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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I am unsure if they did a total IgA. I'm pretty new to this and when I went into the doctor I barely knew what celiac disease was. I know they took a bunch of different blood tests - my thyroid, ect. And I was told by the nurse that everything looked normal minus the TTG IgG test. Then I recieved a short note from my doctor in the mail that said exactly above and that I needed to schedule a f/u with him. I should call and ask them to send my total blood work sent to me...Maybe it would look a little different?
  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely tell them I would like 8-11 samples. I'm pretty eager/anxious to get this done. I would very much like the get to the bottom of my issues. I have been staying on my regular diet but have been monitoring my reaction to things that I have been eating. On Friday I had a muffin and was running to bathroom for the rest of the day. And on Saturday, I had pita bread and felt incredibly tired and bloated the next day. It does seem that my symptoms are related to eating gluten. If simply cutting out gluten will make me feel better, I will be one VERY happy girl!
  3. My test results came in today and I'm a bit confused. TTG Antibody, IgA: <1 Interpretation: Negative TTG Antibody, IgG: 10.0 U/ml I'm already scheduled for a biopsy because the nurse said it is a good sign of celiac, but could someone please explain what this means - the nurse didn't explain it very well? I have read a few things that say some people don't produce the IgA antibody but could produce the IgG antibody instead. Has anyone had similar results? If so, did you test positive in your biopsy? Thanks!
  4. Thanks! I think I'm to follow through with the biopsy. I have it scheduled for the 31st of this month. I got the official test results in the mail which further confused me. It said: TTG Antibody, IgA: <1.0 Interpretation: Negative TTG Antibody, IgG: 10.0 U/ml Interpretation: Positive After doing some reading, I read that some people might not be able to produce the IgA antibody. And they also test for IgG. If someone could explain this to me that would be great!
  5. I just went to the GI doc on Friday (due to MANY symptoms of gluten intolerance/celiac disease for many years) and got my tests back on Tuesday. They took a blood and feces test. The nurse called me and told me everything was normal except for me tTg antibody test. She said the normal level was 5 and my level was a 10. She said that is very common for celiacs and told me the doc wants me to have an endoscopy. Can anyone explain to me what this means? She didn't confirm or deny that had celiac disease... I'm a college student and everyone knows what that means - I don't have much money to pay for medical expenses! I do have medical insurance but I will still get a bill that I'm not ready to pay. I would like to do the biopsy but would good would it do? Any advice or help would be much appreciated!