nikkintodd replied to nikkintodd's topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsFor anyone interested in my full story - here it is.... To start with - my stools were always a problem. My mother admits now that she doesn't remember me ever going to the bathroom. She thought I had some sort of emotional problem from my parent's divorce. At about 10 I started having horrible pains in my stomach. Went to the ER a few times only to be told that I was completely full of fecal matter and that is why I was in so much pain. They gave me pills went I went that took care of the pain. Side note - got mono a couple of times in my teens. At 26 my husband and I started trying to get pregant. It took a few months but I wasn't too concerned. At about 6 weeks pregnant I started bleeding. Went to the doctor and was told I was previously pregnant with twins but lost one of them. They put me on a steroid to help my placenta keep the remaining baby. Pregnancy continued uneventful until I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I'm 30 now - fyi. 2 years ago I started running in the morning but my knees swelled up so badly that I had to quit. Couldn't even go up and down stairs. Went to the doctor, a sports therapist, and a physical therapist. I was told I had arthritis by the sports injury therapist. I later went to a chiropractor and have since gotten some relief. In the last two years I have also developed numbess in my toes/feet. I've always had it in my hands and have always had cold hands. Within the last year I have had many symptoms appear. My hair has changed texture. I have a serious case of IRRATIONAL irritability, depression and anxiety. I have had horrible hangovers and drinking beer. Also, have researching I have realized that the skin problems I have fought my entire life (chicken skin) can be a symptom of celiac. Also have been coughing up phlegm every morning for over a year. I'm also a smoker so that has been dismissed by every doctor I have mentioned it to. I got my first colonscopy 3 years ago (at 27) and 3 polyps were found. Had a follow up conoscopy last year - 4 polyps found. So, as I am reading about celiac - it looks like the story of my life! Lots more examples like this but this is probably long enough for my first day on the boards.
nikkintodd posted a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & SymptomsLooking for help with my bloodwork results. I am scheduled for my EGD/biopsy next week. Deamidated Gliadin Abs, IgA 3 units Deamidated Gliadin Abs, IgG 8 unites t-Transglutaminase tTG Iga <2 U/ml All of these showed in normal range of report Note on report: Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) has been identified as the endomysial antigen. Studies have demonstrated that endomysial IgA antibodies have over 99% specificity for gluten sensitive enteropathy. Then continues... t-Transglutaminase (tTG) IgG <2 U/ml Endomysial Antibody IgA POSITIVE Immunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum 91 mg/dL My confusion is the note - it talks about what has been identified as the endomysial anitbody but it looks like my numbers were in the normal range. Was this note just a random point that is on all blood work results? Also, the Immunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum range it shows is 91-414. I received a 91 - that's probably pretty bad isn't it??