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  1. Celiac Disease & Gluten-Free Diet Forum

    1. Gluten-Free and Celiac Disease Calendar of Events

      Enter your group's Gluten-Free and Celiac Disease events here.

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    2. Board/Forum Technical Help

      This section deals with questions and problems related to the use of this forum. All "old pros" are invited to help answer questions from the newer participants.

    3. Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications

      Discussions regarding which mainstream products are gluten-free and which are not.

    4. Celiac Disease - Coping With

      This part of the forum is for techniques and information on how to cope with celiac disease and the gluten-free diet

    5. Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & Symptoms

      Discussions related to testing for celiac disease.

    6. Gluten-Free Recipes - Baking & Cooking Tips

      Discussions about gluten-free baking and cooking.

    7. Celiac Disease - Post Diagnosis, Recovery/Treatment(s)

      Discussions related to one's diagnosis with celiac disease.

    8. Celiac Disease - Related Disorders & Research

      Discussions concerning other health problems associated with celiac disease, and celiac disease research

    9. Gluten-Free Restaurants

      Discussions about dining out gluten-free.

    10. Celiac Disease - Parents of Kids or Babies With Celiac Disease

      Discussions with other parents of kids or babies with celiac disease.

    11. Other Food Intolerance and Leaky Gut Issues

      Discussions about additional non-gluten food intolerance issues, including cow's milk (casein), soy, eggs, corn, etc.

    12. Gluten-Free Ingredients & Food Labeling Issues

      Discussions regarding which ingredients are safe and which are not, and food labeling issues.

    13. Gab/Chat Room - To Discuss Anything BUT Celiac Disease / Gluten-Free Diet

      General Chat Unrelated to Celiac Disease - Discuss most things here EXCEPT Celiac Disease / Gluten-Free Diet. Keep it light and avoid controversial topics like global warming, gay marriage, gun control, euthanasia, speed limits on the Autobahn, prisoner torture, etc.

    14. Celiac Disease - Publications & Publicity

      Discussions related to books, articles and other press about celiac disease.

    15. Dermatitis Herpetiformis

      Discussions concerning the skin condition associated with celiac disease.

    16. Gluten-Free Travel

      Discussions concerning how to maintain a gluten-free diet while traveling, including great gluten-free places to visit.

    17. Gluten-Free Diet & Weight Issues

      Discussions about how to lose or gain weight while on a gluten-free diet.

    18. Celiac Disease - Doctors

      Discuss experiences with doctors, how to find a doctor, etc.

    19. Celiac Disease - Teenagers & Young Adults Only

      This area is where Teenagers and Young Adults can discuss issues related to celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

    20. Gluten-Free International Room (Outside USA)

      Discussions about living gluten-free in Canada, Australia, Asia & Pacific Rim, UK, Europe, etc.

    21. Celiac Disease - Pregnancy

      Discussions related to being pregnant with celiac disease.

    22. Celiac Disease - Friends and Loved Ones of Celiacs

      Non-celiacs discuss their experiences dealing with a friend or loved one with the disease.

    23. Celiac Meeting Room

      A Place where gluten-free people can meet each other--Adults only please.

    24. Celiac Disease - Sleep

      Discussions concerning sleeping problems and celiac disease.

    25. Gluten-Free Sports and Fitness

      Gluten-free athletes discuss fitness, sports nutrition, working out, etc.

    26. Celiac Disease - Support Groups

      Discussions concerning celiac disease support groups and support group meetings.

    27. Gluten Intolerance and Behavior

      Discussions concerning behavioral issues associated with the consumption of gluten.

    28. Super Sensitive Celiacs & Gluten Sensitive

      Non-scientific discussions for those who have been gluten free for at least 6-12 months and suspect they are reacting to lower levels of gluten than the vast majority of celiacs.

    29. Alternative Diets

      Discussions about alternative diets like the Vegetarian Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), The Low FODMAP Diet. (FODMAP=Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols), etc.

