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Hey I'm 30 and for the past 2 1/2 years have been having a lot of symptoms. Long story short....I did some research and it sounded like celiac. So I went to the dr asking if he could test for it and he told me it wasn't that but did the celiac panel along with a bunch of other invasive tests. Celiac panel came back and one of my numbers (she said ttg something) is 100, while anything under 10 is normal. He ordered MORE blood work, nothing related to celiac and wants a colonoscopy and endoscopy.

I feel like I'm being violated for unnecessary reasons. Is it wrong if I just go with the blood work and do the diet and if that solves my symptoms then I'm good? Do I REALLY HAVE to have the stomach biopsy if my number on the blood work was so high? Colonoscopy....really?

THANK YOU for any advice you may have,

Christina

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It is NOT wrong. It is YOUR body. You don't need a doctor to tell you what to eat or not eat.

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I tend to have a more conservative approach. It's not a question of being wrong. It's a question of asking the MD why you need these tests, what will doing them tell you that is new or different and how they might change the outcome rather than just going on the diet. This is not a dx to fool around with. I am not a fan of any invasive tests, so I want reasons why they are medically necessary.

Just my 2 cents. I am at the beginning of figuring out my issues, but I will see a celiac specialist and listen to what they have to say before I decide how to proceed to help myself. Take deep breaths and try to lower your stress whenever you feel overwhelmed. Good luck.

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I agree that you should ask those why questions and will the test make a difference in treatment. Is the Dr concerened about results for some other reason than ciliac? I think to know the who,what, when why and where is prudent prior to deciding not to go through with the test. However I also agree that its your body your choice so if you dont like the answers or feel more comfortable with diet and waiting then if you have been informed its a good choice. Just make sure you are informed and ask the questions. by you stating that the dr said something about an ttg somthing is 100 says to me that you need to do a little more research and get more info.

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Celiac panel came back and one of my numbers (she said ttg something) is 100, while anything under 10 is normal. He ordered MORE blood work, nothing related to celiac and wants a colonoscopy and endoscopy.

IgA tTg is is what causes a cliac's body to attack itself when it is exposed to gluen; it's pretty specific to celiac. About 95% specific I believe, which means that out of 100 positive tTg test, about 95 would be celiac and the rest would be something else.

EMA is another test and it is virtually 100% specific to celiac... Did they test that too? I ask because I had a positive ttg and EMA so I don't feel the need for biopsy since the two blood tests which indicate intestinal damage came back positive. I'm willing to change my diet based on that. Is your doctor worried you won't adopt the diet based on those results?

Like the others said, I would talk with your doctor more. And best wishes to you. I hope you get answers and feel better soon.

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