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  1. Thank you! I have had the endoscopy - he said it showed celiac disease. He didn't mention any other problems. I guess I got over concerned when I got home and started thinking about it. I have a history of colon cancer in the cecum. I have NO problem with food moving through - never have I just wanted to see if it was standard procedure before I called his office. Thank you again!
  2. I had my first follow up with Dr after endoscopy. I've been gluten-free since first of Dec 2016. Gastroenterologist is sending me for small bowel study. I'm not sure what the purpose of this test is. The Dr sounded like it was a normal follow up test for celiac disease, but nothing I've read list this test as standard procedure for celiac disease. Has anyone had this X-ray study? What is it checking for? It can't possibly see if the villi are still damanaged. I'm confused. Anyone who's had this? Any ideas why I have to have it? Thank you!
  3. Thank you for your reply. My Dr didn't say anything about an endoscopy. Just said don't eat gluten. Of course he's the same Dr that didn't know about a gluten challenge. Should I ask for one? Thanks for the tip about the Newbie 101! Cathy
  4. Update: My Dr. Wanted me to go ahead and get the blood tests. Because, I had been on a carb free diet for 2 months I was really surprised by results. would they have been even higher if I had been eating breads and crackers? So much I need to learn now. Thank goodness this site is so informative. Thank you! Test Low Normal High Reference Range Units Deamidated Gliadin Abs, Iga 135 0-19 units T-Transglutaminase (Ttg) Iga 114 0-3 U/mL Endomysial Antibody Iga Positive Negative Immunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum 260 87-352 mg/dL
  5. Hi! My doctor recently told me that it is possible that I have Celiac disease. I've had blisters on my elbows and knees that itch so badly that I scratch them raw. I also have had frequent diarrhea. I have been taking medication for my thyroid for several years. He has ordered a complete celiac blood panel test. I have been on a low/no carb diet for about 2 months now. I've had no bread during this time, except for a couple of cheats here and there. My question is, should I intentionally increase my gluten intake before I have the blood test since I have no idea if, and how much gluten I have been eating? My doctor didn't mention anything to me about eating gluten for awhile before the test. I hope this made sense. Thank you for any replies. Cathy