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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts 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 Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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For many years I've had tummy problems - extreme (and i mean extreme!) bloating, discomfort, terrible flatulence and feeling nauseous a lot, also very constipated. Doctors just told me I had IBS (even though i never have diahrrea) no IBS medicine/remedies help at all. I went to a chiropractor who did a kineseology allergy test and told me I had a wheat allergy. I cut out wheat and after a week or so my bloating had decreased as had the flatulence and discomfort, but I started to really doubt the kineseology test which has no science or logic behind it, and felt the strong lure of my beloved thick white bread and cereal... :D so i went back to my wheat-high diet and the symptoms are back with a vegeance. My stomach is HUGE, terrible terrible gas and discomfort and feeling queasy and constipated. The drs say I can have a blood test to see if I am a celiac but I have to eat wheat for 6 weeks. I feel so utterly terrible that I'm not sure I can continue for 6 weeks, its been a few days and my whole digestive system just feels absolutely terrible!

Is it likely that I am celiac? - or wheat intolerant? Also if i returned to the dr and said I feel so terrible that I can't possible continue eating wheat for 6 weeks would that be enough for a diagnosis?

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Welcome!

How long were you gluten-free? Your doctor is correct that the tests lose their accuracy with any time gluten free.

If you are unable to continue to eat gluten because the symptoms are obvious and severe - I'd talk to your doctor - it is possible that you will still be positive for celiac antibodies or if negative perhaps if you test now and then after several months gluten-free the numbers will reduce enough for the docs to diagnose you with that information along with your dietary response. It is unlikely you'll get a diagnosis of Celiac Disease without positive blood work &/or positive endoscopic biopsy, but they may diagnose Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance. The treatment for both is the same - removing all gluten.

I do highly recommend you remain on gluten for the challenge and obtain all necessary tests - people often regret not getting tested done before going gluten-free.

Good Luck to you :)

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Thanks :) will try remain on the gluten free diet. I was only gluten free for about 9 days, previously was on a very high gluten diet and for the last week i have been too. I also have a number of vitamin deficiencies, am very pale and sickly (!) hair/nails breaking/falling out etc, and have autoimmune thyroiditis so i suppose the chances of having it are high.

The thought of an endescopy worries me - i have a severe phobia of being sick and anything that would make me gag would be impossible! Perhaps I could have it under general anaesthetic? :D

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Not to worry - if you choose to have an endoscopy - they can make you nice and sleepy - I have no memory of anything going in or down - I've had three and have severe gag reflex.

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Not to worry - if you choose to have an endoscopy - they can make you nice and sleepy - I have no memory of anything going in or down - I've had three and have severe gag reflex.

Ah that's good :) Do you think the 9 gluten free days would be enough to mess up the results - should I just wait a few weeks continuing with gluten and then go to the drs?

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Ah that's good :) Do you think the 9 gluten free days would be enough to mess up the results - should I just wait a few weeks continuing with gluten and then go to the drs?

No one can really answer this. The level of antibodies may be reduced from that amount of time gluten-free. If you happen to be weakly positive, nine days could be enough to put you in "normal" range. I was weakly positive after decades of undiagnosed celiac - it was enough to trigger endo which found severe/total villous atrophy and every sample came back at the highest level on the Marsh Scale for Celiac Disease. Conversely, it is possible that you could have the antibody tests now and be positive - there is no way to know.

If you are having a very tough time ingesting gluten I would opt for an earlier Celiac Gastroenterologist appointment.

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No one can really answer this. The level of antibodies may be reduced from that amount of time gluten-free. If you happen to be weakly positive, nine days could be enough to put you in "normal" range. I was weakly positive after decades of undiagnosed celiac - it was enough to trigger endo which found severe/total villous atrophy and every sample came back at the highest level on the Marsh Scale for Celiac Disease. Conversely, it is possible that you could have the antibody tests now and be positive - there is no way to know.

If you are having a very tough time ingesting gluten I would opt for an earlier Celiac Gastroenterologist appointment.

Thanks for your help :) am going to try get a Doctor appointment tomorrow

Even if the blood tests come back positive would I still need an endescopy? I literally could not go through with it :( I would just have to be undiagnosed and cut out wheat regardless, provided my symptoms clear up as a result!

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The way they do the endoscopy is like a general anesthetic, only safer. They give you medications to make you very sleepy, just like you were under anesthesia, and they give you something else that makes you forget anything that happens, so when you wake up you will be wondering when they are going to do it, only to find out it is already done. :)

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