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S_J_L

How Likely Is It That I Have Celiac's? (new To This)

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Hi everyone,

Ive had all sorts of health problems for years, the main ones being fatigued and exhausted, losing weight, and constipation!

I was finally refered to a specialist who tested me for celiacs.

All i know/all ive been told is that my blood results are:

t-Transglutaminase: 164 (thats high i think?)

anti-endomysial antibodies: positive

I don't know much about it.

I recently had a gastroscopy with biopsies but im waiting on the results.

Any clarification would be great.

Thanks

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Hi S_J_L,

I don't know much about the tests for Celiac either.

You'll get plenty of responses in the morning, I suspect. (I saw your other thread too)

Many forum members are in time zones where it's pretty late.

Have you started eating gluten-free to see how you feel w/out gluten?

The response to diet is ALSO a test.


>>>>>>> tom <<<<<<<

Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.

Gluten-free since 12-03

Dairy-free since 10-04

Soy-free since 5-07

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Yea im in New Zealand lol.

I havn't gone gluten free yet cos im a student and i want to definently know before i need to change my whole lifestyle. I know gluten free food is quite expensive.

I should have my results within the next week i guess.

If i do have celiac disease, im going to find it hard to not eat out when i go into town etc.

I get worried because i eat really well but im 5'8 and only 103pounds.

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If both your ttg and ema were positive, I think your chance of a positive biopsy is very very high. You might want to start researching the diet, which brands to buy, try some gluten free cookies, eat all your favorite gluten foods for the last time. This board is a good place to start, and the parent site, celiac.com. Welcome aboard! :)

Pauliina

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Hi,

It sounds likely that you have celiac disease, even if the biopsy is negative I would still try the gluten free diet for a while to see how you feel, as the biopsy is not always accurate (lots and lots of intestine and only a few samples taken).

Anyway, I'm in Australia and I think that we might get a lot of the same products as in New Zealand, so if you have any questions about brands etc, just PM me, also you should check out the international section on this forum as there are quite a few Aussies and New Zealanders out there :)


Australian

Gluten Free Since mid March 2008

As well as gluten I can't eat: cantaloupe, honeydew, dairy and most nuts and seeds. I also seem to have a problem with a lot of fruits and vegetables but only when they are raw.

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Hi everyone,

Ive had all sorts of health problems for years, the main ones being fatigued and exhausted, losing weight, and constipation!

I was finally refered to a specialist who tested me for celiacs.

All i know/all ive been told is that my blood results are:

t-Transglutaminase: 164 (thats high i think?)

anti-endomysial antibodies: positive

I don't know much about it.

I recently had a gastroscopy with biopsies but im waiting on the results.

Any clarification would be great.

Thanks

The way my doctor put it to me, was if your TTG level is above 20 it's abnormally high, above 30 you probably have Celiac. Mine was at 300, and yours is pretty high as well. So there is a really good chance that you do have Celiac.

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