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Will I Test Positive On A Gf Diet?
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Hi, this is my first posting here. I had surgery last year (apendectomy) and started feeling sicker and sicker afterwards; sudden fatigue, mental fogginess, cramping and frequent restroom trips after eating. I've also had skin, joint and allergy problems all my life as well as migraines. My mother read an article a month or so ago in Womans Day about Celiac Disease and we went to the doctor. Luckily he seems to be a lot more understanding then some of your doctors!! I was surprised that I didn't even tell him what I thought I had, got out the symptoms and he told me he thought I should try a gluten-free diet. Anyway, on the diet for 2 weeks and today had bloodwork done. Reading the site I think he did the right tests although I don't understand, won't the bloodwork not show the right thing if I have been avoiding gluten? Also what is a gluten challengs? Do I have to eat gluten again to get a biopsy done? I'm just really nervous about getting the testing done and done right. My sister is having deppression problems (fairly severe) and has had a lot of Celiac sounding symptoms. Want to know if I am so that I can help her. Thanks for any help you all can provide!!! (Also does anyone know if Ibprofin is gluten-free? I got the idea that naproxin is not from a message I read. It's for the migraines!!) Thanks for the help anyone can provide!!!

Stephanie

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Being gluten-free may well mess up a blood test. The blood test is looking for antibodies to gluten - your body's reaction to the protein. If you haven't been having any gluten, there's nothing for your body to react to, hence no proteins. (Ok, that's an oversimplification, the levels of antibodies will decline over time, not instantly drop to zero, but two weeks - depending entirely on your body - may be enough to bring you down below "normal" range.) I had the same thing happen - I was gluten-free for 2-3 weeks before my blood tests and the results came back inconclusive, though the diet was obviously helpful.

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    • I would be very careful in giving this kind of advice, she is in an advanced stage. I was there and one additional symptom that I was getting was a strong urge to commit suicide so eating gluten for three months might not be the way to go for some people. If a gluten free diet stop the problems them gluten is the problem or a least part of it. I eliminated MSG from my diet because I notice that the common denominator for some products that affected my well being was MSG. I eliminated oats because I notice that I would get canker sores every time I ate it. Wheat is what affect my brain the most, irritability gets uncontrollable, my mental capacity greatly diminish, rash in my arms appear, can't sleep,etc. Barley makes my stomach groan, and constipated. Will try testing how Rye affect me some later time. 
    • Hi Aly and welcome You may want to repost this in a new thread, that way more people will see it and can advise you.  I think you would be much better off getting the celiac test now, if you stay off gluten you will need to go back on it and that can be much harder. That said, loads of your symptoms look like they could be gluten related.  I had a persistent 'trapped nerve' for instance under my eye which would twitch like crazy. Since I went gluten-free doesn't happen any more.  Best of luck! Matt
    • Your scalp sounds like seborrheic dermatitis. I have that and although its better after going gluten-free its very persistent. The dermatologist recommended Nizoral shampoo for it and it does help. I think dairy has a big part to play with skin problems, for me at least. 
    • I was diagnosed this year and I live on Oahu. I have yet to meet another celiac, so that tells you something about our limitations here. I work in Waikiki and do frequent Rouffage. It is nothing fancy, small place, but keeps me fed when I need something. I also like Greens and Vines. It is a vegan restaurant and worth every penny. Greens and vines sets up at the KCC farmers market on Saturdays too. Places in Waikiki that do offer a gluten-free menu include, PF Changs, Dennys, Big City Diner and California Pizza kitchen. I do not trust those places due to the risk, but they "offer" gluten-free options. I did try and order a beer at Yard House in Waikiki. They label clearly states that it contained wheat, so yeah sent that back with the waiter. I have also tied Doraku in Waikiki. I called ahead and spoke with management. That went well and they offer gluten free soy sauce. There is a deli at Down to Earth Grocery store in Honolulu that has gluten-free options, but the whole foods here do not offer hot food that is gluten free. They do have a hot food bar, but you have to stick to the whole plain salad and veggie options. It's good to hear the hotels here are getting better, beyond Waikiki hotels there is no one really interested in being gluten free.
    • Just found this site today. Did you ever find one? I was diagnosed this year and I live on Oahu.
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