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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com Store.

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  1. Hi guys, so I don't know about anyone else, but I have a lot of problems with the brand Kinnikinnick. I've never heard of other people having a problem with it, but for whatever reason, I can't eat it-which sucks because they're the only brand i know that makes graham crackers) So, I've tried Kinnikinnick on five seperate occasions, all different products. I've had their bread, their cinnamon sugar donuts, animal crackers, graham crackers and their vanilla cake. Each time I tried the product (whether to see if i might still have the same reaction or I wasn't paying enough attention to the box to tell it was the same brand) I would get a foggy mind, upset stomach, bone cramping, my heart would race, i felt terrible and my panic attacks sparked like mad, causing me to go into a frantic state of feeling sick and completely emotional and upset. It is literally one of the worst feelings ever. I don't have any other intolerances other than lactose and it has never given me a reaction like what I just described. So, i was wondering if anyone else had similar experiences with the brand or if there's something else I should be looking out for. 
  2. Let me introduce myself. You can call me MK. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes about 6 years ago. I found the complete life change to be a major challenge, as would anyone. I admit, I never really fully was able to, leading to many health issues and many stays in the hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis. Then, to make matters even worse, about a year and a half ago, I was tested and it was confirmed that I have Celiac’s Disease. I have yet to eliminate gluten from my diet. I have made many attempts to do it, but I fall off the band wagon every time. Now to top things off. I lost my job over the summer and found myself living out of my car. I managed to find a part time job, but that barely pays for the car itself. I have to buy food on the fly, since there is nowhere to store food and nowhere to even cook it. This, as you can imagine, limits my options to the point where I don’t even know what to do. I eat anything I can, whenever it is possible. If I eat over another person’s house, I take what I can get. It is wreaking havoc on my intestines and my digestive tract. It has become a nightmare. Recently, my mother has been letting me stay on her couch, which opens up some possibilities for me to finally start getting myself straight. Although she buys a lot of bread and gluten full products, I have been talking to her about trying to work with me and buy some better options for me. That can get expensive and neither she nor I can truly afford to do it. Everything I have seen for sale that is gluten free, such as bread, pasta, etc., is way out of our very limited budget. I need to fix this, though. I need to get healthy or I am afraid I will die. Not even exaggerating. I need some support and didn’t know where else to look. I found this place and was hoping I could maybe find some help and advice. Or even just an ear (or a set of eyes?) to turn to. Thanks in advance. MK
  3. Being Celiac, I have taught myself how to bake using gluten free ingredients and i want to share my recipes with as many as i can so that people can realise it's not all bad and we can eat yummy things too! I'm also a small/new YouTuber and i have made a gluten free halloween cupcake recipe video, for any one that may want to check it out here's the link https://youtu.be/mTrJMB2ZYXg I'd really appreciate any feedback! Thank you  Georgia x   
  4. Hi guys,   last night I went to a Christmas party and thought I had covered my tracks. They had turkey and I asked if they had made it with any breading. She told all she used was seasoning. That all sounded safe. I later found out that she had soaked it in beer the night before. I immediately felt that pain you feel in the abdomen that says "trouble is coming". Although I have not had any DH or throwing up, I have had a few Neurological symptoms and am curious if any have experienced the same reaction. I have Functional Neurological Disorder. I have events look like Neurological symptoms but are not picked up be an EEG. Last night about a half hour after my gluttening, I began to have muscle spasms all over my arms and legs. It would later turn into a full shaking of the body where i was thrown to the group shaking wildly. I finally went to the ER. Does anyone else have neuro symptoms after they have been glutened?    Ken
  5. Please help me out. Hello, I am a 17 year old boy in CA. I have recently been made aware that i 90% have celiac. And after research, it is almost certain that I have the disease. I am scheduled for an endoscopy within the next 2 months or so. I am fairly healthy with eating and exercise as I started this lifestyle over a year ago. I lift weights 6/7 days a week. And do some form of cardio 6/7 as well. I have become overly obsessed with exercise as I get anxiety and depression if I miss a workout. I have lost 60 pounds over the course of a year, (whether or not celiac helped.) Although over the past few months I have been feeling fatigued and brain foggy, I am tired, and the only relief is through vigorous exercise. I work so hard and see little to no results so far. And over the course of a few months I have been getting worse at my physical activity. I went from doing 30+ pull ups to struggling to do 10. People tell me to take more rest days, even a week of to repair my muscles, but whenever I do, I lose all muscle tone and feel terrible. I get severely depressed. I am a little underweight and want to get bigger. So I eat more and rest more to rebuild and repair my muscles. And when I do, I feel bloated, sick, and I only gain dead weight to my stomach and lose muscle. It's terrible. I want to start gluten free now because of the wonderful stories of getting stronger and feeling clearer but I need to wait for the endoscopy. I hear problems of people who needed to stop working out for their body to heal (the villi, neuro, and muscular systems), and they eventually lose their motivation to work out. The twisted part in me is that I want to sort of keep this terrible feeling so I stay motivated to work out. Because my motivation is everything. I am severely lost, and depressed. My goal in life was to join the military, yet celiac shuts the door on those who want to join the armed forces. So my question is.. What do you suppose will change for me after the gluten-free diet? Will I feel better? Will I get stronger? Will my performance be affected? Will the depression stop? What do I do if my endoscopy result come back negative? Thank you, this is a huge problem for me.
