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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. As I wait for my blood test results, I was wondering: What are the key symptom differences between wheat intolerance and Celiac? My symptoms that I suspect may relate (maybe some aren't relevant) are: Fatigue Brain Fog (worst right after large wheat meals) Headache after wheat meals Irritability Arthritis (since age 14) Epididymitis (Since age ~20) Wheat Digestion issues (though not as severe as some people's gastro issues on here) Geographic Tongue Are any of these specific to Celiac or could they simply be wheat intolerance?
  2. If this thing comes up negative I think I will do that and get a second opinion. Like I said, I've kept a gluten to very tiny levels in my diet for some time (maybe average having a little of it once a week). I'm must admit, I'm paranoid that if I bother them with this concern re: the test, they'll think I'm a hypochondriac. I'm just really interested b/c after the doctor suggested it (b/c of my wheat-intolerance-like symptoms and arthritis) Thursday, I looked it up and a lot of little things I have might line up for it... poor digestion of wheat, arthritis since age 14, ADD-like brain fog, fatigue&mild depression, geographic tongue... I also am not sure if this is normal for people with Celiac: do people tend to feel foggy right after a big wheat/pasta meal, and then get a throbbing headache? Anyway, thanks, I appreciate your replies.
  3. Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Now if the result is negative, I'm always going to wonder...
  4. First thing I read online is that these tests look for antibodies. Since I'd already suspected a wheat intolerance issue, I'd greatly limited wheat in my diet (for months prior to this). I had some the weekend before the blood was taken (4 and 5 days before), will that alone be enough to have the antibodies present or should I expect a possible false negative? I told the doctors I'd all but eliminated wheat from my diet...