This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.
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What are the major symptoms of celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Symptoms
What testing is available for celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Screening
Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results
Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free?
How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?
The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free
Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested?
Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing
Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases?
Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders
Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid?
Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)
Is there a list of gluten free foods?
Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)
Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages
Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?
Where does gluten hide?
Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet
What if my doctor won't listen to me?
An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners
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I got diagnosed with POTS after celiac diagnosis. I get Raynaud's phenomenon, muscle cramps/spasms, and had hives for a year and half. I'm not sure if there is any correlation between the symptoms but a lot of celiacs have multiple issues
I can not answer your question, but genetic testing is used as a last resource for ruling OUT celiac disease. Normally, while on a gluten diet, a person is tested for antibodies (just like you can test antibodies (different ones) for lupus, thyroid or type 1 diabetes (blood test). That cost is around $125 for the screening TTG IgA and IgA. Are you saying that Canada’s Healthcare system does not cover standard lab tests? I can see why they would not cover genetic tests as they are costly and in the case of celiac disease, can not diagnose. Some 35% of the population carries the genes for celiac disease but only a tiny fraction actually goes on to develop celiac disease.
There is a bio card in the U.K. at Boots drugstore. Perhaps there is one in Canada? It is a place to start.
The first step is a blood test and then an endoscopy to confirm. Learn more:
I hope some Canadians will chime in.