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Testing For Other Intolerances

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I've had positive blood tests and am waiting for the biopsy before going gluten-free. However, I suspect I've got problems with other foods. How do I know if they are intolerances or just because my stomach/guts are damaged by celiac disease?

I think I've got problems with at least dairy and rice. when my GI symptoms are at their worse, there are many more foods that I can't tolerate.

I don't know whether to start off with a very limited diet then reintroduce things one by one to test them or get ELISA tests. Any recommendations? TBH, I've had enough of trying to work out what foods are problems - I've had issues with IBS and gatritis as well as celiac disease - so I'm thinking ELISA tests would be easier. Would they help start me off on the right track?

Finally, when would be best to do this? Should I get tested now or wait until I've been gluten-free a while? I'd like to be able to eliminate as many problems as possible from the word go with my diet - is that just wishful thinking?! ;)

Sorry this is rather rambly - I'm a bit confused about all this and trying to get my head round my soon-to-change relationship with food.

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One place to start if you are suspecting certain foods is to keep a food journal. I did that and found links to issues with new foods--dairy, soy etc. I had a food intol. test several months after being gluten-free...a host of foods came back--and ones I never could have caught with a food journal. Alot of people get testing thru york allergy (yorkallergyusa) or great plains labs. I used great plains because I could get a food intol test and my insurance covered part of it. Another help is to go simple as you start gluten-free, and add in foods slowly to look for issues. I can give you more specific info too if you like (in a hurry right now--have a meeting ; )

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Thanks Jen! I think I will 'go simple' and if you've got any further info that would be great.

My bit of good news is that I had a call from the GI's secretary yesterday to say they've got me a cancellation slot for my gastroscopy - I'm having it at 1.30pm today :o So I can go gluten-free this evening :D

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