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I was tested for celiac after already being gluten free for 2 months. My levels came back totally normal. So, I went back to eating gluten. The awfulness kicked right back in. The brain fog...the massive bloating...the watery diarrhea...the headaches...the blisters on my hands...the rashes, blah blah blah. So, I stopped eating gluten again. Life was good. Then last night I got PISSED. Pissed that a test came back negative, yet I'm watching my family eat christmas cookies and pizza and I'm not partaking. So, I decided to eat ALL the glutenous things. The cookies. Yep. The pizza. Yep. A toaster strudel. Yep. And today I'm in a crazy amount of pain and look 6 months pregnant. I'm SO frustrated that my test was so clearly negative, yet the symptoms are so wild when I consume. When people ask me if I'm celiac, I tell them no...because according to the test, it's the truth. Then the long explanation begins of WHY I still shouldn't/can't eat it. Anyone else ever feel this way?

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7 minutes ago, larann78 said:

I was tested for celiac after already being gluten free for 2 months. My levels came back totally normal. So, I went back to eating gluten. The awfulness kicked right back in. The brain fog...the massive bloating...the watery diarrhea...the headaches...the blisters on my hands...the rashes, blah blah blah. So, I stopped eating gluten again. Life was good. Then last night I got PISSED. Pissed that a test came back negative, yet I'm watching my family eat christmas cookies and pizza and I'm not partaking. So, I decided to eat ALL the glutenous things. The cookies. Yep. The pizza. Yep. A toaster strudel. Yep. And today I'm in a crazy amount of pain and look 6 months pregnant. I'm SO frustrated that my test was so clearly negative, yet the symptoms are so wild when I consume. When people ask me if I'm celiac, I tell them no...because according to the test, it's the truth. Then the long explanation begins of WHY I still shouldn't/can't eat it. Anyone else ever feel this way?

Sorry, but your doctor should have known that ALL celiac disease testing requires you to be on a daily diet of gluten.  

Learn more:

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/screening/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352225

You could consider a gluten challenge which would require you to consume gluten for 6 to 12 weeks.  

https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-disease/Testing-and-Diagnosis/The-Gluten-Challenge/1510/

 

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16 hours ago, larann78 said:

I was tested for celiac after already being gluten free for 2 months. My levels came back totally normal. So, I went back to eating gluten. The awfulness kicked right back in. The brain fog...the massive bloating...the watery diarrhea...the headaches...the blisters on my hands...the rashes, blah blah blah. So, I stopped eating gluten again. Life was good. Then last night I got PISSED. Pissed that a test came back negative, yet I'm watching my family eat christmas cookies and pizza and I'm not partaking. So, I decided to eat ALL the glutenous things. The cookies. Yep. The pizza. Yep. A toaster strudel. Yep. And today I'm in a crazy amount of pain and look 6 months pregnant. I'm SO frustrated that my test was so clearly negative, yet the symptoms are so wild when I consume. When people ask me if I'm celiac, I tell them no...because according to the test, it's the truth. Then the long explanation begins of WHY I still shouldn't/can't eat it. Anyone else ever feel this way?

That test meant nothing.  It wasn't done properly.  You must be eating gluten to be tested for Celiac.  When you have Celiac and are on a gluten-free diet, you want the tests to be negative.  I

You could go back to eating gluten for a few months and get re-tested.  

 

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Also, be aware that you could have gluten in your diet for the required length of time, at it could still come back negative. From your perspective, that should mean nothing. Unfortunately, from the perspective of many in the medical community, that means to them you do not have Celiac, and they stop there.

You know your body best. You need to be your own advocate.

You mentioned rashes reappeared. I am assuming that means you have dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), which is a variant of Celiac disease that attacks the skin. It is extremely rare, and even less understood by the medical community.

BUT, that means you have another test option. You need to have what is called a "punch biopsy," and should best be performed by someone familiar with DH. DH sufferers apparently have a higher chance that blood tests will come back negative, but a very high chance that the biopsies will show as positive, but they must be done correctly. The sample is taken from the adjacent skin, not the affected skin.

Squirmingitch shared these links with me. Don't hesitate to print them off and bring them to your doctor, but don't take a confrontational approach. Instead, say something along the lines of, "so I was reading this... I think I match the symptoms... this is what it says should be done... what are your thoughts?" This gives your doctor a face saving way to say yes, I think you are right, and let's do this, provided of course they are on board with it. And if they aren't, time to move on to another doc, or simply live with the fact that you don't have it officially diagnosed.

https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/related-conditions/dermatitis-herpetiformis/

http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/faq/can-a-skin-biopsy-for-dermatitis-herpetiformis-dh-confirm-celiac-disease-or-is-an-endoscopy-still-needed/

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