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      • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

        This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease SymptomsWhat testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease ScreeningInterpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test ResultsCan I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful?The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-FreeIs celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic TestingIs there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and DisordersIs there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients)Gluten-Free Alcoholic BeveragesDistilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free DietFree recipes: Gluten-Free RecipesWhere can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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    1. HouseKat added a post in a topic Consider Celiac Disease in Autoimmune Disorder Patients - Internal Medicine News Digital Network   

      This article mentions "the DQAI*0501 allele", can anyone tell me if that is the same thing as DQ5 which my genetic tests indicated that I have?
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    2. HouseKat added a post in a topic Having An Endescopy. Celiac Test. Does It Hurt? Risks? What Do They Do? How Long Is It For?... Etc?   

      I just had my second endoscopy on Friday and like the first time the worst part was when they put in my IV. After that they wheeled me in, did the throat spray, then knocked me out. They used Demerol and something else on me for the sedation.

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    3. HouseKat added a post in a topic The gluten-free Diet Byelisibeth Hasselback   

      EH's dining card includes many items which are gluten-free and leaves out many that are not. You'd be much better off using the more accurate cards sold by Triumph Dining (

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    4. HouseKat added a topic in Board/Forum Technical Help   

      Let's Be "g-free" Free
      I'm seeing new posters use the term "gluten-free" and it's getting on my nerves a bit. Every time someone uses it, it's like a little ad for Hasselbeck's book. The forum already auto-magically changes every "g f" to "gluten-free" - can we do the same with "gluten-free"?
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    5. HouseKat added a post in a topic Fresh Mint Ideas?   

      Years ago, I was house sitting for a friend and they had tons of mint in their yard. I found a mint sorbet recipe in a Sunset magazine recipe book, it was fabulous. Great on those hot summer days.

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    6. HouseKat added a post in a topic 504 Plan   

      Here is some good information and links about 504 plans:

      Some guidance for the school cafeteria staff:

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    7. HouseKat added a post in a topic Continuous Diarrhea   

      I'm so glad that you brought that up! Since going gluten-free, I sometimes have unexplained bouts of diarrhea and I had been focusing on "finding the hidden gluten" to no avail.

      Years ago, when I was diagnosed with dust mite allergy, the allergist said that my reaction was the worst he had ever seen for that particular allergen. Since going gluten-free, my environmental allergy symptoms have almost disappeared and I haven't been as vigilant in my dust mite elimination efforts. You've given me a wake-up call, samcarter. Thanks!
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    8. HouseKat added a post in a topic PCOS And Celiac   

      My sister and I both have PCOS, but have opposite symptoms. In me, it causes very heavy, lengthy periods that I must take BC to regulate. She has to take BC to even have a period at all.

      After 15+ years, I decided that I don't want to spend the next 15-20 on the Pill, so I've had the Essure and Novasure procedures done. Starting in July, I won't have to worry about pregnancy anymore and I won't have heavy periods (maybe none at all) so I can discontinue BC. Yay!

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    9. HouseKat added a post in a topic Anyone Relate To "hoping You Have It"?   

      OMG, the gas, I forgot about the gas! That was also a huge problem for me, but it started clearing up as soon as I went gluten-free.

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    10. HouseKat added a post in a topic Anyone Relate To "hoping You Have It"?   

      The constant, painful diarrhea which had been the norm since middle school went away within a few weeks. I had my first consecutive solid bowel movements in over 20 years. (Not exactly an improvement, but I had to urinate more often because all that liquid wasn't exiting through my bowel anymore.) My chronic fatigue went away, as did the "arthritis" in my shoulders and hips. People started telling me how much better I looked, because I had previously always looked kind of grey and sickly. No more sores in my mouth. My nails now grow 2-3 times faster than they did before.

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    11. HouseKat added a post in a topic Sensitivity Vs Celiacs   

      Karen, you are a very lucky person. You had 41 good years without it and you're getting diagnosed in less than a year's time. You weren't referred to a shrink because the doctors thought that you were crazy. Your doctor actually knew what tests to run. New gluten-free products are coming out every day. Celiac disease is actually being discussed in the mainstream media. Some restaurants have gluten free menus...for crying out loud, there's even gluten-free pizza at several chains now!

      For many of us, a diagnosis of celiac disease has been a blessing, because the end of our suffering was finally in sight.

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    12. HouseKat added a post in a topic Genetic Testing Results   


      Ask for a copy of the test results, I'll bet that you do have a celiac gene, just not one of the two recognized in the U.S. I have one of those "unofficial" genes and neither of the "official" ones, so my doctor put in my records that I have "gluten-sensitivity" and must be on a gluten-free diet. I don't have the "gold standard" diagnosis, but I have something to back me up, when and if I need it.

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    13. HouseKat added a post in a topic Anyone Relate To "hoping You Have It"?   


      Yes, I can totally relate. After nearly 25 years of symptoms, to finally find out what to do to relieve them was HUGE! (I was just a little bitter about the fact that over the previous 15 years I had asked several doctors - including a GI specialist - about celiac disease and been rebuffed...but what's past is past.) I'm now working on educating people about the disease, so others don't have to go through what I went through.

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    14. HouseKat added a post in a topic The G-free Diet Elisabeth Hasselbeck   

      I don't watch The View regularly, but I've seen her mention it on there, most often during food segments. For instance, one time Whoopi was doing a segment about new food products and one thing was a gluten-free pizza. Elisabeth heard "gluten-free", swooped in from stage left, grabbed up the plate and ran off with it. I fell out!

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    15. HouseKat added a post in a topic How Can I Help My Ex-wife Understand Celiac?   

      I would start documenting your efforts to inform her about this. Write down dates and times of any conversations you have had about it that you can recall. Send her via certified mail or some other trackable way a letter outlining your concerns. This is in preparation for having a court order that she have the kids tested, if she continues to refuse.

      As a person who suffered with celiac disease from at least the age of 12 to the age of 34, I implore you to make sure that they get tested as soon as possible. My growth was stunted, I suffered from depression and neurological issues, I was told that it was all in my teen years were hell and my 20s weren't much better. I fear the long-term effects of 20+ years of damage. Don't let this happen to your kids.

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