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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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    About erikamarie87

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    • Interests My Love in life is Dancing!!! My "Calling" and what I find most rewarding is helping others who suffer from Mental Illness with my personal experiences, coping strategies, and my abundance of knowledge and interest I've come to learn from studying for over 8 years in the help of my own mental illness's. I'm also getting into finding how the body works all the way around, from Gut to Brain, and so on. I find this area of study another journey I can hope to share my knowledge with others through the process. :)

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    1. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?   

      Thanks for your input I seen an allergist about 4 years ago and they tested me for EVERY food allergy and of course they all came back normal but as you said they don't all deal with food intolerance's. I'm skeptical even trying to go somewhere else b/c ALL docs seem to think it's all in my head! I'm sooooo tired of it! I recently went to my doc for my Fatigue and she basically said she couldn't do anything about it so referred me to a GI, who I see on the 16th. Do you have any suggestions as far as tests he could perform as far as looking at the actually damage to my gut or if I'm absorbing nutrients, minerals correctly? All my blood tests seem to be 'normal' as they say...
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    2. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Gaps Or Scd? Opinions & Advice Please!   

      Girl you're a Godsend! Really! I appreciate all your help. I was reading your profile some and can relate to you with a lot of what you've experienced. I was actually going to ask you about the EMPowerPlus. I react so differently to meds than anyone. MY doctors can't understand why...I get ALL the side effects from everyone of them and have never truly found any that work that well. I've learned to just go day by day...:/ I am SOOOO Interested in this product! What would you recommend as far as where to start with coming off my meds and trying this product?...I have many more questions but I won't overwhelm you with them! lol Sorry If I already have. I have a hard time figuring out where to start with anything. The docs say my brain is wired from top down unlike most who think bottom up...
      On to the other part of my problems... I'm wanting to start the diet soon and am doing all I can to get prepared..??

      You say the GAPS "can" be dairy free but I thought that fermenting the yogurt for the 24 hrs made it so it was basically dairy free from the fermentation it took all the lactose out?...I don't think I'll be able to stomach sauerkraut! It's one of those things I can't even smell, I've just never liked it. So I'll probably have to take some probiotics...

      My doc tested my TSH level in January and the results were 0.88 mIU/L, normal range being 0.34-5.60..?? Is there a different test I can ask for?
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    3. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?   

      Wow thanks for the advice! Would you suggest doing this before going on the GAPS or SCD or would it be pointless then?...My only concern is I feel I need to heal my gut...What's your take on this? I guess I'm confused because what if I'm intolerant to the foods suggested on these diets? How would I know if the diet was ever truly working or not if I could possibly be intolerant to a food listed on the diet but yet didn't know?...I guess I just don't know where to start?...I've been keeping a food journal and seem to have found I'm intolerant to corn :/ ...that's a tricky one I think...I'm also finding that soy is a problem and I'm already lactose intolerant. So if this is the case than what would I put in place of these(for example)if called for on the diet?..Would the diet still be affective if I was to change it up a bit?...I was reading on the SCD that the foods that are legal are for the reason being the chemical makeup of them together, etc was why the diet is so effective with the healing process. Would it be safe to say if I went on the Gaps for instance and healed my gut that I wouldn't be as intolerant to many of the foods I'm finding I am? I feel like I need some sort of guidance and starting point to move along with my healing process. If you could give me any and all the advice you could that would be WONDERFUL as I think you're very intelligent on this matter and I can sense your trustworthiness and honesty. You've been such a Great Help I can't thank you enough!! Also I get a better understanding when I have a book in front of me so I can refer to it when needed. Do you suggest any that would help? I have "Breaking the Vicious Cycle", and am currently looking at ordering the "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" as well as the "Management Of Celiac Disease by Sidney Valentine Haas...but if I should stick to the GAPS diet I would like to find some others as well that would be of much help. I know I'm asking a lot here. :/ Thanks again!
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    4. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?   

