Get email alerts Get E-mail Alerts Sponsor: Sponsor:

Ads by Google:

   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE email alerts

  • Announcements

    • admin

      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 Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can 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-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is 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 Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store.


Advanced Members
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

451 Excellent

About GFinDC

  • Rank
    A little farting never hurt anybody... :-).
  • Birthday 12/26/1957

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
  • ICQ 0
  • Yahoo

Profile Information

  • Gender Male
  • Interests Painting drawing art!
  • Location Amesville, Ohio USA

Recent Profile Visitors

39,276 profile views
  1. Yep, get tested for celiac. You have plenty of digestive symptoms to indicate it.
  2. Weird Reaction

    Hi Richie, It definitely sounds like you got glutened. Over here in the USA they can't label foods gluten-free if they are made from gluten ingredients, period. So your barley drink would not be labeled gluten-free here. A while back I read something about the testing for gluten in foods not being as accurate for detecting barley hordein as it is for wheat gliaden. So the gluten-free testing (if they do any) that your drink maker does may not be reliable. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition. So the immune system starts reacting when it detects gluten and damages the gut lining. An immune reaction is not like a food poisoning event, where most of the damage is only while the food is actually in your system and then ends. An immune reaction can continue for weeks to months. The immune system is really quite serious about protecting our bodies. And since it is designed to detect and attack micro-organisms it reacts to tiny amounts of gluten. Wheat, barley, and rye are the main gluten grains that affect celiacs. But some celiacs also react to oat gluten.
  3. Hi Nelly, Do you know why you are hypothyroid? Some people with celiac disease also have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is an auto-immune attack on the thyroid. They can test you for Hashimoto's thyroid antibodies. Celiac disease irritates/damages the lining of the small intestine. Food protein particles may get in the blood stream and that leads to a reaction by the immune system. Over time an intolerance may develop. It also may be that your food reactions are temporary and will fade away after a while. They probably aren't really food allergies, but are most likely food intolerances instead. Intolerances are a different immune reaction from allergies. Allergies can be managed with anti-histamines, food intolerances can't. Allergies can also be life-threatening in some cases due to the IgE reaction closing the airway. Just some more info, hopefully it will help.
  4. Hi Nelly, I agree with the previous posters. Something else you can try is an elimination diet. Nightshades may by a cause of joint pain. You could stop eating them for a couple months to see if there is an improvement.
  5. Confused

    I think the usual thing is to be on a gluten diet for 12 weeks prior to testing. But you might find an answer here: Celiac can impact any area of the body, including the brain. There is a thread on the forum somewhere about anger, quick temper, depression talking about effects on people. There is also gluten ataxia, which is gluten related and affects the brain. I think your doctor screwed up by testing you after only 4 days on gluten.
  6. coffee replacement

    Yerba Mate has some caffeine in it. It doesn't taste the same as coffee though.
  7. Nightshades can cause joint pain in some people. You could go ahead and eliminate them now. They don't affect the celiac testing.
  8. Diabetic Diet Choices & Gluten Free

    Hi Jessica, I am not sure what you mean by other good options. Other good options for what?
  9. I'm overweight. You too?

    I think there's a pretty broad lack of understanding of celiac disease among doctors. The high rate of undiagnosed people is evidence of that IMHO.
  10. New to celiac!

    I agree, it is best to get tested before going gluten-free. It's a lifetime condition and that may end up being quite a while after all. Sometimes we talk about gluten withdrawal on the forum. You could look up some threads on that. I expect many people do go through an adjustment period after going gluten-free. Breaking the habit of eating some foods may take a little time. But as you get more used to eating whole foods and simpler foods I think they are more filling and satisfying. It's not just gluten that we give up when we switch to whole foods. We are also avoiding lots of sugar, salt and carbs. Many people stop eating dairy also, at least for a while. I suggest not eating the gluten-free baked goods at first. They are generally not as nutritious as their gluten counterparts. More fat and sugar etc. You should mainly eat meats, veggies, nuts and fruits. There are some non-gluten grains that are ok too. It's just a matter of time and adjusting, but your body may stop craving the gluten after a while.
  11. Some people react to oats also,. Last I checked they say it is small percentage of celiacs who react to them but react they do. Have you checked all medications and pills for gluten? Drinks like tea etc?
  12. Welcome tmarshl, You might want to try carob powder as a replacement for chocolate. It is not exactly the same taste but somewhat similar. Most mass produced chocolate has soy and milk in it anyway. Both are top 8 allergens.
  13. Hi Dominka, You might be having symptoms of gluten ataxia. It would be a good idea to read up on it. Lack of B-vitamins are another possibility as previously mentioned. It's definitely a good idea to see a doctor. I suggest you write down your symptoms before going to the doctor.
  14. A lifetime of eating gluten...

    Hi Jess, You aren't the only poster who started the gluten-free diet and then went off it and realized that was a mistake. One poor woman came back to tell her tale 5 years after starting gluten again. She had to be rushed to the emergency room for a emergency gut surgery. She sprung a leak basically. Celiac disease is still one of those conditions that many doctors aren't familiar with, and don't take seriously. Most people with celiac disease are undiagnosed because doctors don't recognize the symptoms or test for it. That leaves people with celiac in the position of learning as much as they can on their own because the doctors are often not much help. A lot of doctors won't diagnose on blood antibodies alone. But they probably should IMHO. The problem with biopsy is they can miss areas of damage. Or a person may not have obvious gut damage yet but be on the path to having it soon. It's important to avoid all gluten if you have celiac. Even tiny amounts of gluten can set off the immune reaction that damages our bodies. I think the current standard is 20 parts per million in the USA, but some people get sick with less than that. So it doesn't take much gluten and the immune reaction doesn't stop right away. The immune reaction can go on for a month or more. So that's damage all that time. I don't know if you have read up on cross-contamination issues yet but they do matter. That being said, I live with 2 gluten eaters and don't have problems. I wash silverware, dishes etc before using it. And seldom eat anything I haven't cooked myself. All the little things we have to do may seem a burden at first, but they are normal routine after a while. The immune reaction can affect any part of the body, and cause swelling, joint pain, nerve damage, tiredness, etc... Some people find they are low on vitamin D and B vitamins also. I hope you feel better soon, but the road to recovery can be a little rocky sometimes. People sometimes seem to have kind of an up and down recovery, feeling good and then feeling bad. The better you avoid gluten though the sooner you will recover. We all started somewhere.
  15. Yep, go ahead and eat. The gluten-free diet is not a weight loss diet, it is a medical diet. I was hungry after first going gluten-free also. There is no harm in eating extra food beyond your norm if your body needs the nutrition to heal. It's good to avoid carbs and sugars though, and probably dairy for many people. Your new diet should be mostly whole foods you cook yourself, not restaurant food. Simple meals of meats, veggies, nuts and fruit are usually safe. Processed gluten-free foods are best avoided at the beginning as they have more carbs and sugars than most gluten versions do. Your gut bacteria will probably be working on coming to a new balance and the presence of lots of carbs and sugars will feed the wrong kind of bacteria. And can also make you gassy and upset.