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Finding the Right Diagnosis January 18, 2009

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I have been able to finally get an answer to one of my health problems.  I went to a new doctor, Dr. Jennifer Zimmer at Dallas Diagnostic Association in Plano, TX.  So far, she has been the only one to start figuring out what has been wrong.  Within the past 2 years I have gained weight, been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), sleep apnea, many different allergies, moderately severe osteoarthritis at the base of my spine and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  I’m sure there are a few more but I think that is enough for now.

Dr. Zimmer’s first words were, “I wonder if you have Celiac Disease?” 

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/

She then went on to say that she wants to look at three areas in regards to general health – the immune system, the hormonal system and the chemical system of the body.  Her first priority was to test the immune system which would include any autoimmune diseases and the hormonal system.  If these tests can back normal then she would test the chemical system basically for depression.

The test results showed, in my immune system, that I have Selective IgA Deficiency.

http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec16/ch184/ch184h.html

In general, IgA protects the mucosal surfaces from infections.  These areas include the ears, nose, eyes, respiratory, gastrointestinal and genitalia areas.  When there is a lack of IgA then one becomes more susceptible to infection in the aforementioned areas.  Selective IgA Deficiency can also lead to allergies, Celiac disease and autoimmune disorders.

With this in mind, last week I went to see my Gastroenterologist to test me for Celiac Disease.  My Antiendomysial test came back negative.  He said that there is a 5% chance that the test can be wrong but the only way to find out if I truly do not have Celiac is to take a biopsy of my small intestine and he didn’t feel this was necessary at this point.

Next post, I will discuss the similarities between my sister and I.

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2 Responses to “Finding the Right Diagnosis”

  1. stickinsect Says:

    I wish you all the best with getting a diagnosis. I know from experience that it can be hard when you don’t know what is wrong. Just try not to give up. Tomorrow is always another day. You never know what it can hold for you.


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