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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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Today I finally got to see the gi specliest.It took around 8 months to ger in .I was there for 3 hrs .I went on the gluten-free diet July 2 and he scedualed my biospy and colon something for sept. 21 .Im really nervus about it .He told me if I had celiac it would show up no matter if I was gluten-free before .I think its going to show neg. becauses I was on the diet previous.For the people who had to do this should I be loading on the gluten right now .Its kinda of hard with school starting .Have any advice im so scared because what if it shows neg. Im so positive its celiac.Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreachiated.thanks Lynds

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If it makes you feel any better, I've had the endoscopy (the tube they insert down your throat), a sigmoidoscopy (a mini-colonoscopy) and a colonoscopy.... and none of them are that bad at all. Now, I'll fore-warn you, the preparation can be a little embarrassing, but it's not too bad. For the tests, they'll drug you up pretty good and you feel like "all is well" during it, so you really won't think it's bad at all... if you can even remember (the drugs sometimes give you amnesia). All the tests were normal for me... but, I don't regret getting them done. As nice as it is to get answers, it's also nice to rule other things out :D

From what I've heard, you should be loading up on the gluten before the test, or your results could be inconclusive. Sounds like a horrible thing to do, though.

Good luck with your tests. Keep us updated on how things are going for you ok?

Gretchen

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Ya I heard about the preperation .The problem is i have a 2 hrs drive to the hospital :( .which kind of worrys me because of the laxitives .They are gonig to put me to sleep and while im asleep there going to take my blood because I dont like needles .You are right it is good to rule somethings out i just hope they get to the bottem of it . thanks I will keep u updated .

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Oh no... they shouldn't let you drive yourself. Normally they won't let you do the procedure unless someone drives you home... you might want to double check this with your doctor's office, though. Or were you just referring to the time to drive there, period? Usually by the time you're going to the hospital or office, the prep is pretty much completed... but, just in case, prepare to stop at a rest area.

I know.. . it's nice to get an answer to what's making your body react the way it does.

PS... I hate needles too! eewwwww! I haven't fainted yet, but I get close.

Gretchen

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Oh no lol I cant even drive yet .I was talking about the time becauses we have to go on a highway which means no rest rooms...for awhile

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Hey lyndszai.

Have you seen the posts about enterolab.com in here? They do testing for celiac, and are supposed to be more accurate than the blood and biopsy are. And they can test you when you've been gluten-free for awhile.

The only problem you might have, is that I don't think medical insurance covers their testing, and your doctor may not accept their results.

What you do basically, is order the tests you want from their website, they mail them to you, then you give them a stool sample, send it back, and your results get emailed to you. Not too painful, lol.

My point though is if you are scared that nothing will show up since you've been gluten free, you could get tested by them too. That's what I did, just to be safe, incase my biopsy was negative, which it was, bleck.

Not trying to advertise though, just letting you know about another option aviable. =)

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