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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. I guess I've been a little confused, and feeling really skeptical about this diagnosis now. I'm going to talk to my mom about getting a blood panel done by an MD doctor and see what comes of that. Thanks again for the help
  2. Ok, thanks so much for helping me out with this everyone. I guess I've been a little confused, and feeling really skeptical about this diagnosis now. I'm going to talk to my mom about getting a blood panel done by an MD doctor and see what comes of that.
  3. I posted this in my other topic but I figured I'd post it here too because it's more relevant. My doctor (who does mostly acupuncture and naturopathic medicine) diagnosed me with celiac two days ago after the results of a blood test came back. She seemed to think from the panel that I definitely had it. But I've done some research and I've read that these panels are more often used as tools to indicate that one may have celiac but not a basis for a definite diagnosis? Thing is, to get a biopsy would be really expensive. But if I don't get one I might go the rest of me life thinking 'do I actually have this disease?' and it'll be like an itch I can't scratch. Here are the test results: http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac54/cyndersbane/TestResults_zps7ff6804d.jpg I'd really appreciate it if some of you that are more knowledgeable than me can take a look at it and tell me if you think a definite diagnosis can be made based on just this?
  4. I actually think I did get those checked as well, but there wasn't anything really abnormal about them. I think Vitamin D and maybe Zinc were slightly low. I'll call my doctor and get her to refresh my memory on those. My mom has been eating mostly gluten free for a while because she has a bad reaction to it (mainly bloating) but she's not sure if it's actually Celiac or just an allergy or what. She's going to get her blood tested too to be sure. Two of us eating gluten free makes it a lot easier. Here are my test results: http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac54/cyndersbane/TestResults_zps7ff6804d.jpg My doctor thinks that this panel confirms that I definitely have Celiac but when I did research what I read told me that it's more of a strong indication that I have it rather than a definite diagnosis. Could maybe some of you look at it and say what you think? I figure that on the off chance I don't have Celiac, going gluten free is going to do me good so I may as well do it anyway. Thanks so much for the help and replies. I'm feeling a little better about this now, though it's still really overwhelming.
  5. I got tested for things like 'Transglutaminase' and tested positive (is positive the right term? it was out of range anyway) for IgG but not IgA, and I understand the latter makes for a more definite diagnosis? I'm talking to my mom about getting a biopsy and I was wondering how many people here got diagnosed by a biopsy versus just blood screening? Thank you for the responses.
  6. So my mom (a chiropractor) had a co-worker of hers (she does acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, ect.) do some blood tests on me (which I didn't really question because I've had a lot of those done) a couple weeks ago. Yesterday the results came back so I went to work with my mom and talked to her co-worker who diagnosed me with Celiac based on the results of my blood test. This was really out of the blue for me - my mom suspected that I had it but didn't say anything about it to me, just had the tests done - so it was kind of like a bomb dropped on me so I'm still reeling over it. I read that in order to get a legitimate diagnosis you have to get a biopsy done on your small intestine but we don't have the money for that unfortunately, so I guess I'll just have to trust this diagnosis even though I'm skeptical. I just find it weird I guess that I never had any physical symptoms - never any digestive problems or headaches or things of that sort - but I've struggled with depression and other mood disorders since I was 6 or 7 and have also experienced 'brain fog' and some tremors, which apparently are less common symptoms. I have trouble believing that all the emotional problems I have can be attributed to Celiac, but obviously if a gluten-free diet helps then I'll be overjoyed. I'm having a hard time though, I actually kind of had a breakdown about it today which I feel really stupid about because really it shouldn't be such a big deal. But I'm just worried about a lot of things, like being vegetarian and gluten free at the same time, going out to eat with the possibility that every little thing could have come into contact with gluten, and also generally being a burden on people. But I'm hoping this forum will be really helpful. Sorry for the venting in this post if that's not something people normally do here.