Post # 1
I’ve had digestive problems that I’ve been looking into pretty much since I went away to college a few years ago and my diet totally changed. After searching my symptoms I’ve found they all pretty much match up with celiac disease. I’ve seen a gastroenterologist who found I had a slightly fatty liver and basically just said to try to eat healthy. They did a lot of blood tests and I’m not sure if they tested for celiac or not. I don’t know if I should go get checked at the university doctor or just try a gluten free diet and see if anything improves? Any experiences or advice is helpful! thanks
Post # 3
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I have celiac disease. If you want to be able to have a medical diagnosis to use for tax and insurance issues, get tested via blood test and/or biopsy to get a formal diagnosis while you’re still eating gluten, as your intestines will begin to fix themselves if you don’t eat gluten. If you don’t care about that, then just go gluten free and see what happens. I haven’t eaten gluten in seven years and my intestines couldn’t be happier, lol.
Post # 4
I would get an upper endoscopy with small bowel biopsy & a blood panel specifically for Celiac. This has to be done as pp said, while you are still eating gluten. I was diagnosed through the blood test. I wouldn’t go gluten free until you know what is going on for sure, because then your body will adjust and you will never know!
Post # 5
Thanks for your advice! I guess I will just stop by and get tested. I’m just the kind of person that is embarrassed if I worry about something that turns out to be nothing. I know it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry though!
Post # 6
Definitely better to be safe than sorry as you said. And if you are having stomach issues, wouldn’t you rather rule things out than not know and always deal with it? No reason to be embarrased 🙂 Going gluten free has been the best thing for my digestive system!
Post # 7
Yes, get tested for it! Celiac disease is more than an allergy- it’s actually an autoimmune disorder. You definitely want to know if you have that, or maybe it’s some kind of intolerance.
If it’s not that, I would research fatty livers to see what else you might be able to do. Tell your doctor what the gastroenterologist said too, the more information they have, the better to help you. If the tests come back negative, you could also try cutting out common intolerances like lactose. Cutting out lactose worked for me when I was having gastrointestinal type distress, but lactose intolerance runs in my family so that was a safe bet.
(I don’t have celiac disease. I’m a chef, so I have to about food related disorders and allergies etc. interesting stuff.)