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Need To Be Eating Gluten To Be Tested?


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Hi,

I

Dawn

Gluten Intolerant. Celiac bloodwork - negative (levels were tested after being very low gluten for over a year).

No other testing done (not worth the pain). Mostly Gluten Free since 2003. Stopped all gluten 2006.

2 daughters also gluten intolerant (14 and 18). Youngest is very sensitive. Bloodwork done before trying a gluten free diet - negative. Oldest decided to do a gluten challenge before any testing.

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Yep, you need to be eating gluten to do blood tests (or biopsies) for it.

Tiffany aka "Have I Mentioned Chocolate Lately?"

Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy

G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004

Hiker, Yoga Teacher, Engineer, Painter, Be-er of Me

Bellevue, WA

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Hi. I think I need some help...quick. Many years ago an allergist told me I had a mild wheat allergy. I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it until recently when my symptoms got totally out of control. Told my GI I thought I might have celiac disease and I am going to have blood work done this Wednesday and a biopsy the following Wednesday (have an endoscopy yearly for another digestive problem). Anyway, in early December I stopped eating anything with glutin and I feel amazingly better. The problem is, it occurred to me that perhaps my blood work and biopsy will turn up negative because I've changed the way I eat. Checked with the doctor's office to see if I should start eating wheat again for these tests and they told me it's not necessary. After reading the postings on this site, I'm really nervous that I'm going to end up with negative results. What say you all? I don't want to do it, but if it means positive versus negative results... Obviously, at this point I don't have a month to do it, but I know what some of my worst triggers are.

By the way...I am thrilled to have found this site! Thanks for any input.

Carol

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Your other option is Enterolab (depending on how long you've been gluten-free). You can order a test kit for celiac and you'll get accurate results as long as you haven't been solidly gluten-free for a few years....and I assume you haven't been gluten-free for 4 years or something :)

P.S. It's unlikely that your doctors would accept Enterolab, but many here have used it and been very satisfied. ;)

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