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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 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. Finlay - I definately agree with mommida! Enterolabs is the way to go. That is how I finally got results after 15 years. I am severe anemic, but that, in my case, actually hindered my diagnosis becuase the first doctor (out of four) that I saw was too hung up on that to look at anything else. He kept wanting to label it "female problems" ... dumped him and moved on. Next guy thought I had IBS and put me on a high-fiber, gluten laden diet that really reaked havoc on my body... dumped him and moved on. The third doc (my current doc who is awesome) sent me to enterolabs were I finally got results. My son is also celiac (and has autism) and my duaghters results are not in yet. Keep pushing until you get results and feel better.
  2. Onamission - It took me 15 years and 4 doctors to finally find out what was making me so ill, and yet, I still struggle everyday with NOT eating gluten (to me it was the only food group!). However, knowing the the long term affects that the disease can have (and even the symptoms experienced now) is enough to help me say no. Like everyone else on the boards, I had different symptoms. For me, there are a lot of the bowel issues present, weight GAIN (of course ) and multiple absorption issues. The worst being severe anemia and having had multiple blood transfusions and iron infusions to keep me going and help sustain my pregnancies. The other thing that I wanted to mention is that my son is also a celiac and has been gluten free for 4 years. When we first put him on the diet, however, he had at that point self-limited his diet to gluten containing foods. This caused a very serious onset of withdrawl symptoms when they were removed. I spoke with our doc (who is awesome) and he said that there are Celiacs that do actually form an addiction to the very thing that makes them ill. He said that they act like an opiate would. Luckily the reaction only lasted for the first couple of months and now that his diet has been straightened out he is infinately better. The important thing is to keep looking for your answer, don't give up, and if you have to, switch doc's until you find one that will listen.