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Coeliac test negative - now what?

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wangle99 Thu 13-Sep-07 10:50:27

Finally had the result for DS coeliac screen - its negative. Admittedly the Dr said he got that result over the phone and is waiting to see paperwork before 100% sure that is the case.

He has said to start DS on a gluten free diet asap and will review him in a year, we are getting an appt for the dietician.

Argh was so hoping it would be coeliac disease as it would be nice to know what we are dealing with but I feel just as lost as ever!

TMD Thu 13-Sep-07 12:17:53

Hi I am 31yr old mum who has the same prob. I have been like this for about 4yrs my tests came back negative for coeliac disease however I have bad reaction to any form of wheat or gluten. I went to see a dietician too and it's the best thing i did to eliminate gluten and wheat. It's difficult as alot of 'norm' foods have these ingredients but I tend to stick with home cooked food.(It becomes easier as you become more used to what to avoid- just constantly read labels) I was told to help the bowel settle as the lining was irritated by wheat gluten to try Carrot soup home made,let me know if you want the recipe as the whole family loves it!. Also to drink pleny of water. I stayed off dairy for a while too but thats something you need to consult doc about as that's important part of a childs diet. It could be something maybe your little one grows out of but persevere with it. let me know how it goes {smile}

clerkKent Thu 13-Sep-07 13:06:11

DS was the same. Luckily we were able to see a consultant gastroenterologist through my company's private medical insurance. At this stage he started to look at other possible causes. DS had to do a lactose test and he took antibiotics for giardia. The lactose test was negative, but DS has had no symptoms since the antibiotics, so the conclusion is that he must have had giardia.

wangle, I do not understand why your Dr said to start a gf diet if your DS does not have coeliac disease.

wangle99 Thu 13-Sep-07 17:43:23

Sorry I wrote that message in a hurry this morning!

ClerkKent - a while ago I had controversial vega testing at health food shop which showed DS had a sensitivity to wheat. We therefore put him on a wheat free/gluten free diet for four weeks and he was a changed child. No diarrhoea, happy, not smelling worse than our dog! Which is why the paed said that as the diet obviously works for DS!

laura032004 Thu 13-Sep-07 17:56:03

I'm presuming he had blood tests for the sensitivity, not a biopsy? Had he had gluten/wheat before the tests? (in the previous week or so?)

suey2 Thu 13-Sep-07 17:59:44

the coeliac tests will only test for allergy, not intolerance. Be careful he is getting enough B vitamins if on a gluten free diet.

tkband3 Thu 13-Sep-07 18:00:17

The blood tests are not fool-proof...there are often false negatives. Given your son's reaction to being on a gluten-free diet it would appear that there is every possibilty he is coeliac. Given this, perhaps your GP could refer him to a gastro-enterologist so that he can have a biopsy to confirm once and for all. How long had he been back on gluten before the blood test? Coeliac UK advise that you should be back on gluten (eating as much as equivalent of 4 slices of bread per day) for 6 weeks prior to testing. Obviously if you go for the biopsy, you will need to keep him on gluten until the biopsy, but it might be worth it in the long run.

Sorry that you still don't have a definitive diagnosis - I hope you get somewhere very soon.

tribpot Thu 13-Sep-07 18:01:45

wangle - my dh has been tested a number of times for coeliacs, always negative but clearly has a wheat/gluten intolerance. (He is fine with oats, but ds can't have them either - haven't had ds tested because of the time he would have to be back on gluten to make the test meaningful).

If cutting out wheat is helping your ds, then it may just be an intolerance rather than coeliac's. Bit of a pain as you still have all the same stuff to deal with but none of the support that comes with a formal diagnosis.

Would like the carrot soup recipe though!

wangle99 Thu 13-Sep-07 19:15:42

DS has been on a full gluten/wheat diet since 15th July and I am making sure he has been eating sufficient amount a day!

It was the blood test for sensitivity, the paediatrician has said we will leave the biopsy for now.

If it is a intolerance there is no formal diagnoses so I guess we'll never know for sure. DH is going to be tested because he has EXACTLY the same symptoms which is why we thought coeliac as hereditary.

I feel like I'm going around in circles!

TMD Fri 14-Sep-07 10:45:13

Hi here is the carrot soup recipe.

1 Bag Carrots
1-2tbsp sunflower/olive oil
Kallo Organic Low Salt Vegetable stock cubes
(gluten/lactose free/low sodium)find in tesco
Coriander Leaf
* Put oil in sauce pan.
* Peel and chop carrots into slices place into pan and saute for about 10mins.
* Depending on how thick you like your soup take stock cube dissolve in boiling water and add to carrots, simmer for about 20mins.(full instructions on packet for use of stock cubes).
* Transfer contents of pan to a blender add coriander to taste. Blend to required consistancy.
* Return soup to pan and Keep warm until ready to serve.

I have frozen this in portions for my little one. Taken out the night before its gone down well for lunch following day.
Enjoy! {smile}

tatt Fri 14-Sep-07 15:24:10

when you get the test results ask if they tested total IgA because if that is low the test is not reliable.

Anyone who has a problem with wheat may find that causes a problem with dairy - eliminate wheat and you may be able to have dairy again.

Wish I knew what else you can do to identify the problem - sorry.

nightcat Mon 17-Sep-07 09:32:57

In gluten-free circles there is an opinion that positive dietary response is the only real proof.

You could try the scio/vega nutritional testing (at least that's not invasive), alternatively there is also a specialist genetic testing for genes that carry gluten intolerance (my son was tested by a neurologist and was found to have the gene - he was already on the diet showing amazing improvement by the time we got to the neurologist).

I actually never pursued free g/f prescriptions for him (so the 100% diagnosis wasn't that vital) because I realised that the main nutritional benefit lies in veg rather than carbs, so we don't buy that much bread.

Isababel Mon 17-Sep-07 09:33:41


You really don't need a positive in a test to know your child is not OK with a certain food. Tests are not perfect (DS's test for coeliac was negative, so was his RAST for glutten but he showed a positive for wheat in his skin prick test), if you see such a problem with glutten, you just need to avoid it regardless of what the tests say.

DS results to milk are getting lower and lower and we were told a year ago that he was no longer allergic to it, but... if we give him dairy products he either gets a rash, his tummy hurts, the asthma is back and his face always gets puffy.

Isababel Mon 17-Sep-07 09:35:24

Tatt, which are range values to consider an IgA test not reliable?

Peachy Mon 17-Sep-07 09:42:57

DS- and me to an extent- cant tolerate casein or wheat, ds1 is on a gf diet and is due a blood test next time he sees the Paed in November; I tsted negative on the blood test but the diet amkes a difference.

My BIL also tested negative for everything- had full tets including biopsy- negative. Turned out the tests were done wrong, has intolerances linked to ulcerative colitis and is awaiting an ileostomy (irreversible) at 30 sad

TMD Mon 17-Sep-07 15:51:44

Hi Isababel,
Was just reading your message and rememebered this artical in this months Now mag! 17th sept 2007. it is about dairy allergy and what to try to do if you think it may be a problem. But what i actually thought may be helpful was apparently a new milk on the market called lactofree with a pic of a cow on the front. It says it tastes like fresh milk but without the lactose and they have a hard cheese out too. They give a website ( you may have already visited it)
Hope this might be helpful????{smile}

daisyandbabybootoo Mon 17-Sep-07 15:57:52

How was your DS screened? If it was only a blood test, these are not always reliable. I have coeliac disease and everything I have read on the subject says the only way to test for it is to do a gut biopsy.

You need a referral to a gastro-enterologist with experince in coeliac disease.

also confused as to why your GP has said start the GF diet. It is against all medical advice to start a restrictive diet if it isn't necessary.

mishmash Mon 17-Sep-07 20:08:36

Hi Wangle

I did the York test which came back and it also showed that I was ok with Gluten but not Wheat. I found this strange as my sister is coeliac and was convinced I was the same. Mine also showed me to be highly dairy intolerant, yeast and eggs.

I have been on an elimination diet for a week and a half now but am still having symptoms, albeit not as severe as before.

I am going to stick with it for the recommended 4 weeks although I am finding yeast difficult to totally eliminate as so many foods contain Yeast Extract.

I am keeping a food diary and am also gone back to cooking everything from scratch.

My sis has recommended me to go for proper coeliac testing - ie the biopsy so will see how I am in a couple of weeks.

Isababel Mon 17-Sep-07 22:29:42


Thank you, he is currently in Pepti, a formula for children allergic to milk protein... I think there is more to milk than lactose, he is reacting even to lactose free milks... well, tbh... he is even reacting to rice milk, but well... he is a walking allergy catalogue...

Which reminds me, please take York Test results with some caution. DS shown to be positive to 97 of the 113 food tested. Apart of the main allergens he seems to be relatively fine with the rest.

Heartmum2Jamie Tue 18-Sep-07 11:23:00

I have not read all the replies and am unsure of your back story, but was the test specifically for coeliacs or have they tested for a wheat allergy (different to coeliacs, although you follow the same kind of diet)? My ds has not been tested for coeliac, but had a positive RAST for wheat and he reacts exactly like your ds. If it is neither of these things, it could just be an intolerance. I am intolerant of quorn and react very much like I have an allergy, which I know I don't because I can eat everything else just fine, but not quorn.

tatt Tue 18-Sep-07 15:08:15

don't know - will try to find out but it gives false results in about 2 or 3 % of cases

tatt Tue 18-Sep-07 15:26:06

4% of coeliacs have levels low enough to affect the test according to this (1c)

tatt Tue 18-Sep-07 15:39:16

still acn't find it - but the special needs section of mumsnet is worth a look as they are well informed about gf diets. You may also want to read what they have to say about enzymes.

Isababel Wed 19-Sep-07 08:47:16

Thanks for looking Tatt.

TMD Wed 19-Sep-07 12:14:25

Hi, I found it very interesting reading all your different experiences. I have found my self trying to sort out my stomach as doctors don't seem to want to recognise this problem. I was told for 6 months in the beginning just a tummy bug but I lost 2.5 stone! Food was becomming an issue didn't want to go out as too scared might have an episode and not be near a toilet. At my age, well any age really quite embarrasing! I was offered councelling as thought could be pshycological?hmmSo that prompted me to go it alone! I've changed doc surgery's recently but not been consuming wheat or gluten for last 4 years. They tested Blood for wheat gluten but from what I now understand is that the test would have come back neg as I haven't purposely been eating it! I am much healthier than before less sore throats colds, no stomach upsets, however I still experience nausea but the doc just says unexplainable? Just made to feel like making it up!angryI make most of my food from sratch very rarely eat out as too much hastle finding out what things are made from.
I was anxious when My C was born but we introduced wheat and gluten and touch wood no problems so far! I would imagine it's more difficult with children especially when at age peer pressure and making them understand why can't eat same as their freinds.
Well i'd better go and sort out some lunch. I'll catch up again soon.

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