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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Trying To Eat gluten-free, Had Blood Test, Negative

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Hi Guys,


I'm trying to decide what to do here, so perhaps thought I'd ask if anyone had been in a similar situation.


Through process of elimination, I worked out on my own that I was having a reaction (typically GI symptoms) whenever I ate products containing wheat.  I put myself on a Gluten Free diet, and inside of a week found significant changes in sleep patterns, energy and a complete absence of athsma symptoms I had suffered from for years.  After a particularly bad couple of weeks of what I thought was gluten cross contamination (I eat out a lot), I decided to get a blood test done, just to see if anything showed up.  I just got the results today, and it came back as a "1", which is within normal.


Now, given I had been trying to eat gluten-free for ~ 2 months prior, this could be a meaningless number.  On the one-hand, a non-zero number makes me think it's a positive although week.  On the other hand, I thought it'd be much higher since, based on my symptoms, I'd had a pretty bad couple of weeks.


As my doctor said, getting some numbers on a piece of paper, or a biopsy isn't going to tell me anything I don't already know -- gluten, or at least wheat, makes me sick.  What I don't know, however, is what value there is in actually having that number in the first place.


Should I make myself sick to get a positive diagnosis?

Should I just concede that I likely am coeliac and just continue doing what I'm doing, knowing I won't ever get a positive diagnosis?


Really not sure what to do here... 


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Well you don't know that you weill never get a positive Dx. But I say if what your doing works for you!! Then do it!! Like your Dr. Said "You already know" So really if it was me? Why put your self thru it? When I first got my DX that said I was negative, I just decided to go on a non processed food diet!! Lil did I know the Dr.s office would call and say I did have Celiac. So yea I'd stick with the celiac diet and go for making your self healthy!! 

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