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There are different kinds of celiac disease. There is Celiac Sprue and Refractory Sprue. You should have the EGD so that the doctor can take a biopsy of the small intestine. You will also have to have a follow up biopsy 6 months after you begin the diet to make sure that the diet is working. They can tell my the "finger like" villi in your small intestine. This procedure is a piece of cake and there is no prep.
I am relocating to PSL in May 2008 and will be working for a Gastroenterologist. I personally suffer from Celiac Disease and Lactose Intolerance. I will be contacting the Saint Lucie Medical Center with regards to forming a Celiac Disease support group. We have one here in Reading, PA and we meet once every 3 months. We have guest speakers, which include physicians, researchers and sponsors from local health food stores that bring gluten and dairy free foods to sample at each meeting. Also there are many food items for purchase. I will update this message board when I have more details regarding the support group. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com in the meantime.
I am not from Maine but I am moving to Maine next June. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 4 years ago. The diet is hard at first but once you get used to it, you start to feel much better. The problem that I have is that I am hungry all of the time. Sometimes, depending on where I am when I get hungry, if I want something to eat I will have to eat something with Gluten in it. Only lately did I feel the serious effects of eating Gluten. I used to be able to eat dairy but not anymore. Lactose Intolerence is also common in Celiacs.
How have you been doing on the diet, being from Maine? My name is Chris.