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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. I would like to hear from Celiacs with Chronic Kidney Disease. Recently there has been more research of a correlation between the two. I was recently diagnosed. I have been able to find a little information on a combined renal and gluten free diet. What I have not discovered yet is the comparison of gluten free flours and wheat flour in terms of phosphorus content levels.   Here is a synopsis of my sudden diagnosis. I hope it helps someone else, as well as finding someone to support me.   About a year ago the night sweats unrelated to menopause started, I began to notice an extremely dry mouth (worse than ever before) and as time went on I had a constant bad taste in my mouth. Additionally I noticed my blood pressure levels became erratic. I reported all of this to my three specialists and one primary doctor, the last of which was doing a CBC every three months. In September my primary care referred me to a nephrologist due to abnormal creatinine levels in my blood, although my urine had no negative test results. Days after I met the nephrologist he put me in the hospital with a diagnosis of Stage 5 (End Stage) Renal Failure. When I left a week later they had gotten it down to Stage 4. Since then I've had a kidney biopsy. My kidneys are permanently damaged due to scarring with 50% functioning. There is no known reason for this. Tests prior to January of 2013 showed no creatinine disfunction. My nephrologist told me there is growing research showing a correlation between Chronic Kidney Disease and Celiac Disease. Given my situation, I suggest you have your creatinine levels tested and GFR calculated. Request that you be followed carefully and frequently if your creatinine is lower than 95. 11 months ago mine was 90 and my physician did not note it until it dropped to 40. I don't know if he or I had known this sooner my kidney disease perhaps would not be at Stage 4 now. This means I must go on dialysis and will need a transplant eventually.
  2. Just wondering - I've got someone in my life who is looking for a donor.     Thanks,
  3. Hi,    I had a bad accidental glutening incident recently. I purchased a box of chocolate in Poland which looked safe to eat.  Stupidly, I assumed if there were gluten ingredients, that would be called out in the allergen warning. That turned out not to be the case, and I had a reaction.  My typical symptoms are usually a kidney or bladder infection, depression, anxiety, memory problems, issues with focusing and concentration. All of which I have been experiencing since I ate the chocolate. I'm not sure which ingredient is the culprit, but I'm guessing that a cheap, not fully distilled alcohol was used. Normally, I have no problems with distilled grain alcohols. Just wanted to pass my experience along and hopefully save someone else from the same mistake. I've listed the ingredients below.   -Marie   Ingredients listed as follows: sugar, corn syrup, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, alcohol, stabilizer (invertase), emulsifiers (soy lecithin, polyglycerol, polyricinoleate, and sorbitan tristearate), artificial flavors.    Allergen warning states that it contains soy, and may contain traces of egg or milk.     
  4. Hello everyone! I am a new member, but have been lurking for a few days. I received my diagnosis about a week ago between Christmas and New Years. I am both relieved and anxious about the diagnosis. Happy to know what is making me sick, but it is a lot to take in! SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Well, seems like I found the right place to ask those questions. To skip my personal story about being repetitively misdiagnosed before receiving a proper diagnosis, scroll to the end of my story for the questions. I just wanted to share my experience. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, here is where I want to begin. Here is my story, questions attached: In my experience, I have been sick since I was a small child. I became anorexic at age 8, not for vanity, but because I simply felt better when I didn't eat. Then I became more sick and was diagnosed with hypothyroid disease. I started eating 'normal' again while taking synthetic thyroid hormones and then my weight ballooned into my early teens. Then my same doctor that diagnosed me with hypothyroid disease took me off the synthetic thyroid medications when blood work returned with results showing that I no longer had hypothyroid disease.... weeiiiird. Then it happened again off and on, not two, not three, but four times throughout highschool. Thyroid problems came and went. I then developed cystic nodules all over my body and was put through more than one round of accutane. The cysts would disappear after 8 or so months on accutane, I would come off the accutane, be clear for a week or two, then... BLAM! Covered in cysts again! Little did I know, hypothyroidism and cysts were symptoms... it gets a little more weird. So, into my college years, I had a body full of scars, cysts, thyroid problems, SEVERE fatigue, inability to focus, and sudden complications with my kidneys. It soon became normal to be in pain, not remember anything/fuzzy memory, and have blood in my urine. (my grades dropped at this time - straight A's to D's and a few F's Parents were angry and didn't listen when I gave them my reasoning.. I felt like shitaki mushroom). Doctors put me on kidney medications and then accutane. I became anorexic again. The symptoms cleared and I felt good again... for a few months (I wasn't eating after all). I mean, my skin was clear... not a single cyst OR pimple! I could breathe better AND I had