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    • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I'm wondering, what does glutened mean? I've seen it all over the forums and I have an idea, but before I use it in the wrong context I thought I'd ask As for the husband...well I wrote this post right after eating the supper I mentioned. So I was sick/weak and extremely frustrated because he chalked it up to my fear of eating hidden traces of gluten. Once I explained to him that there was in fact wheat flour in the soup I made, he realized he'd been an ass. So at least that has been resolved. I thought celiac disease was a quack disease because frankly I was uninformed. The first time I read about it was on a forum trying to argue its lack of legitimate evidence supporting it as a real physical problem. So you might say I got a bad first impression, and obviously no longer view celiacs as I once did. Thanks so much for your comment and advice
  2. Thanks so much! I didn't know about the awareness campaign. Yes I was planning on getting blood work done, but the fact that I'll have to eat gluten again makes me nervous, so I'm trying to muster up the courage as ridiculous as that sounds. Thanks again for your comment
  3. Hi, I'm Rachel and I'm new to the forum so I apologize if this topic is similar to others posted. First a bit of background...I started noticing symptoms in early 2008 I was bloated beyond all imagination, and my stomach was distended to the point that people thought I was pregnant. I had to put lotion on my face four to five times a day just to keep it from flaking. I had rashes, and did I mention painful bloating? Early February of this year my celiac symptoms reached a debilitating point. For three weeks straight I had diarrhea (sorry if TMI) every time I ate, more than once a day usually. I'd heard of celiac disease but was under the impression it was a "quack disease." Those words came back to haunt me lol. I started spending my sleepless nights trying to figure out what in the world was wrong with me, and I found myself on a celiac forum reading about the symptoms of the disease. I had every single symptom but one. At first I was skeptical, so I stopped eating gluten for a week. Then I started eating it again, and within 12 hours I was living in the bathroom again. 5 weeks ago I gave up gluten for good, and considering my love of Italian food its been surprisingly easy. Now to the point... My husband (while loving the gluten free induced weight loss) is skeptical of my problem, chalking it up to a psychosomatic problem. I understand this because ever since becoming gluten-free I've been extremely afraid to eat, and when I do eat I'm afraid it's going to make me sick. I realize I'm probably causing him to not believe me, and my hellish three weeks are laughable to what most people experience before going gluten-free, but I don't know what to do. I understand how he feels, but he does not understand how I feel. This evening I made supper and didn't realize one of the ingredients contained wheat flour...I was sick within the hour. I also didn't mean for that to rhyme lol Does anyone else know what I'm talking about? I just want him to realize I'm not making this up. I don't want to be living on the toilet everyday...that's my worst nightmare at this point. Any advice would be great