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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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First of all, I want to say thanks to everyone who responded to my question about the testing kits. Once again, you are all the experts, since everyone said they think I got the second test kit in error and lo and behold, when Enterolab got back to me, they said the exact same thing!

This may seem kind of silly because, well, common sense would say that anyone who tests negative would probably not be on this message board, but I'm wondering, has anyone ever tested negative through Enterolab? I'm just wondering because it seems like everyone has tested positive and it makes me kind of wonder if anyone ever tests negative? I'm waiting for my results but I am also really starting to think that Celiac is not what is wrong with me; My blood tests were inconclusive and I've been eating gluten for several weeks now in order to do a challenge with my doctor (that I will cancel as soon as I get the Enterolab results because I trust them more), and I don't feel bad at all. I've had no stomach problems, no diarrhea, no cramping, nothing out of the ordinary since beginning the gluten challenge four weeks ago. I have eliminated eggs from my diet and that has seemed to help more than eliminating gluten ever did; I also have noticed that about the time I began to get very sick last year, I was also trying the Atkins diet and eating eggs and chicken like a fiend. I don't eat either one of them any longer and feel better than I have in a long time. I have also been under a tremendous amount of stress this last year or so and that is getting dealt with too. What if I do test negative through Enterolab? Does that mean I absolutely do not have celiac disease?

Thanks much in advance for all of your posts! I almost don't want to test negative because I enjoy reading everyone's posts and how friendly and supportive everyone is here :P

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Yes, people do test negative with the Enterolab tests. They of course wouldn't be hanging around here ;) but there are some people here who have had relatives test negative on the Enterolab tests. I think a lot of people do test positive though because the gluten sensitivity spectrum covers a much larger range of people than just Celiacs, and most people ordering the tests are symptomatic or have a relative who tested positive, and thus their chances of having a problem with gluten are higher.

God bless,

Mariann

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