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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. JMG- I literally just joined this forum and went immediately to your post. I self- diagnosed a week ago and am 100% positive I have Celiac's and am not going to put myself through the tests. I'm sure some will disagree but in my research, although symptoms vary, Celiac's just fits for me!   I don't know about others but right now, I'm thrilled to be feeling better. I actually didn't know how crappy I felt until I cut out the glutens. I was just assuming that this was the 'new me' and just had to deal with it. Here is my timeline leading me to conclude my diagnosis. My niece was diagnosed with celiac's at the age of 2. I had breast cancer 10 years ago followed by chemo and radiation (trauma to my body when disease was most likely triggered) Was in great shape my entire life never weighing more than 120 lbs. After Chemo/radiation, I blew up like a balloon- belly looks six months or more pregnant and just gained a ton of weight. Exhaustion- was extremely tired all winter to the point where I would wake up, put my son on the bus, and then go back to bed.  very low energy IBS foggy brain white spots on finger nails tingling in toes and fingers After a week I have energy!! have a good night sleep and don't feel need to go back to sleep IBS- GONE bloating- this will take a while but it's noticeable in my face and I feel my stomach changing skin is softer hair is shinier I didn't know I had a 'foggy brain' until stopped the glutens.  dread the thought of having to 'gluten up' to be tested. Diagnosis to me is not necessary as I don't feel I need a doctor to tell me to change my diet which I am working on already!  Wish me luck and good luck to you too in your decision to test or not. One last factor in me deciding to test or not- I'm 46 and don't have any biological children. We adopted our son after my cancer diagnosis. If I had a biological child, I would probably get tested.