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Hi, I thought I would come to the "experts" for the right advice :) I am 70yo and never had any indication of any gluten problems. However I do have Hashis thyroiditis dx about 15 years ago. Recently went to my holistic Dr and he recommended a saliva test for my adrenal function. As he expected it came back low but I was surprised to see a score of 20 for Gliadin Ab SigA (anything over 15 being positive). He suggested I go gluten free which I have been doing for a month. As I had no gluten intolerance symptoms to start with of course I don't feel any different. So my main question is whether judging by my test results you all feel I am really gluten intolerant especially with my age, would think by now I would have some serious issues. I have gone to the link on this forum regarding saliva tests but didn't really answer my question. Thanks for any input :) anneh

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Hi, I thought I would come to the "experts" for the right advice :) I am 70yo and never had any indication of any gluten problems. However I do have Hashis thyroiditis dx about 15 years ago. Recently went to my holistic Dr and he recommended a saliva test for my adrenal function. As he expected it came back low but I was surprised to see a score of 20 for Gliadin Ab SigA (anything over 15 being positive). He suggested I go gluten free which I have been doing for a month. As I had no gluten intolerance symptoms to start with of course I don't feel any different. So my main question is whether judging by my test results you all feel I am really gluten intolerant especially with my age, would think by now I would have some serious issues. I have gone to the link on this forum regarding saliva tests but didn't really answer my question. Thanks for any input :) anneh

Gluten intolerance can pop up at any age and doesn't always cause gastro symptoms although it is still doing damage all the same. I would recommend the celiac panel but it may come back false negative since you've been gluten free for a month. Not sure about the specific tests that your holistic Dr. did but maybe others can shed light for you. I believe the saliva test will just tell you if you carry the genes for celiac but can't diagnose you since 40% of the population carry the genes without turning those genes on. I did the swab in cheek test that was sent off to a lab for gene results so don't know much about the saliva one's. I know its all very confusing especially since you don't have the typical symptoms. I have a friend who was diagnosed with celiac at age 47. Her only symptoms were severe lower back pains and fatigue. They suspected Celiac when they discovered she was anemic and already showing signs of osteoporosis. A blood panel and endo biopsy showed celiac and now gluten free all her back aches and fatigue are gone. The bright side is that it is an illness that usually goes into remission with diet alone, no meds ect. Hope you find answers!

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The test the original poster had done is not the Celiac gene test.

The saliva tests are generally not used to diagnose Celiac. If you aren't feeling better on the diet, go back to eating gluten, and then you may consider following up and having the full Celiac panel run (which is blood tests, not saliva).

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When you say holistic DR, does this person actually have an M.D.? In my humble opinion, I would suggest eating gluten again for 2 weeks then going to a medical doctor (general practitioner or specialist if possible) for a Celiac panel (blood test). There is nothing wrong with holistic medicine, but IMHO one should exhaust all scientific, medical avenues first.

Good luck :)

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Hi, I thought I would come to the "experts" for the right advice :) I am 70yo and never had any indication of any gluten problems. However I do have Hashis thyroiditis dx about 15 years ago. Recently went to my holistic Dr and he recommended a saliva test for my adrenal function. As he expected it came back low but I was surprised to see a score of 20 for Gliadin Ab SigA (anything over 15 being positive). He suggested I go gluten free which I have been doing for a month. As I had no gluten intolerance symptoms to start with of course I don't feel any different. So my main question is whether judging by my test results you all feel I am really gluten intolerant especially with my age, would think by now I would have some serious issues. I have gone to the link on this forum regarding saliva tests but didn't really answer my question. Thanks for any input :) anneh

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thanks everyone for your kind responses. Yes my Dr is an MD btw but I do think it makes sense to have the blood work done. It was just that the saliva test for adrenal function also showed the gluten result so he thought it was a good idea to go gluten-free for a few months. I think I will stick with gluten-free for the time frame he suggested but if I see no difference or purpose to it then I will go back to eating gluten stuff and then get blood test. Thanks :)

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