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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. Not everyone has to eliminate oats do they? My husband eats them all the time with no problem. I buy the gluten free oats. My husbands gastro doctor said he could eat regular oats as long as he didn't react to them. Sandy
  2. I copy and pasted this, "But now, a new pill called Larazotide Acetate has shown to prevent some of the damage to the small intestine gluten causes." Sandy
  3. HI, I hope this hasn't been posted already, sorry if it's old news. I just heard about this today and thought it might be of interest. http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100305/edm_gluten_100305/20100305/?hub=EdmontonHome Sandy
  4. Hi, If you have celiac disease doesn't that mean that your body can't absorb the nutrients in the food you eat? So for example if iron levels actually go up since the last blood test would that kind of rule out celiac? Thanks Sandy
  5. Thank you very much for that information. I understand it now! I can see now why the doctor walked in and just flat out told my husband he had celiac. The doctor said he would be getting a biopsy next but we have been waiting for a month and a half and have not been able to get in to see anyone. My husband said screw it and went on the diet anyway. The office staff said they were still waiting and that when all was said and done it may be 4-6 months before he gets the biopsy. We're in Canada. I actually went to my own doctor yesterday and asked to be tested myself. My brother also has celiac and I have hashimoto's thyroid and fibromyalgia. Not to mention a half a dozen other problems. About ten years ago I guess I tested positive for ANA antibodies. My doctor said some people do and unless I develop symptoms I shouldn't worry about it, so I didn't. Now I'm wondering if I should have. I asked my doctor if my results are positive for celiac will I have to have the biopsy and she said no! She doesn't do the biopsy anymore because the newer tests are so accurate, she goes by blood tests and diet to start. Thanks again for that information, I really appreciate it. Sandy
  6. Hi, He only had two tests done. This is how it reads Anti-transglutaminase IgA 28.0 U/mL RefRange: (<7) (high) Anti-Endomysial antibody 3+ The second test has no RefRange beside it or normal values. That's why I was wondering what that test was for and what the normal values are. I'm in Canada so the numbers may be different too. Thanks Sandy
  7. Hi Everyone, I have tried to get this information myself and just haven't had any luck. My husband has been diagnosed with celiac on blood test results. One of the tests was and anti-endomysial which came back at 3+. Can anyone tell me what the normal value is for that test and also what does that test measure? TIA Sandy
  8. We don't care about the official diagnoses at all. My husband started the diet this morning. I'm with you on the fact that his health will be the one way to tell or not. If he feels better and his blood work improves why would you need to have the biopsy? That's what we thought too, but I just wanted to get others opinions as to whether there was some other reason that a biopsy "had" to be done. To me it makes more sense to rely on how you feel and monitoring the blood work to see if there is an improvement. Thanks Sandy
  9. Hi Everyone, I am new here and my husband was just diagnosed with Celiac about a month ago. He has most of the symptoms including anemia. His doctor said from the blood work there is no doubt he has celiac. The results were as follows Anti-transglutaminase IgA 28.0 U/mL " normal is below 7" Anti-endomysial 3+ Can anyone tell me what this test indicates and is this number high or low? I'm in Canada so I don't know if the lab testing is the same everywhere. My husband feels like crap and has pretty bad diarrhea most of the time. What is upsetting to me is that it's been over a month and he's still waiting to see a specialist to go for a biopsy. His doctor said they always do it to confirm and also rule out anything else I guess. I think they just do it automatically. The problem is it's going to be between 3-6 months before he can get in and the doctor said to stay ON gluten for now. That seems ridiculous to me. If he goes on the diet, gets better and the next set of blood work comes back normal, isn't that good enough? Do you HAVE to get the biopsy. What are the chances that's it's something else? Thanks Sandy