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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. Thanks for the response. I did call my doctor's office, and his secretary told me that he'd have no problem with me getting a second test done. I just have to pick up the lab req from them. My next question is when should I test? He's been on a regular diet for 2 months now (after being off for 3 weeks and noticing a significant difference). Most of the symptoms returned in the last month or so, though GI isn't as bad as it was prior to the gluten free diet). Should I wait until it's been 4 months or go ahead and test now? Thanks again.
  2. Hi there - (this is a little long, but I'm wondering if any of you could help me out) I'm just wondering if my son (had his 3rd birthday last week) should be retested for celiac before I take him off of gluten again. Back in October, he had a bad run of diarrhea. It got better, but not really. His BM's were always mushy (not watery), sometimes gritty. He developed an excema-like rash on his face. He had periods of ++irritability. I decided in January to do an experiment with gluten. He was off for 3 weeks, and he was a brand-new kid. almost no irritablity, way better BM's and the rash cleared completely. Took him to the doctor, who told me to put him back on gluten for 10 days and then have his bloodwork done. We did that, and his tests came back at <2 (normal is <20). The unfortunate part, is that other than a couple of bad BM's after initially giving him gluten again, his BM's were not terrible. The other symptoms hadn't really returned either yet at 10 days. Over the last 2 months, I kept him on a regular diet just to see what would happen. His BM's still aren't as bad as they were before, but they're definitely not as good as they where when he was gluten free. His rash on his face has definitely gotten worse and it sometimes flares up (usually once a day) so that he has all red blotches on his cheeks and chin. I'm noticing that the rash is just very lightly starting to show on his back and chest and tummy. He is also becoming increasingly irritable - which I can't help but think is related to this all. I took him back to the doctor yesterday - and he agreed that my son definitely has a gluten sensitivity or intolerance - but with his test result, said it's a "non-celiac sensitivy". He said to "go with my gut" and take him off gluten. After the fact, I realized that I should have asked if it was worth retesting the ttg level now that it's been 2 months (as opposed to 10 days). I'm thinking of calling the office and asking them if we can... but before I do, I figured I'd ask on here to see if I should even bother. Is a test at 10 days as accurate as at 2 months? Thanks so much for reading this! Any thoughts would be helpful!
  3. Hi there, I just have a question or two about doing a gluten challenge. My son (age 2 - will be 3 in March) had months of diarrhea, as well as some excema to his face off and on. I decided to try to remove gluten from his diet to see what would happen. Although it didn't completely "fix" his diarrhea, I noticed a significant improvement. He went from 2-3 diarrhea or loose BM's per day to 1, maybe 2 BM's, that ranged from loose to firm (no diarrhea). His excema seemed to flare up every evening, but maybe that was the yogurt he got (I thought it was gluten free, but found out later it might not have been). After 2 1/2 weeks being gluten free, I took him to the doctor who wants to test him for celiac. He wanted me to put him back on a regular diet for 7-10 days and then get the tests done. I expected that all of his symptoms would come back... but other than a few times of diarrhea, his BM's have been mostly better than even while we were doing gluten-free! And his face hasn't been too bad either. I find him to be easily irritable (which had improved while gluten-free) - but other than that, his symptoms are minimal. Could he still have celiac even though is GI symptoms don't seem as bad? Anyone else have a similar experience or can offer some thoughts on this? Thanks!