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
Oh, I missed the part about Canadian candy. Maybe you can buy some American candy on line - then you would know it's safe. Can you buy American candy on Amazon? I buy everything on Amazon!
Can you call the Hershey's in Canada and ask them? Pick your favorite candy or two and research it?
Just a thought....
Actually, an endoscopy refers to any scope inside the GI tract. An esophagoduodenoscopy refers to a scope in the upper GI tract - esophagus, stomach, duodenum and a colonoscopy is a scope through the colon. Typically, both are done when the diagnosis is blood in the stool as the blood can originate anywhere along the GI tract (or even in the sinuses/nasal passages). Typically, they are done at the same time to avoid repeat anesthesia, prep etc - if you need both, of course.
You do have my curiosity peaked about "gut bacteria" test that tests for RBC. I am not sure what kind of test you are referring to.
I wish there were comprehensive lists for candies sold in Canada. Every list I come across is US based. Also, apparently, not all similar candies contain the same ingredients. i.e.Smarties in Canada contain gluten, those in the US do not. No idea why
You can get an enodscopy at the same time as the colonoscopy. Endoscopy is usually to diagnose Celiac. Colonoscopy would be to see why there is blood in your stool. I thought the blood was in your stool? Not sure a GI doctor will care about most of the " tests" that non- medical people run on you.
Thanks both of y'all.
Do know why I would get an endoscopy over a colonoscopy? Would it help if you knew the gut bacteria test I had ( this is where the red blood cells showed up)?
And yes I have an Endo but I'm getting a new one next month who takes insurance!