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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. hi there. i was diagnosed with coeliac disease 2.5 yrs ago but at that time i was eating gluten wihout experiencing any symptoms ( that i knew of). Since my diagnosis i have been following a gluten free diet as i know gluten is harmful even if i dont have symptoms. I was just wondering, is it normal for me to start experiencing symptoms after accidental gluten exposure? I think i may have accidentally eaten something with gluten in it a few days and since then i've felt a bit off, awful headaches and sinus pain, bloating andgenerally just feeling a bit yucky. Having been on a gluten-free diet for 2.5 yrs, does 'sensitivity' to gluten usually increase?
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    Wow, you certainly don't want to lose anymore weight. I was also just diagnosed with celiac and it seems losing weight can happen just naturally on the gluten free diet. But there also seems to be plenty of ways to ensure that you are consuming the right nutrients and getting enough calories in your diet. At the same time, it is tricky realising what foods you can and can't have, and sometimes food choice seem quite limited. Have you had the chance to check out what gluten free foods are available at the supermarket? Also, have you considered seeing a dietician? My doctor recommended that I see one, so I am considering seeing one just to help me get started...a gluten free diet is quite a big life change and maybe seeing one would make the transition a little easier.
  3. Hi all, I finally found out my biopsy results. I spoke with my doc over the phone and he told me there was 'some early stages of celiac disease found...' and given my history and bloodwork I probably should 'try going gluten free for a few months'. Even though he didn't solidly say that I have celiac, I think that from what I've read here on the forum, I can safely say 'I am celiac.' I don't think any damage would appear on a biopsy if you weren't celiac, would it? Anyways, a gluten free diet is now underway, which I intend to stick to beyond a few months...I'm hoping it won't be too hard to get used to! Thanks everyone for your help
  4. Great, thanks everyone for the helpful info. I think I'm going to wait for the results and consider limiting my gluten intake regardless of what happens.
  5. Ok, thanks. I guess it would be harder to go gluten free, if I haven't officially been diagnosed as celiac...people wouldn't really understand why I would make that choice if my results come back negative. In a way I'm hoping the biopsy result come back showing signs of damage.
  6. So if it comes back with a normal biopsy is it possible that after a few years the biopsy could come back positive? If so, then would it be a good idea to go and get another biopsy after a few years? Or just go off gluten once some more prevalent symptoms arise? Thanks for all the input.
  7. Ok, thanks heaps. Yes, the GI suggested that I try going gluten free even if I have a negative biopsy result, he said I could be gluten intolerant. I was still dozey at the time he told me that though, and I forgot to ask him what the difference is between celiac disease and just being gluten intolerant?!
  8. Hi there, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to how accurate blood tests for celiac are? A couple of months ago I tested positive with: Gliadin IgA Abs *59 (0-20) tTG IgA/IgG *273 (0-20) Yesterday I had the biopsy, and now have to wait another two weeks to find out the results. I have no typical symptoms of celiac disease, but the reason I was tested was because my mum was just diagnosed with it this year. Does anyone know what I should be expecting from the biopsy? Thanks