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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:24 pm 
Hi everyone

I went through a whole series of tests last year to see if I had Celiac disease, which I don't (would have been awful in addition to all my allergies). During the time when I was unsure, I went off gluten completely and felt absolutely FANTASTIC - before, I would wake up around 8 and be tired midmorning. My grandfather had Celiac and my cousin is allergic to wheat, and I wonder if I could also have a mild intolerance, one that causes fatigue, or like Celiac disease, inhibits vitamins from being absorbed.

Since I already have so many limitations in my diet I sort of gave up the no GF routine, until recently when I stopped again and had the same amazing results - no naps, no fatigue, restorative sleeps.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 12:08 am 
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My mother is intolerant to wheat. She gets fatigued, sick to the stomach, has trouble focusing and generally feels like crap! She does not have any immune system response...so it is not an allergy, and she does not have celiac either (she can eat other gluten containing grains no problem). She can eat food that has come into contact with wheat ( ex. pie filling scraped off of the crust) or try a bite of a cookie, but she does not eat any more than that.


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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 9:40 am 
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Are there any particular tests that you can take to see if you have a wheat intolerance or do you just have to do self-tests?

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celiac disease isn't something that i know a *whole* lot about although I do know a little...I am wondering if I should get tested, actually.

there are two tests as I understand it--a blood test and a test in which they take tissue samples. i know that sometimes doctors stop at the blood test if it comes back negative, so it is important to know that the blood test isn't accurate....the biopsy is the only way to tell.

if you suspect celiac, they say it is best to get tested *before* trying the gluten free diet. if you aren't eating gluten, the test will come back negative. (and if one is celiac, it is awfully hard to go back to eating gluten and feeling miserable.)


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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 8:53 am 
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Thanks for the info - I'll definitely go and check with my doctor about taking those tests because the symptoms that were listed sound way too similar to how i am for me to be comfortable without taking a test like that.

Thanks again

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For information on celiac disease, diagnosis and treatment visit the website of the Canadian Celiac Association.

http://www.celiac.ca/EnglishCCA/eceliac.html

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A definitive diagnosis can only be made by a small bowel biopsy. The biopsy is performed by a specialist in the gastrointestinal field. The biopsy must be done before treatment is started.

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