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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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Hi all. I am now officially confused about my condition. I tested positive for Gliadin Antibodies in October and I just recently had the Endoscopy which turned out to be negative. My GI told me that there was no evidence of Celiac disease on the Endo. I am now totally confused because I am sick as a dog EVERY time I eat anything with gluten in it. My mother and two of my sisters are antibody and Endoscopy positive for Celiacs. All of them are terribly ill. I have the same symptoms, such as severe bloating, muscle and stomach pain, skin itching, mouth sores, severe fatigue, numbness and tingling in my hands and feet and sometimes I have coordination problems in my hands also. I am just wondering if I actually have Celiacs now after the negative biopsy. Anyone have any thoughts????

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I'm on this track now, except only one Gliadin test is elevated and I dont feel anything different if I eat gluten.

In your case, I would just do it.

If you need a firm confirmation you can go to a private lab and have the stool tests.

They told me one elevated gliadin blood test indicates Celiac may develop, but not necessarily.

However, if you are already sick from the gluten what do you have to lose?

I think the private lab tests are a better bet, but they are too pricey for myself at this time.

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A negative biopsy means NOTHING! If you have positive blood work you should be gluten-free! Some people can have positive blood test and negative biopsies and vice versa. If you need a dx then a stool panel test from www.enterolab.com is what I would do, it is accurate and more sensitve than blood.

If you do not need a dx from a doctor then try the gluten free diet for a couple of months and if your health improves, you need no further testing!

I hope you begin to feel better soon! :D

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Go gluten-free and see what happens.

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I've had two negative blood tests - the first one was following a mostly gluten-free diet, so I had to have a second one after a six week gluten loaded diet. After the second test, I cleared out the gluten regardless of the test, because I was just so sick of feeling lousy. After a few days, I figured "Oh, what the heck - this must be all in my head," and I snacked heavily on cereal one evening. Now two days later, I'm queasy, gassy, I was first constipated and then had explosive, gassy diarrhea. According to the doctor's office, there was no change in my blood test results. What's going on??? I want to see the test results for myself - if the numbers are any higher, even if they're still within the normal range, does that mean anything? And why, during the six weeks of gluten challenge, did some of my symptoms settle down?

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you can be gluten intolerant and not have full blown celiacs yet, but if you remain eating the gluten, in time you will be full blown and it takes even longer to feel better--go gluten-free and feel good--forget the test--deb

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Twister ! Go gluten-free !

Kate ! The blood test has a horrible rate of false negatives. But i'd never imagined a celiac could have symptoms "settle down" during a gluten challenge. Tho now that i think of it, I used to (several years ago) be able to have some gluten w/out getting symptomatic tho i would have the common symptoms w/ a greater amount of gluten.

So there WAS, for me, a time where a gluten-challenge could proceed very differently, depending on the amount of gluten involved. How much gluten were u ingesting for the challenge ?

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