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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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My girlfriend joined toe boards last week, she got no responses to her simple questions, so I wrote to the board asking the same thing and have yet to get an answer, so I will ask again.

I've never been doctor diagnosed with celiac, I am self-diagnosed so have not had any blood work done. But we need to know what blood tests to request to be checked for celiac/gluten intolerance. My girlfriend has many symptoms.

Also what other test is recommended for other food allergies, we think she is highly intolerant of corn products. When she eats them she is running for bathrooms almost immediately. I've heard of Enterolab, and wasn't sure if there were any others or not.

I thank you in advance for any advice! :)

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I don't have this knowledge to relate to you, but I did a search on this board "blood tests to request" and came up with several threads on the subject.

This one What Tests to Request (Demand?) lists these tests:

Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody IgA and IgG

Gliadin Antibody IgA

Total IgA

You might want to do the search yourself and read the other threads that come up. You go to the search feature near the top of the screen - the one that gives the sample of tomato sauce - and key in the words you want to search on there - be sure you don't delete the word "site" at the end of the string.

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Here is the list I found on here:

They can test you for Celiac disease if you havent been tested and are still consuming gluten. These are the tests for the Celiac Panel:

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG

Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA

Total Serum IgA

Karen

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Keep in mind that if the problem is gluten intolerence, but not full blown Celiac, that will not show up on any bloodwork....... I firmly believe that is the case with most people who test negative on the bloodwork: They don't have full blown celiac, but are definitely gluten intolerant......

Karen

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Keep in mind that if the problem is gluten intolerence, but not full blown Celiac, that will not show up on any bloodwork....... I firmly believe that is the case with most people who test negative on the bloodwork: They don't have full blown celiac, but are definitely gluten intolerant......

Karen

So true. I am "only" gluten intolerant. I did have a blood panel for food sensitivities 10 years ago which showed up gliadin, wheat and gluten - but the doctor didn't even see that as a red flag, and I, of course, didn't understand the significance. After finding this forum I did finally go thru Enterolab and found that I have two genes for "intolerance" but none for Celiac. So probably if the doctors HAD run the tests they'd have been negative for Celiac and I'd still have had to figure it out for myself.

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I just reread your post and see that your girlfriend has a problem with corn. I do, too. I didn't fully recover symptom-wise until I eliminated corn and all corn derivitaves, including citric acid. There's a forum Avoiding Corn Forum that has been was very helpful to me. I have other links that give lists of foods to avoid (regarding corn) and if you're interested, just PM me and I'll send them to you.

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For the food allergy test you can try US Biotek and order the food allergy panel (your doctor has to order it), if you want convenience you can order an at home finger prick test (96 food allergy panel ELISA) from optimum health resources $379 http://www.yorkallergyusa.com/

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Thank you so much for the quick responses. Rebecca will be back to work on Monday and I will have some good information for her.

Good to hear from you Canadian Karen - you're one of the oldies but goodies!! I miss hearing from some of the old timers!

BamBam

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BamBam,

Also remember that it is the summer and many of the regulars aren't on the board as much....vacation, kids out of school, trips, nice weather, etc. The board has had a lot of new posters lately and it is hard to keep up.

I am happy that your question was answered. You are a good friend for helping her.

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Yep, Karen gave you the right info on the blood tests. Just be sure to remind your friend that a negative blood test does not mean that she does not have celiac or gluten intolerance.

Not a blood test, but I really like Enterolab.com

Please also remind your friend that dietary trial is the real proof.

Sorry she did not get a reply to her question.

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