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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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I just talked to my GI's office about my biopsy results and it came back inconclusive. Has anyone ever had this happen? I wish it would have been just positive or negative. I don't understand what it could be. The person I spoke with (not my doctor) didn't seem to be able to answer my questions and now it's too late to call them back. I have to wait until Monday when I pick up my path reports. She mentioned something about inflammation due to acid reflux???? My head was spinning when she said inconclusive that I couldn't think straight enough to ask the right questions. I could kick myself. I just want this over with. Has this happened to anyone else?? I wasn't gluten-free before the test, in fact I thought he was checking for inflammation due to Crohn's. I was taking prednisone for a few months but had tappered off about 2 months prior to my EGD. I'm also taking immune suppressants as well. Any ideas would be great.

Thanks!!

Lisa :unsure:

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Yes, I had the same thing happen to me. My blood test showed signs of celiac disease, but the biopsy was "inconclusive". The doctor said that there was "nonspecific inflamation" but not the typical damaged villi ( I think that's spelled right). He still believed it was there though. He said that the damage could be "spotty" so maybe he just missed biopsying the right spots. Also, apparantly it depends on the experience of the technitian reading the biopsy. My doctor recommended that I try going gluten free and see if it helps. I've only just started about two weeks ago but I can't believe how much better I feel. I went to the doctor because of "attacks" of diarrhea and abdominal cramps I've had for about 25 years (I'm alittle slow on the uptake, I know). It sounds really stupid but I didn't even realize how sick I felt every time I ate, because I've always been like that. I just thought that everybody felt sick after they ate, until I wasn't anymore. Silly, huh? Anyway, I hope you find good answers to your questions. Apparantly, we're not alone!

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Who doesn't have problems with thr doctors not knowing what they are doing!

As many of you probably experienced, you go through quite a few doctors before

they can figure anything out. One doctor I have been going to for 15 years had never even heard of celiac disease before and asked if I could fax him all the information I had at home to him!!! I did it right away so no other patient of his would have to go through the ignorance of another doctor.

I was actually diagnosed about a year and a half ago, recently took another test,

to find out if my gluten level has decreased and the office actually misplaced the test for a whole week. I consider this normal, kinda sad :( don't ya think.

Anyway, my level went down, but not as much as I had hoped. I am even more diligent about my diet and have learned greater things on this site than anywhere else.

You have to remain positive and think about you while sorting out the diet, the change in lifestyle, i.e. going out, to tell or not to tell, getting over the depression, etc. In the end, the payoff is how much greater you will feel after you make the changes and get on with your life.

It is also fun to know how much more you know than the doctors and they wasted thousands of dollars and years of their lives and didn't learn about something so common in Europe that all newborns are tested for celiac disease.

Good Luck!!!

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