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#1 plantime

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 10:32 AM

A gluten allergy. She said that because my symptoms are not diarhea, a biopsy will probably not show what we are looking for. Since my sinuses swell shut and I get severe constipation after an accident, she is betting that an allergist can do a skin prick test and get a positive reading. She said it will be put in my records as as gluten intolerant if it does. Then she told me that "The only treatment for such an allergy is a STRICT, SEVERE DIET REGIMEN OF ABSOLUTELY NO GLUTEN-CONTAINING PRODUCTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!" She has referred me to an allergist for the testing. I am willing to accept this, since it will show a gluten problem. She called it Celiac Sprue because it is a problem, but not life-threatening like celiac disease. I am hoping that it will be positive, because I do not have to go on gluten, my insurance will pay for it, and all of the doctors I have ever been to accept skin prick for allergies. She was happy to see that I have lost weight, started sleeping better, and am all-over feeling so much better! :D Any comments or opinions?
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#2 tarnalberry

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Posted 06 April 2004 - 11:35 AM

a skin prick test relies on an IgE response to form a wheal on the skin. it will NOT detect a gluten intolerance. BUT, your symptoms MAY be consistent with a wheat allergy. (to clarify, gluten intolerance is a IgA and IgG response to gluten, while a wheat allergy is an IgE response to wheat protein.)

call it what you want, celiac disease, celiac sprue, gluten intolerance, etc, but it is NOT a classic allergy.

(exasperation directed at your doctor, not you! :-) )

has she run the celiac panel blood test on you yet?
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Posted 06 April 2004 - 12:51 PM

I asked her about them. She said they are way too expensive and too invasive. She feels that if she just proves that I have to avoid gluten for the rest of my life, that it will be sufficient. My husband agrees with her, because he knows how sick I get when I eat gluten. He thinks the gluten challenge for the testing will be too much for me. He said for me to also have Enterolab do a panel, and get a MedicAlert tag. He even said that HE will pay for the Enterolab testing! I can sure go for that! I guess I am just too busy feeling good: six weeks gluten-free, with a couple of minor accidents, has left me feeling hearty and hale, and able to breathe! :D
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Posted 06 April 2004 - 01:06 PM

The doctor did say that the allergist might decide it's necessary to order the blood tests, so I am going to ask for them when I go in. I don't want to go on gluten and be sick, but I do want a proper diagnosis!
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Posted 11 April 2004 - 05:37 PM

You should e-mail the enterolab. Dr. Fine will e-mail you back and answer any questions. I just got my results back and it says that I do have celiac when my blood test said no. I was gluten free before the blood test and then ate gluten for 3 weeks. I was so sick and felt like I had to start from square one. Check out your options getting sick is not fun as you know. good luck with everything
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Posted 12 April 2004 - 06:29 AM

Dessa- please find yourself another doctor who is more skilled at diagnosing Celiac...from your comments, I can tell that this doc is not up on his/her skills in this area. Also, food allergies are not typically diagnosed accurately by skin prick tests.
Sara (I'm a pediatrician )
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Posted 12 April 2004 - 09:23 AM

I don't understand. You all complain because your doctors do not accept the changes in your health that a gluten-free diet brought about. My doctor did accept it. She only wants a test to prove to other doctors that I cannot have gluten. She chose to start with the least expensive, least invasive, least harmful test for me. Since the end result is the same, a gluten free diet for the rest of my life, what difference does it make how she proves beyond shadow of doubt that I cannot have gluten?
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Posted 12 April 2004 - 09:27 AM

But a skin test cannot prove gluten intolerance. I think that's the issue that people are referring to here. Gluten intolerance is NOT an allergy, and even true food allergies are difficult to diagnose through skin tests.

Doing the skin test will not say anything about whether or not you're gluten intolerant.

(I'm glad, however, that your doctor has accepted your results. Mine has done the same. Since I'll be gluten-free anyway, I've opted not to go for conclusive celiac testing myself.)
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Posted 13 April 2004 - 07:55 PM

My daughters gi dr. wanted her to go to an allegist since she had improved on a gluten-free diet but her test were inconclusive.
He said that there is a difference between a wheat allergy and celiac. If she only has a wheat allergy there is the possiblity
that she can grow out of it. If it is celiac it is life time gluten free. We have not gone to the allergist yet but do plan on it
in the future. However, if she does have a gluten allergy it does not necesarily eliminate the possiblity that she has celiac too.
So you ask what's the point. If she doesn't have a food allergy it is more likely that she does have celiac even without the
positive test results.

