Does anyone know if prednisone, remicade and/or imuran can affect labs? What about endoscopy/biopsies? If those drugs suppress the immune system, do they make the villi appear normal (albeit temporarily).
My gastroenterologist gave me a clinical diagnosis of celiac disease even though my tests were negative (blood work and biopsy). I have the HLA DQ8 marker, reacted very strongly to a gluten challenge, and have family members with celiac disease, including 3 of my 5 grandchildren. He said that my prednisone and Imuran would suppress antibody production and allow my villi to re-generate.
I guess the bottom line is that we need to listen to our bodies. How do you feel when you eat gluten? How do you feel when you don't? If you feel better gluten free, then you have your answer! It doesn't really matter whether they call it celiac disease or gluten intolerance because the treatment is the same for both: the gluten free diet!
Good luck with everything!