Advice On Celiac Diagnosis
Posted 04 May 2004 - 09:34 AM
Posted 04 May 2004 - 10:09 AM
How bad do you feel and how much do you want to feel better? Going gluten-free without knowing if that's really the problem seems radical, but if your doctors are at a complete dead end, what they're doing isn't helping, and you aren't functioning, you can always take a deep breath, go gluten-free and see if it helps. If it doesn't, then all you've lost is a few weeks of eating gluten. If it does, then you have your answer and you feel good again. You might have to do this for at least a few weeks and maybe longer to know if it's working. Some people feel better almost immediately while others take some time.
Posted 04 May 2004 - 11:16 AM
You could always check into Enterolab. There are many different levels of gluten intolerance. If you have a lesser level then you will not have enough damage in your intestines to cause antibodies to leak out of the intestines into the blood stream. Enterolab tests for antibodies in the stool, since they are eliminated from the intestines through the stool, and are therefor easier to determine in gluten intolerant people who are not yet classified as Celiac (which is the worst form of gluten intolerance).
You can order the tests from home without a doctors order and you perform the test ans send it back overnight mail. It is very simple to do and many of us here at this site have done their testing. Most of us were in similar situations as yours, where the doctors won't test us anymore due to negative tests. I just wanted a more concrete answer. Yes or NO. I knew I felt better off gluten, but I wanted to know it was really necessary before doing it, and I wanted my kids tested. It ends up we are all 4 gluten intolerant. All of us are doing better now and I highly recommend Enterolab. Not all doctors will accept the diagnosis (I've got about a 70% rate of acceptance with 6 different doctors), and most insurance won't pay for it, but in my mind it was worth it. The tests range from $99 to $349, depending on what you are testing for. If you are interested in checking them out here is a link to their website.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
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