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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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-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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I am 15 years old and recently have been experiencing symptoms similar to those diagnosed with Celiacs disease/ gluten sensitivity. The symptoms effecting me for the past 2 months include the following:

-sharp pain in my upper right abdomen

-severe upset stomach

-bloated stomach and nausea

-extreme fatigue

-weight loss

I recently went for blood work and am waiting on results. Does anyone feel celiac's could possibly be an option corresponding to my symptoms?

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Definitely. It could also be non-celiac gluten sensitivity which would give you the same symptoms but will be negative on all tests. When your testing is done, I would recommend a gluten free trial of a few months (3-6) and see if that helps. Lactose in milk can also cause these symptoms, and many celiacs are lactose intolerant.

Best wishes to you. I hope you find answers in your test results and feel better soon!

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HI rt1234,

Sounds like celiac symptoms. There are other things it could be. It is important to keep eating gluten (wheat, rye, barley) until the medical tests are all done. The tests are usually an blood draw for testing antibodies to gluten (gliaden) and later an endoscopy to check for damage to the gut villi). The test results usually take a couple weeks in each case as they send the samples to a lab for analysis. If it does turnout to be celiac we can help you with getting started in the gluten-free diet.

There are conditions that have very similar symptoms to celiac are different though. One is called NCGI (non-celiac gluten intolerance). They don't have any test protocol for that yet, so the best test is to go on the gluten-free diet for 3 to 6 months and see if you improve.

Non-celiac wheat sensitivity article

http://www.celiac.co...ists/Page1.html

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In undiagnosed Celiac disease there is also the chance of a non functioning gall bladder.

A few cases of diagnoses have had the gall bladder removed to be later diagnosed with Celiac.

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