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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 need a little help....I have had upper left abdominal pain for 2 months now...I also have left flank pain. I have loose stool often in the morning...but not diharrea. other then that I am not extreamly tired considering I have 2 kids 3 year old. No skin conditions I have really bad seasonal allergies so I have a runny nose and itchy eyes. My blood work was normal but it was just checking my blood cell count and my urine was normal. I had a ultra sound last week and an upper GI series done. The doctor said everything is normal but during the upper GI the barium drink went through my small intestine in 10 minutes rather then 2 hours. She has said that people who have there gallbladder removed experience this or people with a wheat intolerance. I have been wheat free for only 3 days and the pain is mild. I ate ice cram yesturday and I found I got the pain in my stomach and felt bloated and had ALOT of gas. I guess my question is are my symptoms typical of celiac??? Please let me know I would GREATLY appreciate it. :)

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Yes, they sound like they could be celiac. It's hard to say though because over 200 symptoms can come with celiac and some people do not get any. Have you had a full celiac panel of bloodwork done? That includes the following:

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG

Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA

Total Serum IgA

The tTG, EMA, and total serum IgA are the most important to have done.

If all testing, including biopsy, shows negative then you may just have a gluten intolerance and not full blown celiac yet. That can develop into celiac if you continue to eat it.

Or there could be another problem

Gallbladder complications are connected with celiac as well.

Also, going gluten free includes eliminating wheat,rye,barley, and oats.

There is stuff it can be hidden under as well so if you go gluten free this is a great site to get info of what you need to look for. There is a list you can print out of forbidden and safe ingredients and foods.

Also, with celiac, people at first can have a problem with dairy until damage to the intestine heals.

Good luck :D

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I guess my question is are my symptoms typical of celiac???

Some people have many symptoms and others have none at all. Your symtoms could be celiac. I also get the upper abdominal pain. I think it would be worth your time to go and get the celiac blood test panel (the ones that Kaiti mentioned), if that's is what you want of course ;) Although you may get a false negative result if you are gluten free for too long.

* I also have major issues with dairy *

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Although you may get a false negative result if you are gluten free for too long.

yea, I forgot to mention....don't go gluten free before testing...that will make the results useless

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Thanks!

I had asked my doctor it there were any testing for this problem and she said that elimination is the way to go. I have felt better being away from gluten. I would like to have the biopsy done to see for sure if it is celiac. Is there a difference between celiac and just a wheat intolerance? I have also read that the blood test could give you a false negative anyways, is that true? I also find that when I lay on my stomach or bend over I get a pain in my abdomin, is this characteristic of Celiac? Thanks for the info!

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That can be a symptom of celiac but it also may be correlated with something else.

Blood tests can give you a false negative when if you are off of gluten during testing.

You should get a full panel done. The tTG is the best test...it is the most sensitive and is probably going to take the place of biopsy in kids for diagnosis in the near futrue. The other good tests are EMA and total serum IGA. If all the good tests come back negative the liklihood of you having celiac really drops. If you want to get a biopsy as well as blood tests that's fine too :D The Anti Gliadin IgA can come back a false negative if a celiac has IgA defiency which can come in celiacs.

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA

Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG

Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA

Total Serum IgA

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