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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.


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  • Interests I'm the "gluten free examiner Harrisburg". This is my page on
    Martial Arts: Kickboxing, Karate (Freestyle and Shotokan), Capoeira, Ju Jitsu
    Hobbies: Sewing and arts and crafts
  • Location Shermans Dale, PA
  1. I was diagnosed with celiac 5 days before my 28th birthday. Flashback to 21, my first painful symptoms started after a toothsurgery. Flashback again to when I was 14/15. That was the time I received braces and with them a multitude of cavities. Because most of my cavities are from that time we assumed it was, because of the difficulty brushing your teeth, when having braces. Never in a million years would I have made the connection. Thanks!
  2. I'm German, German, and some more German on both sides of my family. Even though I live in the US, I'm an immigrant. My son is the first from my stem of the family, who is born on US soil. My aunt has a couple of kids over here, but that's HER stem of the family. Everything before that is true German. Although I do believe that there must be some Viking in there somewhere, because I'm pretty much a nomad and LOVE to travel. I've seen a countries on all continents except of New Zealand and Asia and Africa only the northern part.
  3. Hi Aleka, I'm not diagnosed with CKD (yet), however I've been coming back to this forum (I've been one of the major contributing members here 9 years ago) for the last week and lurking around for more information on what my new problem is. I've also been doing my own research for about a little more than a month now, because the dark circles under my eyes kept bothering me. In addition to that 2 years ago i started getting a dull pain in my right lower back, where the kidney is supposed to be and when I drank, it disappeared. Sometimes I didn't notice it for weeks or months and then it came back again and it always disappeared with drinking some fluid. The only exception, milk seemed to aggravate it. I found an article about a month ago that said, that a dairy allergy (not a lactose intolerance, a dairy allergy... there is a difference) can cause the kidneys to have major problems in certain people in addition to dark rings under the eyes, so I thought to myself. Hm, that could be me, so let's do a challenge, which I did. I haven't had any dairy in addition to no gluten for about 3 weeks. Then I drank a cup of hot cocoa and ate a Nutella bread and wouldn't you think, the kidney pain came back. Not only that, but this time it stayed, even though I am now again not having any dairy. It gets better with more drinking, but it seems that the intervals between it disappearing and coming back get shorter. And for the first time tonight (that's why I'm up) I can feel it a little, so I came here and that's when I saw your article and now I'm wondering, if I may have this, too?
  4. Other Food Intolerances / Allergies?

    Oh, and another symptom I forgot about until it hit me right now. It's not really asthma, but more like a "one-single-lung-cramp-every-20-minutes-or-so"-thing. It's really annoying.
  5. Other Food Intolerances / Allergies?

    I went glutenfree in 2004 and about two years ago I started to get kidney pain every once in a while. Just last month during the course of an important audition I frantically tried to get rid of the bags under my eyes with make up, which didn't work. I suck at makeup. So I came to conclusion, that it must be some kind of allergy. I went entirely dairy free about a month ago and today I drank a hot cocoa and ate a Nutella bread, and wouldn't you think... brain fog, extreme fatigue, and kidney pain a few minutes after eating it.
  6. Glutenfree Cinco De Mayo Food

    Uhm, I did some research about some Cinco de Mayo food traditions in the Harrisburg area and found nothing. HOWEVER (cough) I found two Mexican Restaurants, one in Harrisburg, the other in Hummelstown, who happen to be sister restaurants, who were mentioned in a Harrisburg article to do some cool Cinco de Mayo celebrations today. And one would know they happen to offer a glutenfree menu. So needless to say, I am not only delighted, because I was craving to eat Mexican food in a restaurant and didn't dare going, because of possible language differences and misunderstandings. I'm also happy about this, because NOW I finally know, what I'm writing on. It will go something like this. "You can make this quick and easy at home..." followed by an explanation of my own personal and easy quicky recipe "... But if you don't want to cook and like something more fancy, go here..." blablabla... Heureka! That's it! Let's get to work!!! :-)
  7. Glutenfree Cinco De Mayo Food

