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  1. For some people, celiac disease can become latent but this only happens in a minority of cases. You're lucky to have a doctor who is aware of the serious issues surrounding this disease. My husband was diagnosed over 40 years ago as a very sick child and both he and our PCP did not think our...
  2. There may be a quicker and easier way to diagnose celiac disease in the future. I just finished watching a video from the Celiac Disease Foundation of Dr. Bob Anderson speaking about a potential diagnostic test that may not require the 6-12 week gluten challenge.
  3. One of my daughters decided to eat a piece of regular birthday cake early last week at a friend's house. She never let them know about her new diet and figured this was a one-off event and the worst that could happen is the mild symptoms she'd become used to having would return for a short time. ...
  4. A 6-week gluten challenge is often enough for people to show changes on biopsy. As long as you are willing to follow the gluten free diet for the rest of your life (from this day forward, for better, for worse), and you don't mismanage the situation by eating gluten-containing food once in a...
  5. Didn't see this before ^ Is it possible to get tested/diagnosed and not have the results placed on your record? Is there a way to pay a bit extra for privacy in this regard? I think getting diagnosed is worthwhile, but didn't give the issue you mentioned above much thought.
  6. For where you're at in the challenge, I think it is worth it. If you have that piece of paper your friends and family members are more likely to take your condition seriously. Also, first degree relatives of a celiac patient are also at an increased risk for developing celiac disease, even if...
  7. My husband would argue that you are lucky to have been diagnosed later in life! Did you have absolutely no symptoms prior to that? A lot of people I’ve talked to in the celiac support group say they had mild, inapparent symptoms throughout their lives but at some point their health took a d...
  8. You nailed it CDInSanDiego! I'll quote you the next time my kids complain. My husband was diagnosed with celiac in the late 1960s as a very sick young child. It was considered a rare childhood illness and he was crippled by eating gluten. He still feels very sorry for himself that he has...
  9. Thank you for all the recipes! All of my sons and daughters (including the non-celiac ones) have been gluten free for the past few weeks and I can't believe the difference it has made in their health. It's a miracle! For the first time, my youngest (learning disabled) is actually communicating in...
  10. Many people can have some of the signs and symptoms of celiac disease, but not have celiac disease at the time of testing and then if you wait long enough they get celiac disease later on.
  11. My good friend with celiac disease was there with me when he got home. He brought some regular non-gluten-free biscuits for the kids and even offered them to said friend before he remembered that she too can't have them. Go figure. I told my husband about the kids in front of her so I could have...
  12. I will find out when he gets home tonight. The gastroenterologist wrote a letter for each of them to certify that they have celiac disease and require a strict, lifelong gluten free diet so at least if my husband isn't happy he can go and argue with the GI specialist.
  13. Thank you all for your help and support over these past few weeks. The kids have had their EGD and the results are in. Only two of the 10 had a normal biopsy. They all have the DQ2 gene and I don't carry any of the celiac genes so it had to come from their father. The entire household (including...
  14. I've been told that a lot of PCPs have this attitude about celiac. Ours hasn't even evaluated my husband's diet. We don't live near a university medical center so that doesn't help. At the moment I am using up the non-gluten-free items while I wait for all the kids to get scoped and treating them...
  15. I have taken my children to a different doctor, who was recommended by a celiac friend of mine. 7 out of the 10 children have tested positive, and all of them are scheduled for an EGD at different times (since they all have signs/symptoms). I'm not surprised since they (and I) have all eaten a lot...