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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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Well I met with the Gastro on Thursday. Very informative, but also very worried. I need to eat Glutten for 3 days so when he scopes he can see what is going on in my Intestines.

Then he informs me of the much more serious form of Celiacs, not sure of the name but it devours your Intestines and has no cure. Nice thing to tell me before the test will be done. Then it takes a week for the results to come back.....ugh

My First series of blood work came back negative , which he stated is sometimes normal.

Not haveing a good week...

Kdog

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First of all, eating gluten for 3 days will not cause your tests to come back positive, unfortunately. Depending on how long you have been gluten free will also be a factor in the damage to your villi when the biopsy is done. Your blood work was negative because you are on a gluten free diet. You have to be consuming gluten for at least 3-6 weeks or longer for your blood work and your biopsy to have any accurate results. I would recommend continuing your gluten free diet, and having a genetic test done instead, where it is less invasive and you do not have to be consuming gluten for the results to come back accurate. If you are having good results on the gluten free diet then that to me is a positive result, but the only way to know for sure is to eat gluten for 3-6 weeks, or have the genetics test done.

Good Luck..

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First of all, eating gluten for 3 days will not cause your tests to come back positive, unfortunately. Depending on how long you have been gluten free will also be a factor in the damage to your villi when the biopsy is done. Your blood work was negative because you are on a gluten free diet. You have to be consuming gluten for at least 3-6 weeks or longer for your blood work and your biopsy to have any accurate results. I would recommend continuing your gluten free diet, and having a genetic test done instead, where it is less invasive and you do not have to be consuming gluten for the results to come back accurate. If you are having good results on the gluten free diet then that to me is a positive result, but the only way to know for sure is to eat gluten for 3-6 weeks, or have the genetics test done.

Good Luck..

My initial blood work was done 2 weeks after I started my Gluten free diet. My results have been great after going gluten free. I went to see the Gastro and he said the only way to tell 99% is by an upper G.I. and some scrapings of the walls. I am not happy about eating gluten again, however I do want to find out what it is exactly...

Worried in Wisconsin

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My initial blood work was done 2 weeks after I started my Gluten free diet. My results have been great after going gluten free. I went to see the Gastro and he said the only way to tell 99% is by an upper G.I. and some scrapings of the walls. I am not happy about eating gluten again, however I do want to find out what it is exactly...

Worried in Wisconsin

and then their is the worry of RCD

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I'm having my first endoscopy this Friday. Blood tests were postive for celiac. I've been gluten-free for nearly 3 weeks. I wasn't told by my Dr. to eat gluten first... I accidentally ate gluten at Thanksgiving and believe me, I paid for it later.

Needless to say, I am worried about the biospy.

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