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Is Positive Genetic Test Enough For Some Of You To Go Gluten Free?

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I just had my second endoscopy yesterday, Tues. Dec. 1st. The doctor said everything looked okay but that I could certainly try a gluten free diet to see if that helps since all of my testing is over. Part of me wonders if I should wait to see what the biopsies say but the other part of me is really ready to give the gluten free diet a whirl. My genetic testing stated I was positive for HLA-DQ2 and a subset of that gene(sorry I don't have the exact wording of the results-this was given to me by my gastro's nurse) which is the only evidence so far that celiac may be playing a part in how I feel. I have tried just about everything else and really am ready to feel better. Has anyone felt that having the genes alone is enough to make them want to at least try a gluten free lifestyle? I have a follow-up with my gastro in 8 weeks which I feel is a good amount of time to give this diet a try. It is sort of strange to know that I posses 2 copies of the HLA-DQ2 gene and that it is lurking in the background. I have to find some peace that even if the biopsies come back normal it may be the best thing for my body to elimate gluten. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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I just had my second endoscopy yesterday, Tues. Dec. 1st. The doctor said everything looked okay but that I could certainly try a gluten free diet to see if that helps since all of my testing is over. Part of me wonders if I should wait to see what the biopsies say but the other part of me is really ready to give the gluten free diet a whirl. My genetic testing stated I was positive for HLA-DQ2 and a subset of that gene(sorry I don't have the exact wording of the results-this was given to me by my gastro's nurse) which is the only evidence so far that celiac may be playing a part in how I feel. I have tried just about everything else and really am ready to feel better. Has anyone felt that having the genes alone is enough to make them want to at least try a gluten free lifestyle? I have a follow-up with my gastro in 8 weeks which I feel is a good amount of time to give this diet a try. It is sort of strange to know that I posses 2 copies of the HLA-DQ2 gene and that it is lurking in the background. I have to find some peace that even if the biopsies come back normal it may be the best thing for my body to elimate gluten. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

If you carry the gene, I've read, heard and been told that there is more than a good chance you have it.

I would do the gluten free diet anyways...what do you have to lose? Well, gluten, but that is a good thing anyways because you'll probably feel better even after just a couple weeks. Some people say they feel better within days.

Good luck :)

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For me the decision was pretty simple. Make a temporary change in my diet to see if long standing issues went away or continue to suffer and put myself at the mercy of current medical practices constantly which weren't doing me a bit of good, and were quite possibly making things worse.

I had my answer very quickly after going gluten free.

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For me the decision was pretty simple. Make a temporary change in my diet to see if long standing issues went away or continue to suffer and put myself at the mercy of current medical practices constantly which weren't doing me a bit of good, and were quite possibly making things worse.

I had my answer very quickly after going gluten free.

Thank you for your replies. You're right the diet change is relatively easy as long as you are committed to it and if it helps it will be wonderful. I have to let go of that feeling that I have to have more than just a positive gene test to be validated. I have stocked my pantry with things so that baking this season won't be hard and am really hoping and PRAYING that this helps me regardless of the results I get from the biopsies. I am so glad this site is here for all the support you get.

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Thank you for your replies. You're right the diet change is relatively easy as long as you are committed to it and if it helps it will be wonderful. I have to let go of that feeling that I have to have more than just a positive gene test to be validated. I have stocked my pantry with things so that baking this season won't be hard and am really hoping and PRAYING that this helps me regardless of the results I get from the biopsies. I am so glad this site is here for all the support you get.

Start the diet now. You are done with the celiac testing and your body may give you the answer before you even go back for the results. You have nothing to lose.

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