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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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OntarioJoe    0

So, after 3 days of ALMOST no gluten I decided I want to get tested to find out for sure if that is really what is wrong with me.

I understand that one needs to be eating "normally" including gluten for the test to work correctly, so I ate what I would "normally" eat last night, almost imediately I had bad gas and a little while later had diarreah, then again this morning had diarrea.

The 3 days prior when I was having very little gluten I was fine, I am wondering if getting the test done is worth putting myself through this.

I am finding this very difficult to deal with.

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kareng    1,992

You should be able to get the blood test pretty quickly. Unless you have to fight with your doctor to get it ordered.

You can always go gluten-free with no test because you know you feel better.

Good luck & Welcome!

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OntarioJoe    0

thanks...I have the blood tests tomorrow, the Dr. told me that there is not just a specific test to find out if you have Celiac, is this true???

He is sending me for a bunch of bloodwork tomorrow and an upper GI on May 17th, do you think i need to continue eating gluten until may 17th or does that not have anything to do with an upper GI.

Thanks again.

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Yes I agree with Karen. You have not been gluten lite for very long so I don't think you need a 3-month gluten challenge. With only 3 days "almost gluten-free" you will not have healed enough to get rid of any damage anyway. Get into see your dr. You should be able to get the blood tests done immediately on the same day as your appointment.

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kareng    1,992

Joe, I think you should eat gluten until the endoscopy. Make sure they take many biopsies of the small intestine. I'm going to look for some info you can print & take with you. Back in a few minutes!

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kareng    1,992

Ok. I'm back. Print this off. Highlight the names of the blood tests. It's from an actual medical center and actual docs so my doctors have read it. Make sure he doesn't just write "celiac panel". Ask him to specify because some Celiac panels are out of date. Keep a copy with you. When you are getting the blood drawn, make sure those are what they are sending the blood in for.

http://www.celiacdisease.net/assets/documents/2011CDCFactSheets_AnitbodyBloodTests.pdf

Another good site:

http://www.celiacdiseasecenter.columbia.edu/CF-HOME.htm

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OntarioJoe    0

Joe, I think you should eat gluten until the endoscopy. Make sure they take many biopsies of the small intestine. I'm going to look for some info you can print & take with you. Back in a few minutes!

thank you so much...is the upper GI the same as an endoscopy?

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kareng    1,992

thank you so much...is the upper GI the same as an endoscopy?

Make sure it isn't just the esophagus & stomach. Ask the doctor. You could probably call & ask the office if that is what you are scheduled for. When you get there, they will ask if you know why you are there, any questions, etc. Make sure you are getting what you think you are.

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thanks...I have the blood tests tomorrow, the Dr. told me that there is not just a specific test to find out if you have Celiac, is this true???

He is sending me for a bunch of bloodwork tomorrow and an upper GI on May 17th, do you think i need to continue eating gluten until may 17th or does that not have anything to do with an upper GI.

Thanks again.

Yes, do keep eating gluten until May 17th if you can handle it. I'm not sure what your dr meant when he said that about their not being specific tests...there are specific tests (Kareng posted links above), HOWEVER the tests cannot rule out celiac. They are designed so that if they come back positive it's very, very, very accurate. If it comes back negative it could be a false negative. In other words you can have a negative test resutl and still have celiac. so perhaps that is what your dr meant abotu them not being specific. Be sure to eat gluten until all your testing is done because not eating gluten can cause your test results to be false negative.

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OntarioJoe    0

Yes, do keep eating gluten until May 17th if you can handle it. I'm not sure what your dr meant when he said that about their not being specific tests...there are specific tests (Kareng posted links above), HOWEVER the tests cannot rule out celiac. They are designed so that if they come back positive it's very, very, very accurate. If it comes back negative it could be a false negative. In other words you can have a negative test resutl and still have celiac. so perhaps that is what your dr meant abotu them not being specific. Be sure to eat gluten until all your testing is done because not eating gluten can cause your test results to be false negative.

ok, I will print those off and bring them to the Dr.'s with me, I can't thank you enough.

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kareng    1,992

ok, I will print those off and bring them to the Dr.'s with me, I can't thank you enough.

I cannot emphasize enough that you should highlight the actual tests. Docs will read about 2 sentences and they are used to someone highlighting the important parts or where to sign.

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ravenwoodglass    1,211

As painful as it might be you really need to keep eating gluten until the endo is done. As was stated there are false negatives with testing. Do listen to your body and go gluten free as soon as the testing is finished you don't need to wait on the results. Your body is really giving you the answer and do keep in mind that once you are 'officially diagnosed' you will have celiac as a preexisting condition. Some have had trouble getting insurance with a formal diagnosis. Not saying for sure that you will have to deal with that issue but something you should be aware of. We don't need a doctors permission to be gluten free but having a diagnosis can help get doctors to order tests like vitamin and mineral panels and scans to check for osteoporosis.

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OntarioJoe    0

ok, I assume getting an endoscopy at the same time as an upper GI would be my best bet.

I live in Canada, and therefore don't pay for medical visits, do you think I can tell the doctor what I want done?, all he is sending me for is the upper GI, I will tell him that I want the endoscopy, does he have to listen?

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ravenwoodglass    1,211

ok, I assume getting an endoscopy at the same time as an upper GI would be my best bet.

I live in Canada, and therefore don't pay for medical visits, do you think I can tell the doctor what I want done?, all he is sending me for is the upper GI, I will tell him that I want the endoscopy, does he have to listen?

Explain to the doctor what your issues have been and tell him that you did a short trial of the diet and that it relieved your symptoms. Tell him that you are aware that to be tested for celiac you need to still be on gluten and tell him how awful you felt when you added it back in. Then tell him you want to be tested for celiac. It depends on the doctor whether he will listen or not. Being in Canada, from what I have heard here on the board, it can take awhile to get scheduled for an endo. It is up to you whether you want to wait for the test to be done or if you just want to go ahead and go gluten free without the endo after the bloodwork is done.

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