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Is Enterolabs Worth It?

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So I am new here and looking for help.

I had my gallbladder removed 4 years ago. I did not have gall stones. I have never been over weight and am what people would typically call slim. I still had issues after gall bladder removal, so I took Welchol to stop the runs for 3+/- years after.

I still had problems and in the last year, started having serious stomach pain - debilitating. At least once a week, I would have to stay in bed. I kept a record of what I ate, showed my GI, etc. He did endoscopy and a biopsy, which turned out negative. I think I had the IGa blood test - also negative.

All last summer, regardless of diet and exercise, I looked BLOATED! The bloating was in my face and belly area. I had to start wearing size 6's to compensate (I have always been a 2/4). While a 6 is not big, it was really weird for me. And I was still having the stomach pain.

I decided a couple of months ago to try low carb - hence NO gluten at all. No chance with low carb. The bloating went away after about a month, I felt better - less fatigued, no gas, no runs, etc. Oh, and I used to get a circular rash on my inner left arm. That disappeared too! I recently went to Jersey to visit my dad, and went gluten again - pizza, subs, cheese steaks, etc. The rash immediately came back and I was in the bathroom a lot.

While I feel that I definitely gluten sensitive, I'd like to confirm for peace of mind. I also had a reaction to eggs recently, and would like to be tested.

Has anyone had experience with Enterolabs? And do my symptoms warrant testing?

At the end of my rope....

thanks!

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If you're going to Enterolab for testing just your gluten sensitivity, I could save you some money and predict that they will probably 99% find you positive.

However, if you are also going to have some food sensitivity testing, I would say, "Go for it." Although it was expensive, I found their information worth it for me.

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There currently is no test to diagnose gluten sensitivity, regardless of what Enterolabs says. Obviously, I am not a fan.

http://delightglutenfree.com/petergreen

"With gluten sensitivity patients, there is a spectrum of symptoms and manifestations. We’ve seen some people with Dermatitis Herpeteformis who have no intestinal damage. There is currently no test specifically for gluten sensitivity. If a patient’s symptoms indicate issues with gluten and tests for celiac are negative, the patient can be diagnosed as gluten-sensitive. As with celiac disease, a strict gluten-free diet is the only treatment for gluten sensitivity."

In my opinion, I would save your money. You already know that you feel bad when digesting gluten. Paying several hundreds of dollars to tell you what you already know.... :rolleyes:

Have your doctor biopsy your "rash" when it's active. It could be DH, which is associated with Celiac.

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In my opinion, I would save your money. You already know that you feel bad when digesting gluten. Paying several hundreds of dollars to tell you what you already know.... :rolleyes:

Have your doctor biopsy your "rash" when it's active. It could be DH, which is associated with Celiac.

Enterolab is LESS reliable than feeling better gluten-free. I used to get exactly the rash you're describing on the inside of my elbow. It was diagnosed as atopic dermatitis. It went away when I got off gluten. I don't think mine was DH because it didn't really itch.

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Thank you all!!!! I guess there is part of me that wants "proof". I will hold off for now. Even though my family thinks I am crazy!!!!!!

If it continues though gluten free, I will have to be tested...

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