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Are There Less Expensive Ways Of Getting Tested?

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The only thing you could do would be to go completely and strictly gluten-free for a few months and see if your symptoms improve. Then go back to eating gluten for a while and see if your symptoms get worse.

 

If you see and improvement on a gluten-free diet and find your symptoms getting worse again when you challenge, you won't have a diagnosis but you will know you either have celiac or NCGI. The treatment for both is the same - strictly gluten-free for life.


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It took 3 !/2 years but my intolerances to corn, soy, and everything else (except gluten) are gone!

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If you are trying to do it and can't afford the whole diagnostic workup, Karen's suggestions of a public clinic or research hospital are good.  If you can't find something like that, you could do one blood test at a time to let the results trickle in, and you may get something indicative enough of Celiac disease that you are comfortable calling it that without an endoscopy.  However, if you can manage any way to get the full diagnostic workup and endoscopy, that really can help you know if other things are going on, especially if it turns out to not be Celiac disease.

 

You could also just trial a gluten-free diet now like Bartfull said.  If you are really itching to know and your financial situation allows in the future, it will be a 12 week period of eating gluten.  There are a good number of people here on the forum that did that, and feel no need to go get formally diagnosed.  Just try to weigh the benefits and decide what is best for yourself.


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I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2013. I also have Lupus and Common Variable Immunodeficiency(CVID) for which I am on IVIG.

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No "new" celiac test.. I'm guessing you have no insurance? But if you have symptoms you can go to a free clinic like Bartful said...some states provide a GP doctor for people with needing medical help....Public welfare also has medical programs ...

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I have insurance but from my understanding, these tests can set a person back a grand or two even with insurance. 

 

This test I'm referring to can identify celiac markers with greater specificity and you don't have to eat gluten before undergoing the process. Maybe it's not publicly available yet. 

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I have insurance but from my understanding, these tests can set a person back a grand or two even with insurance.

This test I'm referring to can identify celiac markers with greater specificity and you don't have to eat gluten before undergoing the process. Maybe it's not publicly available yet.

You can get a genetic test for about $300. It will tell you if you have a possibility of having Celiac. but 30% of people have a gene for Celiac and only about 1% actually develope Celiac. so just having the gene does not mean you have Celiac.

If you just want a basic Celiac panel, call Quest diagnostics and ask for the cost.

Edited to add: I am talking about legitimate, currently available medical testing.


 

 

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There are no scientifically valid tests (aside from the genetic test) that are accurate when one is not consuming gluten.  Getting something like that is a top priority for Celiac researchers but they are not there yet.  While I understand it is easy to assume something is not affordable, why don't you contact your lab of choice and ask about pricing before you assume as such?  Any money you spend on a diagnosis is an investment in your health for the rest of your life and well worth it in my opinion.  Also, unless your insurance plan has a stacked deductible, you are not going to be paying 100% out of pocket for lab costs.  You can get information on what your portion would be from your insurance company so you can estimate costs and save up to get them done if that is needed.


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I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2013. I also have Lupus and Common Variable Immunodeficiency(CVID) for which I am on IVIG.

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