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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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Hi,

I have recently been having stomachaches after eating almost everything. I was wondering what was wrong so I went to the doctor today. I gave my doctor a food diary and she seemed to think it may be dairy and she said possibly Celiac but probably not because I had no symptoms after eating plain white rice. According to her white rice has gluten and that Is not true,right. Anyways so she ordered an x ray for me to check for constipation. I thought this was crazy because I have never had trouble "going". Surprisingly the x-Ray showed that there was a little backup. I know that constipation can also be a symptom of celiac so that also leads me to think its celiac. Anyways the doctor also ordered blood tests for celiac among many other things and I was told to stay off dairy until I get my test results. I think my issues with dairy may have to do with the damage celiac has done to my intestines. Anyways I'm jut looking for what you guys think of all this.

Thanks,

Stephanie

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Hey Stephanie,

 

Your doctor is a bit confused about 'glutinous rice.' The name of the rice is misleading. It is just meant to be defined with the glutinous reference to being sticky. Rice absolutely doesn't have the gluten that Celiac's react to. Wheat, barley rye and oats are what trigger Celiac symptoms. Yes, you are right about lactose intolerance and constipation as possible symptoms of Celiac. Hopefully your doctor ordered the appropriate tests for screening for Celiac. Request all the results so you can share with us (only if you want to) to see if it was indeed a proper and thorough screening.

 

Until you get your test results back I would wait to cut gluten from your diet. It is much harder to eat it after you've been gluten free if you are in fact intolerant or Celiac. Many don't do well on the gluten challenge and many doctors need you to eat gluten for quite some time before biopsy or serology.

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Okay,thank you I will definatley post the results. I remember being tested for celiac a few years ago and it being negative so I'm leaning more torwards being intolerant than having celiac.

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The dr may have been checking for diverticulitis with the x-ray, or some other kind of damage to the gut that would explain the symptoms.  Celiac disease can start at any time in life, so a test from 2 years ago dosen't prove anything except what was happening 2 years ago.  Today could be very different.

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Hi,

I have recently been having stomachaches after eating almost everything. I was wondering what was wrong so I went to the doctor today. I gave my doctor a food diary and she seemed to think it may be dairy and she said possibly Celiac but probably not because I had no symptoms after eating plain white rice. According to her white rice has gluten and that Is not true,right. Anyways so she ordered an x ray for me to check for constipation. I thought this was crazy because I have never had trouble "going". Surprisingly the x-Ray showed that there was a little backup. I know that constipation can also be a symptom of celiac so that also leads me to think its celiac. Anyways the doctor also ordered blood tests for celiac among many other things and I was told to stay off dairy until I get my test results. I think my issues with dairy may have to do with the damage celiac has done to my intestines. Anyways I'm jut looking for what you guys think of all this.

Thanks,

Stephanie

Please keep close look on this. I had the same thing happen 2 years ago and I had a partial blockage/ twisted intestines. They tested me for Celiac back then also and I was told I did not have it. My new doctor yesterday, a brilliant man, showed me the error in  2 doctors findings..one of them being Mayo Clinic.  

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Could be Celiac or it could be any number of other issues that have similar symptoms. When the tests come back you should have a little more to go on.

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Sorry that I forgot about this forum but I wanted to let you know that everything came back negative and they found nothin wrong they just told me to stay off dairy and they never did anything else but my symptoms still aren't gone

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