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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 Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   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 Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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Who Is The Best Person To Check Vitamin Levels?

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I'm very recently diagnosed with celiac and I kind of took the express train to treatment with the gluten-free diet. I posted on another thread but basically I started researching celiac during the testing of my 4yo son. I was shocked to see myself so clearly in a lot of the descriptions. I emailed my primary doctor and she ordered a celiac panel which came back positive (conclusive levels). I still haven't gotten in to see her (I was diagnosed three days ago) and she wanted to refer me to a gi, still will I guess. But I emailed her and asked if I could go gluten-free because I am breast feeding. Right now I can't wean because it is very emotionally jarring in my experience and I just can't go on nursing him with gluten in my system knowing that doing that might have stunted his brother's growth and development already.

My primary is great and said she understood and that she should technically have me go for biopsy after staying on gluten but in my case I could go gluten-free.

So will the GI check my vitamin levels? Primary? Who is the best person to ask?

Thanks!

Megan

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Your primary care doctor should be able to check your vitamin levels...you could certainly mention it to the G.I.doctor when you meet with him/her. Also, are they scheduling a biopsy pretty soon? I only ask because going gluten-free can change the results depending on how much damage is already done & how quickly you heal.

I understand the fear with nursing...I nursed all 4 of my babies(last one 8 years ago) & I was very likely undiagnosed Celiac then. I am almost 1 year post-diagnosis. Just relax though, you are heading in the right direction.

I didn't see your earlier post, is your 4 year old Celiac? I made that assumption.

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Sounds like you have a great primary - I'd ask her to order the tests. That way you'll have the results when you consult with GI and if you are deficient you can start supplementing to help from becoming more deficient.

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