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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. Hi Nora, Thank you for getting back to me. I am in the US. What is the difference between Celiac and gluten sensitivity? Do I need to avoid gluten? Should I follow a gluten free diet?
  2. I was hoping that you could help me understand my test results. I have been to two different doctors and they are not sure if I actually have Celiac or not. The 2nd doctor that I did go to is a Gastroenterologist and he was stumped. Here are the results: Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody, IGA - my result is <3 Explination of the test results <5 is negative 5-8 is Equivocal >8 is positive Immunoglobulin A - my result is 491 The reference range is 81-463 Gliadin Antibody (IGA) - my result is 12 Explination of the test results <11 is Negative 11-17 is Equvocal >17 is Positive If anyone has any thoughts or ideas please do let me know I am very confused and frustrated. The Gastroenterologist wants to do more blood work and also the genetic testing. The only symptoms that I have are I do get rashes on my arms and legs - not bad they just flare up occasionally with certain foods. I have not been able to isolate when they flare up and if wheat/gluten is to blame. I am wondering if it is an allergy or perhaps in fact Celiac. The Gastroenterologist thought possibly I may be in the early stages of Celiac or he said I may not have it. Can Celiacs have different stages? I thought it was an all or noting thing either you have it or you don't? He said based on my test results he doesn't think I have Celiac but he is not 100% sure. Please let me know if you understand my blood work and what your thoughts are or if you think I should get additonal testing and if so which ones? Thank you in advance!