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tarah86

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I have been having digestional problems for 6yrs. I notice that when i eat certain food like oatmeal, mac n cheese, bananas, and apples. I get bloated and when i try to hold in my gas i have like an inward fart that is loud. my stomach is always bubbly. when i use the bathroom I have mucus in stool and lots of gas w/ little waste in the toilet. I notice recently when I eat red grapes my stomach calms down a little.

my questions are :

could i have celiac disease?

what type of doctor should i see?

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It's possible that you have Celiac, but it cannot be diagnosed simply from the symptoms. You should see your regular doctor, and asked to be tested for Celiac. Bloodwork is a good indicator. Of course, a biopsy of your intestine is the best test, but you should start with the bloodwork. If that comes out positive, then there may be no need for the biopsy.

BTW, you should continue eating gluten until after the testing, to make sure you get accurate results. Good luck!

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Guest j_mommy

I agree!!!!

Definetly keep eating gluten until you test.....then you will not have to do a gluten challenge later!

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Tarah,

Welcome to this site! I hope you find some much needed answers, whether its gluten related or not.

Print out this list from the columbia celiac site, and bring it with you. It has the correct tests to run.

the overall site is www.celiacdiseasecenter.columbia.edu

the site with the tests is: http://www.celiacdiseasecenter.columbia.ed...C05-Testing.htm

Take this part to your dr:

Serologic panel

Of the commercially available serologic tests that aid in the diagnosis of celiac disease, no one test is ideal. Using multiple serologies increases the diagnostic yield. Therefore, in the United States, screening in patients with possible celiac disease should consist of a panel of the following serologic tests:

Anti-gliadin antibodies (AGA) both IgA and IgG

Anti-endomysial antibodies (EMA) - IgA

Anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTG) - IgA

Total IgA level.

The reason for the use of the panel to detect celiac disease is several fold. They include selective IgA deficiency (SIgA deficiency), lack of concordance of endomysial antibody and tTG, and the occurrence of seronegative celiac disease.

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