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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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I went to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor laughted when I said that I thought I might have celiac diease. He said he rarely see celiac and when he does the people are rail thin with bloated stomachs( I'm 5'6 140lbs.) He said he thought my symptoms were just stress from my job(teacher) He did go ahead and do the blood tests, but he also said that it was just IBS and he gave me a prescription for Dicyclomine. My results come back on Friday. If they are negative what should I do? Should just keep eating normal and take these pills or should I get a second opinion?

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Ugh, I hate it that he laughed at you! How disrespectful!

FWIW, I'm 5'6", 150 lb, no bloated stomach, no diarrhea, no weight loss (I wish!), no cramps, no gas, zero nada zip!!! And I do have celiac disease! Not everyone is the same, your dr should know that. My family dr was actually really great, I asked to be screened cuz my sis has celiac disease, and she said no problem but I don't think you have it. Neither did I, but I was positive on labs and the biopsy confirmed it. I've been gluten-free for 3 weeks now.

What you do now is really up to you. If it comes back +, do you want a scope? If you do, may as well keep eating normally because you need to be eating gluten for the tests to come back accurately (do what I did, visit all your favourite spots and never walk past a bakery without going in, lol). If you don't think you will have a scope either way, just go onto the gluten-free diet and see if your body responds positively.

Wish I could tell you more! ((hugs))

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If they are negative what should I do? Should just keep eating normal and take these pills or should I get a second opinion?

If the results are negative... you could have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, or you could have an intolerance to something else like casein (milk protein), lactose, soy, corn, ect. You could start out by eliminating dairy products and see what happens. If that doesn't work, than I would try gluten.

Persoanlly, I believe that IBS only occurs when the digestive track is agitated by something that the body cannot tolerate. I've been on two IBS meds. One was really bad and didn't work, actually it made me feel worse. And the other one worked for awhile and then stopped working. The last time my GI doc issued me IBS meds, I didn't get them.

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I went to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor laughted when I said that I thought I might have celiac diease.  He said he rarely see celiac and when he does the people are rail thin with bloated stomachs( I'm 5'6 140lbs.)  He said he thought my symptoms were just stress from my job(teacher)  He did go ahead and do the blood tests, but he also said that it was just IBS and he gave me a prescription for Dicyclomine.  My results come back on Friday. If they are negative what should I do?  Should just keep eating normal and take these pills or should I get a second opinion?

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Some doctors just do not have a clue! My doc, refered me to see a surgeon who told me that my Iorn levels were low because of my period,( my faratin level was 1.4) and refered me to see a OB doc who sent me back to the surgeon who placated me but after a year of prodding agreed to do the scope and of my gosh if it did not come back positive. Did i mention that he was soooo sure he would find nothing! Do not give up! If you have to find another Doctor, one that will listen and one that will do all the blood work needed and check it, sad to say but not all doc are forth comming. Good luck! ;)

Suzann

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I went to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor laughted when I said that I thought I might have celiac diease.  He said he rarely see celiac and when he does the people are rail thin with bloated stomachs( I'm 5'6 140lbs.)  He said he thought my symptoms were just stress from my job(teacher)  He did go ahead and do the blood tests, but he also said that it was just IBS and he gave me a prescription for Dicyclomine.  My results come back on Friday. If they are negative what should I do?  Should just keep eating normal and take these pills or should I get a second opinion?

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There is never anything wrong with a second opinion. Also many show up negative on blood work, I have never come back positive but both kids did. Good luck.

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I went to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor laughted when I said that I thought I might have celiac diease.  He said he rarely see celiac and when he does the people are rail thin with bloated stomachs( I'm 5'6 140lbs.)  He said he thought my symptoms were just stress from my job(teacher)  He did go ahead and do the blood tests, but he also said that it was just IBS and he gave me a prescription for Dicyclomine.  My results come back on Friday. If they are negative what should I do?  Should just keep eating normal and take these pills or should I get a second opinion?

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OH for Pete's sake!! Where is his professionalism?!? IBS is just a catch-all dx in my mind. It seems that there are more dx that correspond with pharmaceutical ads than anything else. If the results come back neg, it could be a false neg, but if the results are pos, then you have celiac disease. If they come back neg, you could always try the gluten-free diet on your own. If your symptoms lessen and you start to feel better, that most likely means you have celiac disease and the diet challenge is a legitimate diagnostic tool for celiac disease. (that's how my dr. found out I had celiac disease) Keep us posted.

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I went to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor laughted when I said that I thought I might have celiac diease.  He said he rarely see celiac and when he does the people are rail thin with bloated stomachs.

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Your doctor sounds just as bad as mine. You don't have to be rail thin w/ a bloated stomach to have celiac disease...you can be overweight or of normal weight and still have it. I DID fit that "classic" description however and no doctor I ever saw (and I saw lots) ever once mentioned celiac disease to me. They were just clueless. I didn't know I had a problem with gluten but I did know I had a problem with food in general. Whenever I told my doctor that food was making me sick and also causing depression and weight loss I was told to go see the psychiatrist. <_< I changed my diet on my own and my symptoms improved...when I pointed this out (still not aware of the gluten problem) I was told that I wasnt really better since there was nothing wrong to begin with...it was just the placebo effect of me "thinking" I was better. I was laughed at too but it doesnt matter cuz I'm getting better and I'll be the one laughing at them in the end. :D

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I don't have any faith in doctors when it comes to celiac disease. I was not rail thin I was obese and there are others here who are or were overweight. All the doctors wanted to do for me was write lots of prescriptions. Find another doctor and if that doesn't work you can always try the gluten-free diet anyway and if that makes you feel better then that may be all you need to know.

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