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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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    1. GF Lover added a post in a topic Werther's original caramels   

      I've never had problems with caramels.  I usually have a candy dish of Werther's full all the time.  No troubles.  I like the coffee ones too.
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    2. GF Lover added a post in a topic What's wrong with me?):   

      Maddi, stick to simple foods while you heal.  Anything can make you sick.  Don't start eliminating foods until there is a reason.  
      I think you need to settle into the new diet, don't eat out and heal.  Keep anxiety and stress low as this can also effect your immune system
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    3. GF Lover added a post in a topic Make up   

      Pure coconut oil is gluten free.  Unless a company certifies a product gluten free you will always get the same answer.  They will give no guarantees.  This is standard practice and should not discourage you from using a product.  As far as makeup is concerned, I only worry about what touches my lips.  Lip balm, lipstick and moisturizer for me.  For instance, Mascara will never touch your lips  so don't worry about it.
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    4. GF Lover added a post in a topic Top Bar Not Working Correctly   

      With the upgrade there are some things to iron out.  Please be patient :).  
      Put any particular problems in this thread so we know if it's something we don't know about yet.
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    5. GF Lover added a post in a topic Lymph Nodes   

      If the other tests show nothing and your still concerned ask for a CBC and Comprehensive Metabolic Panel. Those two blood panels are a good start to see if something is off.

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    6. GF Lover added a post in a topic Intestinal Muscle Damage   

      I'll jump in here. Constipation has been a life long companion for me. All the miralax and fiber were useless to me. My internal and external 'roids' all had to be removed. At that point I took a lot of dulcolax to go to the bathroom. I had to stay close to diarrhea because of the hemorrhoids. I was also taking plaquinil for a time along with other immunosuppressants. I do believe all the years on immunosuppressive medication allowed my cancer to develop, just saying. Now, I'm as close as I will ever get to normal which is workable. Very little cheese, milk and ice cream. Lots of raisins, seeds and a stool softener every day and I do drink coffee in the morning.. The biggest thing that helped me was using a step. My muscles to push out stool are shot too. The step allows a straight chute for gravity to help. I kid you not. This has been the biggest help. I'm not saying I never get constipation any more but it is much better. I also had to learn to give myself time in the bathroom and not try to rush things. Fiber stuff never helped me and I think for me, made it worse. I also drink water through out the day which makes me pee constantly because I think my bladder is the size of a walnut!!!

      Keep trying things, something will get you to a point where you can manage it. I never expect my body to function normally anymore, too many things are whacked. I go for as manageable as possible.

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    7. GF Lover added a post in a topic Tried Glutenza?   

      Reminder:  Celiac is an Auto Immune Disease, not just an irritation of the gut.  Once the Auto Immune system is activated by ingesting gluten you have to wait it out.  Symptoms of the gut can be a small part of the overall reaction.
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    8. GF Lover added a post in a topic Celiac Advice   

      Two weeks is like a half second in the Celiac Healing World.  Give yourself some time.  Maybe drop dairy, if villi are damaged you may not be digesting it well.
      If at around 3-6 months you still have issues then I would look at other sources.  Be sure and read the Newbie 101 thread under the Coping Section to learn how to safely eat gluten free.
      Good luck,
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    9. GF Lover added a post in a topic After The Fasano Diet   

      Sweet Baby Ray's, regular is good straight from the bottle
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    10. GF Lover added a post in a topic Sneezing Fit, Itchy Swollen Throat, Itchy Eyes After Re-Introduction Of Gluten?   

      Hi Minibeastie and Welcome to the Forum.
      Your Doctor is not being very clear.  First, Celiac is an Autoimmune Disease, nothing to do with allergies.  You can have an allegic reaction to a particular food ie: wheat etc.  If he told you to have benedryl around then he must be thinkng allergy.  The Blood tests for Celiac is not one test, it is a panel of tests followed by an endoscope procedure.
      If you choose to pursue a Celiac diagnsis then stop eating gluten for 8-12 weeks and have a full blood panel done.  If pursueing an allergy diagnosis then the Allergist is the way to go.
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    11. GF Lover added a post in a topic Gemini's Favorite Things   

      What's a Whole Foods?  
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    12. GF Lover added a post in a topic Breyer's Ice Cream   

      Going from the Company Statement, I would eat the non-gluten ingredient ice creams.  But....don't come back and say you've been glutened.  You've had fair warning from the Company
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    13. GF Lover added a post in a topic Urinary Leakage   

      This is what Doctors told us to do (at your age) before there was a pill for everything.
      My personal belief is it is not Celiac related.
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    14. GF Lover added a comment on a blog entry Allergic Reaction To Glue Used After Surgery   

      After my last surgery I had staples on top.  My skin reacted with the metal.  Unfortunately they could not remove them (7 inches of them) so I just used a topical.  I've had incisions finished with the glue also but no problem for me.  On an interesting note.  A different surgery had about the same amount of staples on they were on my reaction to the staples.  It was only at the more sensative area at the groin that reacted. 
      Make sure it is noted in your record the reaction to Durabond for future reference.
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    15. GF Lover added a post in a topic Chex Clusters   

      I also tend to trust the larger producers at their word.  I learn something new everyday, thanks Karen.
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