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    • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  1. I can relate - I am on day 12 of a gluten challenge and I have an EGD scheduled a week from today. My doctor thinks that 2 weeks should be enough as I was only gluten-light, not gluten-free before (or he is just convinced I don't have celiac and is trying to prove that to me.) In any case, I feel awful: migraines, fatigue, lack of concentration, irritability, and some digestive issues as well. I am not sure I will last an other week on this "challenge". I am thinking of eating my 4 slices of bed just before going to sleep, maybe that way I avoid the worst symptoms - has anyone tried that? Steviac, have you canceled your biopsy, or will you do it nevertheless?
  2. I cut my grain and legumes consumption about 2 years ago in an attempt to reduce my cholesterol. After a couple of weeks I realized that I felt overall better on this diet: my energy level increased, the frequency of my migraines decreased, digestive problems (bloating, gas) has pretty much disappeared, so I stayed with the diet. In 6 months or so my decades-old depression lifted, though at that time I did not connect that to my diet. I was not fully gluten-free, I did not think I could have celiac. This spring I started to notice that my reaction to eating wheat is getting more and more severe. I googled the subject and realized I had quite a few celiac symptoms. Around the same time I learned that my brother has developed classic celiac symptoms in the last year. That was enough for me to turn my household gluten-free. My husband just went along, he eats what he gets at home and since he always wants to loose weight he did not mind that we mainly eat vegetables and fish. I was never careful with CC and even allowed myself an occasional beer, but we both eat very limited amount of gluten in the last 2 months. Not long ago I decided I'd like a firm diagnosis if I have celiac disease or only gluten intolerance. I saw a GI doctor who told me to start eating gluten and schedule an endoscopy in 2 weeks. DH welcomed the opportunity to have pizza, pasta, fresh bread at home. Our first glutened meal was 4 days ago. I could not even finish it, had to run to the bathroom. DH enjoyed every bread crumb of it. Next day I could hardly drag myself around, had stomach issues (and C ever since). DH had a blast eating pizza. Next day I am even worse, DH decides to go for a long bike ride. He comes home exhausted: his muscles hurt, he had to push his bike up hills he usually clears without problem, he is out for the rest of the day. Following day we are both tired, DH says that maybe he will have just salad and not pasta for lunch. But he cannot resist, eats the pasta anyhow. That was yesterday. Well, DH spent the night in the bathroom. His D is like water, his stomach cramps are intense. Meanwhile I am still C; he jokes that if we combine our symptoms we are just right. I grit my teeth and tell him that I think he might be the celiac of the family. DH did not appreciate my suggestion. He says I act like I have a hammer and now everything is a nail. (I have the tendency to do that.) And indeed, what is the probability that both of us have celiac disease? Any suggestions of how to proceed from here? Should I convince him to get a GI appointment and get tested? Or am I just projecting my prejudices on him?
  3. Is this test more sensitive than other blood tests or the biopsy? I have been on a low gluten diet for over a year and went gluten-free a couple of weeks ago. I feel much better without gluten and I would like to get a firm diagnosis, mainly for my kids' sake (so they get tested). My GI told me on Friday to start eating gluten and schedule an endoscopy in 2 weeks. I am not sure if 2 weeks of gluten eating is enough to show up in the biopsy and I am not sure I can do 2 weeks of this anyhow. I am on day 3 and feel miserable. Tired, lethargic, anxious and in total brain fog. It feels like there is a big rock wedged in my stomach. Since I have to eat 3-4 slices of bread a day, I force that down, but I can't eat anything else. If it is that bad after 3 days, what will it like after 2 weeks? I have to return to work on Tuesday. I teach at a university and the way I feel now I could not even stand for an hour, much less deliver a lecture or answer questions. I think I will have to call my GI and cancel the endoscopy. BTW I am new to this forum. I started reading it a few weeks ago and found it very supportive and helpful. Thanks for everyone!