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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 guess I have to decide whether I want to get a refferal to a GI or just say good bye to gluten without talking to one. Does anyone know what would cause a positive result on the anti-gliadin IgA test, but not the IgG?
  2. I guess it is acedemic at this point, as I did react--bloating, gas, burping every day for three months--but I suffer from pretty strong self-doubt. When I added gluten back after a month gluten free, I reacted with terrible D. I didn't have the same reaction this time after over a year gluten free, so I worry that it's all in my head. Or something. Self-doubt, ick. I'm not sure if I should push for an endoscopy or not. On one hand, my doctor replied with this "The weakly positive antigliadin IgA antibody is unlikely to indicate celiac.". On the other, this study from England ( says that people with positive AGA and negative EMA should be 'scoped. I figured I'd run it by all the smart people on this forum.
  3. No total IgA was run. I'm not scheduled for a 'scope. I am confuzzled! What's the accuracy/specificity of the Anti-gliadin IgA test? Are the others more accurate?
  4. Yup, re-formatted it. Hopefully it's better this way...
  5. Hey guys! I just got my celiac results back, and I was hoping for some help with their interpretation. I was strictly gluten-free for a bit over a year before undergoing a gluten challenge for 3 months. All of my tests were negative, except one, which was "low positive". I'm not sure what I should make of this, or how accurate/specific this particular test is. Anti Endomysial, IgA Negative Anti Gliadin, IgA 22 (Reference Ranges: <20 U Negative; 20-30 U low positive; >30 U positive) Anti Gliadin, IgG 6 (Reference Ranges: <20 U Negative; 20-60 U Indeterminate; 61-90 U low positive; >90 U positive) Anti tTransglutaminase, IgA 3 (Reference Ranges: <20 U Negative; 20-30 U low positive; >30 U positive) Anti tTrasglutaminase, IgG Negative
  6. One thing to keep in mind is that the percent of babies born each season is NOT constant-- April has the lowest number of births in the US, while September has the most. If the time of year with the fewest births has the greatest number of celiac births, well, that's interesting...
  7. Tonight it's crock-pot pot roast. Last night was shephard's pie, my favorite. Tomorrow will be leftovers. (I love both of these dishes, so having leftovers is great. )
  8. Chex muddy buddys were my favorite as a kid! Perhaps you could make them with sun butter (sunflower seeds) if peanuts are out.
  9. I agree that it's probably not worth it when the treatment is the same. And at least he didn't try to tell me it was all in my head. Edit: He's not the most enlightened doctor, no. Luckily I found this board so I know exactly what "minimize" means.
  10. I spoke with my doctor today, and based on my reaction to adding wheat back in to a gluten free diet, I've been diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance. He doesn't think it's celiac (even though I've never been tested for celiac...) and says the only thing I can do is minimize gluten. On one hand, it's nice to have a doctor agreeing that this is a serious problem. On the other, I'm concerned that he would dismiss celiac without testing at all.
  11. I came across this recipe for Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs (posted here:). It looks delicious, and may help curb a craving or two. I'm going to try and make them for Easter (when I can shove most of them off to nephews/nieces instead of eating the entire thing myself. )
  12. I haven't made this myself, but I came across this recipe and it looks delicious...
  13. What Is This?

    Feeling completely unmotivated to do anything? Like, not even fun things? Sort of listless, but with anxiety over everything you should be doing? I felt this way a lot before starting my gluten-free diet, and it was the one thing I noticed a huge difference on. I think I experienced a brief return of this after eating gluten, but I attributed it to being tired.
  14. Delay In Symptoms?

    That's what I was afraid of. I thought it unlikely as I'd had a normal bathroom trip earlier in the day.
  15. Question: Could gluten cause a reaction 3 days later? I was diagnosed with IBS, and was trying a gluten-free diet to see if it helped. I was pretty grouchy the first couple weeks, but then I felt *great* (mentally, at least--I think most of my digestive problems stem from fructose malabsorption). Motivated! Happy! Energetic! Then life happened, work became stressful and most of the mental benefits seemed to fade. Saturday, after being gluten-free for about a month and a half, I ate a whole bunch of gluten. Hamburger bun, cupcake, couple girl-scout cookies. I felt okay. Maybe a little tired the next day, but nothing that I could pin directly to the gluten. Great, I thought, gluten isn't my problem! Now, I don't think grains are all that great for human consumption in the first place, so I kept avoiding gluten even after the 'test'. And everything seemed fine. Until last night. Yesterday, I went to the bathroom in the morning and had a normal bm. Everything I ate was something I've had regularly in the past month and a half with no problems. But last night, I had an attack of D. Not just loose stools-- I mean feeling sick, waves of cramping, etc. My question is: could this be caused by gluten? Or is it too late to have caused the reaction? I never had a problem with D before, only C ( which avoiding all dairy save butter has abated).