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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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what is the consensus on going back on gluten before visiting a gastroenterologist for diagnosis? this will be a first-time visit, so probably no biopsy at this point. i was tested negative two years ago with the blood test, which was taken while i was gluten-free. just curious...thanks!

billy

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Billy,

In my opinion, I think it's great that you're going back to a doctor... I'm on my 4th and hopefully final on the celiac issue. (It's difficult to find one that really knows about celiac and gluten intolerance). When if your appointment? If you feel it's important that you have accurate testing, you'd have to be back on gluten for some time for accuracy.... that, unfortunately might make you ill and I'd be the last to recommend that. How knowledgable is your doctor about celiac? They might recommend you start eating gluten again, but then they'd be able to document the effects of your experience in doing so.... which can be proof in itself :D

Gretchen

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I'd vote for staying with things as they are. You'll need to be on gluten to be tested, but you'll want to find out your doc's approach first.

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thank you for your opinions! i'd say i'm about 50 percent gluten-free now (it's hard being a vegan with the intolerance). i'm not sure how knowledgeable this specialist is on the disease (i hope very, especially since i've had such bad luck with docs in the past). my appointment is in two weeks, so i'll continue with my current diet (and unfortunate consequences) until the next step. thanks again! :) billy

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