with Coeliac Disease Oct 2006 by biopsy (at age 13yrs)

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You absolutely CAN do the enterolab tests, if you can afford to pay for overnight courier to ship the samples back to them. They will send their kit all over the world, and give you the results by e-mail.


I am a German citizen, married to a Canadian 29 years, four daughters, one son, seven granddaughters and four grandsons, with one more grandchild on the way in July 2009.

Intolerant to all lectins (including gluten), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) and salicylates.

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I was eating gluten and dairy until I had the blood taken then started immediately after. I noticed that sometimes if the IgA reading are low it can be because the antibody levels are low for some reason so then a test has to be done to measure those.

Having read the info, it seems that the Enterolab stool tests may be far more accurate. As it said, there are far more likely to be antibodies in the stool than in the blood.

Unfortunately we don't have health insurance here to pay for it, we have the good old NHS and are at the mercy of it so we don't have the choice (despite the fact that we actually pay for it via taxes!), and I just don't happen to have a spare $400 dollars floating around.........

How many had positive results from the Enterolab tests after getting negs on blood and/or biopsy? Was your insurance happy to pay? Did your doctor accept the test as positive enough for a diagnosis? A stool test has got to be cheaper than a biopsy at the end of the day and the NHS likes the word 'cheap'!


Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

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Sorry Nikki, I forgot to answer your other question - yes I do feel a lot better.

I started on Monday 28th Jan as I couldn't cope with the pain and relentless diarrhoea any more.

Within 6 hours the terrible pain in my stomach had gone and the diarrhoea had stopped.

Within 5 days I was beginning to gain more energy.

Within a week the bloating had stopped and my stomach had calmed right down and is coping well apart from the odd reaction (gippy stomach and horrible backache) when I eat something it doesn't like (I'm still trying to pinpoint the culprits!)

Within 2 weeks I was able to digest meat again. I have also been sleeping much sounder and am far less restless. It looks like, for the first time in my life, I might actually find sleep to be refreshing - I am so looking forward to bouncing out of bed in the morning rather than dragging myself out feeling hungover (I wouldn't mind, but I can't even drink alcohol as it makes me cough!)

The restless legs have stopped, although still a little stiff the pain in my shoulder has gone, the pain in my coccyx is much improved. The big black rings under my eyes that have been a permanent fixture for the last 35 years are finally starting to fade (don't think I'll be quite so successful with the bags though!)

Although I had a background headache for the last week that has been a lot better today. I am very tired, but I have missed a lot of sleep over the last few months and undoubtedly, along with the withdrawal and detox effects, my body has a lot of catching up to do.

I am not that worried about a diagnosis, but being able to get some products on the NHS would be handy as they aren't particularly cheap (we do get free Scripts here in Wales!).


Ali - 50 - struggled with what I now know to be GI symptoms and poor carb digestion for at least 35 years! Diabetic type II (1997). Mother undx Celiac - lifelong diabetic Type 1 & anemic (plus 1 stillborn and 10 miscarriages after me). Father definitely very GI.

Stopped gluten & dairy, Jan 08, but still other issues so dropped most carbs and sugar and have been following the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) since March 08. Recovery slow but steady and I can now eat a much broader range of foods especially raw which are good for my digestion and boost my energy level.

Not getting better? Try the SCD - it might just change your life.........

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