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Just wondering who here was diagnosed after being gluten free and then undergoing a gluten challenge?

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I was. After years of negative tests and progressive symptoms I had basically given up. My PT insisted I see an allergist who would deal with intolerances as well as allergies. He wasn't easy to find but I found him. He had me do an elimination diet and I reacted severely to adding gluten back in. When I called and told him he referred me immediately back to my GI doctor. I asked if I should continue eating gluten and his response was 'Oh heavens no!'. Well when I got to the GI doctor he demanded another challenge. The results of that were disasterous and included having a severe GI bleed. The results of the challenge were so severe he didn't even see a need to do the endo. I finally got my official diagnosis and profuse apologies from him at every visit after.

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I was. After years of negative tests and progressive symptoms I had basically given up. My PT insisted I see an allergist who would deal with intolerances as well as allergies. He wasn't easy to find but I found him. He had me do an elimination diet and I reacted severely to adding gluten back in. When I called and told him he referred me immediately back to my GI doctor. I asked if I should continue eating gluten and his response was 'Oh heavens no!'. Well when I got to the GI doctor he demanded another challenge. The results of that were disasterous and included having a severe GI bleed. The results of the challenge were so severe he didn't even see a need to do the endo. I finally got my official diagnosis and profuse apologies from him at every visit after.

Did he do any blood testing or just diagnose you due to dietary reaction?

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Did he do any blood testing or just diagnose you due to dietary reaction?

I was blood tested over and over and over since I had classic celiac symptoms and unfortunately I am a sero-negative celiac. As my present GI said I am one of those celiacs who would have been diagnosed by autopsy if not for that elderly allergist. I do also have DH but no derm was smart enough to biopsy for it and my DH was called everything from 'pickers acne' to 'atopic dermatitis' the skin equivalent of IBS, and even 'poison ivy in my bloodsteam' when I was a child.

Interestingly both my children had positive blood work and one had the endo which was positive also.

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If you are asking because you have gone gluten free and are now doubting whether gluten is an issue or not then you could always challenge for at least 2 or 3 months and then get tested. There have been some folks that have done that and gotten a doctor derived diagnosis but usually they were very ill during the challenge and there are some folks who haven't been able to complete the time needed because they reacted too strongly.

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If you are asking because you have gone gluten free and are now doubting whether gluten is an issue or not then you could always challenge for at least 2 or 3 months and then get tested. There have been some folks that have done that and gotten a doctor derived diagnosis but usually they were very ill during the challenge and there are some folks who haven't been able to complete the time needed because they reacted too strongly.

I originally went gluten free for my daughter that I'm breastfeeding. She's had digestive problems from day one. My 3 year old also has digestive problems and we ended up going gluten free with her also. This was all before I was even aware of celiac disease. We first started suspecting celiac disease with our 3 year old, we had switched pediatricians because we weren't taken seriously about her GI issues and the new ped is who mentioned celiac disease. We took her to a GI and they went ahead and tested her even though she was gluten free already and of course her tests came back negative so we went ahead and did the gene test which turned up positive for DQ8. After a lot of debate we decided to do a gluten challenge with her so we could retest. We did not plan on challenging our 18 month old but it was almost impossible to keep her away from the gluten things our other daughter was eating so we decided to go ahead and challenge her too. This led me to reintroduce gluten back into my own diet and I started experiencing things again that I never really noticed before but had disappeared when gluten free.

Anyways, long story short. All three of us are getting near the end of a miserable 3 month gluten challenge. I think my anxieties are starting to creep up again and I'm starting to worry that we're just going to get negative results and this will all have been in vain. I guess I was just looking for some reassurance that if we do have celiac disease than we still have a chance of testing positive and that going gluten free didn't mess all that up.

In the end we are going gluten free again despite the results but we wanted to at least go through the testing process for a possible diagnosis.

It's been a stressful 3 months to say the least!

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You have my sympathies it must have been a miserable 3 months. There is of course a chance of a false negative but hopefully after all you have been through the tests will be conclusive. Make sure you let the doctor know how miserable it has been as some will give a diagnosis based on the return of symptoms with the challenge even if the tests are negative.

Do get you hands on the actual reports also as some doctors will call a low positive a negative.

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I hope the tests will be conclusive but I know that's not always the case :( I just got my genetic tests back and I have 2 copies of the DQ8 gene, just one more piece to my puzzle. My girl's GI is really good and very knowledgeable about celiac, he helped start the organization R.O.C.K. (raising our celiac kids), so I feel pretty comfortable with that. I just made an apt for me with a doctor that was recommended at celiac.com so I'm hopeful that she will be good as well. I will definitely be sure to let them both know that this has not been easy and there are definite symptoms we all 3 have. Just looking for some answers!

