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Hello i am frances from uk , i have been having real problems with my health for as long as i can remember, i have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue after all tests were clear about 6 years ago,

The last 4 years since having my 2 youngest kids has just been a constant battle with stomach pain, joint pain and extreme tiredness. In april 2012 i started having heart palpitations which are quite bothersome, i had tests and they were put down to ectopic arrythmias, i now take a beetablocker to help keep them under control, i have had bouts of low iron, hemagloban is always fine but iron stores swing up and down depending if i take supplaments, i have also had really low folic acid in the past as well as b12.

Since october last year any time i eat i get. Extreme pain in my right side it feels swollen and just agony, i have excessive wind and pain passing bowel movements. The only thing i can eat is home made soup and toast without the pain being unbearable, they removed my gall bladder as they thought that might be the culprit, unfortunately that didn't help, i had a ultrasound and colonoscopy and they were normal, i did a celiac home testing kit but that was also negative, but i honestly think it may be celiac disease. What do you think?? Ps i have been treated with every medication possible for ibs with no relief in fact the peppermint oil made symptoms worse. I would love to hear what your thoughts are, i feel so ill that even getting out my bed is a struggle! Xx

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Hi, and welcome to the forum.

I don't mean to cast aspersions on the NHS, but from what I understand it is pretty hard to get a full celiac panel run over there. They tend to want to do the tTG and leave it at that. But if I were you I would want the whole shebang -

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG

Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA

Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG

Total Serum IgA

with the possible elimination of the first two as being older and outdated. But the Deamidated Gliadin Peptide is the newest test which has replaced the first two, and is highly specific to celiac. Is there any possibility of getting these tests done?

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