Posted 18 December 2004 - 11:18 AM
Posted 18 December 2004 - 11:54 AM
In your case, I would just do it.
If you need a firm confirmation you can go to a private lab and have the stool tests.
They told me one elevated gliadin blood test indicates Celiac may develop, but not necessarily.
However, if you are already sick from the gluten what do you have to lose?
I think the private lab tests are a better bet, but they are too pricey for myself at this time.
Posted 18 December 2004 - 02:08 PM
If you do not need a dx from a doctor then try the gluten free diet for a couple of months and if your health improves, you need no further testing!
I hope you begin to feel better soon!
Posted 03 January 2005 - 03:33 PM
Posted 04 January 2005 - 03:13 AM
Long Island, NY
Double DQ1, subtype 6
We urge all doctors to take time to listen to your patients.. don't "isolate" symptoms but look at the whole spectrum. If a patient tells you s/he feels as if s/he's falling apart and "nothing seems to be working properly", chances are s/he's right!
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Posted 04 January 2005 - 02:40 PM
Kate ! The blood test has a horrible rate of false negatives. But i'd never imagined a celiac could have symptoms "settle down" during a gluten challenge. Tho now that i think of it, I used to (several years ago) be able to have some gluten w/out getting symptomatic tho i would have the common symptoms w/ a greater amount of gluten.
So there WAS, for me, a time where a gluten-challenge could proceed very differently, depending on the amount of gluten involved. How much gluten were u ingesting for the challenge ?
Celiac 1st diagnosed as a toddler, in the 60s. Docs then, between bloodletting & leech-tending, said "he'll grow out of it" & I was back on gluten & mostly fine for 30yrs.
Gluten-free since 12-03
Dairy-free since 10-04
Soy-free since 5-07
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