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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 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. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  • Gender Female
  • Interests In spite of the complications of being gluten intolerant, I love to cook and bake. I see this allergy as more of a challenge than an obstruction or I'm just too stubborn to surrender and admit defeat! I love sewing and am also studying nutrition with a goal to become either a nutritionist or a pastry chef; whichever comes first. I also love to write, sew, play video games, and spend time with my boyfriend whom I love very much.
  • Location Concord, VA
  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. What's Wrong With Me Now?

    I'm going to see if he's a avaliable tomorrow to get it checked out. I discussed everything with my brother in law today and he said it may even be my gallbladder because he went through a similar thing. Plus, I googled it and a lot of the symptoms match my problems, especially with the regurgitation of undigested food.
  3. So after going gluten free, my symptoms had cleared up for the most part. Then I found out that I was lactose intolerant, so I went off dairy and I've been pretty stable. Recently, everything seemed to change. It started a week ago that everything went down hill. I started to have this constant urge to urinate and have a bowel movement. I used to go once a day pretty well and I was fine. Now, I not only go once a day, but I go almost everytime after I eat or feel my gut gurgle or start snapping at me with pain. I get pain, constantly, on my right and left side right near my hop joints. I can feel it if I press my fingers in just a little where it hurts like a bruise. When I do go to the bathroom, I notice that a lot of my food isn't digested so I'm loosing all my nutrients and because I urinate so often, I don't drink enough - but when I do urinate, I go as if I drank gallons of liquid. I don't know what's wrong with me and I just want it to stop because I'm feeling very weak and very tired. I know I'm not getting enough vitamins and minerals due to my excretions but I don't know what to do. Sometimes it takes me long to digest food as well. I'm torn between a lot of 'maybe its this' and 'what ifs'. If anyone, someone can suggest something, I'd really really appreciate it. Thank you.
  4. Snap, Crackle, Pop

    Does anyone else feel bubbles or pops in their gut? It's like..when eating poprocks, that fizzing and sizzling snapping feel.. I know that's not too bright or clear of a description but sometimes when I put my hand on my lower stomach, where there's much abdominal tenderness, it feels as if there's bubbles snapping against my skin from inside. I can't even blame soda because I rarely ever drink it and this occurs daily. My fiance even freaks out a little when he feels it happen. Any advice or insights?
  5. Ah! I know! I hate that rice cheese. I can't have soy either in large dosages so the soy cheese, on a standard, isn't good. Then I noticed the "dairy free" rice cheeses that melt like rubber still have trace lactose and milk enzymes. What the heck, you know? But the one issue I have is just that I know I saw high IgAs but I can't get a hold of my primary bloodtest since my first physician office was in Philadelphia, PA and I'm now in Concord, VA. But at least I have some consolodation, thanks everyone. I know it was obvious but sometimes you get frustrated when you become the guinea pig.
  6. sbj - I am deciding to go through with the colonoscopy since I came this far and might as well go the remainder of the way, even if it isn't related to diagnosing celiac's disease. If it isn't celiac's, maybe something else can be found. Fiddle-Faddle - I do also look out for the casein, not just lactose. In my mental thinking of lactose I automatically sync it with casein. I know its incorrect but that's how I connect it when I explain it to other people. Momma Goose - I know way back when I first started testing, my bloodwork came back with really elevated IgAs. This time, everything was really low. They only gave me an ultrasound at the time, which didn't show anything..because they normally are quite inaccurate. I didn't have any major testing done because at the time I had a very poor skilled doctor who thought I was a lunatic, which explains my paranoia about thinking I'm crazy..which I know for a fact pain is real. I'm going to go a test when I have time this weekend to eat a half of a slice of bread to see my reaction. If I feel immediate pain like I did the first time when I went gluten free (I made a sandwich for my grandmother, didn't wash my hands, and ate my own which was gluten-free - seconds later I was wraithing in pain on the floor) then I know for fact that I have at least a gluten intolerance. It's not that I WANT celiac's disease, I just want to know what's wrong with me.
  7. I had an endoscopy a few weeks ago and an additional blood test. I received my results today and everything is negative. The doctor wishes to proceed with a colonoscopy but I don't know. If everything is negative, does that mean I don't have celiac's disease or the sprue? I've been living gluten free for 9 months now and I just feel as if everything's a joke. Everything was better from what it has been. I have more energy, I feel more active, but..are my reactions mental? I still get stomach pains, I still feel snaps in my stomach that I know aren't mental, I break out in minor hives every once in a while, I get D and C, heartburn, and I'm unable to maintain my weight. I'm lactose free so I know its not dairy. If its not celiac's disease, what is it? What will a colonoscopy prove? Should I proceed with it or just let it go and stick to what I know I feel is right? I just don't know if so many negatives mean that I can still have celiac's disease, even if the doctor can't find anything. I've done all levels of blood testing and an endoscopy with biopsies of the stomach and small. No bacteria was found either. I guess..I just need help and advice. Am I crazy? Am I mental? What should I do now?
  8. Constipation

