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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Hi again, I was also wondering whether having the bowel preparation will have lowered the TTG level at all? Thank you for everything.
  2. Thank you for your help. I have had a few colonoscopy procedures done before and the bowel preparation started working near enough immediately. This time it made me feel awful and took a long time to work its way through. Can Celiac cause constipation as well as the opposite as my bowel habits have changed a lot and prior to the bowel preparation some hard stools caused bleeding. I also was wondering is it still possible for the TTG-IGA to be positive but the EMA not? My appointment to see the specialist isn't until 24th April so feel like I have such a huge wait and so worried about still being none the wiser or any chance of getting back to normality again as I am underweight as well. Thank you for all your help and support and do hope I am not a nuisance on here.
  3. Thank you for your help. I was wondering if my TTG was 4 in August 2016 but is now 23 in March, whether this shows that something is going on? I am very worried about it all and feel like I have no answers. Thank you for all your help.
  4. Hi, Thank you to everyone for continuing to help me. I cannot thank the people on this forum enough. Through the post today, I received my report from my colonoscopy. It says "There was a lot of solid faeces in left colon despite taking full prep. Note elevated tTg - Celiac Disease." I was wondering does this mean that they have diagnosed it as Celiac? Is it normal for the bowel preparation to not work as well? Thank you for everyone's help on this forum.
  5. Hi, Thank you for your help and support. I really can't thank people enough for this. I hope you don't mind me asking this again but as my TTG-IGA anti-bodies came back as positive but they said that EMA wasn't present, but the lab report says "results indicate celiac disease or liver disease" wondered whether having negative EMA is a common finding? I am a bit worried that I am going without answers as I haven't felt right for a while but just thought it was normal for me. Thank you for everything. This forum is a wonderful place. I also wanted to apologise for asking so many questions.
  6. Thank you both for all your help with this. Oh my word. I didn't realise Barley was in Milky Ways. I have loads of those (not many but as snacks) when can't have proper lunch. Do you have any advice on how to approach this blood test result with the specialist? I am due to see him in Easter holiday and just want to try and get back to normality, although I know this is easier to say than do. Will it be likely he will diagnose Celiac or just by-pass it?
  7. Thank you again for all your help. I was also wondering whether the UK version of the Milky Way Chocolate Bar contains gluten as I have those as well during the day as snacks and made me think whether this is a problem as well. I just would like to finally get back to some normality. Without this forum, I wouldn't know what to do.
  8. Hi, Thank you. I haven't gone gluten free and still am eating my current diet. I am just worried in case there isn't enough gluten in take going on - I have two slices of bread on a morning usually. Sometimes I don't have chance to have anything at lunch due to how busy my job is at the moment and thought that my cause problems with my levels. It is the closest I have got to a diagnosis and my bowel habits have changed drastically and desperately want to get back to some normality. Thank you so much to everyone on this forum.
  9. Thank you ever so much for your help with this. I was also wondering as I am worried about my levels changing until I go and see my GI in 6 weeks time, I wondered how much gluten will I need to keep eating? I usually have white bread on a morning with nutella and then at lunch have sandwiches with meat etc. I was wondering whether I need to just stick to what I am eating already or change it? This is closest I have come to a diagnosis of my bowel problems so don't want to lose finally getting an answer to the problems. Thank you to everyone on this forum. It is a fantastic place of support.
  10. Thank you ever so much for all of the help and support with this so far. To be honest, I am still in a bit of shock because this is the closest I have ever come to being diagnosed beyond IBS and never expected Celiac to be what it ended up being. I was wondering whether it is just a false positive test as I am worried that it won't be the same if they check it again? Also, my GP checked my results and apparently I was tested for Celiac in 2015 and all tests were negative but in August 2016 the same anti-body test measured 4 and now it is 23. Something didn't seem right when I had the bowel prep as it didn't seem to want to kick in like it used to but just put that down to me. I also wondered if it could be liver disease like the result stated as I am worried either way but I don't drink alcohol or anything, so can't see how this has happened. Thank you again for everything.
  11. Hi I have asked for a copy of my results and apparently the following is included: tTg-IGA is 23 and the ranges are 0-15. It says "indicates celiac disease or liver disease" I was wondering if this sounds like celiac as apparently the EMA anti-body is negative? I am sorry to keep bothering people on here. I feel like a massive pain.
  12. Thank you for your help. It was during the colonoscopy that they mentioned that one of my anti-body tests had come back as having high levels. It has shocked me to be honest as I just naturally thought it was just IBS getting worse. I have had Vitamin B12 deficiency for a very lengthy time now. I think I started having problems with it during 2008 and then they stopped my injections and re-started them back around 2012. They haven't mentioned about an endoscopy but have got to go back and see the consultant. What is worrying me though, is whether they could have mixed me up with another person? They checked my Vitamin D levels and apparently they aren't normal, so I am not sure what is going on. I also wondered if having Celiac can cause a change in bowel habit as at the moment I am experiencing the opposite of diarrhoea and have suffered badly from constipation. Even the consultant mentioned that the colonoscopy bowel prep hadn't worked very well, when doing the procedure. Thank you again for everything. If this is the answer, I will be so relieved.
  13. Thank you for your help with this. Is there anything else that could cause anti-bodies to show in that way? Is it possible for it to mainfest now, when previously and for years, no anti-bodies have been found? Its taking a bit of time for me to accept it after being told its just IBS.
  14. Hi, I am new to this forum and hope you don't mind me posting on here. For a lengthy period of time, I have experienced ongoing problems with my bowels. Back in 2009, I was experiencing IBS style symptoms and they detected that I was deficient in Vitamin B12 and have been on injections ever since. I have also been told previously that I was Vitamin D deficient as well. At the moment, I am underweight and weigh around 8 stone 6 lbs and I am around 5 ft 10 inches and went to the GP, who decided to refer me to the Gastroentrologist. They requested a colonoscopy and some blood tests to be carried out. During the colonoscopy, the specialist mentioned that some anti-bodies were found in my blood and said about celiac and asked whether I had an endoscopy before this, and said not. They also said there was an issue with my Vitamin D levels as well. As I have been suffering with IBS symptoms and have been told repeatedly over the years that this is all it is, I was wondering whether this seems likely to be celiac? Is it possible to have had it for this length of time but only just show in the blood tests? My bowels recently have gone to forming very hard stools and constipation as well and didn't think I could have celiac, as I was tested a while back and the tests were negative. They have never found anti-bodies for it before. I wondered if anyone had any advice or guidance at all? Thank you and hope everyone on this forum is well.