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      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 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 Store. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  1. I haven't had any problems w/ Vit C but my brother has. He doesn't have celiac though--he's got an ulcer. You should discuss this with your doctor as soon as you can, because this far after going gluten-free you may not be dealing with celiac-related damage to the small intestine. There may be something else going on in there. But on a related note--do you find that vitamin C from food causes the same reaction? For instance can you drink orange juice, eat mangos, strawberries, and the like? What about processed foods fortified with Vit C? If those are all fine for you, you might want to consider trying to take your Vit C w/ food, or even just via food. I usually do that--I just get some mango juice whenever I've got a cold, and then get my regular Vit C from my daily gluten-free multi-vitamin. Good luck! I hope you're feeling better soon, and that you figure out this mystery. I think it's safe to say we all know how frustrating medical mysteries can be...
  2. New Celiac Wife

    Hi there and Welcome! I know what he means about not even realizing he was feeling bad until he wasn't. Part of what makes diagnosis difficult is that some symptoms are not things you think of as "symptoms" but as "normal" like bloating, indigestion, fatigue, headaches, etc. It's not something that's alarming, and so you don't even give it a second thought. Then when it goes away, you feel better, and suddenly you're like "woah, that really sucked before!" It sounds like you really enjoy baking. I like baking too, but I'm not that great at gluten-free baking yet. What I did find was helpful in learning about how gluten-free flours and recipes work is that it's easier to do the first try with a ready-made baking mix, see how you like the results, and then use the Ingredients list to tweak a recipe from there. Since gluten-free baking is less "science" than glutenous baking is, this has worked out very well for me. If you're hankering for something sweet while trying to figure out gluten-free baking, I recommend Bob's Red Mill gluten-free cake mixes, and Betty Crocker's gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are good, though really different. Keep in touch, I love these forums--TONS of good resources and support. -Erin
  3. I'm sorry I haven't gotten to read everyone's stories yet, it's late and I just got so excited to find out I'm not alone! I was always a little overweight growing up, but not horribly so. My highest weight as a teen was 174 (I'm 5'3", so that's a lot, but I was a size 16). I then went on a diet and worked hard to lose the weight, and I did. I got down to a size 14, 154 lbs. (what's with the 4's? my body seems to like them no matter what scale I use) and then went off to college. I tried hard to avoid the Freshman Fifteen, and mostly I succeeded until second semester freshman year, and suddenly the weight starting piling on. I hadn't changed much of my eating habits, and I was walking and exercising more, and generally being really careful. But I had changed something--I started taking birth control pills. I'm not sure that's what caused my symptoms, but my weight kept going up and I was TIRED all the time, and mentally fuzzy. It was like my brain was under a fog all the time. I started getting these really strong cravings for things, like broccoli (which is cool, I like broccoli). Not for weird things, but definitely reminded me of my mother when she was pregnant with my little brother--hormonal cravings. My doctors, and I tried several, just kept telling me it was "probably" PCOS and the only treatment was to lose weight--which of course was what I wanted to do, but couldn't for some reason. They were really unhelpful. For years I've been experiencing other classic symptoms of celiac as well, only not really thinking much of it. It was "normal" for me. Intermittent constipation and diarrhea and constant bloating... it was uncomfortable, but nothing I ever thought to go to my doctor about. I was also experiencing symptoms of mild anemia, irritability, depression, irregular (and then altogether missing) menstruation, migraines. The ironic thing is, I went to my doctor about my migraines in the very beginning of the weight gain--they started around the same time--and my doctor, also a naturopath, told me that migraines sometimes are caused by wheat allergies or other related issues, and that I should go completely wheat-free for a week and see how I did. I did it, and it was hard, but because I didn't know about gluten, I didn't really get everything out of my diet that had wheat or gluten in it, and so the challenge failed. It might have gone better if I'd not thought my doctor was insane, too--I didn't really think wheat could cause migraines. Ah well... seven years later, now I know better. After years of trying to fight back the weight gain, I got up to 235 lbs. and through Weight Watchers I got it hovering around 215 for the last year, but it took two different tries, each of which I had to quit because they were making me sick each time. I didn't get it--WW doesn't prescribe specific foods, they just tell you to eat less fat and more fiber and count your points. Well... what I didn't know what that all the "high-fiber" foods I'd added to my diet were what was making me sick because they were all wheat-based. Ha! My doctor thankfully didn't ignore my questions about celiac, and we did a gluten challenge. She felt my rapid and severe improvement on a gluten-free diet was enough to diagnose me with celiac, and so here I am now. I was diagnosed in May 2009. I immediately lost about five pounds, and one full size. I can fit into my "tiny" size 18's now, and my size 20's and "large" 18's (you know how it goes, some brands are just bigger than others) are practically tents on me now. My weight jumps up and down from about 212 to 215 now, and I'm still trying to lose more weight. I'm getting married in February, and I'd like to go down another size or two before getting my dress. I'm so happy to find others in my situation, and I look forward to going back and reading everyone's stories more carefully tomorrow. I'd love to find out what sort of dieting tips and tricks you all have too. -Erin
  4. I hope this is the right place to put this request for advice. If not, please forgive me, moderators I'm a newbie. I was just recently invited to a lunch meeting with an adviser for a graduate program I'm planning on applying to. I want to make a good first impression, so I'm really nervous about this meeting. I wish I could say I was just nervous about the professional aspects of this lunch, but I'm almost more worried about the food stuff. This meeting will be in DC, and I'm from the west coast. I'm completely unfamiliar with the area, I have no idea what I would suggest for a lunch spot if I was asked for a suggestion. Even worse, I have a feeling he will suggest a place since the goal of the meeting is acquaint me with the area and with the department. LOL. Good intentions, right? Is there a polite way for me to say "gluten makes me sick, let's not eat lunch"? Please, help! I'd like to get back to being nervous about academic stuff instead of gluten stuff. Thanks -Erin