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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Just wanted to follow up for anyone interested. I finally got in touch with, through a recommendation, a great GE who recommended that I get a biopsy. She felt it was important to get a baseline- to see how much damage has been done. She also felt it would be smart, since I don't have a lot of noticeable symptoms- just in case I wasn't actually incurring damage to my small intestine. Anyway- my biopsy confirmed damage. I have to say, I'm glad I did it. For me personally, the peace of mind is worth it. Now I won't ever second guess myself- and feel more confident standing up for myself. Many of you might not need that, but I did. Thanks again for all of your advice.
  2. I totally understand. My extended family seems to have a hard enough time understanding why I'm so strict with my daughters diet. Without the official diagnosis, I think I would end up feeling defensive all the time. But I suppose a positive blood test and family history should be enough. I'm starting to realize that I shouldn't have to prove myself to anyone- I know I have it, that should be enough. Thanks.
  3. Thank you, Nicole!
  4. My 6 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with Celiac, (positive blood work and biopsy confirmed). I suspected Celiac for her because my brother has it. The whole family was then tested and my blood work came back positive (ttg ,72- even though by that time I was already eating a mostly gluten free diet). My question is- do I really need a biopsy to confirm diagnosis at this point? I'm having a difficult time getting in to a GP for a referral to a gastro- I'm anxious to start my gluten free diet. Though I didn't have many symptoms, I am hopeful and looking forward to improved stomach issues with the gluten-free diet. It's hard to continue eating gluten while I wait. Any thoughts on whether the biopsy seems necessary for me would be greatly appreciated