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Joanne,

If you're still reading this I have positive tTg and negative endoscopy both after being gluten-lite for 4 months. GI said I'm fine- IBS. I didn't listen after 25 years of that diagnosis. Went gluten-free and dietary response was pretty amazing- I'd been suffering with over 28 significant pretty wretched symptoms, one being lavish pain- they are either gone or greatly diminished. (Except when I happen to get nailed by inadvertant gluten or other intolerances...sigh...) It's been a year. I started by saying "gluten intolerant"- I now just say "celiac". It's easier. Wishing you health,

lisa

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Joanne,

If you're still reading this I have positive tTg and negative endoscopy both after being gluten-lite for 4 months. GI said I'm fine- IBS. I didn't listen after 25 years of that diagnosis. Went gluten-free and dietary response was pretty amazing- I'd been suffering with over 28 significant pretty wretched symptoms, one being lavish pain- they are either gone or greatly diminished. (Except when I happen to get nailed by inadvertant gluten or other intolerances...sigh...) It's been a year. I started by saying "gluten intolerant"- I now just say "celiac". It's easier. Wishing you health,

lisa

Oh, yes and Enterolab says I have two genes for "gluten intolerance"- both DQ 1s. So, tra la...

lisa

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I know I'm coming into this thread a little late in the game, but I'm so glad to have this addressed. It can be a huge issue for people--you don't want to feel like you're stretching the truth, but I have found that it is so much easier to say "celiac" than go through the whole gluten intolerance bit and explain to people how it feels, what the symptoms are, the consequences of ingesting gluten, etc...

I am one of those that was diagnosed celiac without positive blood work and a negative biopsy. My other risk factors (lymphocytic colitis), symptoms, genetics (DQ2 and DQ8) and dietary response was all my doctor needed to put the official diagnosis in my chart. I was floored when he said that! I guess it all depends on how informed your doctor is on the subject. Wouldn't it be nice if they all were so open minded?

I love that the people on this board are so open to everyone, regardless of the diagnosis, how the diagnosis was made, or what they are doing to keep themselves healthy. For most of us, it's been a long road more fighting with doctors than getting help from them. I think that's what keeps everyone together here.

Joanne, thanks for starting the thread and sparking a great discussion.

Corrine, did you know that there is another forum for people with mc? If you're interested, let me know and I'll send you the link. It's a great group of people--very well informed over there!

CL

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I am dietary response diagnosed, and I call myself a celiac. It is easier to explain and I'm of the opinion that celiac is the advanced stages of gluten intolerance so it hardly matters when you draw the line. The treatment is the same for both. In fact, I cannot think of one thing in my life that would change by me "only" having gluten intolerance instead of celiac.

I also call myself a celiac rather than someone with celiac disease. I know the disease doesn't define me, but it is a huge part of my life and I have wonderful friends and family who don't define me by the disease either, so maybe that's why I don't feel the need to stress the difference when interacting with people.

Say whatever makes you comfortable. Say what makes your life easiest and keeps you safe.

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