  6. Cultivating Health During Crisis

    I enjoyed this article from Mark's Daily Apple. It's good advice for those of us dealing with our health during a time of crisis: [url="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cultivating-health-during-crisis/#axzz2yDxYRwlB"]http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cultivating-health-during-crisis/#axzz2yDxYRwlB[/url]
  7. Up The Mountain, And Out Of The Fog

    I began my gluten free trek in about May of 2012. I did classic gluten free for a few months and then went grain free. Last November at about 6 months gluten free I had my first nutrient absorption test. In spite of my natural, whole food, organic diet, and many supplements my nutrient levels were low. Especially the Vitamin B levels were unacceptable. I felt rundown and foggy. I dragged myself through my days, Sometimes I felt better and sometimes really bad. I knew I had to do something more and fast. I thought I should focus on healing my gut. It was recommended that I take IgG for that, which I did. Next I had a food antibody test done and began a rotational diet. After a while of that I cut out all foods that I had antibodies too for a few months. Finally, I began to take digestive enzymes to help break down my food. The Functional Medicine Nurse I visit also asked me to take herbal adrenal gland support. After 30 years of foggy fatigue, I AM BETTER. I feel it. My recent nutrient test showed my B levels have gone up to high levels. Each and every other nutrient was adequate to good! Except Asparagine which was mildly deficient. Now, I have no desire to run a marathon,(I feel I have already done that) but am excited about what I can do with my life now. For one thing I have 2 more young ones to get through home school. I have 5 youth children who are beginning to have exciting ideas of what they can do with their lives! My husband stayed true in spite of the great trials of celiac. So, as the Lord gives me strength, I am getting up and going on with my life. This has forever changed me. I plan to write my "owed to Celiac" one of these days. If you need courage, I am living proof that one can be delivered from 30 years of celiac. I was dying, but am alive again. There is HOPE! I couldn't always see it, but there is! D
  8. My Title is The Fireworks are Flying and you can bet I wanted it posted today! D
  9. Hi, I'm new here. I don't have Celiac disease but I'm pretty sure I am gluten intolerant. My stomach pains go away when I eliminate gluten. I've done some on and off gluten-free diet over the past few months. I've recently been on a strict gluten-free diet for a couple weeks now. I've been tested for arthritis which came back negative. However, I do have inflammation in the body and is slowly getting worse (I'm only 32 so my tests results shouldn't be that of a 50 year old). I have recently been experiencing acne (sometimes cystic) on the face, scalp, chest and back for many months. It seems to get worse when I eat gluten foods or it could be coincidental. Does anyone know if this is related to being gluten intolerant or something else? Or perhaps I need to give my body more time to heal?
  10. I have been gluten-free for about 2 months now due to intolerance.  One of the books I have recently read in researching the topic of celiac and gluten intolerance is  book "Wheat Belly".  This book talks about the reasons why EVERYBODY should be gluten-free regardless of whether or not they have celiac or gluten intolerance.  Based on the info in this book and to support me, my husband has gone gluten-free.  As a result, he has already experienced several improvements with arthiritis in his hand and plantar faciatis.  He also is slowly loosing inches from his waiste.   I also have recently  heard and seen talk about the "Gluten-Free fad diet" and how for people without celiac issues, it is a fraud and an unnecessary lifestyle change.  I am just curious about any opinions you all might have on people without gluten issues following the gluten-free diet and how to encourage others to follow the diet if indeed it is a healthy thing for all people.  Thanks!  
