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I Don't Know If I Should Test For Celiac

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I've been the type with a "weak stomach" all my life. Every few weeks or so, I'd go through a day or two where I would vomit and have diarrea all day. It got better, actually felt GOOD, after a surgery I had for endometriosis, but it's back now.

I've been reading a lot about celiac, since white bread sends me running to the toilet. But frankly, I'm reading about a lot of symptoms, and mine seem not often or severe enough. I can eat pasta well enough, and the only gluten-containing food I've stopped consuming is white bread and red meats... and with some digestive enzymes my doctor gave me, I'm better. I still have, if I eat greasy food or whatnot, some bad symptoms; maybe diarrhea, sulfuric like gas,maybe nausea and stomach pains. But it's not like before. I was diagnosed with IBS some time ago but felt it wasn't accurate. I don't have any of the neurological symptoms listed here, maybe except depression and terrible sleep. I don't know if I should try to test for Celiac as my symptoms are not so severe enough. Opinions?

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I look at it this way...... Celiac has so many symptoms it could be the cause and what do you have to lose? Worst that happens is you come back negative. I say go for it.

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With a diagnosis of IBS, you should at least be tested for celiac. Symptoms can be inconsistent - they can even seem to "go away" for months or years - only to return much worse. I can't really think of a reason NOT to be tested. Just be sure you get all the right tests, or you may rule out celiac when it is actually the real problem - false negatives can just add to the confusion.

Cara

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You can have NO symptoms and have celiac. Also it is very common for symptoms to wax and wane as you described. Your symptoms sound very much like mine- for the 30 years prior to my diagnosis! Definitely get tested!

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Also, endometriosis has been strongly linked to Celiac.

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