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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com Store.

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  1. I had good luck at Denny's the other day... I really miss greasy spoon diner food sometimes, but this was a decent substitute. The eggs/omelets and hash brownswere fine. They have a pdf allegergen list on their website, and I spoke with the server before taking the plunge. I'll admit I was scared because of the cross-contamination potential, but that was a couple of days ago... I'm feeling good.
  2. Thank you all so much for your input! What's the deal with the genetic test? Is that a way to positively identify celiac disease without the need for a gluten challenge? Is it something that is usually covered by insurance? I'm currently feeling better than I have in a very, very long time. I'm eating mostly vegetarian with some occasional seafood and seem to be doing great. I have more energy than I've had in recent memory, and my concentration is good even without caffeine. I can't imagine going back to eating that stuff...
  3. Anyone Else Sensitive To Caffeine?

    Ha... sorry, I'm a noob! This seemed like the thread with the most relevant information regarding the caffeine thing, so that's where I replied.
  4. You both have some points that I hadn't considered. Motivation to stick to the diet really hasn't been much of a problem lately - long-term pain and suffering is a great deterrent. I've found that I'm starting to lose my taste for many of those things (beer, bread, etc.) since I have such a strong reaction to them. My main problem seems to be accidental exposure, thinking something is gluten free when in fact it is not, and then finding out the hard way 2-days later. :/ Perhaps I'll talk to my doctor again about the testing situation... maybe it's worth a shot. Hadn't thought about the nutrient levels either. Thank you both so much.
  5. Good afternoon everyone: Over the last 7-8 years or so I started to experiencedintense food cravings and compulsive overeating of pasta and bread,and latersevere GI problems that caused hemmoroids, bleeding, and long periods of bloating/constipation/discomfort. I approached my doctor about it approx. 3 years ago, and shesuggested that it was a common fiber/water intake issue. However, despite changing my diet and taking supplements, the problems continued to worsen. I'm 33 years old right now. Back in March 2013 I did a "colon cleanse," which changed everything for me. The 5-day juice/fiber fast completely eliminated my food cravings/overeating issues and really helped me to more clearly identify how different foods affected me. After talking to a girlfriendwho hasceliac's (she wasn't diagnosed until age 26!), I wentgluten-free for a month, and then tried re-introducingbeer. OUCH! After another cleanse and some more trial and error (both on purpose and by accident), I have become MUCH more sensitive to gluten. I have been extremely careful, reading labels and asking questions, but my last slip-ups involved eel sauce on sushi, and more recently, tofu that was deep-fried in shared oil (oops).Ihave become quite familiar with the increasingly severe GI effects of being "glutened," which usually hit starting two days after an exposure, and are very intense forleast a week. I don't seem to be back to normal for at least 3 weeks, however. It has now been almost 3 weeks since my last slip-up (I think)... I was starting tofeel better, but I've noticed that hard-to-digest foods (such as dairy, even caffeine) seem to "bring back" the gluten gut symptoms at times. I had caffeine over the weekend, and I've really been hurting the past few days. I've been vegetarian since a fairly young age (meat never tasted good to me) and probably ate entirely too much pasta and bread over the years(particularly in college). I am also lactose intolerant, but the symptomsare usually juststomach pain/bloating, notanything intestinal. I have not officially been tested or diagnosed with celiac's, but I have consulted with my doctor. She said that my symptoms sounded like a celiac-type reaction, and suggested that if it makes me feel better, I should just avoid gluten-containing foods (which I have done). I am scared to death of going back to eating gluten so that I could be tested. So really, what is to be gained from testing, other than a confirmation of what I already know? Could celiac affect me if I were to become pregnant? Are there other long-term health complications that only testing/diagnosis could identify? What are the alternatives to the blood tests that could provide some information? Is a colonoscopy worth it? What would you do if you were in my situation, and why? Thank you in advance!! <3 Sarah
  6. Can I Change My Username?

    All fixed - I've got my new identity. Thank you!
  7. Can I Change My Username?

    Haha! That's awesome. Will do - thank you very much!
  8. Hi all: I originally joined this forum because I was concerned about my (now ex) boyfriend's health issues... but he's out of the picture and I'm having problems with gluten! Is there a way to change my username? Or do I have to delete my account and start over to use my email address to register? Thank you, Sarah
  9. Anyone Else Sensitive To Caffeine?

    I found this thread today while researching theceliac/caffeine sensitivity relationship. I have not been "officially" tested/diagnosed celiac, but have consulted with my doctor andhave been eating gluten-free for several months, after discovering that it seemed to be causing the long-term digestive issues I was experiencing. Ihave become quite familiar with the increasingly severe GI effects of being "glutened," whichusually hit the hardeststarting two days after an exposure, lasting for at least a week. It has beenalmost 3 weeks since my last slip-up with a food containing gluten. I am mostly feeling better, but hard-to-digest foods (such as dairy,I'm moderately lactose intolerant) seem to "bring back" the gluten gut symptoms at times, especially if it hasn't been very long since my last exposure. I have consumed very, very little caffeine since I've gone gluten-free as part of an overall lifestyle/diet change. I have noticed for years that I am sensitive to caffeine (sleeplessness, jitters, heartburn, etc.), but could usually tolerate it. This weekend my sleep was disturbed and I had a lot to do, so I decided to try a little DD coffee on Saturday afternoon. Starting Sunday evening into Monday (today) I have beenVERY uncomfortable despite drinking tons of water and following a gluten-free diet as carefully as possible. It doesn't feel quite the same as the gluten-gut bloat, but I am experiencing a lot of intestinal pain and constipation(which is also causing other physical ailments), and was having a very difficult timesleeping last night. We'll see how long this lasts... I had more DDcoffee this morning (probably not wise)...but for now it really sucks. :/ Maybe it's a result of the diuretic effect of coffee + the residual gluten damage? Does this sound similar to what anyone else is experiencing?