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


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    1. shopgirl added a post in a topic Blood Test Positive, Dna Postive, Biopsy Neg. Celiac?   

      The chances of a false positive blood test is astronomically rare. Welcome to the club.
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    2. shopgirl added a post in a topic Worried About The Fish Counter?   

      I don't mind attempting to educate them but I want to know if I should eat fish from a fish counter.

      Surely I'm not the only Celiac who buys fresh fish at the grocery store?
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    3. shopgirl added a topic in Celiac Disease - Coping With   

      Worried About The Fish Counter?
      Help me, gluten-free-ers. I had a fit of paranoia at the fish counter this morning — picking up my bi-weekly serving of fresh fish. The woman in front of me asked for a kind of fish that was breaded in Ritz crackers and it made me realize that I had never asked the counter person to change their gloves before. So I asked the counter woman to change her gloves, which she did, before handling my scallops.

      But as I was walking out of the store, I started worrying about all the contamination possibilities — what if they don't change their gloves when they're handling the breaded stuff before the unbreaded stuff? What if they don't change their gloves before they serve me? What if they drop one of the breaded things on my stuff?

      Am I worrying over nothing? I have this little container of scallops that I'm not sure if I should eat, return, or dump. I wash all my fish before I cook it. I hate to cut out yet another food from my diet but I don't like the idea that I could be contaminating myself twice a week or so by eating what, I had assumed, was pure, fresh fish. And I really, really hate that I could be so paranoid over this. I haven't had an obvious reaction to the fish yet but I don't know what my reactions even are.

      What to do, Celiac forum? What to do?
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    4. shopgirl added a post in a topic Still Sick   

      Larabars can be tough to digest for anyone
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    5. shopgirl added a post in a topic Dr Said Not To Eliminate Gluten   

      She needs a new doctor. Period. If he can't get this right, what else could he get wrong? There are good doctors out elusive as they may be.
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    6. shopgirl added a post in a topic Vitamin/mineral Levels Normal With Gluten Intolerance?   

      All of my vitamin and mineral levels checked out too
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    7. shopgirl added a post in a topic Reaction To Bad Fats/stress Exacerbating Symptoms?   

      In my experience, stress makes everything worse. Particularly constant, long term "fight or flight" stress. Stress has given me all kinds of stomach and GI issues. It's made my hair shed like a cat. It's made my fingernails stop growing. It's made my skin dry. It's given me migraines and muscle tightness. It's even given me hives. I'm better at battling the stress demons but I still need to force myself to relax sometimes.
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    8. shopgirl added a post in a topic Resurfacing Cast Iron   

      I took that to mean she was gluten light at the time of her testing
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    9. shopgirl added a post in a topic Had My Endoscopy Today...   

      There's no way for the doctor to see Celiac damage with the naked eye unless it's the really extreme complete villous atrophy.

      But, either way, congratulations! You don't have to worry about eating gluten again. (Well, you do have to worry about eating but you don't have to actually eat it.)
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    10. shopgirl added a post in a topic Can Biopsy Be Positive If Visual Inspection Looks Fine?   

      Sorry for butting in.

      The endoscopy takes about 15 minutes, it's absolutely painless and you won't feel or remember anything afterward
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    11. shopgirl added a post in a topic Help! Gluten Free - Not Working!   

      As I understand it, it can take months and sometimes years for DH to go away in some people and that's with careful limitation/avoidance of iodine and certain kinds of fish
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    12. shopgirl added a post in a topic Does Celiac Cause Lack Of Sleep?   

      Uh, second this? A false positive on a Celiac blood test is astronomically rare to the point where I've yet to actually find documentation on it. But a negative biopsy isn't uncommon at all. Celiac damage can be patchy in the intestine.

      It really sounds like you should have stopped eating gluten two years ago. Either get yourself retested or drop the gluten, pronto.

      (And, yes, I was an insomniac before diagnosis too. I would wake up multiple times and just couldn't go back to sleep. I usually sleep fine now.)
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    13. shopgirl added a post in a topic Celiac And Anesthesia   

      Because we don't use gluten-free body lotions and soap out of fear of accidentally ingesting them. Soap, shampoo, lotion, makeup
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    14. shopgirl added a post in a topic Constipation!   

      Hmm. Have you tried probiotics? Maybe you have some kind of intestinal flora imbalance from the D and the antibiotics.
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    15. shopgirl added a post in a topic "may Contain Label"   

      I absolutely don't touch "may contain" products.

      The only product I've eaten that's produced on shared equipment is a pasta and I didn't react to it. It's a sensitivity issue though. There are some here who just can't do shared equipment/facility.

      Personally, I'd always advice against any "may contain" foods but anything else is your own discretion.
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