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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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It is amazing to me that the dr's that I have spoken with have insisted on doing a biopsy. Why want they just test the stool sample? There is no money in it for them. I have spoken both with specialist at Duke and UNC. the protocal is biopsy to confirm the blood test. I shared with them the name of DR. Fine and his research through what I learned reading all the post here, one told me if that was the route I wanted to take "good luck" and he hung up! When did doctors give up on finding out what was best for the patient? It is a shame that we have to be in total control of our medical diagnosis.

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Unfortunately a lot of doctor do not accept Dr. Fine's method of testing and would rather do a biopsy before making a dx of celiac disease. I have been down both paths I let my GI do all the tests he wanted to do only for them to come back negative then I chose the Enterolab route, it was the best decision I ever made for me and my daughter.

People also need to remember it isn't always neccessary to go through these invasive procedures, you can always TRY the gluten-free diet for a couple of weeks / months and if you see an improvement in your health then you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and should NOT ingest gluten.

Just my opinion :D

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JHMom-

SO the GI test from your regular GI doc came back negative (as mine did) but the enterlab results were positive? Has the CF diet helped or do you still have some of the same symptoms?

I am considering buying a test from enterlab- my GI doc has been no help (now 2 years of coming and going to her office) still have all the same symptoms but getting worse!!

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My doctor was baffled about my canker sores that had been reocurring since Dec. We tried all sorts of stuff and he was at the end of his resources to help me. Someone on another forum I belong to suggested I try looking into celiac. I have 13 of the symptoms and one complication (severe osteoporosis). So I began a gluten free diet. Within three days the sores were gone. I only had reocurrances when I challenged with two Girl Scout cookies and once when I mistakenly drank my son's water after he had been eating soda crackers and there was backwash in it. (I know, EEEEEEW!) Anyway, I wrote letter to my doctor about my results with the diet and told him if he knew how to do the blood tests or knew the labs here could process them, I'd be happy to come in for blood work and although reluctantly, I would also do the biopsy if he really wanted me too. His nurse called yesterday. Apparently no one here does the blood work because he said the only option is the biopsy for a definite diagnosis. However, he said if I am having good results with the diet to just continue it. He didn't think the biopsy was necessary unless I just wanted it. He also congratulated me on figuring out the cure to my canker sores....said, "Good Work!"

I am happy with the decision to just continue the diet without a medical diagnosis. I've had good results. Would I abandon the diet if I had the biopsy and it came back negative? No, I don't think so.

Marsha :rolleyes:

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JHMom-SO the GI test from your regular GI doc came back negative (as mine did) but the enterlab results were positive? Has the CF diet helped or do you still have some of the same symptoms?

I am considering buying a test from enterlab- my GI doc has been no help (now 2 years of coming and going to her office) still have all the same symptoms but getting worse!!

Yes, my blood work and endoscopy biopsy were negative. The biopsy showed "patchy inflammation" but was not enough to warrant a celiac disease dx. I purchased the Enterolab "gluten sensitivity" test it came back positive and upon Dr. Fine's recommendation also purchased the "malabsorption test" and it too came back positive. I immediately started the gluten-free diet and could tell a difference within a couple of days, the abdominal pain was gone. I still have some GI probs but I think it's because of something else, not gluten sensitivity.

My doctor NOW says (after I sent the enterolab results to him and advised him that I was on a gluten-free diet) that "it takes time for a disease to show up in the blood or in a biopsy", well time is something I DID NOT have, I could not bare to live in that kind of pain "waiting on it to show up".

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I appreciate everyone here. It is such a comfort to know that I can share Celiac concerns. Having this message board has been a true blessing. The people around me just say" Whats the big deal, just dont eat bread. " If they only knew.lol

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"I appreciate everyone here. It is such a comfort to know that I can share Celiac concerns. Having this message board has been a true blessing. The people around me just say" Whats the big deal, just dont eat bread. " If they only knew.lol"

I will be going to my parent's for Mother's Day weekend. My sister and her husband and another lady friend of my mom's will be there too. I know I will get baraged with questions about why I am eating the way I do. My brother in law will be especially challenging. He is always so sarcastic and negative about everything. I know he will try to make me feel foolish for eating so strangely. I am praying it all goes smoothly.

:unsure: Marsha

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