Some of you may recall my introductory post where I mentioned recently having multiple medical tests coming back with abnormal results. I'd arranged for a visit with my doctor to go over those results, suspecting celiac.
Well, I saw my primary care doctor today, and he agreed. He told me to stop eating gluten and gave me orders for a celiac blood test. He also said that the test would not be definitive. If it comes up positive, we have an answer but he said that there are many false negatives. I knew this, but was glad to hear him say it. He said that if I get a negative result I should stay on the diet for at least six to eight weeks before deciding if it's working for me or not. Of course, if it's positive, I stay on the diet for life.
I am relieved that I didn't have to argue with him to get this test. He said he has many patients on a gluten free diet who are feeling better than they ever did with gluten in their systems. What a relief to have that out of the way.
Great! But keep eating gluten until you have exausted all possible tests.