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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. Hi! I've been having so many problems over the last 16 months, and I hoping someone on here can give me some feedback, advice, hope, etc. It has been like a snowball effect with my symptoms, and I'm just wondering if any or all of these could possibly be caused by a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. I will list all the crazy symptoms that I've been having over the last 16 months that I never had before. 1- brain movement (I started having this right after my second cesarean. It literally feels like my brain takes a little leap inside my head). 2- A lot of stomach issues. Swooshing/kicking sensations in my stomach (I'm not pregnant, but that is what it feels like sometimes), sensitive to greasy/fatty foods, nausea, heartburn, stomach burn. Tums is a norm in my cabinet. 3-A lot of infections, that I never used to suffer with. UTI infections, yeast infections, and my kidneys have mild hydronephrosis (which is enlargment due to an obstruction), but they can't figure out why I have the hydronehprosis. 4-Hypertension...I'm 33 and have now been on blood pressure meds for 2 months. 5- This is the absolute worst symptom of all...Terrible Anxiety/PMS and also some OCD accompaning the anxiety. I never know when my anxiety is going to make an entrance again and ruin my life for a couple weeks. Also, I never in my whole 32 years of life, had PMS. The most I ever got was some cramping on the first day. Now, everything is different about it, and it's almost like I have that PMDD. I've been on zoloft, it might help a bit, but I still have a couple weeks out of each month that just paralyze me with fear and insomnia, etc. I've been tested for thyroid and diabetes. I'm fine there. I'm just wondering if all of this could be related and could it be due to a gluten intolerance. So, I started the gluten free diet 2 weeks ago, and I was having severe anxiety when I started. Just a couple days into it...I felt so much better. I felt at ease, and no ocd, and just my normal self that I remember from months ago. I also noticed that I went from having loose BM to normal BM (sorry to be gross). I felt like it was way to soon to already feel better, especially with the anxiety, but I thought maybe I had found my answer finally. Anyway, I had to have surgery this past Friday (a cystoscopy, which is a scope that goes into my bladder, ureter tubes, and kidneys to see if there was an obstruction). I had the worst night of my life that day. I was deathly ill from the anesthesia...non stop vomitting and severe pain in my bladder and kidneys. I had to go to the er. Then, just 2 days after that I started my monthly cycle. I am now having all that terrible anxiety, doubt, ocd, negativity, irritability, etc. again. Is it too soon to be expecting a gluten free diet to have resolved my problems? Does anyone out there think that I should keep up the diet...that it still may be the answer to all these issues, especially the anxiety? I'm sorry this is so long, but I'm just needing a little hope please. Thank you! Alicia
  2. A New Symptom?

    Simona19, I have involuntary brain movement a lot. That is actually one of the symptoms that helped me discover celiac and gluten intolerance. I have not been tested for either, but have begun the gluten free diet to see if it helps. I'm only on my second day of dieting. I started having the brain movements right after my son was born, in July of 2007. I was sitting on the couch watching tv late one night, and all of sudden it felt like my brain jumped in my head. It freaked me out something awful! After that I felt little movements and lightheadedness almost everday for a year. I finally made an appointment with a doctor and he had an MRI done on my brain. They didn't use dye though, which bothered me, but it came back only showing mild thickening of the sinuses. :/ Anyway, I just kind of delt with it, and tried to ignore it. Then last year I developed severe anxiety among other symptoms and antidepressants have not really helped. I've been trying to figure out what my problem is for so long and I came across Celiac and Gluten intolerance. Anxiety is a symptom with a lot of people and I even discovered that some people have the brain movements too. They refer to them as Brain jolts or shocks, etc. I have all the brain fog, recall problems, sleep problems, heartburn/stomach burn, etc. as well. I really do hope that this is my long awaited answer and cure to my problems, especially the anxiety!! Hopefully that was just a one time incident with you...maybe just a freak reaction to the test you were having done. Anyway, I know how annoying and scary that feeling is, but your not alone. Good Luck!
  3. Hi! I have a doctor's appointment with my family practioner this Tuesday, and I'm wanting her to test me for Celiac and/or Gluten sensitivity. What are those particuliar tests called? She has been working with me to try and figure out why I've been having so much anxiety and other problems for the past 15 months. I'm really hoping that this is my answer, and that I am not losing my mind. lol I've dealt with severe anxiety (hit and miss) the past 15 months and I have been on an antidepressant, but the anxiety still prevails. I also have suffered with periods of bad brain fog and confusion, terrible sleep issues, stomach aches/nausea and heartburn/indigestion. I also battle periods of fatigue and no energy or motivation. I deal with a lot of irritable feelings and mood swings, but I am always aware that I am being irrational. I just don't feel like me anymore, and it seems like this has lasted forever. Everyday, I am aware of my emtional state. I've lost confidence in myself. I'm a stay-at-home mother of two little boys, and I just can't handle all this stress. I need to be cured so that I can get on with my life! Anyway, I'm hoping that going Gluten Free will resolve these issues, but I'm very confused on what I can and cannot eat. I understand that you can't have wheat, barley, malt, oats, etc. I'm confused though on the other ingredients. I see people all the time saying that there are hidden gluten ingredients. I don't even know if I can have a cup of coffee with creamer. lol
  4. My Gluten Free Diet

