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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. Thanks Karina, My bone scan was very normal which I found surprising as well considering how undernourished I have been. Perhaps I absorbed calcium because to this day I absolutely love to drink milk. I am not lactose intolerant but I am 5' 5" and used to weigh a whopping 105. I am now at 125. The weight gain has been quiet an adjustment for me even though I am not overweight. You get so used to being a size one and now I am a 4-6. It just feels wierd even though I know that I am healthier now. I feel as though my bones ache as well, and it is a difficult thing to explain to my husband. Even though I ache and am tired alot, I force myself to workout at least 4 days a week if not more. I run 8 miles three days a week with a group, and the improvement in my joints has been amazing even though I am now down in my back. I hate to give up running but I know it is not possible this Spring/Summer. Sheila
  2. Iron Deficiency

    dessa, have you tried the brand, "nature's bounty" I live in the South and that is the brand in our pharmacies. It states gauranteed free of gluten on the back label. I was checked for a kidney infection---I wish that had been my problem.
  3. I am 36 and female. I am sure that I have had celiac all my life due to the nature of my symptoms since I can remember. Mom always said we had sensitive stomachs. I was diagnosed about 4 years ago (finally) and have been gluten-free (seriously) about 1 1/2 years. My blood work supports this just last week yet I am severly anemic. I am so tired yet I have a job at a hospital as a Director of Internal Audit that is demanding. Last year in February I could not go to work because of low back pain. I had an MRI and the doctor said I had DDD and a slight bulging disk. He said it was not bulging enough to cause the pain I was having. I got two nerve blocks. Last week I had a nerve block because I am again in severe pain. My doctor would not order an MRI because he said he would do a nerve block regardless of the results. I had the block on Thursday and I woke up today the same as before---a stiffness in my lower back that goes across my right hip. I cannot bend over to blow dry my hair from underneath because of the pain and stiffness. I am sitting here at work constantly aware of the stiffness when I move. A bone scan I had was fine. Does anyone have any hope/suggestions for me? Why in one week would I be diagnosed anemic and require a nerve block? Yet, the different doctors do not communicate to one another. It is very frustrating. I wonder if I have arthritis. Last year, however, I was put on a drug for such that did not help. Your prayers and comments are appreciated.
  4. Iron Deficiency

    I have been gluten-free for a year and my bloodwork supports that. However, this month I discovered (after fainting twice) that I am severelyanemic. I don't understand why , all of a sudden, I am anemic. I don't have periods so that is not the problem. I feel exhausted ALL the time. On top of that, I have severe lower back pain and had a nerve block last week (my third) which has not helped. I am 36 but when I wake up in the mornings, I feel 86 because my back is so stiff. Has anyone else had severe back pain?
  5. How Often Do You Eat Out?

    Hi everyone, I eat out everyday for lunch and then Friday and Saturday night for dinner. At P.F. Chang's, you can request a gluten-free menu. Therefore, I am able to enjoy Chinese food once again. With all the new emphasis on Atkins and carbs, you can get hamburgers at Hardees and McDonald's without the bun. The chili at Wendy's is gluten-free. Then, there is always the salad anywhere (carry my own dressing or squueze lemon juice on my salad in a pinch). At Heavenly Ham or Honey-baked Ham, the glaze on the ham has wheat starch on it. However, you can request in advance that they cut you some ham prior to the glazing process. I do this and then ask that they make me a salad from my ham. Eating out is a social time that I refuse to give up. I enjoy my friends and their company. I am very fortunate to have so many restuarants that are willing to cater to my needs. I am very sensitive to gluten. I was hospitalized for 11 days prior to my diagnosis because I was so sick. My antibody levels were over 200 and now they aer in the normal range (less than 30). This is proof enough for me that I do not have to give up eating out as long as I am careful about my selections. Tip: Be very cautious about steaks. For instance, at Ruby Tuesday's the steaks are received by the restuarant pre-marinated and the marinade includes wheat starch.