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Old 01-24-2008, 06:08 PM   #1
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Questions about Celiac Disease

I'm recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis and was recently tested for celiac antibodies (I can't remember which one) along with the RA Factor, Anti-CCP, CBC and Liver tests about a week ago. The nurse at the doctor's office said the celiac test was high and that the Rheumatologist will go over the results with me the next time I see him. I was wondering if Celiac disease is something that can develop over time in people that are not born with it? I did have a diet high in pasta, breads, grains, and the like for a good part of my life, mostly cause it's cheap. So I'm wondering with the RA diagnosis if I have a mild case of Celiac disease and will have to eliminate gluten in my diet. I've noticed a bit of a change in bowel habits; my stools are loose and a yellowish brown color when I 'go' and are a bit watery. I'm wondering if it's a part of my medications too (just started on them last night). Any help and answers are appreciated
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:01 AM   #2
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Re: Questions about Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune condition, and you have to be predisposed to it . Usually there is a trigger (stress, illness, pregnancy, etc) that will "activate" the Celiac Disease. Some people never have symptoms, even though they have CD. It's not an allergy, so it's not like you ate too much gluten and now you have Celiac Disease. Good luck!
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:19 PM   #3
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Re: Questions about Celiac Disease

Thanks for the reply. I'm pretty sure that I don't have it but it doesn't mean that I can't get it with having RA. I read that RA patients are at higher risk of getting CD since it's autoimmune.
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