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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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  1. Well, I just went to my gastro doctor and told him about my positive biopsy for DH. He wants to do a blood panel and endoscopy again. I told him I have been gluten free for about 2 months (he didn't even ask me if I was on the diet) and would that affect the blood work, but he didn't seem worried. Should I eat some gluten before the test? It seems everthing I read says I should be eating gluten for blood tests. I'm confused. I'm still breaking out in tiny amounts on my knees and elbows but its definately gone down. My endoscopy is in 2 weeks and I think he wants the bloodwork done by then. Please help. Thanks, Gooser
  2. Thank you for the information. As of now, I will be gluten-free. I've had enough of being sick. I did have an endoscopy done about 2 years ago but all they told me was I had minor irritation, a small hiatal hernia and acid reflux. I believe I had a biopsy done at that time but my doctor did not say it showed anything. They gave me prevacid for the reflux. If it hadn't been for the rash, I would never have found out about celiac disease. I told my sister (she also has symptoms and had an endoscopy with results identical to mine)and she had never heard about it but will follow up with her doctor now. I'm glad we have this forum to find info. I guess I will start searching for recipes Thanks again, Gooser
  3. I'm a 35 year old woman with dh on my knees, elbows, knuckles and scalp. My dermatologist believes it is dh although we are still waiting the results of my biopsy. My question is, should I be tested for celiac too? Or should I just start the gluten-free diet? I feel my heart fluttering every time I eat gluten and have daily stomach cramping with diarrhea so I'm ready to go gluten-free. However I am about to switch insurance in 2 weeks and will have to go to a new primary care doctor. If I start the gluten-free diet then I won't get accurate results on blood tests. Is the biopsy for dh enough testing? Thanks, gooser
  4. Thank you for all the replies. I finally saw a dermatologist today and she said it was DH. I didn't even tell her thats what I thought it was, she just said it after only 5 minutes. She did a biopsy to confirm it but she said she was sure thats what I have. She said I would need to go on a gluten free diet and would need to see a nutritionist. I have to go back in 2 weeks to discuss it and the biopsy. She told me to research it on the internet in the meantime. I've read someplaces that to have DH is to have celiac disease and some other places say that's not always so. It's confusing. Either way the treatment is the same. My husband is diabetic so I buy diabetic foods and now I will need to buy gluten free foods. My 11 year old is not going to like this. He wants us to buy donuts and chocolate cake all the time. I'm just not sure where to start. Do I buy a bread machine to make my own bread? Any help is appreciated. THanks, Gooser
  5. Hello, I'm new to this board and don't really know if I have celiac disease. I have had problems with acid reflux for years, but wasn't officially diagnosed till last year. About 2 years ago I had episcleritis. My right eye was very painfull and had a bulge in it. None of my doctors seemed too concerned with it and it went away. Just recently, my new optometrist told me that episcleritis is usually associated with autoimmune disorders (arthritis, crohns disease, ibs). About every month or two my right eye just decides to go bright red. it only lasts for a day or two and my eye feels dry. This really disturbs me. Does anyone else have this problem? It seems to coincide with really bad acid reflux episodes but my acid reflux is mostly burping not burning. I also sometimes have diarhea. I would never have thought of celiac disease but last winter I developed a rash on my knees, elbows and knuckles. I thought it some cleaner I was using cause it went away but i would still get itchy spots on my knuckles. Then about 2 months ago, it came back. It itched terribly with blisters and when I scratched the blisters, they had clear fluid and would fill back up quickly. THe only thing i found on the internet like it was HD. Sorry this is so long. I just wondered if anyone else had problems with their eyes. I tried to talk to my doctor about it but he just refered me to a dermatologist for the rash and I cant get in see them till sept and I'm so tired of feeling terrible. I have a brother with Graves disease and am having a thyroid test but the thyroid test i had 2 years ago was normal. I know something is wrong with me and it all seems to be related to food. I feel like crap after i eat. Thanks for letting me vent. gooser