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.
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What are the major symptoms of celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Symptoms
What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic)
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
I recently took a blood test and went over the results with my GI doctor who will be performing and endoscopy and colonoscopy on me soon. I can't remember exactly what she said, but I believe she was talking about my IGA-TTG levels. She said the normal range was under 10 but mine was 639. I think she was talking about IGA-TTG but I'm not sure. For people who have done this test what were your high levels?
I can not help you with the Candida issues (except to advise reducing sugar from your diet and talk to your doctor about antifungals). I can tell you that my folate and B vitamin levels were off the chart. No, I did not have cancer, which is what you will find if you google). Yes, I have autoimmune issues and maybe I have the MRTHR gene (never tested....why bother?). Instead, I gave up all supplements even those found in processed foods.
My lab reports are all normal after a year. I am not deficient in anything at this time.
Vitamins and supplements are a good thing, but they are not for everyone. There is no “one-size-fits all”.
Consider changing your diet to include just whole, unprocessed foods like the ones your Great-Grandparents ate. Eat a varied diet full of vegetables, fruit, nusts, seeds, meats, fish and grains. See if things improve. Work in the Candida diet into this Whole Foods diet, but find out why you think you have a Candida issue. This should be diagnosed by a medical doctor. Systemic Candida is rare and is usually found in people with immune-related illnesses.
If you suspect celiac disease, get tested. It is a simple blood test. Learn more:
It could be celiac disease related or not. The fact is her antibodies are still elevated. They have come down dramatically (great job!) and she has had some intestinal healing, but she is not completely healed. She probably needs more time. She is under a lot of stress which is known to affect menstrual cycles even excluding celiac disease. She has been malnourished (think concentration camps...extreme, but you get it) and still is based on her eating habits you described. She is a student who is away from home and has to deal with celiac disease every single moment on her own. Every bite of food must be checked. That can be exhausting! It will get better, but it takes time. It can take a long time to heal.
The fact that it occurred when she stopped gluten is probably a coincidence. It probably added even more stress. Can you imagine a life-long dietary change? Ever dieted? How long did the diet last?
Give it more time for her antibodies to come down. She is still being attacked. They are not in the normal range. Most take a year or longer to heal. Ask anyone here. Read through forum comments.
How about baking her some chocolate chip gluten-free cookies and shipping them to her? Or mail a fruit basket. You both will feel a bit better.