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  1. Hi Everyone - Here is my background - Terrible digestive issues for my entire life... and with family members who had similar dysfunction, I grew up thinking C/D, bloating, gas, pain, depression, everything else that goes along with this was "normal". Also, my family is of the "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and the "don't be such a hypocondriac" ilk, so I really never sought medical help until I was in my early-mid 30's. As you all already know, traditional doctors aren't well trained in this area, so I was given the "IBS" diagnosis and told to eat more whole grains. Fast forward a few years, I found this wonderful site, self diagnosed and sent away for the Enterolab panel. I also tested for Soy, Yeast, and Egg intolerances and found I am sensitive to EVERYTHING. I will post my Enterolab results at the end of my questions. I have a number of questions - I am hoping this wonderful community where so many people have great insight, research and suggestions can help me. Keep in mind, my questions relate to every type of sensitivity, so if you don't have the answers for all of them - that's fine - if you can answer even just one, perhaps others can fill in the blanks. I really appreciate everyone's help! *** 1. What does having an "immunologic sensitivity" to a food really mean? Is it an allergy? Is it an auto-immune reaction? (Is there a difference?) In my results, each of the casein, yeast, soy, egg tests indicate "immunologic sensitivity" to that food - plus, the gluten test said I have gluten sensitivity PLUS "an autoimmune reaction to the human enzyme tissue transglutaminase, secondary to dietary gluten sensitivity." What does that mean? 2. I read that if you OVEREAT a certain food, you can develop an intolerance to that food. Is it possible this is the case for some of my other sensitivities? I ate egg whites for breakfast almost every day for probably a few years... I thought I was eating a healthy breakfast. Oops 3. Along these lines, now I'm afraid I'm going to develop an intolerance to Chicken, Rice and Lettuces... it's been my diet staple for years! 4. Is the immunologic sensitivity to ovalbumin to the EGG WHITE, or the WHOLE EGG? Can I still eat an egg yolk without reaction? 5. What about flu shots? People with allergies to chicken eggs are usually steered clear of getting a flu shot. I have had one without reaction every year for the last 4 or 5 years... what do you think about me getting a flu shot based on the results? 6. With a soy sensitivity, is Soy Lecithin off the list too? I've looked it up and seen conflicting results - this ingredient seems to be in EVERYTHING - even the chewing gum on my desk! 7. What about drinking wine? I've read the yeast is dead, I've also read to eliminate alcohol on a yeast-free diet (I already do not drink Beer or Ales b/c of the gluten). I might note that I am in the Wine Industry - and this would be very problematic! 8. What about Goat's Milk? Can I eat Goat Cheese? I don't eat very much of it, but I do love it... Does Anti-Casein - which specifically says Cow's Milk - mean anti EVERY type of cheese, or can I keep eating some feta and other goat's milk cheeses? 9. I am having symptoms where my fingers get stiff and feel hot. Is this connected? I did forget the other day and I had 1/4 of a hard boiled egg that came on a salad before I remembered that I shouldn't eat those anymore. 10. What do you think my next steps should be? Should I see a GI doctor? An allergist? I'm not sure what to do next (other than modify my diet) - I saw the recommendations for BioCard - I will look that up, given my levels I probably should get some sort of follow up, don't you think? Also, should I see if I have even more food intolerances? I'm getting to the point where I'm afraid to eat anything for fear of developing even MORE intolerances... and my diet is already limited. I went the Enterolab route because my GP was not really helpful other than telling me I have IBS and to "eat more whole grains" - Thanks Doc! *** MY ENTEROLAB RESULTS: Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA: 122 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units) Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA: 29 Units (Normal Range is less than 10 Units) Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score: 715 Units (Normal Range is less than 300 Units) Fecal Anti-casein (cow
