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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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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