    I take all natural pure phyllisum husks as a fiber source. On days of constipation I take an extra one. They also make it in a powdered form but I prefer the gelatin capsules. For me, they work incredibly well and better than metamusil ever did. Prunes are great but don't always work and sometimes the extra sugar constipates you even more. They sell phyllisum husks at Whole Foods and GNC - but make sure its gluten-free because some companies produce them on machinery that manufactures wheat, soy, and nuts as well. Hope this helps!
  9. As I was sitting here thinking, a question came to mind. Before I posted this, I attempted some researching but I didn't come up with answers. I know my grandmother told me that from a child I had colic and colic is a digestive issue for infants that does eventually go away; however, I was wondering if colic was a sign of future celiac's diease. Or possibly it has something to do with the genes in relation to celiac's disease? I don't know much about colic but considering the symptoms are quite similar, I thought there might be a possible connection. Looking forward to insights and suggestions!
  10. Let's Play "find The Cause"

    Meh, I eat a bare minimum of soy so that's not a problem to cut it out entirely. I glanced at the SCD diet which is restrictive for me but not entirely possible. I drink almond milk not soy milk. All my dairy is nonfat/low fat/ or without additives like vanilla flavored whatever. I eat nonfat yogurt with fruit - yum. However, I'm honestly thinking its dairy so I'm nicking that in the butt. I did have off and on days of tolerating dairy, so, I'm thinking maybe my intolerance just accelerated. Potatoes..yeesh. It says no potatoes or sweet potatoes still count since they aren't from the nightshade family? Well! I do like rutabaga. That can be potato like..but I'll start with those two..and then work from there. If I must I will but if I don't have to I won't. I'm European..I love my potatoes..
  11. Let's Play "find The Cause"

    If I do that, that's going to limit me severely since I hardly eat meat. I'm just off of a strict vegetarian diet and I'm still clinging to it dearly. So if I eliminate the nightshade family that excludes potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants - which I eat a lot of. Well not more so eggplants than potatoes and tomatoes. Potatoes I eat nearly every day but yesterday I ate a sweet potato instead which if I'm correct is part of the Morning Glory family, which is different all together. Tomatoes I didn't eat yesterday..neither legumes but I eat legumes on most days since that's my primary protein source and never had a reaction; same with tomatoes. I haven't had citrus in a very very long while so I don't think that's the cause. Eggs I had yesterday too but I've eaten eggs on days when I was symptom free. Never had a problem with peanuts and I rarely, rarely eat them. Yeast isn't a problem since I tested myself on that one. Same with soy but that's a whole other subject since I can't consume large amounts as I carry a gene that reacts to it. So the suspicious subjects are: Potatoes, corn, and dairy. God I hope its not potatoes, but, yams and sweets are always good. I'll cut out the corn and dairy as a start and go from there. Since I eat potatoes nearly regularly, I don't think I've reacted because there were days when I simply had a baked potato forn lunch with a salad and I was fine. I really think its corn or dairy.
  12. I've been gluten free for over six months and I have my good days and I have my bad days. Most days, I'm pretty energetic and feel absolutely wonderful but recently I've been feeling pretty crappy - descriptive and literally. I've had diarrhea symptoms off and on for the past couple weeks and I can't figure out the source. I know there isn't any gluten because most of the food I've been eating is cooked in my house where there isn't any gluten present in an open exposed contaminating possible location. Last night really took the cake. I made an awesome dinner without any traces of gluten, yet, I started to puff up like a balloon, get cramps, lightheaded, and diarrhea. The only conclusions I could come up with are either a possible lactose intolerance or corn intolerance because I ate corn with dinner and I had, literally, 1 tbsp of feta cheese. I don't know if its corn because I had some popcorn after my stomach settled and I was okay but I've been eating a lot of corn lately and dairy too but the dairy has been in small amounts. This morning I didn't have any dairy but I did have some gluten-free cornflakes with blueberries and almond milk and my stomach is the same..puffy crampy..etc. But those symptoms aren't a common corn allergic reaction since that's usually in skin reactions - or is it? It gets so frustrating at times! Grr! Please someone shine light on my predicament because I do love my dairy and my corn but I rather go without than suffer from continual abdominal distress.
  13. Cloudy Urine

    Well, considering I don't eat meat, drink beer, eat chocolate, and vast amounts of the foods you mentioned, I kinda ruled out the hyperoxaluria and hyperuricosuria. How can I be tested for nephrotic syndrome? I googled it and it does sound possible because recently I've noticed my legs seem really puffy. I thought it might be a Vitamin E deficiency, which also causes edema, but I do often go to the bathroom a lot. Out of a week, my urine may be cloudy two or three days. I probably should get another urine analysis and another blood test, especially for the vitamin E, since I've been feeling really crappy 24/7. This also may be due to a UTI anyway.
  14. Cloudy Urine

    Would it still be a bladder infection even though it doesn't occur all the time?
  15. Cloudy Urine

    I sought through the forums in hopes to find some answers about this but I didn't come across any that supplied me with an answer. I don't know if it has to do with being contaminated or not but my urine occasionally gets really cloudy and its usually when I feel really sick/contaminated. At first I thought it was because I get dehydrated but a few times I saw cloudy urine when I drank a lot that day and its usually just plain flavored water as in with a little lemon or something along those lines. Is it because I get contaminated? I eat as gluten-free as I can in my household; entirely avoiding gluten/contaminants is very difficult. And the other thing is, is it normal for me to be so itchy? I break out on occasion but in general I'm always itchy! It drives me nuts! I don't know if that's a form of DH because its not a major breakout. I'd really appreciate some help and advice, thanks a bunch.