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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. Hi, I breastfed all 3 of my children until 14 mos. old. I wasn't diagnosed with celiac disease until after I was finished breastfeeding my 2nd child. My oldest daughter had mucousy bowel movements, almost since birth, which the dr. could never figure out. She also had mild reflux. My 2nd had terrible reflux and mucousy diapers, as well. My oldest was diagnosed at age 3 (a month after I was) and my middle had pos. bloodwork and neg. biospy (inconclusive) at 20 mos. (I believe she does have celiac disease). My youngest has been gluten-free since birth and will remain that way until he is old enough to eat gluten and be able to tell if he has a negative reaction to it. It is a difficult decision for you, especially since you won't be the one breastfeeding Like Suzie said, your wife could breastfeed and look for signs of celiac disease. Or, as others suggested, maybe she would be willing to go gluten-free. There is so much development that occurs in the early years, it's scary to think of compromising your child's health. I keep my son gluten-free because I saw how my daughters (my oldest esp.) were affected at such an early age. It may be controversial to keep your child gluten-free when you have no way of knowing whether or not they will develop celiac disease, but I feel that I am responsible to give my son the best and healthiest start possible. This is just my experience. Best wishes for a healthy and happy baby! Rachel diagnosed and gluten-free since 2003 daughter, age 6 (diagnosed and gluten-free since age 3) daughter, age 4 (gluten-free since 20 mos.) son, age 2 (gluten-free since birth)
  2. txnmaryann, I know how you feel. Two years ago at age 30 (one year after I discovered I had celiac disease - age 29) I was diagnosed with osteopenia- they wanted me to be on gluten-free diet for at least one year before they would give me a bone density scan since they say you can regain some bone mass in the first year. I take Actonel 1X wk and 1500 mg of calcium + magnesium each day. I also lift weights, which I've been doing for 10 years. I am hoping to have another scan soon to see if I have regained some bone density, or at least stopped losing bone mass. I know how frustrating it can be to be so young and have to worry about something that most people don't have to worry about until much later in life. Sorry, I don't have any knowledge about if you can regain bone mass, but I just wanted to let you know that I understand how you feel. Best wishes for a positive outcome on your next dexa scan and may you now have many years of good health! Rachel (diagnosed by bloodwork and biopsy, gluten-free since 2003 daughter age 6 (diagnosed and gluten-free since age 3) daughter age 4 (pos. bloodwork, neg. biospy - inconclusive but gluten-free since 20 mos.) son age 2 (gluten-free since birth)
  3. Santa Rosa, Ca

    Hi, I posted this on the travel board too... I'm going to Santa Rosa next weekend and wondering which restaurants would be a good choice for a celiac? I've heard of a Thai restaurant, Jhanthong Banbua, and know that there are gluten-free dishes at Thai restaurants. However, I've never eaten at a Thai food place and am wondering which dishes would be gluten-free? Thanks for any help and suggestions!
  4. Hi, Not sure if this is best posted here or on the dining out board... I'm going to Santa Rosa next weekend and wondering if there are any places that would be good for a celiac to eat at? I've heard of Jhanthong Banbua, a Thai restaurant. I know Thai restaurants can have many gluten-free choices, but I've never eaten at one. What would be gluten-free there? Thanks for any help!
  5. Hi! Anyone know if there are any energy drinks (i.e. Red Bull, etc.), regular and/or sugar-free, that are gluten-free? Thx!
  6. Thank you for the input. I'm contemplating slowly adding oats into my diet and seeing what happens. Not sure yet - I'm kind of afraid, but we'll see. I'm not comfortable experimenting on my children though - I'll let them try, if they want, when they're old enough to decide and/or tell me how they're feeling. Thanks again
  7. Hi, I know the reasons why we are currently not approved to eat oats, but is there anyone here who eats oats? If so, where do you get them from so that they are not "contaminated"? I've heard some things about Irish oats. Any problems from eating them or other oats? Thanks in advance, Rachel - gluten-free since 2003 (diagnosed by bloodwork and biopsy) daughter age 6 - gluten free since 2003 (diagnosed at 3 - bloodwork and biopsy) daughter age 4 - gluten-free since 2004 (positive bloodwork, negative biopsy, 2 genetic markers at age 22 mos.) son age 1 1/2 gluten-free since birth
  8. Thank you for the info. and concerns. I've been researching this and debating this for quite some time. I do feel as if I am making an informed choice. Obviously there is a risk with any type of surgery - this is a personal decision and appreciate the responses with no judgement. Thanks!
  9. Sorry if I've worried you needlessly - I'm sure there is nothing to worry about if you haven't had any problems yet. The reason I asked the question was one of the ps' I saw for a consult had mentioned that with celiac disease being like a psuedo-autoimmune disorder it may put me at higher risk for infection. Another ps didn't even address the issue. I was just celiac disease is under control and I've been gluten-free for 2+yrs so I'm not worried that my body is necessarily more prone to infection. I could see this as more of an issue if you had an autoimmune disorder that was difficult to predict or control, but being gluten-free should make me like a "normal" person (when I say normal I mean at no higher risk for complications than the general pop. or people w/out celiac disease), don't you think? I'm glad you haven't had any problems. I was just curious and I wanted to cover all my bases before I made my decision. Thanks!
