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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 SymptomsWhat testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease ScreeningInterpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test ResultsCan 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-FreeIs celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic TestingIs there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and DisordersIs 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 BeveragesDistilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free?Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free DietFree recipes: Gluten-Free RecipesWhere 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. wschmucks added a post in a topic Celiac & Lyme   

      YES-- There is a HUGE connection.
      1 out of 100 people have Celiac, but 1 out of 10 people with Lyme also have Celiac. The way that the Lyme bacteria goes through your body confuses your immune system-- creating auto-immune disease, like Celiac. Lyme disease is not an easy thing to test for, some people go years without being able to get a positive blood test, when they are in fact infected. Also one of the first symptoms of Lyme is constipation, which leads a lot of people to the GI Dr.

      After 2 years on a gluten-free diet, and SCD diet-- I tried everything and was still more fatigued and brain foggy than ever, I was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease, even though it wasn't popular in my state (which doesnt mean a thing) and I had NEVER even seen a tick, let alone been bit by one. I strongly recommend getting tested if you are not improving. If you do have Lyme the longer you wait the harder it is to ever recover.

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    2. wschmucks added a post in a topic Hypothyroidism/chronic Constipation...gluten Intolerant?   

      Hi there,
      First of all if you are still symptomatic of hypo then its VERY possible your medication is not adequate regardless of what your Dr says. A lot of people need their numbers to be above the range to be symptom free-- and in my book if you have symptoms then the issue was not resolved, which is dangerous for your health. Another thing is the levo is a T4 only medication. Many feel much better on a T3 and T4 medication like Armour, or add cytomel which is a T3 in with their levo and get great results. Not all Drs like to go the extra mile, if yours is one of them-- get a new one, you hired him after all! I would find a Dr who beleives in this type of treatment-- its worth the effort TRUST ME!! Going gluten free might help, but if youre hypothryoid I STRONGLY suggest you make sure its being treated very well. Google "stop the thyroid madness" it details what I am saying.

      Good Luck!
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    3. wschmucks added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Trader Joes Almond Flour?
      Hey Guys, I dont eat any grains and usually use almond butter or coconut flour for my baking. I was wondering if anyone has used the Trader Joe;s Almond Flour? It says its make on the same equipment....but I'm not very sensitive at I'm thinking of trying it out. Anyone have any experience with it?

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    4. wschmucks added a post in a topic Pins And Needles?   

      YES. Half my hand or feet would go numb for hours-- totally numb it was sooooo weird-- then I was diagnosed and I've never had it since. I didnt think it was related until I read about it and made the connection. We forget how everything is connected :-)
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    5. wschmucks added a post in a topic Yet Another Negative Test Question   

      I'm not a Dr-- but I say no. Thats the difference between Celiac and intolerance/ allergy; Celiac causes intestinal damage but intolerance does not. If youve been gluten free and you really feel you've improved dramatically then keep doing it! Dont look to a test to tell you what your body is already telling you. Once youve reached a level ground health wise if you want to know for sure...order that pizza and have a piece, but beware some people take several glutenings before they actually react. I'm not reactive unless I really skrew up, but the internal damage to my intestines and immune system is still happening. If youre feeling better, just stay on the road youre on.
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    6. wschmucks added a post in a topic Negative Bloodwork... What Should I Do Next?   

      Hi there! First off let me tell you not to second guess yourself. Dont let people make you think youre crazy. Your feelings and concerns are perfectly valid and if you dont listen to your body you WILL pay for it later. OK so the blood test is very unreliable. You can have Celiac and have a negative blood test. So what you need to do is have a biopsy (make sure you are eating gluten for about 6-4 wks every day before so you dont miss the diagnosis). To complicate things even more, some people dont have a positive biopsy but still have Celiac. I think its worth it to have the biopsy though. If you feel better not eating gluten then dont! But Id go through the testing first.

      I have a probelm with the term IBS. I dont think it exists--i just think its a label Drs put on people when there is a GI problem and they dont know what it is, or how to fix it. So keep on trying to find the answer and if your Dr isnt helpful then go to another one. I went to about 4 Drs before I got diagnosed. One Dr doesnt know it all.
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    7. wschmucks added a post in a topic Glutened Right Before Retest, What To Do?   

