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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.

Need To Be Eating Gluten To Be Tested?
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Yep, you need to be eating gluten to do blood tests (or biopsies) for it.

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Hi. I think I need some help...quick. Many years ago an allergist told me I had a mild wheat allergy. I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it until recently when my symptoms got totally out of control. Told my GI I thought I might have celiac disease and I am going to have blood work done this Wednesday and a biopsy the following Wednesday (have an endoscopy yearly for another digestive problem). Anyway, in early December I stopped eating anything with glutin and I feel amazingly better. The problem is, it occurred to me that perhaps my blood work and biopsy will turn up negative because I've changed the way I eat. Checked with the doctor's office to see if I should start eating wheat again for these tests and they told me it's not necessary. After reading the postings on this site, I'm really nervous that I'm going to end up with negative results. What say you all? I don't want to do it, but if it means positive versus negative results... Obviously, at this point I don't have a month to do it, but I know what some of my worst triggers are.

By the way...I am thrilled to have found this site! Thanks for any input.

Carol

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If the diet is working well for you you can stick with it if you'd like but if you really want the test diagnosis then should eat gluten.

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Your other option is Enterolab (depending on how long you've been gluten-free). You can order a test kit for celiac and you'll get accurate results as long as you haven't been solidly gluten-free for a few years....and I assume you haven't been gluten-free for 4 years or something :)

P.S. It's unlikely that your doctors would accept Enterolab, but many here have used it and been very satisfied. ;)

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