I already know I'm gluten intolerant. I'm wondering how important it is to have an official Celiac DX, and I could use some opinions.
I just went to see a new GI at UCLA who specializes in Celiac/Gluten Intolerance to address my ongoing chronic C that is closely related to the multiple food sensitivities that started after I went gluten-free 2 1/2 years ago. I'm still sick and figuring out what I can and can't eat.
Of course this new Dr. thinks it's important to know if I have Celiac or not. I asked him how Celiac treatment would differ from NCGI treatment. He said Celiac is an autoimmune disorder with inflammation which makes it more serious, and it would be more important to monitor my vitamin/mineral levels to guard against bone loss, Vit D deficiency, Thyroid problems, etc.
I knew all of that already from what I've learned on this site and my other readings. So far he's given me a Celiac Genetic blood test, but I don't have the results yet. Will that test tell me anything?
I've always said I won't do the "Gluten Challenge", and he hasn't asked me to - yet. Honestly I don't think I'm well enough to do it. I have enough trouble getting what I can eat in my body… and out again (sorry if that's TMI)
Does anyone think doing the "Gluten Challenge" and getting a small intestine biopsy is worth it for a certain DX. Or can I continue to monitor myself and get tested for deficiencies/imbalances as if I had Celiac to be on the safe side?
Is it necessary to know for sure if I have Celiac? I'm going to continue being gluten-free regardless, and continue taking extra good care of myself.