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My Sister Is Having Testing Today

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She is having both done today. Hopefully, we will finally find out some answers for her.

When she saw my gastro three weeks ago (the first gastro, not the one I go to now....) I kind of told her what I expected would happen. He would take the bloodwork, then do biopsy. Well, when she went in to see him, he said he wasn't going to bother doing the bloodwork, just go straight to the endo and colonoscopy. Now, I am trying to figure out why. Is it because of the history of celiac in the family (me!), he figured the bloodwork wouldn't be necessary? I'm confused.....

Anyway, I am almost 99.9 percent sure she has it - and finally, after all the nagging I did to finally get her to go get tested, I hope we find out finally. By the way, she has the opposite main symptom than what I have, whereas I have chronic diarrhea, she is severely, chronicly constipated......

I will post when we find out......

Hugs.

Karen

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Thats good she is going to get tested.

I don't know why they would not do the bloodwork...that would have probably been a good thing to have done. Biopsies can be good but they can only rule celiac in with a positive and not out with a negative. If she has sporadic damage they could miss it or if she is in beginning stages and had no damage yet then it could also come back negative but that does not mean she does not have it.

I guess they are checking her for other things with the colonoscopy? Because that is not something to do for detecting celiac.

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