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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? - 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 Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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I'm a 22 year old female and have been suffering from a variety of symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, mucus in stool, abdominal pain, gas, minor weight loss, anxiety, hair loss, and a tingling feeling in my toes. I had a variety of tests done including an ultra sound, stool test for parasites/bacteria, colonoscopy and endoscopy.

Everything came back normal except with the colonoscopy/endoscopy. With that they found some polyps (turned out to be benign) and inflammation. The pathologist suggested I get a celiac blood panel done based on the biopsy. So, I'm going to do that soon. (I've had some previous more general blood work done and the only thing they found from that was that my red blood cell count was slightly low at 3.9, but it was so slightly that it was deemed insignificant.) Now I'm waiting to get the celiac blood panel to more specifically look at that as a possibility.

Anyways, pardon my ignorance here :unsure:, but there's something I'm slightly confused about. I've heard that a biopsy is sort of the gold standard for confirming celiac disease. If the already did a biopsy, wouldn't that show for sure whether or not it was celiac disease? The doctor still seems unsure/unconvinced so I'm really not sure what to make of the situation. I know the test will eventually show what's going on, but I'm just curious if what I'm describing even sounds like celiac or maybe just a gluten sensitivty or something else even?

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The pathologist suggested I get a celiac blood panel done based on the biopsy.

YES Ashleigh! And welcome!!!!

Get a hold of your pathology report and bring it here. It may indeed, offer a diagnosis. Your symptoms surely support it.

But, please continue to eat gluten, if you can tolerate it, until your blood work.

If you can't, a positive dietary response can be a piece of the puzzle as well.

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