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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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I also have many food allergies and environmental allergies. I've had these symptoms for over 25 years. I'm now 36 years old and I'm going to see an internist at the end of the month. I've had numerous tests over the years and no diagnosis of my problem. I've stopped eating all sources of gluten for 1 week now and the dermatitus on my arms and legs has completely vanished and I have about 90% less gas than "normal."

Does this sound like celiac disease?

Thanks,

Hal

P.S. I forgot to mention that I also have edema in both calves and ankles.

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Fatigue is actually THE most common sympton among adults. It certainly sounds like it COULD be celiac disease. But if you want accurate tests or biopsy you need to be eating gluten to get that.

richard

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Hi Hal,

Yes those are some symptoms of celiac disease, here is a list of common symptoms but everyone is different and there are a lot more symptoms out there. Richard is right, if you are going to be tested for celiac disease then unfortunately you MUST be eating gluten if not the test will not be accurate, even if you are eating gluten the test could come back negative as well. I was eating gluten, had blood-work and biopsy done and they both came back negative.

I am sure you have read about Enterolab on this board, to me that is the way to go. It is simple and noninvasive way of testing, it is a stool panel test that is accurate and you do not have be on gluten to test for it. THis is how I was diagnosed last Sept, I have been gluten-free since and feel a lot better! :D

I hope this helps...

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

There is no typical celiac. Individuals range from having no symptoms (asymptomatic or "latent" forms of the disease) to extreme cases where patients present to their physicians with gas, bloating, diarrhea, and weight loss due to malabsorption.

In between these two extremes lie a wide variety of symptoms that include:

Diarrhea

Constipation

Steatorrhea (fatty stools that float rather than sink)

Abdominal pain

Excessive gas

Any problem associated with vitamin deficiencies

Iron deficiency (anemia)

Chronic fatigue

Weakness

Weight loss

Bone pain

Easily fractured bones

Abnormal or impaired skin sensation (paresthesia),

Including burning, prickling, itching or tingling

Edema

Headaches*

Peripheral Neuropathy* (tingling in fingers and toes)

Individuals have reported such varied symptoms as:

White flecks on the fingernails

Fuzzy-mindedness after gluten ingestion

Burning sensations in the throat

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