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Been doing a gluten challenge for 16 days. I didn't have any health insurance when I suspected gluten causing my many discomforts . I went gluten-free for relief....in April of 2010 And it did just that. I remember about a week after going gluten-free getting ready for work... I felt well rested and bent over to tie my shoes without gasping for air . Aches diminished gas and bloating gone . Amazing at how much better I felt over those 10 months. Don't get me wrong I had my days .. Cross contamination.. Questionable ingredients ??? . But what a difference.

I was diagnosed with osteopenia in 2000. After breaking my back. I couldn't believe I had a deficiency it didn't make sense to me. Drank gallons of milk and most food now is fortified with calcium and D.... . So I increased calcium and D and did weight bearing exercise For the next year . I repeated my dexascan a year later and my bone density got worse ... I stated to my doctor that it seemed to me that I wasn't absorbing it and it got brushed aside... Nothing happened for years after that. Until a lost pregnancy in oct09 I was very Nausous alllll the time tooting allllll the time I went through the holidays with an insatiable appetite severe bloat discomfort and distension . In January 2010 I realized all that holiday food was still in me . I had maybe gone to the bathroom maybe 3-4 times over the holidays needless to say I was miserable. I tried increasing fiber , drank lots of water and enemas... it only made me have hot flashes and stomach pains. With no ins I needed to self diagnose and fix myself. So yea I felt much better soooo much better after going strict gluten-free. However I don't have a black and white diagnosis. ..... So here I am day 16 of gluten challenge.....

How much longer do u all think I should wait before going for bloodwork.???

Btw I switched doctors.

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Been doing a gluten challenge for 16 days. I didn't have any health insurance when I suspected gluten causing my many discomforts . I went gluten-free for relief....in April of 2010 And it did just that. I remember about a week after going gluten-free getting ready for work... I felt well rested and bent over to tie my shoes without gasping for air . Aches diminished gas and bloating gone . Amazing at how much better I felt over those 10 months. Don't get me wrong I had my days .. Cross contamination.. Questionable ingredients ??? . But what a difference.

I was diagnosed with osteopenia in 2000. After breaking my back. I couldn't believe I had a deficiency it didn't make sense to me. Drank gallons of milk and most food now is fortified with calcium and D.... . So I increased calcium and D and did weight bearing exercise For the next year . I repeated my dexascan a year later and my bone density got worse ... I stated to my doctor that it seemed to me that I wasn't absorbing it and it got brushed aside... Nothing happened for years after that. Until a lost pregnancy in oct09 I was very Nausous alllll the time tooting allllll the time I went through the holidays with an insatiable appetite severe bloat discomfort and distension . In January 2010 I realized all that holiday food was still in me . I had maybe gone to the bathroom maybe 3-4 times over the holidays needless to say I was miserable. I tried increasing fiber , drank lots of water and enemas... it only made me have hot flashes and stomach pains. With no ins I needed to self diagnose and fix myself. So yea I felt much better soooo much better after going strict gluten-free. However I don't have a black and white diagnosis. ..... So here I am day 16 of gluten challenge.....

How much longer do u all think I should wait before going for bloodwork.???

Btw I switched doctors.

If you have been off gluten for long enough to get well healed you should go back on for about 3 months. However if you felt good gluten free and are miserable back on gluten you really have your answer.

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3 months is a long time.... If my belly is so swollen like being pregnant and all kinds of symptoms and aching and pins and needles and horrible nausea and fatigue and so on and so on and on ......wouldn't it show up somewhere in a blood test.

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After finding my sister was gluten intolerant I requested the bloodwork. My doctor and I were both shocked to find that it came back positive. So, I went off gluten immediately (for 5 months) then was told to go back on for my gluten challenge. I was on gluten for 3 months and LOVED IT! I had not experienced any pain, gas, bloating, GI issues, anemia or other deficiencies so it was quite frankly a wonderful 3 months. Then I had both a gastroscopy and colonoscopy - confirmed celiac disease. That was 2 weeks ago. So, now I am gluten-free for the rest of my life. I am hoping that I will eventually feel better although I have always felt well (tons of energy and so on). Perhaps I will notice things I hadn't in the past. We'll wait and see! :P

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3 months is a long time.... If my belly is so swollen like being pregnant and all kinds of symptoms and aching and pins and needles and horrible nausea and fatigue and so on and so on and on ......wouldn't it show up somewhere in a blood test.

The antibodies have to build in the body to a pretty high level to be detected. You could try the blood panel and see what the results are, maybe it will show positive or a real low positive. If it comes back negative and you really feel you need a doctor derived diagnosis then keep eating gluten for a couple months more and retest. Do be aware that false negatives are not uncommon even for those that have never been gluten free.

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Thanks ravenwood . I just hope it all works out. I want my dx so I can go back to gluten-free and feeling better . I need the hard copy dx for my job and my family . Day 22 . I don't think I'm eating enough poison . I'm barely eating anything at all. so distended and not very hungry . I don't want to mess up the challenge , but I've got to work . I have a very physical job that is hard when your nauseas and muscle fatigued and achey. I'm trying to stay positive but there are so many false negatives talked about on here it scares me.

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