energy. I was even making straight A's again!!! Then it occured to me that I may have food allergies. So I saw an allergist and was then diagnosed with food allergies: dairy, wheat, ginger, and sweet potato. (And THEN my mom decided to tell me that she was hospitalized while pregnant with me for consuming dairy!) angry face, fist shake. I began eating well. The pain would sometimes happen and the cysts returned... but they no longer covered my entire body. I would have maybe eight cysts on my back and 5 or 6 on my face at a time. I wasn't complaining... it was the best I had felt in years. Even if I did have a few off days! My parents still believe my drop in grades having nother to do with my health... I'm serious... I study hard and never party...blah blah blah. I'll save THAT (parental reaction and grades) for another topic. Then I had a few episodes... so severe... I ended up in the ER several times this past semester. (grades: managed to do okay, but nothing spectacular). The doctors told me that I not only had debri in my kidneys, but I may be developing more severe problems as well.... possibly might develop kidney disease. I was placed at high risk. :( I got to where I started drinking a gallon of water a day, no tea, no soda, no coffee, etc. I felt better as a result but still had severe pain. I would have a hard time walking between classes and even doubled over on the sidewalk a few times because it felt as though someone had shoved a few knives into my gut and they were twisting them in many different directions at once. I saw the school doctor and disability office and they e-mailed my teachers as a result. I was allowed a few extra minutes to get to my classes. Which, believe me, I needed! There is a strict attendence policy at my university where 3 tardies/lates = 1 absence and 3 absences = 1 drop in a letter grade. Sometimes I would be on time, sometimes 5 minutes late, every time in pain. I just couldn't live like this anymore! So I went to the same doctor I had been seeing as a child over the break. She told me that she was going to have two separate blood tests done and not to eat for 24 hours before my appointment. I followed orders and came in. She drew blood, labeled it, and then handed me some rye bread to eat. An hour later, she drew more blood. Two weeks later, I came in to hear that I had low amounts of IgA and IgG antibodies in the first blood test, but in the second blood test... the amounts were HIGH. So, after a few more tests, the results are in. I have celiac disease. I am so RELIEVED. After a LIFETIME of health complications, I have an answer. I know I have only been gluten free for a few days (I am avoiding my allergens too), but I am looking forward to becoming healthy and having energy again! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is my question for you guys! Before being diagnosed with celiac disease, were you diagnosed and treated for other things that were actually related to/tied to celiac disease? If so, what was your misdiagnosis? How did you feel to finally know that you had celiac disease?
  5. Hi, I am new to this site and was diagnosed with celiac's disease almost three years ago. Am wondering if I developed another autoimmune disease within the 9 years I thought it was just IBS... because even on the diet I am feeling very sick almost every day. Please help... I felt much much better when I started the diet, felt like I had a lot of energy, no more constant infections, no more rash, started to have restful sleep, etc. But a few months later I caught EBV. I had mono for two years and had to go on antivirals because my IgM was positive for a long long time (should only be two weeks!), was diagnosed with chronic EBV, but antivirals brought virus down to a low level and I don't think that is causing current symptoms. (I had some of the kidney symptoms well before I had the virus, and I had flare-ups of symptoms while on antivirals) so the symptoms are: FEVERS, swollen lymph nodes in the back of my neck, tingly/malaise/sick feeling in my whole body, dark urine, blood in urine, burning to pee, increased urine frequency, kidney pain in front under ribs on either side, flank kidney pain which makes me feel nauseous, MUSCLE WEAKNESS, pain in muscles but mainly with pressure/ not always with use, pain and stiffness in joints, joint stiffness, (hard to unlock door, start car from pain), skin hurts to touch, RAVENOUS HUNGER to the point where I can't get a good nights sleep and am constantly waking up with hunger pains, fatigue. these symptoms flare up with stress or exercise (with no abdominal symptoms), or after eating gluten...usually a few days after I have "the poops". The symptoms bother me almost every day in a year because flare-ups can be months long. Tests have shown ketones in urine, scaring in kidneys, high CPK, weird test results that say I'm having rhabdomyolysis and dehydration when I look them up...of course doctors have been horrible and no help, and my ANA is negative so they ignore that I may have another autoimmune issue. It's been really hard mentally since I can't exercise.. the last time I was feeling better I went to yoga, but woke up with really weak muscles, a high fever, and swollen lymphs nodes the next day. Kidney and urine symptoms followed these. Same happened after a night of dancing once. . Joint/muslce pain with pressure just started up this year, and the kidney/muscle weakness issues have been bothering me for 6 years. does anyone deal with similar issues? and what is it? am starting to think I have polymyositis or something similar and scary. Or does this sound like celiac symptoms of someone who is super sensitive? please help!! thanks and Merry Christmas