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I have a few friends with celiac that suffered for years with symptoms. I have tolerated wheat and grain for years but just 3 weeks ago started having severe stomach and abdomen cramping, diarrhea. If I ate something with gluten it would get worse. No vomiting but nausea. Eliminating gluten has improved these symptoms. (in order to work I had to take immodium). Is it possible I have celiac or intolerance and it has come on that fast. Looks like the next step is a blood test? Any help is appreciated

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Hi Susie and Welcome to the Forum!

 

It is possible for Celiac symptoms to appear suddenly.  But if it is Celiac, don't be fooled - it could have been going on for quite some time and it has just recently gotten bad enough for the symptoms to show.  Or it could be something else entirely.  Yes, I think you should get tested.  Don't go gluten-free until all of the testing is complete though.  If you're gluten free when they run the tests it will come back negative whether you have Celiac or not.

 

Good luck!

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It could be celiac disease so you may as well get checked, just so you know. The best celiac disease tests are:

 

tTG IgA and tTG IgG

DGP IgA and DGP IgG

EMA IgA

total serum IgA (a control test)

AGA IgA and AGA IgG (older and less reliable test)

 

Keep eating gluten (equivalent to 1-2 slices of bread per day) until testing is complete.

 

This report has more info on testing if you are interested: http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/assets/export/userfiles/2012_Celiac%20Disease_long_FINAL.pdf

 

Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

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I can relate! Up until last year I could eat gluten with no problem- although looking back, I always did have some bloating and cramping after eating gluten. 

 

Hurry to get the bloodwork done so you can be gluten free. I was gluten free (because I felt better) and the bloodwork came  back normal. Its a little tricky to diagnose when you have been gluten-free for a while. 

 

Good luck to you! 

Cindy

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