  2. Hi everyone - Thanks for the replies. I was gluten free for about 2 months before I took the tests - and I really did the other tests on a whim - I had no idea those foods were making me sensitive as well... it was quite shocking to see elevated levels to EVERYTHING I tested for. A number of questions - hopefully someone will be able to answer some or any of them! 1. What does having an "immunologic sensitivity" to a food really mean? Is it an allergy? Is it an auto-immune reaction? (Is there a difference?) In my results, each of the casein, yeast, soy, egg tests indicate "immunologic sensitivity" to that food - plus, the gluten test said I have gluten sensitivity PLUS "an autoimmune reaction to the human enzyme tissue transglutaminase, secondary to dietary gluten sensitivity." What does that mean? 2. I read that if you OVEREAT a certain food, you can develop an intolerance to that food. Is it possible this is the case for some of my other sensitivities? I ate egg whites for breakfast almost every day for probably a few years... I thought I was eating a healthy breakfast. Oops 3. Along these lines, now I'm afraid I'm going to develop an intolerance to Chicken, Rice and Lettuces... it's been my diet staple for years! 4. Is the immunologic sensitivity to ovalbumin to the egg WHITE, or the whole egg? Can I still eat an egg yolk without reaction? 5. What about flu shots? People with allergies to chicken eggs are usually steered clear of getting a flu shot. I have had one without reaction every year for the last 4 or 5 years... what do you think about me getting a flu shot based on the results? 6. With a soy sensitivity, is Soy Lecithin off the list too? I've looked it up and seen conflicting results - this ingredient seems to be in EVERYTHING - even the chewing gum on my desk! 7. What about drinking wine? I've read the yeast is dead, I've also read to eliminate alcohol on a yeast-free diet (I already do not drink Beer or Ales b/c of the gluten). I might note that I am in the Wine Industry - and this would be very problematic! 8. What about Goat's Milk? Can I eat Goat Cheese? I don't eat very much of it, but I do love it... Does Anti-Casein - which specifically says Cow's Milk - mean anti EVERY type of cheese, or can I keep eating some feta and other goat's milk cheeses? 9. I am having symptoms where my fingers get stiff and feel hot. Is this connected? I did forget the other day and I had 1/4 of a hard boiled egg that came on a salad before I remembered that I shouldn't eat those anymore. 10. What do you think my next steps should be? Should I see a GI doctor? An allergist? I'm not sure what to do next (other than modify my diet) - I saw the recommendations for BioCard - I will look that up, given my levels I probably should get some sort of follow up, don't you think? Also, should I see if I have even more food intolerances? I'm getting to the point where I'm afraid to eat anything for fear of developing even MORE intolerances... and my diet is already limited. I went the Enterolab route because my GP was not really helpful other than telling me I have IBS and to "eat more whole grains" - Thanks Doc! Thanks for listening and helping wherever you can - I do really appreciate it! Best, Terin
  3. Hi Everyone - I got my results today - Am I sensitive to everything?? Do my Egg, Yeast and Milk values warrant an elimination diet for these items too? Your help is appreciated - I am seeing my diet choices get very small! Fecal Anti-gliadin IgA: 122 Units Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA: 29 Units Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score: 715 Units Fecal Anti-casein (cow
  4. Thanks again! I will call to make sure - I really appreciate everyone's help!
  5. Thanks for the reply and the info. I thought that Enterolab did test for the antibodies... I'm doing the full panel PLUS the gene test. Can someone let me know if there is a difference between the antibody tests, and why Enterolab would recommend NOT changing your diet or doing a gluten challenge prior to the full test? Thanks again!
  6. Hi Everyone - First of all, SO happy to have found this site. I am proceeding with Enterolab testing after years of "IBS" diagnoses and living with all of the symptoms of Celiac... and growing up in a family of people with "weak stomachs". I have been gluten-free for about 2 - 3 weeks now and feel SO much better that I know I'll be gluten-free even if the Enterolab results do not come back positive (although I suspect they will). I guess, like many others, I'd just like the validation of the results. But, on to my question: The Enterolab instructions say to NOT change your way of eating (i.e. do not do a gluten challenge) before you take the test... However, I see many posts on this site recommending a gluten challenge before a test. Can someone clear this up for me? Is there something different about the Enterolab tests? I am excited to do the test, but wondering if I should order up a couple pizzas this week (although I hate to even think of doing that - the thought of the bloating, C/D, pain, irritability and fatigue make me want to just go forth without the challenge). Your help is VERY much appreciated!
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