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Son Will Be Tested After He Is Back On The Gluten
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I took my son to the doctor today and he said he would run a full celiac panel on him. First I have to get more gluten into his diet. I have been gluten free for two years, so most everything in the house is gluten free. He does eat gluten at school and at other peoples houses. The dr told me to feed him alot more gluten for the next five weeks so the test results can be accurate. How much should he be eating? Bread everyday? Any input would be great, my celiac test was negative, but I was already wheat free because of a wheat allergy. Thanks for any info..

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This is your 12-year-old, right? If memory serves, this is the age where they start eating quite a lot, so I would give him the equivalent of a couple of slices of bread a day. And then he gets some at school and other places so that should be plenty.

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I agree with Neroli. :) Good luck to him; I hope his gluten trial goes smoothly!

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Yes, it is my 12 year old. Thanks for the info. If he tests positive maybe my other family members will finally get tested. My mom is hypothyroid and has fibromyalgia. My sister is hypothyroid and unexplained infertility. My brother has epilepsy (has seizures even with all the medication) Not to mention all the little complaints I hear from all of them.

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My brother has epilepsy (has seizures even with all the medication)

My brother was also diagnosed with epilepsy, in his 40's. Not grand mal, not petit mal, just generic epilepsy. Like your brother, for him medication made no difference and the mini seizures continued. We eventually lost him to complications of one of his seizures :( I am convinced it was gluten - we are a gluten family, and he had other symptoms.

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My brother was also diagnosed with epilepsy, in his 40's. Not grand mal, not petit mal, just generic epilepsy. Like your brother, for him medication made no difference and the mini seizures continued. We eventually lost him to complications of one of his seizures :( I am convinced it was gluten - we are a gluten family, and he had other symptoms.

That scares me! I don't know what kind of epilepsy he has, but I asked him to try gluten free for a month to see if they continued. I offered to make all his meals even. He made it about two days and said it was just to hard and quit...Frustrating!!!

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Convince him to get tested. Getting rid of seizures would be worth the hardship, surely. We didn't know about our familial affliction when my brother was having his seizures.

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    • I just now saw the second reply and I see what you mean. Again, the issue is that I may have to go with the gluten until close to the end of the year.

      However, an idea did just come to mind, and that is, can my primary care doctor do such a test? I had normal blood work done, but they didn't really say anything about testing for celiacs. I can get an appointment with my primary care doctor much sooner than a GI.

      When I was talking to my PCP last, I asked her what I should expect as far as testing goes or what she may have been concerned about. Her reply was about a HIDA scan for the gallbladder but also any test needed in case of IBS or Celiacs. Just the way she threw that in there like an after thought and left me hanging kinda had me worried.
    • I am not a doctor that's for sure.  So, I can't even answer your questions.  If you know you have pre-diabetes, you probably are working with a doctor.  Can you email them and ask for a celiac blood panel?   You can work on the weight loss and diabetes -- that you can handle yourself now and take action.  I have diabetes and my glucose readings are fairly normal now without medication and I'm thin.  Being overweight does not cause diabetes.  It's either autoimmune (type 1) or you become insulin resistant (type 2).  You can cut out all sugar and  processed stuff ASAP to help take action and start walking 10,000 steps (helps with the insulin resistance).    But the prediabetes is not going to kill you in the next year.  Whatever's in your gut is more likely going to get you much sooner.  But heck, I'm not a doctor and I don't even know you!    
    • Hi Steph, Yes, celiac disease can cause a myriad of symptoms and damage to the body,  Have you completed all celiac disease testing?  Usually they do the blood antibodies test first and then do an endoscopy.   You shouldn't go gluten-free until all testing is completed. Gluten is in many processed foods.  But if you stick with whole foods it is not hard to avoid gluten.  Getting used to eating gluten-free may take some time, as we need to adjust our preferences in diet.  But there are many foods that are naturally gluten-free.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley.  Some celiac disease organizations recommend avoiding oats also for the first 18 months of the gluten-free diet. Celiac disease impairs the ability of the body to absorb nutrients (including vitamins).  That can make it hard for the body to maintain itself and heal/repair damage.  So celiac can easily impact any part of the body. Sardines, tuna, mackeral and salmon have good amounts of vitamin D in them.  There are supplements available also, but not all are good.  You can check them at the labdoor website.  Nature Made is a good one and not expensive.  Internal damage from celiac can cause liver issues.  Those will probably clear up after being on the gluten-free diet a while. Recovery from celiac can take  months, and can be a rocky road.  The more you stick with whole foods and avoid cross-contamination issues the sooner you will heal IMHO. You may find that dairy causes problems for your digestion at first.  But it make stop being a problem after you have healed up some. welcome to the forum!
    • Will this be dangerous considering how long I have to wait for any testing? I may not even get a blood test in November but here is hoping. I just worry having to wait so long will cause serious issues, not to mention delay of weight loss which I need for the pre-diabetes. Do ulcers have a chance to cause yellow stools though? I suppose a stool test will be needed for that for any signs of blood in stools but visually it does not seem so. The biggest issue is not knowing what else could be causing the yellow stools as this would not be a diabetic or ulcer thing. And without negative signs on the gallbladder or liver, it is narrowing down the list.

      At the very least this is making me assume I can wait on a final scan of gallbladder and attempt blood tests and endoscopy if they recommend it.
    • The first step is getting a celiac blood panel.   Any medical doctor can order one.  Live near Chicago?  They are do free screenings this month (check their website).  The cost is less than $400 for the complete panel.  If you get a positive on any one of them, then you should be referred to a GI for an endoscopy to obtain intestinal biopsies.   Here's more information from a reliable source and not just some lady on the internet: http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/screening/ Having had my gallbladder removed (probably ruined from undiagnosed celiac disease, but I don't know that for sure), I would recommend a HIDA scan.  I have no idea how expensive that one is.  It's a nuclear test that checks for functionality.  Basically, is your gallbladder squeezing bile into your small intestines when those fries or bacon come down the tube.  Mine happened to actually be rotting (infected).  ER suspected appendicitis, but it was a rotten gallbladder.  I never had any stones (that's what the CT or the ultrasound can find).  I am sorry that you are ill.  Keep eating gluten until all testing is complete.  This is important.  Go gluten free now?  Here's why you shouldn't..... http://theceliacmd.com/2013/04/six-reasons-to-test-for-celiac-disease-before-starting-a-gluten-free-diet/  
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