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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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trying to figure out if i have wheat allergy or celiac. i have/had these symptoms

-ibs

-diarrhea (often)

-neuropathy

-arthritis

-migraines

-depression

-sneezing (often)

-itchy eyes

-eczema

-hives (had once 2 yrs ago)

-random runny nose/sore throat

-have had several attacks of i dont know what it was where i couldnt stop vomiting and had severe pain in abdomen

thx for any help

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mushroom    1,205

It is perfectly possible to have both.

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IrishHeart    1,633

That's where I'd start. The one who told you it was "IBS"--well, go back and say, but I have all THESE symptoms too. Bring a LIST. Then ask, could it be celiac?

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GFinDC    609

You can ask you doc to run the celiac antibody panel on your blood. They just take a bit of blood and send it to a lab. You need to keep eating gluten until the testing is completed though. If you stop eating gluten before testing it will screw it up.

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That's where I'd start. The one who told you it was "IBS"

im actually just guessing on this as well, based on symptoms. i know i could go to a doctor but wanted to try and figure it out without spending a few hundred/maybe even few thousand dollars im guessing

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beebs    61

IBS doesn't cause joint pain - or even most of the symptoms you have listed. It is just sooo difficult to work all this stuff out, especially if it is Coeliac as false negative rates are high in the tests. And all those symptoms you have listed could be caused by so many other things it just isn't funny. I'd be going to the Dr personally - what you have listed could be caused by so many different things.

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Maryw88    0

I sympathize. I'm dealing with a positive wheat allergy test but many overlapping symptoms. Soy intolerance, lactose intolerance. Can tolerate barley or even gluten-free oats. It's so hard to figure out what is going on. I'm pushing to see if it's possible to have both. Good luck with your testing!

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weluvgators    54

Our family has a history of individuals with *both* celiac and wheat allergy. We do have to watch out for both wheat and gluten and have found that we tend to be more sensitive than what is currently considered "standard" sensitivity for a celiac. We have worked with general practitioners, allergists, gastroenterologists and gluten intolerant specialists working to improve our condition.

Good luck figuring it out. Understanding your options for testing before a diet trial is important. On the allergy side, it can be handy to find relief in an antihistamine. We have fairly standard allergy protocols for our wheat allergy which is helpful for coping.

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GFinDC    609

Wheat allergy is a more immediate danger. An allergy can cause symptoms like trouble breathing, red, puffy face, hives, red itchy eyes. Those are IgE symptoms. IgE symptoms are treated with anti-histamines like Benedhryl etc.

You can read up on allergy symptoms at this link:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/allergies/ds01118/dsection=symptoms

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