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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 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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Hi,

I haven't been here for awhile! I guess I'm one of the lucky ones that feel much better on the gluten-free diet. I had conflicting tests back in May and June. The upper endoscopy showed flattened villi, resembling Celiac. But, my blood test came back negative. I was put on the gluten-free diet, and have done a good job of it for over 7 months.

I had my 2nd endoscopy today. The lesions have vastly improved, so the GI Dr. gave me a positive diagnosis of Celiac. And a lifetime gluten-free diet. The biopsies will be back in 3 weeks. They were fine last May, so not too worried about them.

I'm just glad to report that the lesions are healing! I know it's very possible to be getting cross contamination, but not so much as to keep from healing!

I still don't like this diet. But, I'm glad to know my health is in my own hands, and that I can heal! My oldest brother died of colon cancer, and may well have had celiac disease and never known!

Thanks for all the prior help here! This board is great for newbies to learn from others in the same boat!

Nita

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Hi folks,

Nita's post is troubling to me. A lot of celiac related literature recommends annual blood test to check for compliance to the gluten free diet. If you can have a negative blood test and still have intestinal damage, what is the point of the annual screening? Is Nita's situation so unusual that I shouldn't worry about that?

Nita - I'm glad you're feeling better.

Sarah

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Hadn't heard about the yearly blood tests. My gastro has me come in for blood tests and small bowel with follow through xray every 3 years. If he doesn't see a problem, he says I don't need to come in sooner.

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Thanks Sarah!

I haven't heard of annual blood tests, either. And the old blood tests weren't as accurate, as I had one over 8 years ago that was negative. That's why I've had to suffer so long with this, as it was diagnosed as IBS.

I have the same GI Dr. as then, but the newest blood test is much more accurate, that's why he was so unsure it really was celiac disease. But, after seeing the improvement in the villi, he gave a definite diagnosis of celiac disease. He had said none of the blood tests are 100%. The test will come back negative without gluten in your system anyway. The upper endoscopy is how they found the lesions in the duodenum last May.

Nita

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