  10. Hi, Not sure where to post this topic - thought I might try here since it seems that quite a few women who get implants are very active. Do you know of anyone or do you have breast implants and celiac disease? If so, how was your recovery? Did you have any complications? Please respond only to the question - I don't want to start a debate over breast implants. Thank you for any help provided
  11. Hi, Myself and my oldest daughter, who is now 5 1/2, were diagnosed 2 years ago. My middle child had bloodwork done around the same time as our biopsy, she was around 20 mos. Some of her bloodwork came back positive so she also had a biospy, which came back negative. I considered it inconclusive due to her age. I was also not clear on if the ped. GI biopsied more than one part of her intestines. I also have a 14 mo. old son. At our house we are all gluten-free, even my husband who is not a celiac. I had been wanting to do a genetic test and pay for it out of pocket. However, at one of my celiac support group meetings someone told me about a blood test that runs all the tests you should have to determine celiac disease and if it comes out negative they will automatically test for the genes. I had the test done on my son and middle daughter. Of course their antibody levels were normal since they are gluten-free. They automatically tested their genes and my daughter has two genes and my son has one. I think it was called Celiac Plus panel or something like that. The test is done through Prometheus labs. I too refuse to put my children on gluten to have a biopsy done. I saw what happened to my oldest before she was diagnosed at 3 1/2 and I will not make my children sick, at least while I'm in control of what they eat. If your child's test reveals they do not have the gene, they will never develop celiac disease. However, if they are like my kids' tests you will know that they may develop celiac disease sometime during their life. I think that it is a personal choice as to how to proceed if you receive results that your child does have the gene. (I don't think you stated but if the EMA was positive and the gene is positive it seems that it is assured that your child has celiac disease). I for one, will not give my children gluten and possibly make them sick, especially when they are children and developing so rapidly. When my two younger children are older, at some not yet determined date, I am going to allow them to eat gluten and then observe them. We can worry about their reaction at that time. Hope this helps you out a bit, Rachel daughter age 5 daughter age 3 son age 14 mos.
  12. Hi, My oldest daughter had her biopsy at 3 1/2 and my youngest daughter had her biopsy at 20 months. We had a great experience at the hospital where the biopsy was performed. They scheduled the earliest time for the procedure since the girls were not allowed to eat when they woke up in the morning until after the biopsy. We went into a special room with lots of toys and movies. The girls got to pick out special toys to keep and someone came by and explained the procedure and showed them age appropriate pictures. Another lady came by to sing songs and she brought her cart with musical instruments. My husband held the girls when they put them under the general and then they put them on the bed. The anesthesiologist was wonderful at explaining what would happen when they put them under. It was a little bit scary because their body jerked and then they went right to sleep. Even though you know they are asleep it's hard to see your children go to sleep like that. The biopsy is considered the gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease. The ped. GI that performed my oldest's biopsy was able to tell us right then that from what he had seen it appeared she had damaged villi consistent with celiac disease. He also confirmed it when the biopsy was examined. My youngest had positive bloodwork but a negative biopsy. I consider her biopsy inconclusive since I feel that she may have been too young to show much damage. I'm also unsure as to if he biopsied more than one part of the intestines. The girls were not in pain when they woke up from the procedure. I have also had a biopsy and it was not painful. Hope that helps, Rachel
  13. Hi, I dive also and would love it if we could get a response to this post. Maybe you could post your question on the travel board, if you haven't already. Since I've been diagnosed I've been on one liveaboard to the Channel Islands (So. Cal), Truth Aquatics. Mostly we dive pretty local. I live in Sacramento, CA and we dive mostly the north coast (between Fort Bragg and Bodega Bay, if you are familiar with the west coast of CA), Monterey and Tahoe. We've also dove in Hawaii. I would love to do more traveling and diving, but with three small children we are limited with time right now. We are hoping to go to either Cozumel or the Cayman Islands next year and I was wondering the same thing about hotels and how accomodating they are. Often when I travel now I get tired of explaining what my dietary restrictions are and I just try to eat things I know are gluten-free. However, I would think this would be difficult in Mexico since you aren't supposed to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Please let me know if you go onto another board and receive a response to this question. Best Wishes, Rachel - diagnosed by biopsy 9/03 daughter age 5 positive biopsy 8/03 daughter age 3 positive bloodwork son 13 mos currently awaiting genetic testing
  14. Hi, I am making a birthday cake and icing and I am wondering if anyone knows which food dyes are gluten-free? McCormicks has many spices that are gluten-free but I'm not sure about their food dye. Cake Mate colored frosting (in the plastic tubes) used to be listed in the gluten-free Product Listing Guide as a gluten-free product, but it is not listed in the 2004 Product List Binder. Does anyone know if this product is still gluten-free? Lastly, Cake Mate sprinkles used to be okay as well. They are also not in the new product list - are these still gluten-free? I could always call the company, but I keep forgetting until after business hours and I need to make the cake on Friday! Any help is appreciated! Thank you, Rachel diagnosed in Sept. 2003 daughter (age 5) diagnosed Sept. 2003 daughter (age 3) inconclusive testing but gluten-free since Feb. 2004 son (almost age 1!) gluten-free since birth
  15. Hi, I see there is already another post about Disneyland. I'm trying again w/ this topic to see if there are any new responses. I can't remember where I read this info. (somewhere on the web) that someone had received an e-mail from Disneyland that contained a list of all the food venues in the park that had gluten-free items. Myself and two daughters have celiac disease and will be visiting Disneyland in Aug. I e-mailed Disneyland customer service a couple of months ago about this list and received no response. My plan is to bring snacks and sandwiches for my daughters, but I wanted to allow them a treat or two a day at the park. Does anyone know what kind of ice cream they serve? Are there any places that serve ff or hotdogs that are gluten-free? I'm sure we can find a place to buy m&ms and other gluten-free candy, but I was hoping for something different. Any help is appreciated! Thank you, Rachel - gluten-free since Sept. 2003 dd age 5 - gluten-free since Sept. 2003 dd age 3 - gluten-free since Jan. 2004 ds age 10 mos. - gluten-free since birth!