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I'm new--Hello everyone!

I have been on this diet for two months now, and I feel AMAZING, like a new person, all of my symptoms are gone. I'm sleeping like a rock, full of energy, happy, no more acid reflux, no more signs of vitamin deficiencies, no more stomach gurgling, no more painful gas and bloating. With all this, is it really necessary to get tested for celiac? I really do not want to reintroduce gluten to get the test because I feel SO GOOD.

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How can you argue with success! Consider yourself Gluten Intolerant, which carries a wide spectrum. Labels aren't too important here.

If it feels good, keep it up! Congratulations :D

Ooops....forgot my manners, WELCOME!

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How can you argue with success! Consider yourself Gluten Intolerant, which carries a wide spectrum. Labels aren't too important here.

If it feels good, keep it up! Congratulations :D

Ooops....forgot my manners, WELCOME!

Thanks Lisa!!!!

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I must add, as a word of caution.....that if you have had an extended time with intestinal distress, mineral deficiency or issue with absorption, you should seek some medical testing. It's a good measure for your medical history and to rule out other issues of greater concerns.

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That's great! I'm glad you are feeling better.

I was never formally diagnosed. I didn't need a Dr. to tell me what I had already figured out on my own. I agree with Lisa that there is no harm in asking your Dr. to check your D, B12, and iron levels to be sure the vitamin deficiencies have fully resolved.

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"I must add, as a word of caution.....that if you have had an extended time with intestinal distress, mineral deficiency or issue with absorption, you should seek some medical testing. It's a good measure for your medical history and to rule out other issues of greater concerns."

I understand you're not a doctor LOL, but specifically what do you think I should be concerned about or what type of medical testing should I seek? The thing is, I *have* had these symptoms for an extended time, but I'm talking like 25 years, most of life, so whatever's there, celiac or otherwise, it has been with me for a long time. They have only just recently worsened (within the past year), which prompted me to try the gluten-free diet. My concern is that if I go to the doctor with all of these vague sounding (to him), long term symptoms, I will just undergo a long series of invasive and inconclusive medical tests, unless I ask for something specific, like celiac testing. I just don't want to run around in circles. (Also I have been tested for anemia, that's been ruled out.)

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Oh and also, the last time I "challenged" myself with gluten, I was in the worst pain of my life. Much worse than anything I'd had when eating it daily. I'm afraid of gluten now, it seems like poison. I do want the diagnosis and I think it would be very important to have it in my medical records, but the thought of regluttening, yikes.

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That's great! I'm glad you are feeling better.

I was never formally diagnosed. I didn't need a Dr. to tell me what I had already figured out on my own. I agree with Lisa that there is no harm in asking your Dr. to check your D, B12, and iron levels to be sure the vitamin deficiencies have fully resolved.

My doctor REFUSED to order those tests without a diagnosis. :(

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My doctor REFUSED to order those tests without a diagnosis. :(

If you are showing signs of deficiency, find a doctor who will. My doctor ordered them when I wasn't feeling well without batting an eye. He also tells me not to bother gluten challenging because I feel better off gluten and the celiac tests are too unreliable.

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If you are showing signs of deficiency, find a doctor who will. My doctor ordered them when I wasn't feeling well without batting an eye. He also tells me not to bother gluten challenging because I feel better off gluten and the celiac tests are too unreliable.

Unfortunatly, I'm in a little town in the middle of nowhere in West Texas, so I'm very limited on choices, adding GREATLY to all of my frusterations! I wish I could find a doctor like yours!

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