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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. Christina.V added a post in a topic Do You Ever Break Down And Eat Gluten Every Once In A While?   

      I was asymptomatic prior to Dx, so my will power does fail me from time to time. Last week I was at a football game and incredibly hungry. Of course stadium food is the worst so I caved and at a piece of pizza. Then, this past weekend I ate one of my mom's homemade flour tortillas (they are the #1 thing I miss the most).
      Both times I did wind up having some stomach cramping. I consider myself incredibly fortunate because that's ALL I had. Of course, now, my willpower is in check for the upcoming holiday challenge!
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    2. Christina.V added a post in a topic Red Robin... Yuuummmmm!   

      I was told today that the Red Robin seasoning has gluten. I'm fairly new to gluten-free so can someone tell me which of the listed ingredients (if any) is the culprit? The label doesn't indicate gluten...
      Salt, Spices (incl black pepper, celery seed, cumin, oregano, sage), dextrose, dehydrated garlic and onion, paprika, autolyzed yeast, dehydrated tomato, hydrolyzed soy protein (carmel color), natural flavor (smoke). CONTAINS SOY
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    3. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      Per the docs it's "slightly elevated" -- they are looking at >100 as being "highly elevated"
      It's all in the interpretation I suppose!
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    4. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      Labs have different ranges. In this case <15 is a negative. So the 27.6 number on the TTG IgA is not "highly" elevated. The recommendation is coming from two of the top specialists in Colorado. I think I said this before, but the worry is that we actually have caught it too soon to tell, and that long term a false negative diagnosis will be more detrimental than holding off. I agree, because IF she does have celiacs and gets a false negative, the co-parent will fight me on getting her re-tested in the future.
      I am actually comfortable with waiting for 6 months. We share custody 50/50 and have shared decision making as well. I don't see how a judge would dictate that the endoscopy be ran with so much medical advice to the contrary. I was extremely frustrated a couple months ago BEFORE we met with the doctors. They said they've seen these numbers go back to normal over a short period of time, hence the 6 months. I'm hopeful that they do.
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    5. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      I am one of the "silent" cases for sure, so I did voice the same concerns as you all are pointing out. Not only is she not showing severe symptoms, but she is also on track for her growth charts and her numbers are slightly above normal (not in the 100s). The decision to hold off was not made lightly! The hope is that her numbers may normalize. 
      The co-parent does need some education on it, however, without very strong direction from the specialists at Children's nothing is going to change. I can give him as much information as possible, I can preach until I'm blue in the face.
      Thanks for caring! It's so nice to have a community like this!!
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    6. Christina.V added a topic in Celiac Disease - Post Diagnosis, Recovery/Treatment(s)   

      Next Steps After Dx?
      My diagnosis came a couple weeks ago after bloodwork and a biopsy (a hepatologist performed those). I have a referral to a GI doc but not until Mid-july. I have an appt with my PCP in a couple of weeks, though, and I'm planning on asking about additional bloodwork that might need to get done. 
      Recommendations on what tests to get? I don't prefer waiting around for the doctor to tell me what to do, I'd rather come in prepared! I've read that I should have some vitamin levels checked but am unsure which ones. 
      And, yes, of course I'm gluten-free now as well. Making that change hasn't been all that difficult but it's only been two weeks.
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    7. Christina.V added a post in a topic Share Your Fav Late Night Snacks!   

      These sound SO GOOD! We took a trip to whole foods last night and found WAY too many yummy goodies and stocked up. The creme brulee, chocolate pot de creme, and coconut macaroons are probably my top three favorites. Everything in moderation of course. Fortunately 1/2 of the small creme brulees is plenty for me.
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    8. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      Fortunately she doesn't feel sick every day. And I don't intend to have gluten in my household. She's pretty vocal about when she's not feeling well! In fact, she was the one who prompted the initial dr visit. If her symptoms do get worse, then I'll persue the EGD and biopsy for sure. The doctors at Children's were in agreement in spite of the opposition from the co-parent.
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    9. Christina.V added a topic in Gluten-Free Restaurants   

      Obviously 90% of their food is not safe, but what about the drinks? Their corporate answer is that due to the nature of "handcrafted" beverages they could CC, but what has been your experience? Do any of their drinks have gluten ingredients?
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    10. Christina.V added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Share Your Fav Late Night Snacks!
      I'm finding that I'm fine throughout the day, but nightime snacks are hard for me! I keep craving cookies and cakes. Last night I grabbed an apple and put some nutella on it but it didn't quite hit the spot.
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    11. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      Yes, we did discuss that. I should have said that at home we will eat gluten-free, but not strictly enforce it when at friends and families or eating out. I am simply not going to have gluten in my house so therefore she won't get it there. 
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    12. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      Thanks for the advice! The doctors at Children's think that we should hold off on any endoscopy/biopsy until her symptoms either worsen or for 6 months when we will repeat the TTG IgA. They fear that if we do the procedure it will come back with a false negative. Although she is currently testing positive (27.6) it's not elevated enough to worry. So for now she will eat gluten-free when she is with me and her dad can do whatever he wants. 
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    13. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      Which article are you referring to?
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    14. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      Thanks for the reassurance. My daughter has her initial consult with a pediatric celiac specialist tomorrow. I pray that the Doctor can talk some sense into him. 
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    15. Christina.V added a post in a topic Frustrated With Co-Parent   

      Today the Co-parent told me that if I'm not having GI symptoms then there is NO REASON I should be gluten-free. (I was diagnosed just a week ago).
      He went on to say that there's some study out there that supports this. Does anyone know what he could be talking about? I personally think he's making it up, but again I want to do anything possible to support my kids and their needs. I think that means being informed of possible contradicting studies.
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