  11. Does this match with anyone else’s experience?   Until I went gluten-free two years ago (something that has transformed my health), I’d been chronically under par for nearly 15 years with recurring swollen neck glands, sore throat, conjunctivitis and exhaustion. I thought this was an immunological problem caused by having toxoplasmosis shortly followed glandular fever in my late 20s.      The crisis point (which led to the gluten-free diet) came after the usual symptoms appeared  towards the end of holiday in France where I had been eating bread at every meal, which was very unusual for me. I developed an odd abdominal pain, which over the next few weeks got to so bad I could hardly walk and I ended up  in hospital on morphine. I recovered by not eating. Over the following months, I relapsed every time I got my appetite back. During that time, my weight dropped drastically and I developed a bend in my spine, I guess  from malabsorption. Doctors were confused. I cut out gluten from sheer desperation in case it helped. By the time an endoscopy and biopsy appointment came through, I was perfectly well (and had been pretty much gluten free for over the 6 weeks necessary). There was visual erosion of the duodenal folds but the biopsy was normal.   Like many people who are not 'officially' coeliac I struggle at times to not have a proper diagnosis but  feel so healthy now and the ill- effects when I do get accidently 'glutened' are so bad that I don't feel there is any doubt about avoiding gluten.
  12. This is my first post and my story is a little complicated so bare with me, I will try to make it short. Just looking for some feedback and anyone that experienced something similar or any advice. Little background: 26 yr female vegetarian for 5 yrs, was active before symptoms began It all began back in July 2012. I started felling tired all the time, extremely sore neck and shoulders which caused severe debilitating headaches, brain fog, hot flashes, body aches, lightheaded etc (no stomach issues). I kept going to the doctor saying something was not right with me and kept getting the same answer, it is muscular. So I changed how I sat at work, did neck stretches, spent tons on chiro and massages. No releif. I almost passed out while food shopping so my 4th time to doctor I had done my research and said test for everything, Lyme, west Nile etc. (not gluten). My doc also ran a mono spot which to my surprise came back positive. I cried when she called because I was so relieved to have an answer and an end in sight. I was on work restrict of 1/2 days for a month. They said there is nothing you can do but rest. Very slowly I started to feel better. I wasn't myself until the end of October. This time period for me was a personal h*ll so I was so happy to have it behind me. Fast forward to January 2013. The sore neck hit me first, then the awful headaches and hot flashes. Pretty much every symptom had returned. I was 100% convinced I had mono again. And this time it hit me even harder. I couldnt work at all, I was off work full days starting in early March with no diagnosis (chronic condition they called it) To make long story short it took me 5 visits to the docs again to get it through to them that this was not muscular and had to be mono again. They finally ran a more extensive blood test to see if mono was active currently and it was. No one could explain it. My CBC blood tests were normal. Last time they were elevated. I rested daily from early March and hardly left the house to do anything, I was told to be off work for 4 weeks and rest. I was starting to feel a little better and then March 22 I felt a million times worse. I began to notice when I felt my sickest I was burping a lot and even had some gas which always made me feel better. Usually during this time I had hot flashes too. One night I woke up with severe pain in my chest. I was so scared it was my heart. Then I starting burping and the pain went away slowly. Also good to note was that I wasn't sleeping well at all. One night I awoke at 4am and couldn't get back to sleep until 8am. Sometimes I just couldn't fall asleep until very late. After that scare, I decided to see a diff doctor. He right away said I do not think you have mono again. Your CBC levels would be elevated if fighting off a virus and the other test isn't all accurate. He said I probably have something post viral and thinks CFS. I mentioned the burping and he didn't know what would be causing it besides a medrodose pack I had finished a while ago. I mentioned maybe systemic yeast as I have struggled with chronic yeast Infections for years. He pretty much said that was not it and doctors do not really believe in that. He decided to treat it like CFS and prescribed tramadol for my neck pain and amitriptolyne to help me sleep. He also mentioned a gluten free diet in passing. I kind of laughed it off and decided to research it some more later. That night I took the tramadol and the neck pain was relieved significantly. I ate some tuna with pickles and a wheat frozen pizza. That night was awful. Severe stomach pains, gas, burping, chills and hot flashes. It lasted from 9pm-2am and it was awful. Something in my brain clicked and thought maybe the gluten from the pizza did it. Saturday March 31 was my first day gluten free. I also begun tramadol 2 times daily and