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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com Store.

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:unsure: I had the celiac panel done a few months ago and the results were Gliadin AB IGA negative <20 Gliadin AB IGG 35 >30 positive and endomysium AB W/RFX Endomysial AB IGA negative. I have gone thru a lot this year. I had surgery for breast cancer in May, radiation thru August 3 and then started the gluten-free diet. They said I did not need to have a biopsy, but now I wonder. I do not feel much better- I have been losing weight, no appetite, have high cortisol levels, and tired but don't sleep well. It is hard to do anything and I take xanax to stay calm. I am seeing my doctor today to see if I can still see a gastroentologist even though I have been on the diet a couple months, though I know I make some mistakes. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Of course I can't tell you from here whether it's celiac, but if you've been gluten-free for just two months AND you know you've made mistakes during that time, I'm not surprised you haven't felt any improvement, even if you do have celiac. Two months isn't much time and some people feel bad for a week or longer after every mistake.

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I've got a question. I went gluten free, felt 100% better. Yet understood to have the biopsy's you had to be consuming gluten. Now that I'm consuming it again for a week, I've had no major upsets. Does this mean I dont have celiac disease?

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Plenty of people who have celiac can eat gluten with no obvious symptoms. Your lack of a reaction means nothing.

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Also, after only eating gluten again for a week may not be enough consumption to make your test results accurate. I believe the official standing on the biopsy is that you must consume gluten for 3 to 6 months prior.

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Richard/Stargirl,

Thanks. Whatever this digestive issue is, it has me feeling like I'll lose my mind. This website is great!

Dana

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:huh: Hi! Thanks for the replies. I just got my son's test back and before, they said it was okay, but now they said his IGG AB was 51. So it was higher than mine. How accurate is the test and could it be something besides celiac? Just cuirious. I go to a gastroentologist Wednesday. I did not realize how strict the diet is, I guess. I did not know one little bit of gluten could cause so many problems. Thanks.
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Don't forget that normal IgA's don't tell you a thing if you don't also have a total IgA test to find out if you're IgA deficient in general.

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Hi. I went to a gastroenterologist yesterday. He also wants to do a biopsy and since I have been on the diet a couple months, i wonder if anything will show up. i have been feeling so lousy lately. Also, I got a copy of my son's labs: Ttg=1 <20 negative, IGG AB 51 <20 negative and IGA AB 4 <20 negative. I asked the doctor about him going on the diet and see said I could try it for 6 months, but the standard test is the biopsy. I think I need to go to one who specializes in celiac. I felt like I know more than him because of my researching. My son has had two inner ear infections this year, is tired, and dizzy once in awhile. He does get heartburn too and I just think I should try the diet. Anyone have any suggestions? If you have IGG antibodies you are sensitive to gluten, right?

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