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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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Should I Be Gluten Free While Waiting For Biopsy?

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Hi everyone,

I had the celiac panel bloodwork a couple weeks ago. One of the antibodies was positive but the rest were not so I already had an endoscopy scheduled so she is going to do the biopsy then (in two weeks from now).They did try to move up my endoscopy but I wasnt able to do the couple days they had free. I began going gluten-free to see how I felt. I have been feeling better on gluten-free. I recently read that you shouldnt be gluten-free before testing or it may show a false negative. Do I really need to go back to eating gluten when it makes me feel so bad?

Thanks for any advice:)

Jess

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Youn need to be eating gluten. The test is being done to examine the damage caused by gluten.

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Do not switch to the gluten-free diet until ALL testing has been completed. If you do go gluten-free, false negative test results are possible.

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Do not switch to the gluten-free diet until ALL testing has been completed. If you do go gluten-free, false negative test results are possible.

Hello, I am new here, and am in a similar situation. I"m having to push for my testing, etc. I was biopsied years ago and it was negative. In the last 6 years, I had a baby, then had new symptoms, issues, etc. I was advised by a rheumatologist to just try the gluten free diet for my symptoms and within 3 weeks I am 80% better. It's SO dramatic that it is easy to avoid gluten now. However, since it IS so dramatic, and I have a young daughter, it seems unsafe not to find out for sure if I have celiac, versus just an intolerance. My question is: I know I should be on gluten while I await dx yet longer - but I don't know how long it will be and I am almost non-functional while on gluten. I will be grateful for ANY advice on how to stay on gluten and manage during that interval. How much gluten do I have to be on? Hints on coping?

Many thanks, I'm so glad this exists!

Julia

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Hello, I am new here, and am in a similar situation. I"m having to push for my testing, etc. I was biopsied years ago and it was negative. In the last 6 years, I had a baby, then had new symptoms, issues, etc. I was advised by a rheumatologist to just try the gluten free diet for my symptoms and within 3 weeks I am 80% better. It's SO dramatic that it is easy to avoid gluten now. However, since it IS so dramatic, and I have a young daughter, it seems unsafe not to find out for sure if I have celiac, versus just an intolerance. My question is: I know I should be on gluten while I await dx yet longer - but I don't know how long it will be and I am almost non-functional while on gluten. I will be grateful for ANY advice on how to stay on gluten and manage during that interval. How much gluten do I have to be on? Hints on coping?

Many thanks, I'm so glad this exists!

Julia

Unfortunately, Julia, Peter's statement means exactly what it says - "until all testing is completed", including the endoscopy. The routinely accepted amount of gluten is the equivalent of 2-4 slices of bread a day, so you don't have to pack gluten into every meal, but you do have to make sure you are not eating 'gluten lite' :) As for how long, the estimates are widely variable at the moment as to how long a gluten challenge should last. Since you have been gluten free three weeks, you will probably have to do a "full" challenge, which may be up to 6-8 weeks. I don't know how quickly or how long you drastically react to gluten; maybe you could make gluten your evening meal, "sleep it off" overnight, and function the next day? Or make it breakfast, be able to function during the day and collapse at night? Or maybe it will last all day and all night :wacko:

How to handle? Take digestive enzymes to help digest your food, take probiotics to improve your gut flora, drink lots of water, take Tums or Pepto Bismol as warranted (or Gas-X - gelcaps only, not chewable), something for GERD if that's what you get. It's going to be miserable no matter which way you cut it. I wish doctors would just run the damned tests first when they come up with these brainwaves :rolleyes:

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'just' gluten intolerance is very real. Poorly understood, not medically diagnosed usually, but it still appears to be an auto-immune disorder. However, getting diagnosed for certain will ensure you get proper treatment later on in life. I don't know how young you can begin testing for celiac in kids, but there's a 10% chance you kid is/will be celiac. Probably higher if we include gluten intolerance for either her or you.

But to re-iterate, yes, you must eat gluten or else your tests are likely to show false negatives.

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Thanks for your replies everyone! I started back on gluten. I feel yucky agian too:( I am trying to think positively and eat all of my favorite gluteny food that I may never be able to eat again-my favorite pizza, McDonalds fries, garlic bread, etc

Julia I am sorry you are going through this too. I started feeling crummy 11 years ago after my daughter was born and after many doctors, specialists, etc I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 6 years ago. Now I am wondering if I had celiac then, ugh! I hope not because that is alot of years of destroying my intestines with gluten! Good luck!

Jess

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