the other for sleep at night. The week went well. I was feeling much better. Able to get up and do a few things. I didn't know whether to attribute to meds, diet, just good timing or what. The neck pain is still there when the pain meds run out so the diet hasn't eliminated them and I'm still having trouble sleeping. Here's the kicker, I was doing very well until last night I awoke at 3am with severe stomach pains again. I couldn't pass gas or burp so I started throwing up stomach acid. After that I could burp some and my stomach was ok enough to sleep. But this morning I awoke with an upset stomach and it lasted all day (still there now) with burping and gas all day. I hadn't eaten any gluten and am 99.99% sure there was no cross contamination. The only single factor to my two worst stomach pains was having tuna that day. I can't imagine it was from the canned tuna. Right now I don't know what to do. Do I continue the gluten free diet? I've read I can't be tested if I'm not currently eating gluten. I wish I would have been tested before going gluten free. I am also afraid if I go without eating it, I will be intolerant forever as I've read ppl have problems with the body processing it after cutting it out. I don't want to stop eating it if that is not the problem. Do you think the mono caused a gluten intolerance? How do I know if gluten is the culprate if I've already taken it out of my diet and now had stomach problems? Could tuna be the problem? Anyone have any experience with systemic yeast? I can't find a whole lot about it on the Internet but still consider it a possibility. What else could be causing all of these symptoms? What could be causing the stomach issues? Are they related? I am going to see a neuropathic/alternative medicine doctor on Monday as well as my regular doctor to see how the tramadol is working. He said if my neck muscles are still so tight he wants to do trigger point injections. What should I be asking these two doctors? I just want some answers and some way to get back to being normal me. I have also been tracking my food and how I feel for the past two weeks (one of them gluten free). THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS! From a person struggling to gain their life back, I sincerely appreciate it!
  13. Hi, I'm a celiac and have been completely gluten free for two years now. I've been reading a lot of articles that discuss health problems that celiacs are more prone to than non-celiacs. What I did begin to notice is that none of the articles really say whether or not the celiacs that they mention who are prone to these health complications were maintaining a strict gluten free diet. I know that the gluten free diet does make a celiac less prone to future health problems like cancer and a whole bunch of other problems (I've been noticing more and more instances than not where the celiac is at more risk than the non-celiac), but is a celiac who is maintaining a strict gluten free diet still more prone to health problems such as cancer than someone who isn't a celiac? I guess I just want to know whether or not the disease has more complications down the road than just maintaining a gluten free diet for life (and, of course, the symptoms from ingesting gluten).
  14. Ok for those of you who do not know me I travel a lot. So from time to time I accidentally ingest gluten in one form or another. For instance I found out today that [b] Sodium Starch Glycolate[/b] is technically gluten and can cause a full reaction in someone who is as sensitive to it as I am. Thanks to #glutenfreeinsc post I now know what I was getting in my diet that was causing a reaction. So I've decided to start trying different things that can help me either get better faster once I ingest gluten or reduce the reaction if taken daily. Keep in mind that I am a little bit eccentric at times. Tral 1: zGlutn by systemic formulas I decided to eat a slice of bread and take 4 pills at the same time. I know this is insane but I wanted to know if it worked. So I ate the bread during lunch and told my boss that If i didn't make it into work the next day I was probably dead... The next two hours: a little cloudy feeling but not very severe. And no GI issues. That evening: Kept working and didn't feel very cloudy but had to pace myself. I was a little tired but still no severe reaction Went home and went to bed after a light dinner. My stomach was growling a bit but no pain and no noticeable diarrhea or nausea. This was a surprise to me since I always feel very sick, get stuck in the bathroom and can't think straight after I get gluten. I also get a rash around my mouth. I know that's gross but you understand my plight. Next Morning: a little bit of a hot feeling in my stomach but nothing too bad. I felt a little bit cloudy but still functional. Worked through the day no problem except for a two trips to the lavatory. Conclusion: helped a ton. Wouldn't recommend trying this at home because it wasn't a cure but if you get gluten by accident it can reduce your symptoms dramatically. I've been taking it every day and it seems to be helping. Has anyone else tried this product? I got it from a nutritionist. Iang if anyone has a product that works for them as vitamin I want to try it. apparently ciliact is terrible. I'll keep trying supplements and diets and keep you guys updated.
