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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. What will having my wife checked determine? If she is producing antigens would that bother the baby? Her whole family is afflicted with allergies.
  2. I have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease (I am pretty sure) and now I am wondering if my Newborn was suffering from a Gluten reaction from my wife his first month. One week after birth (At home if I am allowed to brag about my wife) he began to become very bloated and painfully gassy with test showing blood in his stool, constipation and very bad GERDS. For a month my wife tried eliminating all the major foods that cause allergies in infants, but we never did eliminate wheat because the Dr. said it was rarely an issue. It just continued to get worse, almost to the point that I was thinking there was an anatomical problem. By the end of that first month on top of the gastro issues our baby developed a rash/eczema pretty much from head to toe. He was miserable...... Needless to say my wife reluctantly put him on Nutramagin, which is a lactose and protein sensitive formula (which was coincidentally also GLUTEN free). He cleared up pretty fast with no constipation and GERDs reduced to normal level for babies. I have now determined he isn't lactose intolerant since switching from Nutramigin to a lactose containing formula with even better results. Now I am going to introduce full protein "standard formula" to eliminate any milk protein problems. If that goes smoothly, would celiac disease be a possible answer to our Babies reaction to the Breast milk? I know that was a bit long Sorry.... Any info, inputs and insult are welcome.
  3. (tTg) Ab, IgA Results: 5 h Reference Range <5 Negative 5-8 Equivocal >8 Positive Gliadin Ab IgA Results: 6 Reference Range <11 Negative 11-17 Equivocal >17 Positive Iga 263 81-463 mg/dl Biopsy Results: "The overall villous architecture is distorted. The villi appear short and blunt. There is an increase in the number of chronic inflammatory cells with lamina propria. Crypt hyperplasia is also seen. This histology changes are non-specific. However, These changes may reflect early or partially treated celiac sprue, Bacterial overgrowth, Hypersensitivity reaction to non-gluten proteins, tropical sprue or protein calorie malnutrition. Clinical correlation is needed. What do you think?
  4. From about 6 years old I can remember having stomach pains. I have never really felt "healthy", I am not sure what healthy is "supposed" to feel so it may be relative. During my teenage years my stomach and all the other digestive anatomies below the stomach was always gassy, nervous, achy, pain and chronic GERDS, I knew something was wrong. Over the last 20 years ( I am now 34) I had seen multiple gastro doctors, internal doctor, and everyone else under the sun with nothing coming from it except prescriptions of prevacid or "you must have IBS". I on a few occasions I requested an endeoscopy with the usual "you don't need that your to young". After a while I just excepted It is what it is. Well it finally got so bad I saw a local Digestive Dr. and demanded I get that endeoscopy. With the 20 years of GERDs and my apparent distress about not being treated in the past he agreed. We was looking for ulcers and Barrettes disease so he did several biopsies, one of them in my duodenum. Everything came back mostly normal except "The overall villous architecture is distorted. The villi appear short and blunt. There is an increase in the number of chronic inflammatory cells with lamina propria. Crypt hyperplasia is also seen". SO the digestive dr. said it seems you might have Celiacs but we need to confirm with blood work. The blood work came back with equivocal on the ttg iga but on the gliadin iga it came back negative. I saw my GP who said she believed I was a celiac but the digestive doctor said I did not. I know blood test are very inaccurate but I am wondering which diagnosis should I listen to. I also have a very strange skin problem no Dermatologist can explain, and all my sister and aunt on one side of my Family have Hypothyroidism ( I know there could be a genetic component there). I would love to be more certain see as a celiac diet is a major change for me and family. Sorry for the belabored post. Any input would be very welcome.