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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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Hi, I'm a nineteen year old thats been through battles trying to figure out my health problems for years. My doctor did a test for the antibodies necessary to diagnose celiac disease(which I had not even heard of until my first visit with this doctor last month!and has lead me to researching the disease)Anyhow, I just got the results back in the mail and have no clue what they mean, and am wondering if someone could help me out? My test shows I have a reading of 20 IgG, 6 IgA, and 5 tTg...I see that it does say that 20 IgG is abnormal, but does this mean I am celiac :( ? This is really stressing me out! Thanks.

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out of curiosity - which IgG?

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Uuuumm, All it says is IgG class, and it's listed under anti-gliadin antibodies...

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That's what I was wondering - if it was the anti-gliandin antibody... (I only had one raised antibody, and that was anti-reticulin.)

I'd guess your doctor would say that's a negative test, but given that it shows a reaction to the protein in wheat, I'd try the gluten-free diet (be very strict on it) to see if it helps you. But I'm not a doctor!

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Even though the one's positive, I think you're right, I have been gluten free for 2 weeks, (with one mishap of licking an envelope) and haven't noticed a difference. Iam not sure what you mean by strict, but I have been mainly eating eggs, health valley corn chex with Pacific brand rice milk, organic turkey, bacon, and chicken, plain rice, raw veggies and fruits, raw nuts, and beans, and today tried the Pamela's gluten free choc. chip cookies, and rice/almond bread. It's dissapointing though, I thought I was going to gain weight consuming many starches/carbs.(at least this is what I have read) but I have lost 5 pounds which I cannot afford to do being 5'5" and now 104. But I also think it would take awhile to notice changes from going gluten-free b/c the symptoms I have are drastic such as no menstruation for almost two years, hair thinning, etc. but my energy levels and concentration have not changed. I was in a way almost hoping I have Celiac disease b/c then I have a reason why I haven't menstruated and can change that, otherwise I am still left hanging worrying if I will be able to have children : (. I wonder if just having a wheat allergy can cause such drastic problems as I have had since I was 15? Anyways, I am babling on my frustrations! Thanks for your reply to my message Tiffany!

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