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.
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What are the major symptoms of celiac disease?
Celiac Disease Symptoms
What testing is available for celiac disease?
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
I used mine for the first three years I was diagnosed. I used it for several reason, one it protects me legally from a company letting me go if I exceed my sick/personal time off. Some companies even have a max of unpaid time you can take, but the FMLA allows me to use that as well and not be affected. I didn't have a manager that was treating me bad or anything like that, but companies have rules that change all the time and I didn't want to become subject to that. Also due to privacy acts, my manager received a letter with the FMLA dates and approval and I then never had to give any details about my condition or disease if I choose not to. Just keep in mind that because you have FMLA does not mean they have to pay you for time off it just protects you to not be penalized for taking time off. Now that I have my symptoms and condition under control I let my FMLA expire and have not had to use it in years.
I am the mother of a 5 year old who has tested positive on two blood test for tissue transglutaminase antibodies (results, over 300 then 75). She is scheduled for an endoscopy and biopsy next week. I understand that her pediatric gastroenterologist is a celiac specialist so she should be good...
My worry is that my daughter's GI symptoms have been steadily decreasing and she hasn't had a distressing episode of acute pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea in close to 2 months. She reports having abdominal pain that is "medium" (very hard to get a 5 year old to quantify pain). From my perspective, the pain must be rather minor since she doesn't bring it up unless she is asked.
Because of this symptom improvement, I am afraid the procedure's timing is not good and we might get a false negative result. To be clear, she continues to eat lots of gluten, but I think her improved GI symptoms are due to better stress and anxiety management.
Were you very symptomatic at the time of testing? Should I ask for a postponement?
Thanks for your advice.