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About GinaMarie

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  1. I went to the dr today for my acid reflux and asked if my test results were back for the gluten intolerance. She checked and said they came back negative - she said my levels were at 350 or something and the standard for a positive result was 500. What in the devil does that mean? She is not familiar with celiac disease nor with my history because I see a differenct dr every time I go. Can anyone tell me what that means? I was under the impression that there should have been 3 different tests and I told her that, but she said there was only one number there. ??? Thanks. Gina
  2. Thanks a lot for the encouragement. I did go the dr today and had the bloodwork done, so we'll see in a few weeks what the outcome is. He told me to go ahead and start the diet - I'm a little apprehensive to do so before a biopsy, but I really want to see if it helps. I'm just ready to feel better and I'm hoping this will be the answer. Thanks so much for your advice! Gina
  3. Hi all! I've been reading the boards for a few weeks now just trying to educate myself. I have had some of the classic celiac disease symptoms for most of my life - I'm 31 now. I was diagnosed with IBS 7 years ago and the symptoms that I've been experiencing have gradually gotten worse over the years. My family dr. has put me on a dairy free diet for the past three weeks and there is a definite improvement in my bowel attacks, but not complete improvement and my other symptoms remain the same. I go back tomorrow and half expect him to put me on the gluten-free diet to see how things go. Is it a good idea to experiment with the gluten-free diet before any bloodwork or other tests are performed? I understand that many people can have different reactions to the gluten and tolerance levels vary, but I typically do not feel ill after eating gluten and my bowel attacks occur only a few times per week, not every day. Going off the dairy has helped immensely, but I wonder what CAN I actually eat if I'm gluten-free and dairy free too?! Thanks Gina