      Well it takes several months for those anti-bodies to go down. So you could take it now, knowing it will be elevated or wait another 2-3 months...just dont get glutened again. I've had those clusters and didnt react-- it was probably a bad batch (too bad cause they're pretty good!)
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    8. wschmucks added a post in a topic Camera Capsule?   

      well I would think the problems with that would be that there is no actual biopsy if there is only a camera used. The biopsy is examined under a microscope to check for villi damage, its my understanding that this damage is very hard to see with the naked eye (which is why an endoscopy isnt used alone, the biopsy needs to be taken during endoscopy). It just doesnt seem to be a very good diagnostic tool when examining the actual surface of the small intestines. I wouldnt rely on it.
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    9. wschmucks added a post in a topic Jelly Beans   

      Yes, Jelly Bellys are gluten free! I have not checked within the last few months but I have not heard of any ingredient changes :-) so dig in!
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    10. wschmucks added a post in a topic Help With Tsh Results   

      Yes I agree with the last post--TSH is good, BUT you need your Free T3, T4 and Thyroid Anti-bodies (for hashimotos) tested. If your Dr wont test for them get another Dr, because it is impossible to be properly diagnosed without those tests. It would be like testing for a wheat allergy instead of for Celiac, close-- but no cigar.
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    11. wschmucks added a post in a topic Could Use Your Opinions   

      It sure sounds like you have Celiac. Get to a good GI pronto and demand a Celiac panel blood test. The pins and needles is a big tip off, I had the same thing too-- my finger or foot would get totally numb for a few hrs (soo wierd!). Take it really seriously though, you need to get tested. Also an idea for breakfast-- do you think maybe you could do a protein shake? or some sweet flavored yogurt? Chocolate covered almonds? Try to get snack throughout the day if you cant eat. I had the same problem.
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    12. wschmucks added a post in a topic What Should I Do?   

      Yes-- very much NOT the same thing. To be honest since your anti-bodies are literally 0, I would say that a biopsy would be pretty useless. If anti-bodies were boarder line or something Id say do it. The biopsy test isnt the most fun to prep for or do. So if you feel better being gluten free, keep doing it and see if it keeps helping. Also for insurance purposes it really is better to be 'intolerant" than Celiac, meaning: no celiac means you dont have a pre-existing condition that keeps us from getting independent insurance coverage. Celiac patients often times are plagued by other health problems too, so its good it get out of those too! So really its a good thing! But keep gluten-free if you think youre intolerant, with time you'll know for sure if staying gluten-free is necessary for your health. Good Luck!
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    13. wschmucks added a post in a topic Gluten Load 5 Year Old Before Blood Tests?   

      When I did the test i was light on gluten for about 6 months-- but really loaded up before the test for 6 weeks-- BUT that was for the biopsy. Are you having a biopsy? I'm not sure how that works because hes so young. I'm sure youre aware that the blood test can be iffy as a sole source of diagnosis. Heres what I say: Gluten load him for 3 reasons, 1. if hes getting sick when he eats gluten and it makes him miserable then he will get it, and really want to be gluten free 2. You dont want to have a doubt in your mind, do everything you can to make sure its done right 3. this may be the last time for the rest of his life he can eat gluten, eat his favorite foods cause he'll never have them again. Good Luck!
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    14. wschmucks added a post in a topic How Could I Still Be Dealing With Constipation!?!   

      Well there are a few things that you can do. First if youre taking psyllium I would drink a lot more water-- especially cause you work out every day (im a runner too :-)). I really would double your water intake. Also how much magnesium are you taking and what type? For me I have to take Citrate and about 1,600 mg for it to work at all. Another thing you should look into with your Dr is to have your thyroid checked (make sure they test TSH, T4 AND Free T3-- its important they do all 3 tests!). You want your Free T3 to be in the high range-- which often isnt checked and can really lead to constipation problems. Also if youre eating veggies I would make sure they're all cooked, alot of people with C have trouble with raw veggies, so switch to steamed spinach salads :-) Good luck
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    15. wschmucks added a post in a topic Creme De Menthe.....   

      well the alcohol might have gluten... and it doesnt say if its distilled. Do we still say gluten free?
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