Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Back to the Doctor's we go.

I'm ready to go see the new GI this afternoon armed with a list of symptoms, questions and prior test results. Doctors irritate me so much! I went to see a different GI last year and asked him about Celiac and he did a series of test but he didn't actually tell me anything about my results. I didn't even know that he had given me one of the Celiac blood tests. This morning I pulled out all my blood work from last year to bring to the docs today and decided to go over them myself so I would know what I was looking at. It turns out my doc did give me an Immunofixation panel which tests the Albumin, IgA, IgG and IgM. My Albumin level was low which can be an indication of malabsorption. My CBC panel also showed low HGB and HCT levels which are indicative of borderline anemia. My Iron levels were also low. All these factors and he didn't feel the need to go any further with the testing. You know what he told me to do? Cut the lactose out, take an iron supplement, and start using citrucel to regulate. Yeah that didn't work. The lactose definitely did, I definitely follow a lactose free diet now.

Anyway, I'll let you know how it goes!

ETA: I had started a GF diet but quickly stopped it once I decided to continue with the testing so that I will not have false negatives. I realize at this point I should probably have an endoscopy but we will see what the doc says today.

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