    Wow, that IS very interesting! I may want to read the entire book until next year, so I'm more educated! Thank you for posting!
  8. Glutenfree Cinco De Mayo Food

    My target audience is all kind of folks, who have any medical reason to go glutenfree in and around Harrisburg. This includes, but is not limited to finding businesses, who sell, and charities, who give out glutenfree foods in addition to other things glutenfree. It can be anything glutenfree really, but it HAS TO HAVE a connection to Harrisburg in some way.
  9. Glutenfree Cinco De Mayo Food

    Thanks, I will do that then. Even though, I don't know much about Mexican food, I think, if somebody is newly diagnosed just the last few days, they may just be glad to have some kind of reassurance the last minute and don't have to do the research themselves, even though for old timer celiacs what I'm writing about may already be an old hat. I always keep forgetting how thankful I was for every piece of simple guidance, when I was newly diagnosed.
  10. Glutenfree Cinco De Mayo Food

    I know, right?!? It's soooo diverse, I didn't know, where to start. Well, actually, even years before I had this blog I enjoyed making the Ortega Corn Taco Shells with some of my favorite fillings. Maybe I should label it "Stef's favorite Cinco de Mayo food" and write about my own recipe instead of making a glutenfree compilation of already known food???
  11. Glutenfree Cinco De Mayo Food

    The mission brand corn tortilla is a good idea and I can just write aboute some good filling to add. Those mission brand ones are harder to find around Harrisburg though and I'm the blog author for the Harrisburg area. What's easier to find are the Ortega Taco Shells. If I'm correct the taco mix is glutenfree, while the taco sauce is not, because of the anti-caking agent, I think. Bit those two may be a start. Tortillas and tacos.
  12. Glutenfree Cinco De Mayo Food

    Yes, I am in the US. But because I'm German, I have no clue about Cinco de Mayo food. Do you think, for this year it would be enough, if I just start writing about some basic Taco recipes and some favorite Margarita and then I have time to do some research until next year? I mean, it's quite extensive and I probably can't put everything into one article anyways.
  13. My Celiac Life Story.

    Family members, who may have celiac or gluten intolerance are usually in denial. Little piece of advise here. If they haven't personally seen you suffer and experience your newly found change, you may want to "feed" them your celiac knowledge in small pieces, because they tend to shut you out, if it's too much at a time.
  14. In addition to mamaupupup, I would like to add, that you may want to gather all the gluten items and eat them all up, before your kiddo actually has to go glutenfree. It would be beneficial, if the entire kitchen would be glutenfree to prevent cross contamination, especially at the beginning. Another benefit of that would be, that you may see, if other family members may be affected by going glutenfree and have issues disappear that you never even know you had before. It happens very often as celiac is hereditary.
  15. Hang in there, I've had all your symptoms and more. In addition to that my bones hurt from the inside, like something was sucked out of them, however I was on pain meds every day for 7 years also. Could have been withdrawal pain from that in the bones and not from the gluten. Anyways, it is NORMAL for a lot of people to get worse at first. That may be a strange comparison, but think about someone, who's addicted to drugs. Just like gluten for us, they know they will feel better, once they are off the drugs. Yet they feel like crap the first few weeks/months off of the drugs. It took me 6 months, SIX!!!, off of gluten for my guts to heal and make the pain go away and with it the fatigue, depression, anemia, etc. etc. It took your body soooo many years to "poison" yourself. It may have been from birth as it was silent, so nobody can say for sure, not even the doctors. I went glutenfree 5 days before I turned 27 and it took me 6 months to half decently recover (some symptoms took longer). If you were older, when you were diagnosed chances are it may take longer than that. Doctors are not always right in regards to celiac, but yours are right, when they say wait and see. I know it's hard, but have patience my friend. You can come back here and rant anytime you want. You can go to any of our profiles and look at our first few posts. I'm sure they didn't look any different than yours.