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? - 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
Where can I buy gluten-free stuff?
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Thanks for this, ironictruth.
I personally believe that should my dx be accurate, it's not recent; my complaints are pretty consistent and go back years. But the logistics of analysis and reporting methods are always at play and you've raised some great points that are helping me think through this a bit more.
Regarding #4, I've been reading that IELs are typically found more towards the base of the villi and thin out towards the top, and that celiac can affect this distribution by making it look more uniform (because of more IELs present at the tip than usual). What you say about blunting affecting that is interesting, but the Marsh classifications include both degree of atrophy/blunting and the IEL counts, no? So it must be possible to still gather info on IELs even when villi are blunted.
I will have another endoscopy at some point to assess a change following the gluten-free diet, I think what I'll do it try and get the same blood work done that was initially positive somewhere along the line as well. If that all comes down, then I think I'll feel a little more certain that I'm in the right place diagnosis-wise.
Thank you guys! I am afraid to do the gluten challenge because eating gluten makes me bed ridden sick. I've read on different sites on how much you need to consume for 'X' amount of time, but is it really necessary to suffer that long? I want to make sure that I have plenty of time to consume gluten before going back to the doctor to be retested, though. It just seems like torture is all.
I appreciate all of the support already! Thank you so much for the replys!