  15. Hey everyone, I have been wondering, I know that a common symptom of gluten intolerance is bad teeth or declining dental health. Since I was a kid, my teeth have given me nothing but problems. I get cavities all the time, once I got 8 in the course of 7 months. And my gums get irritated very easilly, despite everything I do to keep them clean and healthy. I follow a very strict diet apart from the gluten free, style, so it's not what I eat that is causing it. But my mother and brother have healthy teeth and they don't have gluten intolerance. Have any of you experienced the same sort of problems with your gluten intolerance?
  16. Hi all. this is my first post on the forum. well i heard that women are 9x more likely to get dx than men. Is this true? if yes do we know why? I think it might just be that women are more likely to see a doctor, more likely to have insurance, and to admit certain symptoms, etc. thoughts?
  17. From Mn To Pensacola, Florida And Back

    I am interested in any restaurants absolutely safe for grain free celiac around the route. I might consider visiting one on my way home, maybe. Other than that my family would be interested in organic food restaurants. I am needing organic nutrition stores in or around Pensacola. I want to be able to buy meats, eggs, and organic vegetables. If you know of organic produce direct from nearby farms ... I would be really glad. My family and I (Seven of us) are traveling. I find it difficult to imagine that I can fit all of the food for a week into our loaded van. We found a hotel with full kitchen, but I need to pack all of the pans I want.
  18. [font="Comic Sans MS"][size="4"][color="#800080"]Totally Gluten-Free turkey day again, but this time at my newly purchased house with my Major's mother and my mom&stepdad all in from Florida We did lots of fix-it stuff on my new house (bank repo) Parents woke at 4am (FL time 7am) and went to 24 hr Wal-Mart to buy me "appropriate" dishes and silverware (they said mine isn't heavy enough) for my belated birthday and early xmas gifts.[/color] My stepdad forgot to take his [color="#FF0000"][b]blood pressure meds [/b][/color]on Tuesday (day 3)and blew his top and went MIA in the rental car. Didn't hear from him till Wed. night-he'd flown back home. Mom [color="#008000"]plugged up my sink [/color]by putting a whole bowl of broccoli down at once. Then when I used the hex wrench and the reset button, to no avail, and wanted to disassemble the pipes to get a clog out, she said we'd need special tools and made me call the [color="#000080"]plumber[/color]. $140 later, plumber said I could've done it myself. The pipes are plastic and you undo them with your hands. Our yardwork day yielded a giant pile of brush that needed to be hauled. Guy drives by slowly and offers me half the price the other dude wanted and gets out his [color="#0000FF"][b]machete[/b][/color] and packs it all in! Meanwhile, carpet cleaner dude (and wife), 2 electricians (boys installing chandeliers), and furniture delivery dude all arrive at same time. All were cheerful and enjoying our sweet smelling foods we were [color="#9932CC"]cooking in the dark[/color]. While in the midst of spackling holes in the walls, I had to pick up my Major's mom who was [color="#2E8B57"]stranded at the airport[/color]. I've never met her, so I showered quick, my mom was drying my hair while I smeared on makeup! I have a 2 seater car so mom had to stay home while I entertained the lady in Palm Springs until our Major could get her. She is a former teacher, so we got along awesome, but she did tell everyone she [color="#006400"]said the rosary to cope [/color]with my driving. Tried a fresh turkey (not frozen) this year- Sheldon's- and it was good. Told mom to cook the gluten-free stuffing OUT of the bird, but she said that was "UnAmerican" and it turned out like sludge. Had to chuck it. Planned on making the normal gluten-free pie crust mix, but a friend said to use her recipe- but it burned after only 15 minutes in the oven. So, how do you fill it with apples and cranberries that bake for 45 min.? Tried again to cook the apples separately, and that worked. Weird. Sylvan Farms dark brown bread mix a success, again. Everyone ate it. Even my mom. Sink got [color="#FF0000"]clogged AGAIN[/color]-this time with sweet potato skins and I had to disassemble it b4 guests arrived [color="#FF0000"]in my red dress[/color]. My mom announced to everyone that they need to expect our (gluten free) food to taste a little [color="#800080"]"weird"[/color]. ugh Everyone enjoyed the sunset view at my house (no neighbors across street-only dry riverbed and walking path) Major lured me into my closet and mauled me with our parents in the next room. Everyone was eating appetizers (brie and Trader Joe's crackers, crudite with hummus, and 7 layer bars) and told her they couldn't tell a thing. Those crackers are AMAZING, even mom had to admit. Our guests stayed until 11PM, so I guess they had a great time. Mom has pics of most of this (even the fix-it guys, and my legs and red dress sticking out from under the sink)...I posted on my fb. lol [/size][/font]
