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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
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Does he run a lot? On hard ground? My ferritin started at 74 and is now 20. My rbc count was normal but showed mild anemia after an 18 hour fast.
I initially also thought it might be due to malabsorption, and it may be, although my gut doesn't show a ton of damage. Coincidentally I started running around all of this, with A 6 month break in between, and have also recently read that Runners Who log a lot of miles generally are pretty low on ferritin if they don't supplement. I only do between 6-15 Miles per week. I eAt a mixed green salad about 5 times a week, red meat a couple times a week, and then a lot of other high iron foods.
lamb stew is a tremendous source of iron, as well as muscles. I am a big fan of garden lights chocolate zucchini muffins as well each mini muffin contains 20% of the daily value. I Like to eat Two for breakfast with my coffee.
if he stopped eating gluten about a month ago you might still be able to get the blood test done. I'm sure you have read by now that you need to be eating gluten to be tested. antibody start falling Right away but for some people it takes a long time.
did they order a total iron binding capacity? and was the iron panel done while fasting? You don't really need to fast for a ferritin but serum Iron can easily be elevated With food.
Although symptoms vary depending on the individual I have read quite a bit online that When ferritin drops below 40 people can start getting symptomaTic. so you are likely correct that his feeling better is related to his ferritin level increasing.
giving up gluten means giving up certain nutrients as well. So if he's already vegetarian he needs to really pay close attention to what nutrients he might be missing in his diet now if he's giving up whole grains.
You would honestly think that after you body goes nuts attacking your insides trying to kill the gluten after 2 days of food poisoning yourself with it the damn antibodies would show up in insane levels in your blood Life is not that easy though.
Some days I have 3 pieces of bread, other days I just can't handle more than 1. I had to take a day of gluten rest after the first week. I felt too aweful. Now I'm almost done with week 2 and I feel like I need another break. Just so hard to do something to yourself that you know will hurt.
They just don't know how much and for how long. There was a recent study that looked at gluten challenges in folks actually diagnosed with celiac and some took months to have elevated antibodies.
Just one day at a time. I hope things go well for you.
Thank you for replying. I think you are right- why take the chance of reinfecting myself with gluten exposure again when ive been trying so hard to rid it from my life? I just read some interesting articles on Sjogrens Syndrome and gluten sensitivity and that they are related so that may answer one of my questions.
Your symptoms took over a year to resolve?! Holy moly.. I fear that is going to be my issue too. Are you feeling better now?