      Skylark, quick question by eating Lamb (or turkey), rice, and pears how is this a classic allergy eliminator? Would you suggest eating just these 3 things for some time???...I guess I'm a little confused?..Thanks again for your help
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    5. erikamarie87 added a topic in Other Food Intolerance and Leaky Gut Issues   

      Gaps Or Scd? Opinions & Advice Please!
      Ok I seem to be Extremely confused on this subject..What diet do I go with GAPS or SCD?? From what I'm understanding is GAPS was established on the basis of the SCD. My question though is How do you know which one to go by? I've been reading a lot of success stories with people following the SCD but also finding people who found that SCD didn't work and went on the GAPS vise verca...??? I've been doing a TON of research on the SCD but seem to come out empty handed when it comes to all my questions about the specifics of the diet? It seems as though GAPS is wayyyy easier to find information on as the SCD is not. Does it boil down to one's symptoms? I'm finding that SCD is always mentioned when it comes to Chrohn's, Colitis, etc. I understand that SCD is from the finding's of Dr. Hass for Celiac Disease and that is what's intrigued me to dig deeper on the subject as I am fighting SOOO many underlying problems that going Gluten Free alone has not helped with. Maybe for better understanding of my situation somebody can give me hopefully some Helpful advice with clear understanding.
      So let me begin,
      3 Years ago my twin sister brought to my attention that she seemed to be suffering from Celiac, well at that point I was 93 lbs and was Extremely sick all the time. Without question I went Gluten Free Instantly as she recommended. I found relief within a few days and after a week I realized I hadn't had the throwing up or gastro problems. I felt A LOT Better.
      Well now after 3 years of being Gluten Free I'm no longer suffering the diarrhea, throwing up, acid reflux, etc (unless glutened) although ALL of my other symptoms/problems have not improved what so ever!!!
      I'm 24 and on Disability due to the inability to hold down a job. Emberrassing enough to say those words I want and NEED Help More NOW than ever!!! I suffer from a wide range of symptoms, my diagnosis's are: Bipolar II (mainly severe depression), Anxiety/Panic Disorder, ADD, OCD, Borderline Personality, CHRONIC FATIGUE!!! (My Main Concern!), as well as self diagnosed Celiac. Now these are my "Diagnosis's".
      The symptoms and theories I have are as follows: Candidiasis (which I believe is more severe than any doctor could see) If I eat sugar I wake up drenched in sweat, get Extremely irritable, Lethargic, and many many more reasons. Also I KNOW I have more food intolerance's but am in the process of trying to figure them out?...
      The last 4 days or so my eyes are soo swollen I have to ice them often and put vaseline on my eyelids because they itch so bad and are flaking from being so dry! I'm congested every morning when I wake up, as if I all of a sudden caught a severe cold. My throat feels swollen most of the time, having a hard time swallowing things often. I ache all over, some days are better than others. I'm soooo Extremely lethargic and drained of ANY energy what so ever all I can do is try and stay awake by taking my Adderral as prescribed and drink caffeine just to get through the day.
      The thing that's scaring me the most is my Brain!!! I'm totally not with it! I feel daized and confused, very slowed down, slurred speech at times, Very Foggy! I can't remember anything anymore and I constantly feel like I'm not in "reality" almost like an out of body experience...?? It's sooo hard to explain I'm hoping somebody can relate to me on some level Also my eyesight use to be perfect vision and now I'm in reading glasses, bifocals, and now going to Eye Therapy b/c of Convergence Insufficiency.
      With all this being said, I'm just hoping somebody can steer me in the right direction as far as if GAPS would be better than doing the SCD or SCD better than GAPS or maybe combining them (if that's possible)??? I just really feel as though my gut is soooo messed up I need to heal it to start to even try to figure out what I'm intolerant to or anything else...???
      Can Somebody please HELP with answers!!! I would very much appreciate ANY help I could get! Thank You!!
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    6. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?   

      I didn't realize it was made from corn..I'm glad you mentioned that because I have been researching corn intolerance and feel it is highly possible I'm intolerant to it. I say this because 2 days ago I at went out to eat to a mexican restaurant and ordered chicken, shrimp and steak fajitas and specified no wheat in seasoning so the waiter actually brought me out the seasoning they cooked with and it specified no msg as well as no wheat and I also ordered corn tortillas. Well when I got home and ate my left overs after a few hours I felt for the most part fine didn't think anything of it...well when I woke up my left eye was completely puffy and swolen underneath and my right eyelid was almost closed shut from being so swolen as well as both eyelids were beat red, dry and flaky and they itched sooo bad! I also was congested through my my eyes are still red, dry and flaky and still itch like Crazy and were a little swollen and again this morning I was congested when I woke up. I've NEVER had a reaction like this before to anything I've eaten! I'm thinking it's corn for the meir fact I ate 5 corn tortillas in 1 day, oh as well as popcorn that evening...tell me if this sounds right?..I don't know what else I would be reacting to like this?
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    7. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?   

