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.
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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
Thanks so much for your response ravenwoodglass - I do have a slip to get bloods done before my visit but I'm guessing he is not testing for celiac diease. He has requested FBC and diff, electrolytes, LFT's, LDH, ESR - Erythrocyte Sedimentation rte, C-Reactive Protein. What would be the test for Celiac Diesase?
Do not eliminate gluten until all celiac related testing is done. Just keep to your usual diet making sure to eat at least a couple slices of bread worth of gluten daily. I was thought to have RA for a time but it did turn out to be gluten. Within a few months gluten free my joint pain was a thing of the past...at least till age caught up with me. You may want to call your doctors office and speak with a nurse. have the nurse ask the doctor to either call in or let you pick up a lab slip. that way you will have the results of the celiac panel at your visit.
Perhaps you know that mucus is actually very alkaline. It's what protects the lining of your stomach from gastric acid. And bile, compared to gastric acid, is alkaline too. I'm sorry you're still feeling so badly, but I'm not sure why you think stomach acid is the source of your problem. I'm not saying it's not, but until you're tested....
You need to stay on gluten while any celiac related testing is being done. Have they done an MRI? Folks with gluten ataxia will have lesions called 'UBO's" or unidentified bright objects. They are similiar to the lesions found in MS. If found they will sometimes do a spinal tap to rule out MS. If you haven't already do get a celiac panel run along with your B12 levels. Low B12 is not uncommon with celiac and can cause nerve related issues.
As to the original query. If you are concerned get a 'free and clear' product. There shouldn't be an issue gluten wise but some folks are sensitive to scents and chemicals.