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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 SymptomsWhat testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease ScreeningInterpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test ResultsCan 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-FreeIs celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic TestingIs there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and DisordersIs 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 BeveragesDistilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free DietFree recipes: Gluten-Free RecipesWhere 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. Withjoy added a post in a topic Thyroid Medication? Levoxyl Discontinued   

      My understanding of the Synthroid issue is that it depends on the amount you are taking.  Different strengths of Synthroid are different colors. (I take 100 mcg which is yellow.)  Apparently the pink version (which I think was 125 mcg) had gluten in the coloring ingredient.  I do not know if this is still the case.  I plan on following up with the company on my dosage. I'd love to switch to natural desicated thyroid, but my endocrinologist refuses to prescribe it.
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    2. Withjoy added a post in a topic Surprised By Blood Tests   

      Thank you so much for your replies!  My endo is next Wednesday (I wish it was today!), so I've got one more week of eating gluten before I stop.  Although, honestly--eating Cheerios this morning felt a little like eating poison now that I know what is going on.  Although I know it will be hard, I'm SO SO grateful to have an answer!
      I'm also so grateful for this forum!  You all are awesome, and I'm planning on spending a lot of time reading posts over the next few weeks.
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    3. Withjoy added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & Symptoms   

      Surprised By Blood Tests
      Hello Everyone,
      I'm still in a bit of shock from hearing from my GI on Monday that she thinks I probably have Celiac.  (My blood tests are below.)  She said that it wasn't for sure and scheduled me for an endoscopic biopsy next Wednesday.  I've spent yesterday and this morning reading as much as I can about this disease, as it wasn't even on my radar at all!  I don't have any stomach or intestinal symptoms that I can tell, although I have several other health issues (massive thyroid issues, extremely low Vitamin D, bladder problems, and quite a bit of problems with mental focus). 
      Here is my question--my doctor didn't want to stay definitvely if I have celiac or not.  She had a "let's wait for the endoscopy results" attitude, although she did refer me to a nutritionist and made sure I made an appointment for next week.  So, given the results below, is it possible that I don't have celiac?  Is the doctor just being doctor-ish by not saying I have it for sure, or is there really a chance that the biopsy could come back negative?  I've been trying to figure this out by Googling, but I'm getting more confused.  Of course, I can just wait for the results, but it's driving me a little crazy...   Since the "IGA,Serum" came back in the normal range, does that mean anything?
      Thanks for any and all input!!!
      P.S. - Also, if there are any questions that I should ask the doctor or the nutritionist I'd love to know.  I feel like I just don't even know enough to know what to ask yet...
      P.P.S. - here are the results:
      ANA SCREEN,IFA                              Positive
      ANTI-NUCLEAR AB TITER            1:80
      ANA PATTERN                                   Homogeneous
      Reference Range:
             <1:40         Negative
              1:40-1:80     Low Antibody Level
              >1:80         Elevated Antibody Level

      (tTG) AB, IGA                                        66
         Reference Range:
            <4 No Antibody Detected
            > OR = 4 Antibody Detected

      ENDOMYSIAL AB IGA               POSITIVE
      ENDOMYSIAL AB TITER          1:40
           Reference Range:    <1:5    
      IGA, SERUM                                   260
           Reference Range:  81-463    mg/dL
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