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 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 Celiac.com Store.For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity
My 94 year old mother has Alzheimer's. I have cared for her since 2003. She had been diagnosed with vitiligo. She had huge spots on the torso of her body where the pigment had gone away. I had her tested by Enterolab in 2008 because I felt she had gluten and dairy sensitivity. I was correct. The Vitiligo is completely gone and has been for quite some time. I attribute that to her gluten and dairy free diet. This might give other people hope that suffer from Vitiligo.
My daughter has celiac disease and was diagnosed with uveitis. She had been eating gluten free at home but sometimes got gluten when eating out. One of her specialists was so interested in our family history of celiac/gluten intolerance and auto immune diseases that he went on one of the medlines and found an article in French with English heading that said uveitis umproved on a gluten free diet. She went gluten free and he has been astounded at the improvement in her eyesight. So for anyone out there with uveitis, take heart and stick to that gluten free diet.
I was diagnosed with a mucinous cyst in the tail of my pancreas in 2008. I had surgery and the Dr. removed the tail of my pancreas. Thankfully they found no cancer. I have also been wondering if this had anything to do with me being an undiagnosed celiac for so very many years of my life. I brought up this idea to my gastroenterologist at my last visit. He says pancreatic cancer is or can be genetic. He is the one who diagnosed my cyst as being precancerous by doing an endoscopic ultrasound and biopsy. He takes a very narrow view of celiac disease, as far as I am concerned, and he said that my cyst would not have been caused by gluten consumption. I have never been diagnosed as being a celiac patient by any doctor. I finally did a DNA test several years ago after trying to eat gluten free for some time. I followed the diet carefully and then found out that the flour I was using was brown rice but not gluten free. I inherited the HLA-DQ 4,8 genes. I am assuming the HLA-DQ8 is from my mother's side of the family. She is 90 and we got her tested last year. She is definitely gluten intolerant and carried the HLA-DQ 3,1 (subtype 8,5). They were full blooded Basque and I remember my grandmother being unable to eat much of anything when I was a girl and vomiting often. My grandfather was very short of stature. Interestingly enough the history of pancreatic cancer is on my Dad's side. Assuming that I inherited the DQ8 gene from my mother the other DQ4 gene would have come from him. His mother, my grandmother, was full blooded Italian and the doctor believed that she died of pancreatic cancer. She had sinus problems and had a goiter removed. She died before the days of ultrasound, catscan, etc. From this same Italian side of the family I have lost a third cousin or first cousin twice removed to pancreatic cancer and a second cousin or first cousin once removed who had a cyst in her pancreas like me. All three of my children are gluten intolerant and so far one of my grandchildren. I, of course, do follow the diet which has made a huge difference in the way I feel. I don't understand all the gene issues but am wondering if possibly my Dad carried the gene for celiac also. He always had gastro intestinal issues.
I am a 66 year old celiac and have scoliosis. I am seeing by the posts that others with celiac also have scoliosis. I have always believed that my scoliosis could be attributed to my celiac disease, and I must not be the only one who believes it. Interesting! No Dr. has ever confirmed the connection but I believe it.