Good Luck!
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 12:30 PM

My sons ped did a blood panel and said, at first, that it was an allergy to wheat. I went home did a bunch of research on wheat allergy and came up with lots of info on celiac disease. When I went back to the doctor and asked him about it, he never actually said "your son has celiac disease" but when I asked staight up "Is my son a celiac" he nodded yes and reffered us to a pediatric gastroenterologist to confim his dx. The gastro did confirm the dx of celic based on both the blood test result, and the improvement on the gluten-free diet.

I guess I just don't understand our peds reluctance to verbalize the diagnosis, but when I suggest it, he seems relieved that I said it and he didn't have to. This was all more than 2 years ago, and now when ever my son has a gluten accident that he needs to see the doc for, he labels it as "sympotoms consistant with celiac episode" and send us on our way. So it seems after 2 years he has become more confident about his diagnosis, but I appreciate his willingness to go out on a limb and make the call even if he wasn't sure it actually was celiac. He has been great about learning about the disease right along with us and I am very thankful that we found him.

Dessa, I hope that you get the answers you are looking for, but be carefull about the skin prick test. Yes it is less expensive and less envasive, but try to determine if, based on the information you have, is it really going to give you acurate results? I have not had the need to look into the enterolab and thankfully my son never needed a biopsy, but if it is celiac and not just an allergy or intolerance, you need to know that, and the blood test is the first step to an accurate diagnosis.

Good luck and I'm very glad you are feeling better.
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 01:15 PM

I asked the doctor's office about the test, and they told me a dozen or so items have been requested. Apparently, the doc is concerned becuse I have had several severe reactions lately to different things, and each reaction is worse than the last. I guess the wheat just falls in with the group she is looking at. I will be talking to the allergist when I go about celiac disease.
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Posted 14 April 2004 - 01:36 PM

O.K. guys, When I was 15 the allergist did testing on me and proved I actually had an allergy to wheat. I had severe rashes on my skin, blisters and weeping which crusted and formed severe scabbing on my face, arms and legs. He took me off wheat for 3 weeks and since I did not improve put me back on wheat because I was so painfully thin. If you go forward 52 years I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. So-o-o, am I both allergic and intolerant?????? I really don't know. I do know, however, that I have developed many, many other allergies in the interim and still have problems even though I have been gluten free for 3 years. This is probably because doctors really don't know what the blazes the they are talking about. So guys, it is really up to you to figure out how to solve your health problems (or at least this one) so you can feel better. I am now nearly 70 years old and adhere as closely as I possibly can to a gluten free diet. Believe me, if I had known then what I know now I would have handled things a lot differently. Use your own good judgement when it comes to your health. Shirley
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Posted 30 May 2004 - 06:46 PM

Update:
The scratch test done on my back showed no reaction to anything, so they did shot tests on my arms, but not for any foods. I am very allergic to grasses, which include wheat, barley, rye, rice, sugarcane, and oats. I had to learn what all grasses learn on my own, and I did so too late. I spent 45 minutes in the ER after eating rice crackers. I guess I will just avoid all grains, and this fall get a test done by Enterolab.
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Posted 31 May 2004 - 07:23 AM

I have had allergy testing on my back and was very allergic. However, this only shows inhalent allergies and not food which is totally different. Sounds like that is what you had. Have you done an elemination diet to see which foods bother you other than gluten? Also, have you had the test from enterolabs? I guess I'm not so bad. I'm almost 55 and still searching for answers after a life time of being sick.
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Posted 31 May 2004 - 07:34 AM

I had gone to eating just meat, fruit, veggies, and dairy. When I ate the rice is when I had a bad reaction, so I knew what it was. Since I did test positive for grass, I started looking to see what all is a grass, and found the others. Now I am wondering if the allergy and food intolerances are somehow interconnected. I feel better without any grains at all, so until I get the Enterolab testing done, I will just avoid all grains.
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