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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com Store.

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  1. I have been gluten free for about 6 days now and my stomach and bowels have felt fine. I have noticied that I am having a hard time sleeping at night. Is this a side effect of coming off the gluten? Is a blistery rash on your feet common with Celiacs? It too has cleared up since gluten-free. I get tested on Sept 13th, so I won't know what I have for sure till then. I am going to go back on my gluten diet in a couple of days, as I don't want to show a negative on the test if I am in fact positive. Any thoughts or suggestions? This site is a great thing as all your posts help to alleviate my anxieties over the possibility of having this. Thanks so much, Yankee
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    I have been gluten free for about 6 days now and my stomach and bowels have felt fine. I have noticied that I am having a hard time sleeping at night. Is this a side effect of coming off the gluten? Is a blistery rash on your feet common with Celiacs? It too has cleared up since gluten-free. I get tested on Sept 13th, so I won't know what I have for sure till then. I am going to go back on my gluten diet in a couple of days, as I don't want to show a negative on the test if I am in fact positive. Any thoughts or suggestions? This site is a great thing as all your posts help to alleviate my anxieties over the possibility of having this. Thanks so much, Yankee
  3. I too have a blistery rash on the inside of my left foot. I have had it for 6 montsh since I have had Celiac type symptoms. They blister is not bothersome, it does not itch or hurt. The tiny blisters pop and heal and the rash sometimes goes away entirely, but not for long and is isolated to this small area on my foot. Is this a symptom of Celiacs? I have my endoscopy on Sept 13th to find out. Good luck, Yankee
  4. Nukapai and others, The big question is then "How long does it take to damage your cilli in your intestines?" and "How long does it take to detox yourself of gluten where you don't show any sign sof damage?" and "How long does it take on a gluten free diet for your inetstines to heal?" Maybe there is no standard time frame and it may vary for each person? I guess my pain sounds a bit more tolerable than yours and I feel really bad for those that have to do this awaiting their test and are in more distress than myself. I guess we just need to eat some gluten each day till the test and suffer thru so we can get a diagnosis. Regards, Yankee
  5. Would it be okay if I tried a gluten free diet for just a week to relieve my symptoms? With my test being Sept 13th, when should I go back to eating my normal gluten full diet before the test? Is on week okay? All I am trying to do is reduce my suffering until the test. Thanks to each of you for your replies, it is REALLY, TRULy helping me cope with the prospects of having this disease. Regards, Yankee
  6. I am having an endoscopy on Sept 13th to test for Celiacs. They also have done blood work as well (but no results yet). My symptoms are similair to some of what many of you have written, but they are also very different as well. I truly hope I don't have Celiacs as I just can't see the quality of life for me being the same without eating wheat products. If it ain't meat, then it is wheat! And I hate vegetables. Since my stomach has been bothering me fairly constatntly now, I am now wanting to just try to reduce the gluten in my diet now. But, the problem is that i am being tested on the 13th, so should I not stop the gluten as it will screw up my test? This disease seems like a major, major pain in the arse as almost every food as gluten in it! Also, I am 40, so how can you suddenly develop this overnight? I am getting really depressed about the prospect of having to eliminate gluten from my diet...it seems worse than a diabetic. I guess I am venting a bit, and most of these doctors really stink, so I have zero trust level in them as well. The doctors I have ssen give you about 5 seconds to talk and they are out the door (literally)! The next doctor who does that to me, I am gonna raise Cain. Regards, Yankee
  7. For 6 months now I have had the same symptoms occuring once-twice per month: 2 days of stomach pain at the bottom of my left ribcage (feels like bloating and not debilatating pain, but enough where you don't feel like doing much. Then 2 days of no bowel movements, but i have gas (belching following by flatuence) Then 2 days of feeling like I need a bowel movement 3 times a day, but only a small squirt of liquid and little or no feces comes out. Then 2 days of relatively normal bowel movements 3 times a day. Then back to normal BMs and no pain. This is my third visit to a GI doctor. They have done pancreas blood tests, and upper GI and an endoscopy on my stomach (but not my intestine). All tests were negative except my intestine showed a bit of irritation on the upper GI. Now, the GI doctor says he suspects Celiacs Disease and wants to do an Endocopy on my intestine. Do these symptoms sound like other peoples sysmptoms for Celiacs? Regards, Yankee