  19. *groans*

    [color="#FF0000"]My problems are starting to scare me. I keep getting worse quickly enough that I swear by the time I actually get the answer to what it is I am going to fall over dead...[/color]
  20. [color="#FF0000"]Yeah i feel like whining about the pain in here, too. I dont know why I even have this blog, but all I can add (so I dont forget) is that its been 52 days that I have been sick and getting worse...[/color]
  21. Blah

    [color="#FF0000"]I wonder what else is truly wrong with me. I'm serious already, the arthritis, rib pain, mysterious stomach pain, constant flu-like symptoms, and worst of all: Jeans falling off!! If I lost weight again I'm going to scream. Maybe I should just scream anyways[/color]...
  22. My Health Story

    Hey everyone! I have always had a problem with stomach aches. Although they were not bad, they were still there. In sixth grade they started getting worse. The summer between sixth and seventh grade, I started getting acid and some kind of burping. It was horrible. Every night after dinner, it would almost sound like a fireworks show. Also one day at the beginning of summer, I got dizzy. Not just a little bit though, it was HORRIBLE! It wouldn't stop! All day I would just lay on the couch with a wet washcloth over my head. I didn't eat much, I wasn't sure what was wrong with me. I went to my pediatrician and he didn't know what was wrong, so he had me have an MRI. I got the results and nothing was wrong with my head. Then, my doctor sent me to an ear, nose, throat doctor. I had a hearing test and some kind of ear/dizzyness test (where they blew cold and warm air in to my ear... it made me so dizzy that at one point the doctor said that in my head I was going 60 mph in circles in my head) done, and they thought that I have less water in one ear than I should. I guess nothing serious because they didn't do anything to me. I still have it, although my body has gotten used to it, except if I go in the ocean or dive into a pool. Also planes bother me. I am going to the doctor soon, because I am SOOO tired of being dizzy all the time (even if its just a little bit).Back to my stomach- my pediatrician sent me to a gasneurologist. He was a really good doctor and asked about everything. He was especially interested that my cousin was diagnosed with Celiac when she was 5 years old. My uncle recommended that the whole family get tested when she was diagnosed, but I guess we forgot. Anyway, I got the blood test done, and when I got back to the doctor he said it was positive. I had the endoscopy done, and the doctors said that they couldn't tell if I had it because there wasn't enough damage (thankfully!) so they took a sample. A couple days after, the results were in. I had Celiac Disease. I was kind-of glad to have tests done and find out what was wrong with me. But the only problem was, I had worse stomach aches then before than the gluten-free diet. I am still trying to figure that out, but hopefully its just a stage to getting completely better. Lisa
  23. Aches And Pains

    [color=red]Arthritis is horrible. Its got me in the left shoulder, the left hand and wrist (especially the thumb joint), the right wrist, and my right ankle. [/color]
  24. Zzzz..or Not

    [color=red]something has to be wrong with me..its nearly 5 am and I am wide awake. I need to get up at about 9. stupid stress much be setting off Celiac, causing it to set off insomnia I guess. I hate it. Or maybe I am just thinking about certain guys too much..... [/color]
  25. Hmm..

    [color=red]Oh man I am not feeling good at all today. Thats what I hate about Celiac, that I dont know if whats wrong is the flu or cold or celiac. But its slowly been building up (the sickness) the last 4 days and today seems to be the worst. But thats not going to stop me from anything. If I get everyone else sick thats ok. But there is Centennial and class reunion in town starting today and I wont let a flu or whatever ruin it for me. For once, I have a chance to have some fun. Not many chances like that come around. Whatever is making me sick, it better not last! I am sweating yet my temperature is lower than normal. Tis strange! [/color]