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    • Your future has not been taken away.  You just have to be very careful eating out.  I have a handful of restaurants that I trust to cook my food correctly.  I ask a billion questions too (speak with a manager, ask if food is prepared in it's own dedicated facility and if they have dedicated fryers, ask about the workers and the sanitation practices)  If you don't feel comfortable eating after getting answers, then don't eat.  I've been in several social situations with family, friends and work where I've had to settle for a glass of wine.  I will explain why I can't partake if asked.  Honestly the only time I eat out is when I know that it's safe, I'll take my food on trips away from home, or I'll eat before going out with friends/family. As far as the kissing thing you mentioned.  My husband is understanding.  He'll make sure that his mouth is clean, brushed teeth and if he has a doubt he'll kiss my cheek.  It's really not the end of the world, it might feel like it, but it'll get better...  My daughter is 13.  She hasn't had her first kiss, she knows that she'll have to tell whoever it is about her disease.  If it's someone worth having, they will stick around.  Think about it as a way to weed out the bad ones  ...   
    • I see - it's reassuring to know I'm not the only who who's reacted badly to it! Thank you for your advice, it's much appreciated. It can get pretty frustrating but I understand it just takes time.
    • Going private no problem with getting the tests now, adds financial pain to the physical pain but better than 6 month waiting list on the national health service. Just feels like a lot of pain and aggravation to tell me what I already know deep down. Feels like my whole future has been taken away with this and I have a feeling I haven't even seen the half of it yet. Doctor seems to be very relaxed on the concept of needing to worry about cross reactivity, gluten paranoia when eating out etc. yet it seems to be the case for most on there that that's exactly how it is for so many people. Someone tell me I'm wrong... or is that really what life becomes in the cold harsh reality of things?
    • It took me years to be diagnosed.  I've been misdiagnosed with several different things and knew that there was more to it.  I requested to have an egd to test for Celiac's two years ago, my doctor never called me back so I went low gluten from then on.  I still felt like hell because I didn't realize that "everything" has gluten in it....  My daughter became ill back in March.  I went to several different doctors trying to figure out what was causing her to be ill.  Our family doctor said she had gallstones, wanted to immediately do surgery on her.  I refused since she didn't fit the typical signs of a child with gallstones.  I requested a pediatric surgeon and then a pediatric gi dr.  The surgeon was smart enough to say maybe ask the gi dr to test for celiac disease....  Then it clicked.  I was so angry and mad at myself and my dr for not listening to my body for the past several years. Her blood test was negative, but the biopsy was positive.  She went on the gluten free diet.  I then said I wanted to be formally tested.  Blood test was negative, biopsy was positive and they ran the genetic screening.  I am a DQ2 homozygous, cat 8.  My doctor apologized to me over and over.   I have two sons that were tested for their genes, one is a cat 4 and one is a cat 2.  If they start showing signs of the disease they will be tested by way of egd.  Their pediatric gi said that I probably would've died by 40 if I was left undiagnosed.   So in saying all of that, fight for your test.  Listen to your body, but don't stop living.  Use this as a teaching tool.  Help others that don't understand the disease.  It'll be tough but you can do it...
    • Hi, thanks... Yes, I was diagnosed with glucose intolerance by an endocrinologist. That's when I started cutting back on sugar. Other than some deficits (chromium, testosterone, D + B-12) they found nothing. Except that I also have mild ostopenia, and I often get kidney stones which is strange but they told me not to worry about it and to get more exercise etc. Which is exactly what I've been doing. I can tell you, banning gluten and sugar from my diet is the best thing I've ever done in terms of diet. The pounds came right off. But don't worry, I'm not a walking skeleton yet, lol. Fortunately the weight loss is a result of my diet, I had problems losing weight before the diet and even when exercising. But it all makes sense now. I easily store carbs as fat and have a hard time losing them. I still have the intolerances though... I had a high white blood cell count but they thought nothing of it. It all points to inflammation in my gut somewhere. But hey they're the doctors if they tell me not to worry about it I'll just have to try and figure it out on my own I guess. Meanwhile I'm really happy to see the belly blubber disappear.  Cheers
    • Also, I know that the DQ2 is the most common one representing celiac disease.   I have low IgA-35 and my DGP Igg - 34.8 (medium to strong positive is greater than 30) All the IgA labs were within range. I have Hashimoto's as well. My vitamin D level is 23. I guess I'm wondering how likely it is that I have celiac disease.  The genes I have are not the worst ones to have, I believe, and while my DGP Igg is high it's not crazy high.  I'm still awaiting a call back from the GI as the PA told me to go gluten free for two weeks and then reintroduce it (this was last week while the GI was out of the office).  I guess I'm wondering what the point of that really is... Thanks again everyone for your help and advice as I navigate this...
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