I went to my doctor thinking I had IBS. I'm a 46-year-old woman, relatively healthy, but for years have suffered with gas, bloating, and diarrhea. I finally had had enough and decided to see what I could do for it. Since IBS is a diagnosis of elimination, they took blood to check my thyroid and for celiac disease. Imagine my surprise when my blood test for celiac came back positive. I have an appointment with an gastro.... doctor on April 1st.
Here are my questions...
1) How accurate is the blood test? I know the specialist will most likely order an endoscopy to take some biopsies, but what how accurate is the blood tst?
2) I've done some research in the last few days, but am wondering if celiac is a disease of degrees. In other words - does everyone diagnosed need to go totally gluten-free or can you avoid wheat and gluten products most of the time, but "cheat" on occasion.
I made shrimp fettacine tonight just to see what happened. Sure enough... after a nice large helping I was hit with diarrhea and spent a good amount of time in the bathroom. My 11-year-old daughter became sick to her stomach afterwards. (It wasn't the shrimp - everyone else is fine.) But... ever since she was born she's had stomach troubles - especially after eating. Often, when she was little her brother would say, "Oh, Katie just puked again." We didn't ever become concerned after a point, because generally she would be better soon and never did appear "sick". That brings me to question #3...
Should I have my daughter tested also?