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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? - 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

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I am now 20. I was diagnosed with IGA nephropothy (auto-immune kidney disease) about 5 years ago after finding blood in my urine. The doctor never did a biopsy and diagnosed me with this because of the IGA found in my blood. I had eaten 3 wendy's burgers and fries that day, then ran intensely while playing two entire basketball games in a tournament. I have been tested positive for IGA in my blood every time i have visited since then. I have also slowly devoloped redness on my face. In the past two years i have devoloped extreme anxiety and social phobias and my heart periodically goes crazy. I have had chronic sinus infections, chronic fatigue and a light rash on my deltoids. I stumbled upon this site and have been gluten-free for about two weeks. All my anxiety has completely gone away, i dont even feel shy which has never happened to me since i can remember. My sinus infection and my chronic fatigue has been perfect as well which has plagued me for 2 years now. I used to also get periodic hot flashes and haven't had one in two weeks, maybe these were a reaction to eating gluten??? The hotflashes were very embarrasing and noticible because the redness on my face is blotchy and becomes very red in contrast to the rest of my face, it looks like a weird sunburn. It is not very noticible now unless i am exercising. Do I have Celiac disease? If so will the redness go away as well? I have not heard of others devoloping redness, only an acne-type rash which is what i have on my deltoids. I have an appointment with an allergist in two weeks, will they be able to diagnose me. Also, i have been gluten free and right now i have exams and am afraid to eat gluten because i can't afford the brain fog i had before, I thought i was going to fail, but now i am back on track to pass. Won't they just test for IGA, which i have already been tested positive for? Also, will the test be negative because i will have been gluten free for four weeks by then? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

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ddempse2,

An allergist would be able to run the blood work (which may indeed be negative since you have been gluten-free for a significant time), but for a "conventional" diagnosis you would need to see a gastroenterologist. You might also want to check out Enterolab, which offers a smple, non-invasive stool panel for celiac disease. If money is a concern (as it is for me right now), the single test for celiac disease-related antibodies costs $99 (plus shipping and handling, I think). It might be worth saving the money for, since you DO NOT have to be eating gluten to get accurate results!

Many of your symptoms sound so familiar to me: anxiety, "shyness," chronic nasal stuffiness, chronic fatigue, acne on the shoulders, facial redness (rosacea) all the time, and generalized blotchiness under stress. These have all improved dramatically since I went gluten-free (and casein-free as well, since I also react to dairy products) last Halloween.

My opinion is that since you seem to have isolated the (or at least a) cause of your ongoing troubles, stay gluten-free. At the very least, put off any gluten challenge (which I personally consider barbaric) until after your exams are over!

Good luck, and take care!

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Thank you very much for your reply, it was helpful. I will make an appointment with an astroenterologist for further diagnose.

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