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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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txplowgirl    97

Bummer, the dr's office called late this afternoon with all of my results. Celiac negative, Lupus neg, Lyme neg, cortisol fine, thyroid neg. I had 15 different tests and every single one of them negative. All I wound up getting out of it was being put on Paxil and Nueronton for the pain and fatigue of my Fibro and Chronic fatigue. On top of that i've been having problems staying gluten free the last few days.

Uugghhhh, it's harder than I thought it would be. I thought I could go right back to being gluten free without any problems but I get cravings so bad and I grab something I shouldn't. I go back to work tomorrow so I can't get the actual results until I get back home in a month. I'll post the results when I get them to see what all of you guys can tell me.

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lucky28    5

I'm sorry to hear you're having such a frustrating time getting any answers. My dr didn't want to give me a diagnosis until he read the biopsy pathology report, even though the pictures he took while doing the endoscopy looked like classic celiac damage. You should try to get a copy of the results just to check it out for yourself. Good luck.

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Jenniferxgfx    55

Did you have relief going gluten-free? The tests don't matter (and for gluten arent very accurate in some cases), but what really matters is if you felt some relief.

Don't forget, if you want to quit gluten again, you probably will go through withdrawals again, which includes practically irresistible cravings sometimes.

My tests were negative too, and now that I'm gluten-free, I'm seeing how sensitive I am, and how involved the reactions can be (it's been 3 months and I notice improvements of all sizes every day)... I am sure some damages will take years to recover, and that some damage is permanent.

As someone here told me, there just isn't a test sensitive enough for us yet, if avoiding gluten makes us feel better.

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Jenniferxgfx    55

I think I misread parts of your post so my reply didn't totally make sense. Sorry :/

And the test wasn't for nothing in my opinion, IF eating gluten for the challenge made you feel lousy-- you have confirmation! Your own experience trumps expensive tests.

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Skylark    935

Don't you hate that good news/bad news sort of visit? I mean it's always good when we don't have awful things like Lyme or lupus but then you're left with the bad news of no diagnosis. I'm so sorry to hear you got nothing from your gluten challenge. :(

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Bubba's Mom    103

When you get back be sure to get a copy of your tests results. I've had Dr.s tell me everything is normal in the past, when it actually wasn't. It was borderline.

If eating gluten-free made you fell any better at all..you can go back to it. you'll probably go through a withdrawl period though.

You know what I find odd? A LOT of people seem to crave the foods they shouldn't eat due to sensitivity.

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Monklady123    68

This is exactly why I'm never going to do a gluten challenge. I don't care if I don't have the "gold standard" of diagnostic tools. I know that if I eat gluten I feel terrible. If I don't eat it I feel good. Why does it matter if we have a diagnosis? I've never understood this.

Sorry OP, I don't mean to sound uncaring. I'm sorry you were sick on the gluten challenge. There's your answer right there.

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