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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. The blood tests came back negative. I didn't get specifics, but I was tested for celiac and chron's. are there multiple blood tests for celiac? And would a gluten intolerance even show up at all? I'm still giving the gluten free diet a shot just in case the tests were wrong or an intolerance exists. The symptoms have steadily gotten worse over time and I'm getting a bit worried what it will become if I don't find the answer soon.
  2. The gas pains only happen at night, towards the morning. I feel it in the traverse colon as well. Getting up and walking around seems to help a bit. It started for you after you removed gluten from your diet? And have you had any luck getting rid of the problem?
  3. That is VERY encouraging news. Whenever I tell doctors exactly what you told me it seems like it's the first time they've ever heard of somebody with these symptoms. Seriously, your post has completely motivated me to make the effort to try a gluten-free diet. How long did you have symptoms for? And how long did it take before you removed gluten from your diet?
  4. I've had numerous x-rays and CT scans, even an ultrasound, to make sure it wasn't my appendix, and I'm sure they would have also seen a kidney stone on there as well if it existed. I've tried ruling out dairy in the past (for about two weeks) with no success. Should I have tried it longer? Everything I've read about dairy is usually instant gratification once the person removes it from their diet - I know gluten is very different than that. I've never heard of splenic flexure syndrome. My colon does have an unusual amount of gas a lot of times that just doesn't seem to want to leave. I just looked it up and it says it's when gas gets trapped in the "bends" of the colon, which is EXACTLY where my issue lies, right where my colon would bend horizontally on the right (from the ascending colon). Any suggestions on how to get properly tested for this? I've tried intestinal gas preventatives in the past and none really worked - the only thing that seemed to work was a charcotab, but that made the constipation worse. I really hope I figure this out soon. It's getting to the point where my colon is aching from everything it's been through the past couple years. Bending and stretching really hurts that area now. EDIT: Forgot to mention that yes, I was eating gluten before the blood tests and still am until I hear the results.
  5. I've been struggling with GI symptoms for almost two years now. I've been to the hospital a few times because the pain gets so bad. Not a single doctor has been able to figure out the issue. My main symptoms include a very full-feeling large intestine (ALWAYS felt in the lower right side, originally thought to be appendicitis but the pain is anywhere from the appendix area to just under the rib cage), a mix of constipation and diarrhea (but mostly constipation), a loss of energy (wanting to go to bed at around 9:30 every night), and lately a very bad pain in my entire gut (the only time the pain is not in the lower right area) that starts in the middle of the night and wakes me up, most of time radiating to my back (feels like bloating or a very inflamed intestine). When I feel constipated, I still go every day, it's just that most times I don't feel the relief that I so badly need sometimes, like it didn't get everything out. There's also a LOT of intestinal movement in the lower right of my gut when I lay down at night. Lots of gurgling and sometimes I can even feel things are moving around. A lot of times this relieves a lot of pressure but sometimes it makes it worse. It's also important to note that I'm 26, 5'8" and weigh only 110lbs (I've always been thin). Another thing to note is that I constantly feel like this. Eating something in particular doesn't seem to help one way or another. I've kept a food log but it kind of turned out useless since I feel the same every day (except just getting progressively worse). I'm currently waiting for my blood test results when I was tested for celiac, but previous tests have proven nothing. About two and a half years ago, before I started having these symptoms, I had an endoscopy for some other completely separate issue and a biopsy was taken at that time just to test for celiac just because I was so thin. It came back negative. If I didn't have any symptoms then, wouldn't that test still come back positive? I didn't think celiac was something that could just come out of nowhere, even if I was already biopsied. I've also had a colonoscopy and the doctor found absolutely nothing wrong. Would celiac show up on a colonoscopy? I've had blood work in the past (not specifically for celiac) and it comes back fine without any vitamin deficiencies. I'd really appreciate some help with this, as my doctors are literally giving up at this point (it was a struggle to even get him to do a blood test for celiac). I'm assuming this celiac test will come back negative, like everything always does, but does anybody here think this could still be celiac?