What does a 'false negative' result with a coeliac blood test mean?
I was given my blood test results this morning by the receptionist at our surgery - I have to wait another week until I get to see a doctor to actually find out more details and she just read out to me what she could see on the screen.
I have been getting IBS-type symptoms since earlier this year confused by the issue that I've also got endometriosis in the intestinal area (found when my appendix was removed) and I've been starting to think I may have something going on with gluten and/or wheat, especially since I've had autoimmune problems all my life (JRA & lupus) and have just been diagnosed with Sjogrens Syndrome back in August to add to my collection - I'm now 46.
I kept eating my normal wheaty diet right up to the day of my blood test to make sure that the blood test worked correctly. However, when I was given my results this morning I was told that I had a false negative is usually seen in people who had excluded gluten from their diet. I started a gluten-free diet the day after my blood test to see if I noticed any changes and I have immediately noticed much less bloating and (sorry folks!) now I have 'normal poo' rather than diarrhoea. I have still had tummy aches and pains but I have been so anxious that there was something seriously wrong with me that I wonder if that has contributed to that problem.
The doctors have said that it's 'probably IBS' but of course I have worried myself sick that I had something gravely wrong with me since I couldn't get myself better. I'd really appreciate any thoughts that people on here might have about this so I can go into my doctor's appointment next Friday morning 'fully armed'!