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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      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.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   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 Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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  1. I don't know if I have Celiac. I went to an allergist and she did a blood test with a local lab. I had already gone gluten free (with some slip ups) when the test was done. My results are as follows: Anitgliadin Antibody Panel: Gliadin AB IGA - negative Gliacin AB IGG - negative Wheat GF4 IGG - positive (normal is below 2.0, I registered an 8.0) Wheat F4 IG - negative for wheat allergy Any idea what this means? The allergist says that I don't show signs of a gluten intolerance, but that the positive Wheat GF4 IGG shows that I have a 'local gut intolerance.' Anyone else have similar results and been found to be either celiac or non-celiac? I also tested positive for ANA (1:640 speckled). I was checked out for Lupus, but again I tested negative for all autoimmune diseases in a subsequent blood test. Is a positive ANA typical of Celiac? I know Celiac is autoimmune, but haven't seen a link to the ANA test. I am going to a GI for full testing, but wondered if anyone had heard of tests like this, or had similar results. Many Thanks, Jala.
  2. After 5 days of eating wheat - so far so good. I am enjoying all the wheat items I had been avoiding for so long - pizza, bagels, oriental noodles, petit fors and french rolls (I'm doing pancakes, chips & dips and chicken fried steak w/ cream gravy this weekend). I figure if this is a last hurrah I'm going to do it big, plus this will help to assure my tests get some additional reinforcement. All these forbidden foods were fun at first, but I was already constipated after only 2 days (but no severe pain or diarrhea yet). I have also inflated like a balloon and have gained a lot of weight. I am hoping to stay on wheat for 5 weeks only. For those of you avoiding wheat and longing for it, let me tell you. It is not all I hoped for. You are not missing anything. Wheat free food tastes way better, and I feel better eating it. I can't wait until this is over. I believe I am also probably sensitive to soy. When I went gluten-free and ate the soy waffles, I immediately got diarrhea and severe acne clusters. Anyone know what all the GI can test for during the colonoscopy? Soy, peanuts, lactose, etc.? Also, I was wondering if most peoples' symptoms after not eating wheat and then eating lots of wheat is this subtle. I expected power diarrhea right away, but feel pretty good so far. Is this typical of celiacs?
  3. I have the same question. I have been totally gluten free for about a month, and sporadically gluten free since the beginning of the year. I am now dreading the weeks that I will need to eat gluten. Worse yet, if I don't eat enough, they could misdiagnose me as non-celiac. I have been told that you must eat wheat from 2 weeks to 4 months. However, I have also been told that 2 weeks is not enough and could give false negatives. I had planned to go 5 weeks, but would welcome input from others. I don't know if I can take it. I get severe IBS, can't do my work and have even had heart palpitaitons and shortness of breath. Some threads have indicated that the symptoms will be worse if you have been off gluten for a while and go back on. This is not going to be fun. Any suggestions? Jala.
  4. Many thanks for the input. I worry about those who don't find out in time. Hope others can benefit from your info as well. Jala.
  5. I am 38 and just found out I have a wheat intolerance. I have not been tested for Celiac. I can see the progression of my symptoms from aversion to food, to buckling over cramping, to facial and eye swelling, to year long rounds of diarrhea, to brain fog, to chronic fatigue and more. All my symptoms immediately alleviated when I stopped eating gluten. I no longer have to read the same piece of paper 5 times, and my severe IBS is gone. I feel like a million bucks. I know this is a hereditary disease and my father died of multiple sclerosis by age 43. I have also read about the links between celiac and MS. Does anyone know what happens if you are not treated? In particular, has anyone actually experienced or seen a link to MS? FYI, my 11 year old nephew has already been in the emergency room twice for severe abdominal cramping and no detectable cause. Thanks, Jala.