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Where To Get Tested And Other Q's.

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For the past 2 weeks I've cut out a lot of gluten and dairy in my diet and have noticed symptoms of headaches, abdominal pains and bloating have decreased quite significantly. I still have an odd gluten or dairy intake but very small such as crumbed foods and sauces.

To be honest, I'm not liking the idea of a biopsy, but I'd like to go for a gene test since you don't have to be on gluten for that, but on the other hand to get a blood test, I need to be on gluten so I'm not sure if I should wait another 6 weeks to get a blood test by being on a gluten diet again... Or is my 2 weeks of cut down gluten won't make a difference?

Also, I'm having trouble finding a place to get tested for gluten. Can I just go to my local GP or does it have to be a specific specialist?

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Just go to your GP. Do it quickly & maybe add a little gluten into your diet until you get it done. 30% of the population have the gene for Celiac so, just having the gene does not mean you have Celiac Disease.

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Your GP should be able to order a celiac blood panel.  Search the forum for the actual tests in case your GP is not up to speed.  I don't think two weeks will make a difference, but be sure to eat gluten until you've completed all testing.

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here's a list of blood tests to request:

 

Comprehensive Celiac Panel:

DGP iga/igg

ttg iga/igg

EMA

Total iga serum-this is a control test to make sure you make enough iga to validate the other testing

check out page 12 in this report for testing information:

http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/assets/export/userfiles/2012_Celiac%20Disease_long_FINAL.pdf

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