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Is 14 days enough to show on labs, and how much gluten do I need to eat?

I've done the gluten challenge before, but could only get 3 weeks in before I was so miserable.

I looser insurance at the end of the month. I wanted to do it before I lost it if it's enough time. Also- does insurance cover the gene test?

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Is 14 days enough to show on labs, and how much gluten do I need to eat?

I've done the gluten challenge before, but could only get 3 weeks in before I was so miserable.

I looser insurance at the end of the month. I wanted to do it before I lost it if it's enough time. Also- does insurance cover the gene test?

If you have been gluten-free for a while then NO. The bare minimum is 6 weeks, but the more common recomendations I have seen is 3 months. That's eating the equivalent of 3 to 4 slices of bread a day for 3 months. If you can only get so far in without feeling miserable then you already have your answer that you need to be gluten-free. Why put yourself through the misery for an official diagnosis, especially if you are going to be without insurance soon? In the US it can be hard to get insurance for some people with celiac as a pre-existing condition. I would just self diagnose as Gluten intolerant and stay gluten-free if I were you.

As far as the gene tests you will have to check with your individual insurance company. Many companies do not cover the gene test but some will.

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Unless I have a diagnosis I won't have support :-(

If you are desperate for some positive tests you might look into Enterolab. Supposedly you can test with them with less gluten in your system because they test via a stool sample test. However, they are NOT covered by insurance (at least i have never heard of an insurance covering them) and technically they do not diagnose celiac disease. They will only tell you if you have a gluten sensitivity. They also have gene tests. You can send away for the test kit without a dr.

Who is it that will not support you if you don't have a diagnosis? It is nobodies business but your own whether or not you had positive blood tests for celiac. You can simply tell most people your DR strongly reccommended a gluten-free diet for life and your symptoms are very bad if you eat gluten.

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My family is not supportive. They think I'm being difficult. I had labs done but I had been gluten-free for almost a month prior. Family says labs were negative and me being gluten free has nothing to do with it. Even all the nurses in my family say that, so its lonley old me battling everyone.

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My family is not supportive. They think I'm being difficult. I had labs done but I had been gluten-free for almost a month prior. Family says labs were negative and me being gluten free has nothing to do with it. Even all the nurses in my family say that, so its lonley old me battling everyone.

Show them this link about testing from the celiac center in Chicago:

http://www.celiacdisease.net/assets/documents/2011CDCFactSheets_AnitbodyBloodTests.pdf

The first few sentences on the second page say:

"Antibody tests are only accurate when a patient is on a gluten-containing diet. Those concerned about celiac disease are strongly discouraged from starting a gluten-free diet without having had a firm diagnosis. Any change in the diet, even for as little as a month or two, can complicate the diagnostic process."

If this is your extended family then the next time you do get testing tell them it was positive regardless of the result. If this is your spouse causing your grief then I think you may need some counseling. I would not lie to my spouse about this but my spouse supports me even without a piece of paper--he saw the dramatic difference in my health after I went gluten-free and is very good about helping me stay that way.

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My spouse didn't believe me...divorced me for being sick when the Dr.'s didn't think it was anything significant.

My family didn't believe me...thought I was just depressed and making things up.

My doctors didn't believe me...thought it was mental, an eating disorder, neurotic excoriation and fibromyalgia.

In the end, the only thing that mattered was that I believed me...after I read ab out Celiac on Celiac.com.

None of them really believe me still....but I am ok with that.

I eat gluten free and I am healthy for the first time in years...

It is so well worth it.

The only support you need is from the hand that puts food in your mouth.

You can do it.

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My family is not supportive. They think I'm being difficult. I had labs done but I had been gluten-free for almost a month prior. Family says labs were negative and me being gluten free has nothing to do with it. Even all the nurses in my family say that, so its lonley old me battling everyone.

You may be gluten intolerant rather than celiac. If that's the case, you won't ever show anything on labs. This talks some about Faesano's research on gluten sensitivity.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576200393522456636.html

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