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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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22Yr Old Male, 130Lbs , Possible Celiac?

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I have been reading a lot lately on celiac and it seems that I could be a candidate for celiac disease. My gluten-free seems to also be convinced that I must have this.

 

For one, I am underweight and it is seemingly impossible to gain weight. I seemingly have many of the most common symptoms but the one that stuck out most to be is acid reflux. From what I've read this is only common in males. It is very very easy for me to get terrible acid reflux at night and it will keep me awake until I take pepto bismol or a few antacids. I will get acid reflux even when I don't eat before going to bed. 

 

The second symptom that stuck out most to be are my bowel movements. From what I understand if I have floating stools then there is a chance that I could have some kind of malabsorption. Depending on what I eat my bowel movements are sometimes quite painful. For example foods high in fat such as Mcdonalds will cause stomach pain around the abdomen and bad bowel movements. 

 

My next symptom I don't know what it could do with but I was hoping someone could help me. I have a somewhat physical job and sometimes when I am working, notably after drinking something with caffeine or eating something i get a dull pain on my lower left abdomen where my side meets my hipbone, its always on the left and always in the same spot and it isn't a pulled muscle. 

 

Anyway I was looking to see what others thought , thanks for any advice.

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This is a sample Celiac panel.   You have to be eating bread and gluten before doing this blood test.

 

Total IgA
Transglutaminase IgA tTG-IgA
Deaminated Gliadin IgA DGP-IgA
Deaminated Gliadin IgG DGP-IgG

 

 

I resolved my night time reflux when I stopped using pepper on my food.

 

Some of the symptoms you describe could be something serious so do go see a medical doctor.

Tell him-her everything you wrote in your post.

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It could very well be celiac disease or NCGI (non-celiac gluten intolerance). Marcus listed most of the blood tests that test for celiac disease, you could also request the tTG IgG, EMA IgA, and the AGA IgA or IgG (which are older tests). You must be consuming gluten I the weeks prior to testing.

If your celiac test come back negative, you could have NCGI. Unfortunately there is no test for it other than to eat gluten-free and observe if your symptoms change over the following weeks or months.

Good luck. I hope you feel better soon.

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