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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. I've felt alot of what you're talking about. Hubby has nerve damage from back surgery so he's in cronic pain without his meds. His heart rate shot up a few weeks ago so he's been on a heart monitor, had stress tests, been to the ER, etc. His heart is okay...thank God...the doctor thinks his heart problem is from a new med he's taking for nerve pain. And, he's on Zoloft for depression. Daughter has celiac disease and ADD. She's struggling at school and having problems finding a good friend. Middle son has Auditory Processing issues and I'm taking him in for tests today. He's been diagnosed with ADD and major depression and anxiety issues. He also had an accident that caused brain trama a year ago so we think that might be contributing to his problems. He's also been diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction and has been through 9 months of OT for that. Then there's my little one, he's 5. He is HYPER and aggressive. Is always getting in trouble. If he's alone with me he's great. If you add the other kids to the mix, it's WWIII! There is constant stress and fighting between the siblings. CONSTANT. Then there's me. LOL I am ADHD have depression, OCD (mainly with eating and I'm about 100 lbs. overweight) and Restless Leg Syndrome from an auto-immune disorder I had when I was a kid. I also have bad allergies and headaches from time to time. Oh boy have I felt overwhelmed lately. Maybe I'm just PMSing, who knows. But you're not alone. Life can get very crazy for all of us at times. Hang in there...we're all here to support each other. (((hugs)))
  2. My daughter's been gluten-free for 4 months now. I've been handling it pretty well. But yesterday, I was just overwhelmed by the money I'm spending on groceries and how my daughter is always asking, "Mom, what can I eat?" *sigh* So, in the middle of Whole Foods...I just started crying. I feel like a bad Mom right now. I don't feel like I'm doing enough to make sure she has enough variety in what she eats. Mommy guilt, I guess. Oh well, I know this will get easier as time goes by.
  3. YUM! That looks so good. I'm going to try it out today.
  4. Heather, I'm new around here and have just started my diagnosed daughter (she's 11) on the gluten-free diet, but I still wanted to offer my encouragment and support to you. Keep pressing the doctors. You are your daughter's only advocate. The thing that is so awful about celiac disease is that most people don't get diagnosed until AFTER a lot of damage has been done to their intestines. I really hope you get some answers for your daughter. She's so young to be having intestinal problems. Give her a hug from me. Oh, and if your doctor won't get her tested call around. Someone will. Mysti
  5. My daughter and 2 sons are having friends over after school today and I'm going to serve tacos. It's so nice to cook something they all can eat together. Mysti
  6. Girl, I am right there with you. My 11 year old daughter just started her gluten-free lifestyle after her positive biopsy last week. She does well at home but has eaten stuff with gluten the past 2 days at school. *sigh* At home, I cleaned out a cabinet and drawer for her. Then I went to several stores and bought about $200.00 worth of safe food. I talked to the school nurse and Christian's teacher about Celic. And the school nurse said that I could put frozen dessert type food in the school's freezer for when there's a birthday party or whatever. I'm putting Snickers Ice Cream bars - which I still can't believe are gluten-free. Christian also has permission to go straight to the bathroom if she starts having diarrhea cramps. She doesn't even have to ask permission. I've talked to everyone in the house about bread crumbs. Even after someone makes a sandwich and cleans it up I still go behind them and make sure it's all gone. I also talked to the familly about the jelly. No more double dipping with the spoon or knife after it's touched the bread. I have a seperate peanut butter for Christian, and will get get her her own margarine, jelly and other foods that could be cross contaminated. I bought the different flours so I can start trying out recipes. And I bought 3 cookbooks and 2 books on Celiac. I want to learn as much as possible like you. But, finding the time to read is very challenging for me. *rolleyes* I live across the street from our school so I told Christian to call me if she's wanting ot eat something unsafe or if she's mad that she can't pizza or whatever. Then I said I'll talk to her and bring her something safe if she needs me to. You may live to far away to do that. I'm also a stay at home Mom, so it makes it easier. Oh, I have seperate cheeseballs for her too. I didn't want her digging in the same bag as her brothers. I have a gumball machine at my house and I filled it up with Skittles the other day. I also bought her some Tootsie Rolls from Sam's Club - the big ones. Now I just have to find some safe candy corn. LOL Buying her some "junk" food seemed to really help her attitude. I'll see if I can remember anything else and post later today. Hang in there...we'll get the hang of this eventually. (((hugs))) Mysti
  7. (((Hugs))) I'll be thinking about you and your boys today. Especially your little 5 year old. I have a 5 year old son and he's getting tested soon. Mysti
  8. I saw some gluten-free recipes online last night for paper mache and clay. I decided that the best thing for my daughter to do (in Art class) is to wear latex gloves while working with gluten products. She's 11 years old. Just Google on "gluten free paper mache". You'll find a lot of recipes. Mysti
  9. Thank you all so much for the wonderful information. I've got so many ideas now that I don't feel quite so overwhelmed. Today, I'm going shopping for some gluten-free food. FINALLY, there will be a nice selection of safe food for my daughter to eat. Blessings! Mysti
  10. I'm having such a hard time. My daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in June. We have YET to get her completely gluten-free. We're going to a doctor on Wednesday and I hope he can help. I just feel so overwhelmed right now. Do I completely change our kitchen to gluten-free? Should we all go gluten-free, not just my daughter? She gets so angry when I tell her she can't eat something. Any help, tips, suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks, Mysti
  11. My blood test will be in the morning. I'm glad I'm finally getting this done. Mysti
  12. It's Starting To Sink In.

    Thanks for the tips. I didn't know I needed to still be eating gluten for the test. I've been gluten-free for 3 or 4 days. I'm getting tested tomorrow...should I eat something with gluten today? Did any of you change your whole family over to gluten-free eating to make things simpler?
  13. My daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease one week ago. My doctor wants to test me also since I have so many of the symptoms. I decided to just read up on celiac disease and lactose intolerance because that seems to be the most common things that bother us. Today is the 1st day that I haven't had a stomach ache in a very long time. My daughter is showing significant improvement also. She's 11 years old. It's so hard to change the way you think about food. But I know in time I'll get better at this. I appreciate some comments I've read here about cross-contamination. I just used the same knife for me and dh's peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Mine was on a gluten-free rice cake - his was on wheat bread. Live and learn. So...any tips on making my home more safe for us would be greatly appreciated. {{{yawn}}} It's late...I'll come back and chat with everyone tomorrow. Mysti