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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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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dana_g    0

My last bloodwork showed that I had elevated liver enzymes (pre my celiac disease diagnosis) and I've since read that that is actually one of the signs of celiac disease. I'm having more bloodwork done next week and I'm hoping it will be normal...but I'm wondering if anyone out there has had a similar experience. I'm concerned because I know liver disease is one of the lovely bonus gifts we are at risk for as celiacs and I wasn't diagnosed celiac disease til I had suffered for most of my 46 years. On the up side, it led us to test our kids, and our 11-year old daughter turned out to have celiac disease, and she's doing well on the diet and feels great! So we nipped that timebomb in the bud! Any insights would be helpful since I am fairly freaking out, which is uncharacteristic for me, but I think the magnitude of this disease is finally hitting me. It ain't no Richard Simmon's Deal-a-Meal! Thanks you guys.

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I actually passed out in school one day and in the ER they drew blood whole nine yards and the only thing they found was high liver enzymes. Few months later i was always having stomach pain so went to a new doctor did cat scan and blood work and blood work came back as me showing celiac sprue in the blood. I asked him about my liver enzymes and he said that he was not 100% sure but it could have been the celiac disease all along. Don't know if that helps lol B)

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p.s. good to hear your daughter is doing good. After i was diagnosed my aunt had my cousin tested and found she has it as well and she's about your daughters age so good thing for both of them :)

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dana_g    0

Thanks! That definately helps...sounds like you had a time of it, though. Hope you are doing well, too. This is one sneaky disease.

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debimashni    0

I was actually diagnosed with Celiac Disease after I was admitted to the hospital with liver enzymes (ALT & AST) in the 800s....normal is under 45. My doctors are not sure if the elevation was from the Celiac Disease, or caused by one of the immunosuppressant meds I take for Behcet's Disease (another autoimmune disease), or even from a virus. Luckily, my husband is a nurse practitioner so he draws my labs on a regular basis. I also have urine dipsticks that check for bilirubin in my urine that I use if I notice my urine is dark. Last time I used one and found moderate levels of bilirubin, my husband checked my labs and sure enough, my liver enzymes were elevated again. I just switched to a new immunosuppressant drug to see if my meds caused the problem.

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Alison    0

Yes, high liver enzymes are related to celiac disease -- this has been confirmed to me by doctors who know about celiac. Mine were high, as were several celiacs that I have talked to. The numbers fell into the normal range once going gluten-free.

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