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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'm a bit confused on this celiac vs intolerance vs wheat allergy thing. I've just had testing (intestinal biopsy and tTG). I have to wait another week or more to know the results. But in the meantime, in the last 3 days have tried to cut out gluten. I'm still learning, so not sure if I've gotten all the hidden sources. But for the last 2-3 days, I actually haven't had a stomachache at all and feel so much better- this is after >5 weeks of daily pain, someitmes very intense , and usually after eating. So I think whether or not the tests come back positive, I do have some kind of intolerance or allergy. But if it is negative for Celiac, are there specific tests that can measure for gluten intolerance? If so, which? I've read through some of the articles on this and reading Dangerous Grains, but still confused. Also, how is intolerance different than wheat allergy? I saw a few website that said true wheat allergy is actually very rare. I keep thinking allergy as a possibility b/c my eosinophil count was very high- this elevated white blood cell is normally seen in allergic reactions, rashes and parasites. But I don't have any rashes, no respiratory symptoms, no diarrhea, haven't been to a foreign country to contract a parasite. Thanks for any help!
  2. Oh, forgot to add- I'm wondering if others have had high eosinophil counts as well? I haven't seen it listed as a symptom or common sign of celiac. It is usually seen elevated with allergies, parasites and drug reactions, and scarier conditions like lymphomas. I don't have any allergies like hay fever and didn't think I had any other allergies either. When I googled celiac and eosinophilia together, a few things came up- it may be one of the more uncommon signs? The doctors have seemed puzzled by it, even the GI doc.
  3. Thank you so much for your replies! That does help explain it. I guess I went in thinking they would automatically see some damage and kind of assumed there was some from the pain I've been having. So this makes sense now. I've been just thinking so much about the miscarriages and all I went thru- so much testing & seen by 3 different doctors. Some of the tests were for some pretty rare things. And they never once mentioned celiac! Which you would think would be an obvious thing to test for, as common as it seems to be. I did lots of research on the internet and read some books as well on miscarriage and don't remember coming across it on the websites or chat rooms. So many women like me just end up with unexplained m/c & , no diagnosis which makes it so scary to try again! If I have this, I plan to write a letter to all 3 of the doctors I saw and try to educate them to add this to the battery of tests they do for recurrent miscarriage. Right now I'm kind of overwhelmed thinking about all the changes I will need to make. Was trying to find something to snack on in my pantry today and there wasn't much w/o gluten! I'm kind of scared to eat since I'm not sure yet what to look out for. Is there a link, list of all the hidden ingredients to look for? I know a few, like modified food starch and distilled vinegar. What else?
  4. I just had an endoscopy today after seeing a GI doctor last week Friday. He did bloodwork for celiac (not sure which specific tests) which aren't back yet. He told me after the endoscopy that the stomach and small intestine looked healthy - no ulcers visible-but he did do biopsies which I will find out the results in about a week. I was a bit out of it and didn't think to ask if the small intestine typically looks normal with celiac or can you usually see actual damage during the endoscopy? My story is that I have a 4 month old daughter (and 2 older boys). I started getting terrible upper abdominal pain a few weeks after she was born, but only sporadically. Then the last 5 weeks it became daily and usually after eating. They did an abdominal US, no gallstones. They also ruled out H Pylori bacteria for ulcers. I experienced this pain after my boys were born as well, but it went away after a few weeks and didn't happen daily. I had 3 miscarriages before my daughter, still unexplained even after alot of testing. I have also had problems with general fatigue, headaches and neck/upper back aches and pains for many years. The other weird thing I have going on that they found a few weeks ago is an elevated eosinophil count (about 20%, the normal is 0-6%). Last Friday was the first I heard celiac mentioned- so I haven't tried the gluten-free diet yet. I guess my big question is about the intestines (about them looking normal), and any other advice you can offer, questions I should ask when I call for the bloodwork results later in the week. Thanks- Stacy