Here in my country, they are talking about giving government subsidies to those with celiac. My husband for sure has it, though when he took a test (I sadly don't remember what kind it was...) he failed. I'm also fairly certain that my oldest son has it as well, though he was never tested.
But - we don't eat gluten in the house, and they haven't had any in years. Will they need to eat gluten to pass a test?
(if so, the subsidy isn't worth it...)
Thanks for any help with this. They typically do a blood test here, I know there are a few ways to test..
I've got two other kids, and I don't think I have it, and I had no noticeable effects when I ate gluten.
asked bysunshinestarr (480)
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on June 11, 2012
at 07:20 PM
I was given a blood test for the HLA DQ2/DQ8 gene, which the gene that causes celiac. It's the only test that you can take after having been off of gluten for years. All of the other available tests will produce a false negative after about a month of abstaining. I was not off of gluten at the time and did not have the gene. I wish now that I had tried other avenues of diagnosis before before quitting gluten because I believe that I would have probably ended up with the diagnosis. Of course, it's not worth the suffering of being back on gluten for two months just to find out. So at this point, your best bet is the gene test if you haven't already taken it.
on June 11, 2012
at 06:44 PM
If you haven't eaten anything with gluten for a long time, they won't be able to diagnose it. Usually, they take a blood test first and see if there are any antibodies in the blood that make it LIKELY (not sure!) that you have it. Your subsidies will not be given on likelihood alone, I believe. Then they do an endoscopy, where they'll look infection resulting from celiac disease. If you haven't eaten any gluten for a while, they won't be able to detect those.