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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. Celiac And Arthritis?

    Dairy is pretty rare in my daily diet. I do consume nightshades on a regular basis. I recall seeing some information on nightshades causing inflammation in some people. I suppose its worth a try to eliminate them for a while to test that theory. I'm kind of skeptical of food sensativity in regards to natural foods, but in the world of GMO, pesticides and whatever else is done to our food I wouldn't be surprised.
  2. Celiac And Arthritis?

    I haven't been tested for lyme disease or anything related, doctors in my area are very ignorant of such things. I have had blood tests earlier this year to test for mineral/vitamin levels and deficiencies. I did have really low vitamin D and have been supplimenting for that but I was never alerted to anything else. I'm at a loss at the moment on what to try in regards to my joint pain. I want to feel my age again (31).
  3. I have been on a gluten free diet for just over a year now. However I have been experiencing joint pain in my neck, back and hips and feet. Over time it has been getting progressively worse. Last week my right knee swelled up and it was to painful to walk and caused me to miss work. This prompted me to go see a doctor even though I have very little faith in them. Fortunately this doctor really seemed genuine and wanted to help. He had me go in for several blood tests. Today I heard back about my rheumatoid test and that was negative (thank god). I was told that my imflammation was very high though. He gave me a prescibtion for Meloxicam which is a generic form of Mobic. I really hate using drugs. Is this drug safe? I really prefer natural sources of medicine. I haven't had any of my typical celiac symptoms and am unsure as to the cause of the arthritis type pain. I was hoping someone could offer some possible solutions or information.
  4. Constant "ribcage" Pain

    If I do purchase cereal its of the Chex brand and I am not aware of anthing containing gluten in their "gluten free" cereals. On an another note I have started reading on the effects of BHT which seems to be in some of these cereals. There's so much poison in the food we eat today.
  5. Constant "ribcage" Pain

    Thanks for the info Takala. Although I have been sticking to the gluten free diet I admittedly haven't cut out all processed foods. Though the processed foods I consume don't contain gluten I know they could cause some of my symptoms. The difficulty for me in consuming only whole foods lies with cost. I don't make a lot of money and it's tough to stay "healthy" on a limited income. I still eat certain cereals (corn or rice based) and canned foods. I also think you may be on to something with the weather change. As it has gotten colder I feel I have gotten stiffer and more sore. Maybe that's the cost of getting older. At any rate, I really would like to feel my age again (31).
  6. Constant "ribcage" Pain

    Thanks for the quick replys everyone. Unfortunately it's not just one rib or one side. It is my entire ribcage, front and back included. I try stretching, which is also painful, but that doesn't seem to help either. I've been on a gluten free diet for some time now and lately things seem to only be getting worse.
  7. I have had unrelenting "ribcage" pain for months and during that time I have not been able to sneeze or take deep breaths. There is too much pain that any attempt to sneeze or take a deep breath is immediately halted. I have pain in both the front and back of my ribcage. Nothing seems to get better despite dietary and physical activity changes. I have stopped going to the doctors due to their incompentence/ignorance and lack of empathy. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please reply. Thanks.
  8. For about 4-5 months now I have been experiencing pain in my sternum. I also notice a bump in the middle of my sternum close to the top end. If I press on the bump it is tender. Stretching my chest in certain directions will make it hurt worse. Sneezing and deep breaths are almost impossible as they cause considerable pain in my sternum. I am not sure if this is simply inflammation or something else that needs to be checked out. I really need some input and local doctors here are very ignorant.
  9. New And Looking For Input.

    Started taking the vitamins you recommended Riceguy. I'm anxious for this weakness/fatigue to go as it obviously interferes with work and life in general. I'm still in the process of eliminating hidden gluten sources in my diet. Just found out the sour cream I use has gluten! I imagine my symptoms will start improving once all traces are gone. Anyone know of a source of gluten free recipes, such as a cookbook?
  10. New And Looking For Input.

    UPDATE I skipped taking the Alive mutli this morning and did not experience the usual intense nausea I normally have every morning. I'm almost certain this must have been the reason! Took 5mg of B12 as well and already notice a difference so far just this half a day. Now to just find a good multivitamin.
  11. New And Looking For Input.

    Thanks for the info. It is much appreciated. I have only been gluten free for 6-7 months so maybe I still have some recovering to do. Thanks for the heads up on the vitamins Riceguy, I hadn't even considered my multi as a source of possible contamination. I will also try your other suggestions although snacking probably wont work for me with my on the go job. I've lost over 30 pounds since going gluten free and really need to gain some more muscle. It's been extremely frustrating trying to live life lately and only being able to barely make it through a work day just to crash at home for the evening. It makes for a non existent social life. I'll try upping the B12 and pick up a better multi.
  12. New And Looking For Input.

    Riceguy- Thanks for the reply. The B12 I'm taking is a methylcobalamin @ 1000mcg, I usually take one 3 times a day. The vitamin I currently use is by a company called Nature's Way, The product is Alive! Once Daily Men's Ultra Potency. As far as my fingernails go they seem pretty healthy although they don't seem to grow as fast as I remember. I can't say much about my skin since I work with my hands and they tend to get covered in various things (soldering flux, salt water, several types of cleaners). My eyes do take a little bit to adjust for light and dark extremes but I believe its normal. Since I experience weakness and tiredness I do yawn throughout the day. Although the tiredness has dropped off quite a bit since I started taking the B12. Being a guy I tend to ignore my body, so its difficult to say with any certainty exactly what has changed with the exception of the extreme symptoms i.e. the weakness, fatigue and soreness.
  13. Hi all, I have been visiting this forum for months and finally decided to join. First off I am self diagnosed. After discussing my issues with a number of people (my chiropractor and celiac friends) I was told to try going gluten free. I had almost immediate improvements. Here is my story; Almost a decade ago I started having acid reflux symptoms. When the reflux continued to get worse I sought medical help. I was immediately prescribed acid reducers. Medication provided almost no relief. I continued visiting doctors over the years and none were willing to help beyond giving me reflux medication. I have tried almost every reflux medication there is and none helped me. As the years progressed my symptoms got worse and worse. When I had finally gotten to a point were I was "regurgitating" almost everything I ate, frequent shortness of breath, dizziness, muscle and joint pain I gave up. I was severly depressed, contemplating suicide and out of work. When some concerned friends with celiac asked what my symptoms where they insisted I avoid gluten for a while and see how I felt. Within days of going gluten free I had vast improvements. My reflux all but disappeared, my muscle and joint pain dissipated. I started feeling happier and more alert. I did this for several months until I started feeling tired all the time. I setup a visit with a gastroenterologist. The doctor wanted me to go back on gluten before issuing me the test. I tried it for 3 days before having to quit. I suffered more intense and immediate symptoms so I decided it wasn't worth it. I still experience general tiredness but have improved that with B12 supplements. I have been managing my condition fairly well for the last few months but now I am experiencing considerable weakness. I have a physical job and find myself sore and weak constantly. I'm not sure what to do to regain my strength. I try to get a healthy amount of protein, I take vitamins and probiotics. I haven't been able to get my strength back. Any ideas? PS here are the symptoms I have when I eat gluten: vomiting, muscle and joint pain, brain fog, chills, flu symptoms, non-localized pain (mostly my left side) with arm twitching, sore jaw (painful chewing), trouble speaking clearly, and a scary "feeling like I'm dying" sensation (probably all in my head)