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
What if my doctor won't listen to me?
An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners
Welcome! Here is more information about a gluten challenge:
I would personally go for the maximum amount of tine and would consume as much gluten as I could tolerate 1 to 2 slices a day. Why? Researchers really do not know who builds antibodies fast. Some can do it in as few as a few weeks and others take much longer. Where do you fit? You do not know, so considering the maximum recommendation.
Do not be horrified about your doctor googling. That is an excellent sign, in my opinion. My neighbor is an ER doctor. He googles all the time and combining that with his vast medical training and work experience, allows him to quickly help patients. There is no way a doctor can know everything about disease and treatment.
I wish you well!
I have not found any that are reasonable (a gluten-free kit is available on Amazon and they want $50 ). Either you make the GINGERBREAD walls from scratch (gluten free) or just use cardboard as a base and “glue” on gluten-free gram crackers or “stucco” (fondant) with frosting or We never eat the end product; however, the kids consume plenty of decorations while it is assembled. I would not recommend handling a gluten gingerbread house. It is too crumbly and the risk for cross contamination is great. So, make a gluten free version or create a new holiday tradition.
My daughter who is 9 and newly diagnosed went on a secret gluten binge about a month ago. I had her gluten free cupcakes in a package next to the gluten containing cupcakes. She decided to test it out and ate 3 or 4 mini gluten filled cupcakes in about 10 minutes.
She ended up super sick and threw up a few times. It was a good learning experience for her. She now turns down cupcakes at parties. I am Room Mom for her class this year and bring both gluten free and store bought for the class.
Looks like you tested negative on the celiac blood tests. Who ordered the tests? Reticulin has not been used for more than a decade. This makes me think that your doctor may not be so celiac-savvy. Why does that matter? Some 10% of celiacs are seronegative. If celiac disease is strongly suspected, a GI might want to confirm with an endoscopy. Also, you did not say how long your gluten challenge was before that last blood test. A challenge requires a person to be on a gluten diet for 8 to 12 weeks:
Do you have any risk factors, like family history, another autoimmune disorder, IBS?
It seems like the Gluten Free diet is helping your current symptoms of joint pain and rashes. So, then you would be considered Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive/Intolerant. That diagnosis is done when celiac disease has been ruled out. I can see why he recommended the gluten free diet. You felt better!
You are going to have to decide if pursuing a celiac disease diagnosis is necessary for you. I wish you well.