      Yes I'm the only one in my household gluten-free...It's hard to say when the last time I was glutened as I literally feel sick ALL the time!! I'm Seriously researching the SCD Diet to eliminate most foods so I can heal my gut and Then try and figure out what's causing me to be sooo sick...
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    8. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?   

      Wow thanks for the info! I will definitely bring it up to my doctor!
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    9. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?   

      Thank you Skylark for your response again I can use any advice. I've been reading a lot of your posts on here and am intrigued by your knowledge! I just had blood work done again and the docs say everything looks question is, what's normal?? Does it vary from person to person? What if my normal is different than what the docs say is the "normal range"?? Is this possible? My chiropractor gave me a Health Appraisal Questionnaire from Metagenics called MET423. Are you familiar with this company at all? My results were off the charts! It says I'm in the "High Priority" in almost every category of the body...My point is the doctors all say I'm in perfect health by all my lab work but I KNOW there's something going on with my body I just don't know exactly where to start to figure it out??...
      I have done a lot of researching about elimination diets...I just don't know which one to go by! How do you pick one? I'm leaning towards the SCD diet at the moment...although I am concerned with basically everything I eat..My biggest thing is I TRULY believe I have Leaky Gut and Systemic Candidiasis....
      Do you have any suggestions on helping with either one of these conditions?
      Also, I'm looking into EnteroLab testing. The only thing is the cost. I'm currently on Medicare and State Medical Assistance for insurance so I'm sure I wouldn't get reimbursed. I would LOVE to be tested for all other food intolerance's! What's your personal opinion with EnteroLab? I see a lot of people on here have been tested through them and curious to whether that would help me or not?...
      Again your feedback is MUCH appreciated!! I'm Tired of being soooo Tired!!!
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    10. erikamarie87 added a post in a topic Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?   

      Thanks for your response. I'm not quite sure what you mean by giving my thyroid a good going over? I have my test results in front of me and it says my TSH results that I had done in January is 0.88 mIU/L and I'm assuming the other number 0.34-5.60 is the normal range. I'm not sure what this exactly means as the docs say my thyroid is fine. Are there more tests I should ask for? All your help is very much appreciated!
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    11. erikamarie87 added a topic in Celiac Disease - Pre-Diagnosis, Testing & Symptoms   

      Are There Any Blood Tests If I'm Already gluten-free?
      Hi I'm new to this forum and would appreciate any advice. I've been Gluten Free for 3 years but REALLY want testing done to see if I'm Celiac or just Gluten Intolerant. I know for sure I have to eat Gluten free as I get EXTREMELY sick when I eat it. I've never been able to get tested because I've heard you have to be consuming Gluten for at least 2 weeks for the tests to be accurate. My problem is I throw it up when I consume any amount and get all the other symptoms that go along with it! I would like to know if my genes are prone to Celiac to know if I need to watch for any other autoimmune diseases? It would also be nice to know since I have an identical twin sister who has all the symptoms as well. My other question is what tests can my doc perform to see if I have a malabsorption problem? If anybody can tell me ANY tests I can get done to check my vitamin and mineral deficiencies because I KNOW I'm deficient in something! I'm currently on disability for my illnesses. I'm desperately seeking any help!!! My main concern is I'm SOOO Fatigued I'm on 80mg of extended release Adderral a day just to stay awake and I'm to the point where that doesn't even work anymore. I'm only 24!! I'm at a loss on what to do! My doctors seem to not take me serious what so ever and I'm suffering depression and Bipolar as well as Extreme Anxiety with a lot of other problems! I feel helpless and just want answers! I also think I have Many more food intolerance's but don't know exactly how to go about figuring those out either....I would love any feed back as I feel my body is shutting down....
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