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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. Thanks nvsmom! I am working on better treating the hypothyroidism. My new endocrinologist discovered I haven't been converting T4 (Synthroid) to T3 very efficiently so he added Cytomel. All the sex hormones were at least within the normal range.
  2. Thanks pricklypeaer1971! To answer your questions: Do you have Hashimoto's disease? I have Hashimoto's. Thyroid Peroxidase Ab 2965 U/mL (normal < 60) and Thyroglobulin Ab 148 U/mL (normal < 4). What thyroid meds are you on? Synthroid 100 mcg 1X and Cytomel 5 mcg 2X daily. Have your hormones been tested? If so, which ones? Testosterone, DHEA, Estradoil, LH, FSH, and Prolactin all in normal range (several in lower third of normal and I am 33). Have they run any other autoimmune disease tests? Yes. No Lupus. GAD Ab are high 20 IU/mL (normal 0-5). MaTa testing was negative. Have you had allergy testing? I have not had any allergy testing recently. I had the back prick test 10 years ago with no allergies. Have you tried antihistamines? I tried antihistamines for about one week. Should I go longer?   I really appreciate any more questions/suggestions!
  3. I have some general questions (please read on if you have the time, I really appreciate it!): How long should I try a gluten free diet if I have NO GI symptoms, but do have undiagnosed neurological symptoms? How long should it take for me to see some improvement? If I re-introduce gluten should I notice an immediate (acute) reaction even if I only have neurological symptoms? I have been suffering from a strange and debilitating set of neurological/vision symptoms for 2.5 years. The best way I can describe it is that I feel like I have a beer buzz (almost dizzy, almost lightheaded, very confused). The "beer buzz" feeling is always there, but is far more severe in supermarkets/grocery stores and when I have a headache. My ability to track moving objects is far diminished and I can't read if the text or I am moving. NO doctor has been able to help me. Maybe you can?   I decided to try a gluten free diet. I have been on it for 3 months and I haven't noticed any big changes. I have been strict with what I eat. I did not replace all my cookware (I kept using a Teflon pan and some plastic spatulas). I did not change out my toothpaste, lotions, soaps. The least strict foods I have had are Larabars, peanut and almond butters, and frozen veggies.   I have had some testing done: Celiac panel antibodies were negative. However, IGA serum is low. HLA-DQ2 an HLA-DQ8 genes are negative. I am hypothyroid. I have frequent urination, no libido (and testicular atrophy), fatigue, and some vitiligo.   I want to feel better. But, I don't want to waste time on my diet when I could be researching other possibilities. Thank you so much for you input. I will pursue any suggestions and answer any questions!