    A friend of mine's daughter developed severe chapped lips that would not go away among other gi symptoms. They did all the testing and she came back positive for gluten intolerance. After being on the diet for a while all symptoms disappeared! Her daughter is grade school age. Her teacher commented on how much more alert she had become in class after the diet, which implies that gluten was affecting her concentraction and attention span. I am about to begin the diet because I have been dealing with so many problems the last 15 months, and it's just been a really rough ride for me. I'm hoping this is my long awaited answer. Good Luck to you!
  5. Wow! I just joined this site because I've been wondering if maybe I have an underlying condition for all this anxiety and fear that I've been dealing with for over a year now. I've been dealing with stomach problems for years now, and I've just always pawned it off on having a "sensitive stomach". During both my pregnancies I had horrendous heartburn and the second pregnancy was so bad that I didn't just have heartburn, but I had throat burn. It literally felt like I had a fireball melting in my throat. After my pregnancies it seemed to dissipate, but the past year I've been having it a lot more frequently, much like I did when I was pregnant. Anyway, let's just begin with September of 2009. I started feeling movement in my stomach...just like it feels when you are pregnant. It freaked me out. I felt it a would feel like swooshing and then it would feel like little kicks, etc. I took several pregnancy tests and they were negative, and I kept having my period, so I knew I wasn't pregnant. I didn't go to the doctor about it. I just tried to ignore it. 2 months later I started having bouts of fear wash over me. It scared me...I would be fine and then all of sudden I would get this cold sensation wash over me and I would get a funny taste in my mouth and I would feel frightened and isolated. I felt a feeling of doom. It would pass, and I would be fine for a while and then it would happen again. It was hit and miss until December 31, 2009. At that time, it came on hard and didn't let up at all. I literally thought I was losing my mind. I think I paced the entire day in fear. My nerves tore my stomach all up and I couldn't eat a thing. I ended up going to the ER and they diagnosed me with Gastritis (which is pretty much a nervous stomach) and they also did a CT scan on my abdomen. They didn't use dye though, which I could not understand because they said that if there was something wrong with my gallbladder or anything it would not show up without the dye. Why even do the CT Scan without dye. Ugghhh! So of course they come back saying they didn't see anything wrong with my stomach and did not know why I was feeling movement....Yeah because you didn't use dye you idiots. lol I get put on an antidepressant...zoloft. It took forever before I started feeling better on it, but then I relapsed and had another bad anxiety trip. They increased my dose...I struggled through the worst moments of my life, and eventually started feeling better, but I still will relapse a few weeks out of every month. So, that made me think that there is something else causing this severe anxiety than just a chemical imbalance. I have had a lot of other symptoms too. In addition to having a weak stomach and dealing with nausea and heartburn and indigestion a lot...I also have had terrible sleep issues this past year...a lot of headaches and full feelings in my head as well as the feeling of my brain actually moving or shivering inside my head. Overall I just don't feel well most of the time, but the anxiety is just awful. I've had my thyroid checked and it was fine. My Vitamin D was a little deficient, so I was put on a precription Vit. D2. For awhile there I was also having a lot of yeast infections and urinary tract infections, which is very uncommon for me. I started trying to research my condition to come up with some answers on my own. I came across Celiac disease and Gluten Sensitivity and I saw where a lot of people with this condition have anxiety, headaches, brain fog (which I have a lot of too), obviously stomach problems, and even brain zaps. Sorry this is so very long, but I just want someone's input on all of this who has Celiac and/or Gluten Sensitivity and may know some answers. Thanks so much. Alicia
  6. Develop Celiac Disease At 35

    I was you have to lose weight in order to have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease?