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    Hi all...

    I have two doctor appts. next week. One is with my primary and one with Urogyno. I read another post about gluten and food sensitives. I'm wondering if a food sensitivity test can be given in one of the doctor's offices. I had food "allergy" testing with an allergist and it came back ok. But food sensitivities are different and the allergist I saw didn't have that kind of testing.

    Does anyone know the name of the test to have? Is it a blood test? I do know I could do some sort of food diary and give up wheat for a week, milk, etc. But I'm not sure I can handle that at this time and am hoping for a simpler, quicker answer, if that's possible.

    There seems to be such a big relationship between food and IC and I could sleep better if I ruled out the gluten/food sensitivity issue.

    I'm still planning to stick to the IC diet right now of course.

    Thank you in advance.
    Frances

    Diagnosed: 2011 - have had symptoms for over 20 years. Diagnoses so far: Overactive Bladder, then IC, and now Myofacial Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

    Medicines: For IC am doing PT, and will be taking Gabapentin, Ativan, Tramadol and Ambien. Ice packs and drinking vanilla shakes help. Foods that cause a flare, tomatoes, yogurt, coffee, soda, all sports drinks, and most teas. Take Verapamil, Naproxen (as needed), Omeprazole, Frova (as needed) and receive Botox shots(every three months) for migraines. For allergies I use Claritin and Flonase. (Feel free to ask me any questions about meds.)

    Other conditions: Migraines, allergies, mild IBS.


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  • #2
    http://foodallergytest.org/celiac.html

    It is possible to have a positive gluten intolerance test reading but a negative food allergy test reading for all the grains containing gluten and vise versa. Thus we suggest a food allergy/intolerance blood test plus a stool or saliva gluten/gliadin test. Note: A Gluten Intolerance will begin to be identified in the stool or saliva before it shows up positive in the blood.


    So apparently it's a blood and/or saliva and stool to be 100% sure. While they are also promoting their own tests (and there are several at home tests I have found elsewhere) I would think if you went to a doctor they would use similar testing. I personally would do the at home test and if I saw anything funky at all I would go in to see a doctor. But I think going to the doctor if you're really concerned would be the best.

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    • #3
      You can ask your doctor to test you for gluten tolerance --- If that test says you have a problem with gluten, your doctor can advise you regarding any additional testing needed. A very close friend of mine had celiac and his response to ingesting any wheat was severe digestion problems including diarrhea.

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      • #4
        You should ask your doctor how accurate the test is in determining gluten sensitivity in people who do not have celiac's disease. I've read that many many tests are still based on determining if you are celiac, which is a different kind of reaction than intolerance. You can personally know you are intolerant, but still come back as fine with some tests.

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        • #5
          Thank you for the responses!
          Frances

          Diagnosed: 2011 - have had symptoms for over 20 years. Diagnoses so far: Overactive Bladder, then IC, and now Myofacial Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

          Medicines: For IC am doing PT, and will be taking Gabapentin, Ativan, Tramadol and Ambien. Ice packs and drinking vanilla shakes help. Foods that cause a flare, tomatoes, yogurt, coffee, soda, all sports drinks, and most teas. Take Verapamil, Naproxen (as needed), Omeprazole, Frova (as needed) and receive Botox shots(every three months) for migraines. For allergies I use Claritin and Flonase. (Feel free to ask me any questions about meds.)

          Other conditions: Migraines, allergies, mild IBS.


          "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)

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          • #6
            gluten intolerance test

            Hi there --

            There is a gluten intolerance test. I have been having bladder issues for about 7 mos after a bladder infection....I saw a dr recently that recommended a food intolerance test (different from allergy test). Depending on which one they do it tests 200+ foods...and one item they test is gluten. Mine came back as having a moderate intolerance...so I am giving the gluten free thing a try. I also had severe and moderate items on there that I was eating everyday. Its called the ALCAT test (you can read about it on their website).

            PS...had to pay out of pocket for it as my insurance did not cover it....but I was/am willing to try just about anything to get rid of whatever this is...

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            • #7
              Hi, SMT. Would you mind sharing what the ALCAT test cost? I'm considering it too since I seem to have many, many food intolerances (already know milk, shrimp, and certain veggies create major problems) and also suspect gluten/wheat (gluten intolerances seem to run in my family) and I'm having a hard time narrowing it all down. I don't think my insurance will cover either.

              Thanks!

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              • #8
                It's about $500---

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