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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.


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  1. Rest in Peace mouse! We will always miss you Metta. xxxooo Lisa & Friends.

  2. When I first used Chebe for rolls, I thought they were not done, because the centers were still soft. I kept adding more minutes to the cooking time. I finally called Chebe to see what I was doing wrong. They said nothing I was doing was wrong. That the centers don't firm up like regular wheat flour and that is the way they are suppose to be. I do cook them the maximum time and they are really tasty. I recently used the regular Chebe mix to wrap Lil Smokies in for an appetiser and they were a big hit.
  3. Northern Illinois?

    Why dont' you call some of the major hospitals in Waukegan and see if they have any meetings or have phone numbers for any local support groups. I was not diagnosed Celiac when I left IL six years ago. So I had no reason at that time to look for support. There is also a hospital in Chicago that has a Celiac research center and maybe they would have phone numbers for a local support group in your area. Good luck.
  4. Risks Of Celiac?

    Both suggestions are great and I have nothing to add. I do also think that you should see a doctor for the blood in the stools. For many it takes longer then a week and up to many months before you will feel better. Welcome to the forum.
  5. What a celebration this birthday party will be. Megan walking has to be a wonderful sight for the whole family. And she eats - how awesome is that. Thank you for letting us all know as I just don't take the time to go to caring bridge. Hugs to you, Megan and your family.
  6. My favorites were Goldie Hawn and the telephone operator (I thought you name was Ernestine).
  7. Not being bedridden anymore (prior to diagnosis). Not taking each day for granted. Chebe. Gluten free Pantry mixes. Learning to mostly enjoy cooking. Everything tastes better. Tinkiyada pasta. I am very thankful to Patti for all of her help in teaching me how to bake some delicious things that even my gluten eating husband loves to eat. The cyber friends I have made on this forum, that I would never have found except for my having Celiac disease. Redbridge beer. This disease told me how much my husband really loves me- what an awesome thing.
  8. All the food we have to throw away (especially in the beginning) because it is just plain awful. I am having a Longaberger basket party tonight and everything is gluten free and it cost me $$$$ to prepare and MANY hours in the kitchen. Most of my friends have no concept ot the cost or time of this diet.
  9. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. My toy poodle and I have the same birth date BUT, many, many years apart. I had a wonderful morning and a huge nap in the afternoon. Lisa really got people wondering about my ride to the prison. 6 of us rode bides down to the Florence, AZ prison GIFT SHOP. They sell these neat purses that are made out of new Arizona license plates. They are so well made and have a leather detachable strap. The one I bought is shaped like the old mailboxes that people used to attach to the side of their home. Except mine is a little smaller. Then we all went to the small town of Coolidge and had a great breakfast or lunch at a place we went to last Sunday. The owner/mgr? is so nice. This time I brought my own bread. She even gave us the same waitress so that there would not be any problems. So this "pain in the Celiac a__" got to again enjoy eating with friends. So I really enjoyed my 65th birthday. My best friend said that it was a very special day as everyone I knew 4 years ago, thought I would be dead before my 62nd. Isn't life wonderful!!! May everyone have a wonderful Easter (no matter their religious preference).
  10. Do You Eat Out? - Poll!

    I ate fast food when I was out running errands or too tired to cook. Then I would have hubby stop by McDonalds for burgers. So, not doing that anymore has not been a big deal for me. I do eat out several times a month and usually with friends. They all know that I give them a couple of restaurant suggestions and they can choose which one. I dine where it is safe for me to eat. Yesterday we went on a bike ride with other riders. We went to a very small town south of us and I kept telling myself on the way to the restaurant, that if all I could have was a cup of coffee, then I would deal with it. It became my mantra on the ride. Of course, the longer we rode, the hungrier I got. But, the place was fantastic. Packed to the roof and people waiting to be sitted. The woman manager went over EVERY ingred. and supervised my breakfast. They cleaned a section of the grill and used a clean spatula. She said the next time we rode down to bring my toast and toaster bags as they have done that for others. It was so wonderful. I am not going to give up enjoying life, because I have Celiac. We take a chance everytime we eat out, even at places we consider safe. But, life is too short to hide away and not spend the time enjoying it. I also have to say that I have only been glutened 3 times in over a year. One was a pill, one was a restaurant that I have always been comfortable in, but did not have our usual waitress and the last was last week, when I had a latte with a new barista. I don't think she cleaned the spout. The last one was rather a rough time as far as my reactions were. And still I went out yesterday on the ride and ate. Yesterday, I told the manager first thing, that I was going to be a pain and I did not know if they could accommodate my diet. I always say that I have Celiac and that I am gluten free. I don't want them to think I am on a fad diet. I also tip way above the norm for the extra effort they go through to keep me safe.
  11. My rheumy told me I was just barely on the charts and put me on 50,000 units twice weekly for several weeks ( I don't remember how many weeks it was). When he retested me and I was in the normal range, he then put me on 1000 units every day, which I still take. And I live in Arizona, where sunshine is plentiful.
  12. Las Vegas, Buffets

    I don't eat at buffets. I stay at the Mirage and eat there. You might try PMing broncobux, who lives in Las Vegas and will give you advice about how to eat safely at a buffet. Also you can bring snacks and request a frig in your room, because of health problems. I always get a frig and bring my own muffins to eat while I have my coffee in the morning. Have fun, but I would PM broncobux as he is a great help.
  13. To me it sounds like Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance. They both require being totally gluten free. As far as going to a doctor for the test, you have to be consuming gluten for a long while. You can also get a false negative on the blood test, but never a false positive. I don't know if you want to consume gluten and make yourself really sick to satisfy your family. You might try calling a local Celiac group and ask for a doctor recommendation as some doctor's feel that the diet is a diagnosis in itself. Good luck in what ever you decide. And welcome to the forum.
  14. Oh, Lynne, I can not believe that I missed this. I hope your birthday was a very HAPPY one and that everyone made the day extra special. HUGS.
  15. That is great news that the operation went so well. It is also wonderful that her lungs have improved by her quiting smoking. Keep us updated. Hugs to you and your Mom. May her recovery be a speedy one.