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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 have been experiencing symptoms for quite some time and never really thought much about it. I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, fibromyalgia, PCOS (Metabolic Syndrome), and Vitamin D deficiency. I am overweight and have persistant constipation/diarhea. I thought it might be something with my gallbladder but that doesn't make since. I feel bloated and sick to my stomach all the time. I eat lots of bread and pasta. Every time I eat beef or any fatty meat I have extreme stomach pain and diarhea for hours. I also have noticed sensitivity to anything with sugar or lactose. Could this all be related? I did go on weight watchers about 2 years ago and went almost completely off of bread. I felt better, more energy, less fibro pain, no head aches, and very little diarhea. Then I went off of the diet because I got lazy about watching what I was eating. Within days I was back to feeling sluggish and my fibro pain exploded. Could this all be Celiac?

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Before you do this, please get tested. If you were to go off of it now, and down the line decide you want to have an actual dx, then you'd have to do a gluten challenge and it might end up being worse than what you experienced before.

Also, gallbladders can act up in the presence of fatty/greasy foods. You could also have an issue with it as well going on.

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This could most definitely be celiac disease, and my advice is to go get the testing before you think about not eating gluten. Your symptoms are pretty classic. The celiac panel consists of the following tests:

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG

Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA

Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG

Total Serum IgA

You need to have all the tests run because you will most likely not test positive on all of them. If they must omit some, I would have them omit the first two, as the older tests.

If you go gluten free before testing you have to resume eating it to be tested, and for some this is a very painful process because you react more strongly than before. :(

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