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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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I have been suffereing with strange symtoms for three years. It wasn't until my doc sent me for a celiac screen (blood test) that I suspected or even heard of it. I went off of gluten after the test. I felt soooo much better. The test came back negative and she told me that it was a very accurate test, I don't think this is my imagination. If I eat gluten I feel very dizzy, lose the feeling in my extremities and get horrible pain through my chest that spreads, like heart attack pain, I feel very tired and almost insane. I don't recognize myself. I asked her if I could be sensitive and not celiac, she really didn't know what to say other than stay away from gluten. Could the test be wrong? Or should I accept this answer? I know the bottom line is that I feel better no matter what anyone says. I was just wondering what you guys would think of this result? Thanks for a great place to chat!! :D

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Hi mysterypain! Welcome to the board! To answer your question, all doctors think the bloodwork is a very accurate test but it's not! Yes you can have negative blood-work and biopsy and still have Celiac Disease! The fact that you felt better after going gluten-free is a very good sign that you have celiac disease, not to mention the symptoms you experienced when you ate gluten.

If you need a docs diagnosis I would suggest using Enterolab stool panel test and it's accurate!

I hope this helps! :D

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Yeah...

I'm going through the same thing right now. I have all the symptoms...bloating, diarrhea, upset stomach, floating stools, hair falling out...everything except being underweight. Except the Gliadin IgG, which was a weak positive, all the lab tests have come back negative.

However, after reading some information on the www.enterolab.com site, it appears as though the EMA test is very specific but not very sensitive. This means that if it is positive, there is no possible way it is a false-positive...you have Celiac. However, it being negative doesn't mean much.

It being negative only means that the villi in the small intestine have not yet totally atrophied. This is because it is a blood test, and for the antibodies to get from your small intestine to the blood there must be some major, major damage. Only 30% of the people with partial villi-atrophy tested positive on the EMA / transglutamine tests even though there was, indeed, some damage to the villi.

I may be spelling some of these words wrong (sorry about that), but if you go the thread I started today (I'm Simply), gf4life has posted some links that give more details.

You ought to check them out.

Simply

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Hi!

I am new here too. I feel like I am going through the exact same thing! I just got my test results and they were "normal". I'm not sure which my doctor ordered but she sent me the results so I'll know soon.

Good luck! Hopefully we'll both find some answers.

Chris

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