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So, I got my results back earlier today:

Gluten Sensitivity Stool Test

Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA 11 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units)

I went gluten-free (gluten free) sometime in October of 2011 shortly after my father was diagnosed with Celiac so, not much is going to change for me. Like everyone else though it's nice "to know". I'm curious what my results would have been prior to going gluten-free but, at the time we didn't know about EnteroLab and, I didn't have insurance or the money to have the tests run that a doctor would have ordered. Going gluten-free alone was enough to show me that I had issues with gluten though but, my father really wanted me to have some type of testing done, and this was the only one that didn't require me to add gluten back in my diet.

I'm really glad the number wasn't super high this far into being gluten-free but, I am also glad I didn't wait any longer to have this test done as it could have come back as a false negative. Then again, the number between 10 and 500 isn't a measure of severity. However, I'm assuming it still could have shown under 10 at some point in time if I wasn't producing the intestinal IgA antibody.

Anyway, this is the closest I will be getting to a celiac diagnosis. I know that it's technically not since it was for gluten sensitivity but, gluten was definitely never going back to my diet even prior to this test. Maybe some day they will have a way to diagnosis it without gluten needing to be present in you to the extent of it saturating your blood and destroying your digestive system. Until then though, this is the closest I will get. Since my father is Celiac though, I'm just going to go ahead and self diagnose lol.

I may have the gene test run at a later date just out of curiosity to see which genes I have.

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I read in the Celiac.com newsletter a while back that researchers are developing a new test for celiac disease that only has a short gluten challange time, I think it was about 5 days. After the challange a blood sample is drawn and tested with a dye to count the number of the antibody producing cells.

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I read in the Celiac.com newsletter a while back that researchers are developing a new test for celiac disease that only has a short gluten challange time, I think it was about 5 days. After the challange a blood sample is drawn and tested with a dye to count the number of the antibody producing cells.

I think I would be ready to take a long walk off a short pier after 24 hours lol. I'm just joking of course. That really sounds interesting though and hopefully, they can get that sorted out. It would obviously still be damaging but, it would be a lot less damaging that the current longterm test demands. If something like that was offered, I might be tempted to reintroduce gluten. It's something I would have to think awfully long and hard about though as I do not miss feeling like I was run over by a steamroller.

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