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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 saw Dr Leffler one of the big guns in Boston. Gave a list of all the symptoms I'm having. Not sure what I have. Had a systemic allergic reaction to a drug I've taken 100's of times and everything makes me itch. Have been gluten-free since May which he did not think was very long. He did several blood tests including the genes and wants me to do the camera pill to find out why I am losing iron.

Has anyone had such allergic reactions it doesn't matter what you swallow? Won't have results for a few weeks. Feeling discouraged with so many health issues and need a smarty to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

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I saw Dr Leffler one of the big guns in Boston. Gave a list of all the symptoms I'm having. Not sure what I have. Had a systemic allergic reaction to a drug I've taken 100's of times and everything makes me itch. Have been gluten-free since May which he did not think was very long. He did several blood tests including the genes and wants me to do the camera pill to find out why I am losing iron.

Has anyone had such allergic reactions it doesn't matter what you swallow? Won't have results for a few weeks. Feeling discouraged with so many health issues and need a smarty to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

Well, wait and see what the Big Guns say.

Do you have specific questions?

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Your having been gluten free since May may very well effect your testing. Also be aware that if they are only checking for DQ2 or DQ8 that you can have celiac or issues with gluten even if you don't have those genes.

Does the diet seem to be helping you? It does take some time to heal so even if you have only seen a small amount of improvement do keep with the diet for a bit and read as much as you can here so you learn about cross contamination and the non-food related sources of gluten.

Ask any questions you need to and let us know how things go with your new doctor. Not all are as knowledgeable about celiac as we would like, even the experts in the field, as more and more is being learned every day.

To answer you questions about allergies before I was diagnosed I seemed to be allergic to almost everything. When tested for true allergies (gluten intolerance and celiac are not allergies) I was allergic to 98 out of 99 things tested for. My allergist said it was because celiac had my immune system in 'hyperdrive' and that many of my allergies would likely resolve. They did.

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