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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. Thanks for all the helpful replies and information. I've scheduled an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the situation. My wife is 36 weks pregnant so hopefully I'm able to proceed with all the tests, etc. without any issue.
  2. Thanks for the reply, kareng and SMRI. This is why general physicans frustrate me... I'm assuming a gastroenterologist is the specialist who would conduct the endoscopic biopsy and gene test?
  3. Starting probably 3-5 years ago, every time I'd drink a single beer, I would get tired, feel "run down", and, it sounds strange, but it was almost like I could feel my stomach pulse. These were the only symptoms I had so, when trying to self diagnose, I ignored Celiac's disease because I never noticed an issue when consuming anything else. Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I had been abnormally tired for over a week so I went to the doctor. He took blood and said I test positive for a number of tests in the Celiac screening. FWIW, the results were as follows: DEAMIDATED GLIADIN ABS, IGA - 18 (Negative) DEAMIDATED GLIADIN ABS, IGG - 11 (Negative) T-TRANSGLUTAMINASE (TTG) IGA - 6 (Weak positive) T-TRANSGLUTAMINASE (TTG) IGG - 25 (Positive) IMMUNOGLOBULIN A, QN, SERUM - 120 (Negative) So my doctor (a general physician) said I should go on a gluten-free diet for a month and see how I react. I've been on this diet for a week and, while I can do the month, I'm just not sure if this is the correct course of action. While I have no doubt I could stick to a gluten-free diet, there's no arguing it takes a lot of effort, is inconvenient, expensive, etc. I don't want to end up not having any issues of feeling "run down" this month of a gluten-free diet, conclude that I must stay gluten-free, and have the real issue be that beer is simply the only thing I can't tolerate. Hoping to get some feedback on my situation. Thanks in advance.