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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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Hi, everyone. I just joined today, and thought I'd say hi!

 

I do not have Celiac, but it's becoming more and more obvious to me that I'm gluten intolerant. My friend suggested that I go gluten-free to see if my migraines would go away (after my doctor was unable to find a cause for them). I've had daily headaches for years (since at least middle school, and I'm now 26). Well, recently they switched to daily migraines, and I couldn't function. I saw a doctor and was put on several medications to make the headaches go away, but they stopped working after a few weeks. I went gluten-free on Feb 28th, 2013. I saw an improvement with the migraines right away, but I'm sure there's still gluten still in my body, and I look forward to feeling even better.

 

What confirmed it to me, was last week when I had communion (my pastor said I could have gluten-free communion wafers, but forgot and gave me a normal one). An hour and a half later, I was miserable. I had a stomachache, and I was bloated to looking 5 months pregnant, and I had a horrible migraine. I didn't feel better for 2.5 days.

 

It's quite a project learning about how to eat. It's also a challenge telling others about it, and being faced with everyone thinking it's a fad/ some "thing I'm doing". I haven't been diagnosed by a doctor, but that doesn't make it any less real. I'm not going to reintroduce gluten and feel horrible just for a doctor to tell me what I already know. On the other end of the spectrum, I got some attitude from a guy with Celiac (saying that the reaction probably wasn't due to communion because I still had gluten in my system). He made me feel like since I don't have Celiac, my problems aren't real. Luckily I do have some supportive friends and family members, and that makes a huge difference.

 

I joined this website because it has been so helpful every time I do web searches with any questions. Thanks already for the help! I look forward to becoming an active member  :D

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hi there,

 

just writing to say hi really, dont worry about not being diagnosed celiac, there are lots of us on here who have gone on the diet out of desperation . and had to work things out for ourselves. ask anything you like, people will always answer. only been on here since january myself .

 

good luck in working out what works for you :)

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Welcome Auntie Manda :)

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welcome, it's nice to meet you

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Hi Aunty Manda,

 

It certainly sounds as if you have a positive dietary response.  Sometimes one even seems to react more than ever as the body recovers.  That is a good think, because it helps one learn the way.

 

I always try to give flowers to those who are new  *** That is my best flowers to date.

 

Get well, I am glad you have support,

 

Diana

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Hi guys!

 

Just stopping by to say hello! I was looking for a forum online talking about gluten free. My husband recently found out that he has a gluten sensitivity, we haven't gotten tested for celiac, but we know gluten is a problem. He gets very sick whenever he eats anything with gluten, he grew up thinking it was normal. Hoping to connect with a couple of people -

I am also on twitter too will follow you if you follow me. I also update my blog regularly. Looking for some online friends to share glutenfree info with.

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hi there,

 

just saying ,you might be better off introducing yourself in one of the lists on the forum page. theres one for friends of a relative with celiac - or something like that. just click on that then on the start a new thread button. more people will see your post that way.ask any questions you want, even if you think its stupid/dumb - ive asked loads lol. only been here myself since january, ive had the tests - they were all negative. ive gone on the diet anyway and im currently waiting for allergy tests but im going off that im  gluten intolerant.

 

theres also a good read with the newbie 101 thread that will help you and your husband a lot. nice to hear from you - hope that helps :)

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