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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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I had a positive biopsy and negative allergy/blood tests. I'm supposed to be trying the gluten-free diet for 3 months to see if it's true. I don't think it is because I know there were times when ate gluten and never had a reaction and there are times i have reactions when I know I've had no gluten. I've been on and off the diet (because my doctors have different opinions) and couldn't tell much of a difference either way. Why would I still have symptoms with gluten free foods?

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I had a positive biopsy and negative allergy/blood tests. I'm supposed to be trying the gluten-free diet for 3 months to see if it's true. I don't think it is because I know there were times when ate gluten and never had a reaction and there are times i have reactions when I know I've had no gluten. I've been on and off the diet (because my doctors have different opinions) and couldn't tell much of a difference either way. Why would I still have symptoms with gluten free foods?

A gluten reaction can be delayed, and some here can react up to three days later. That might be something to think about. There are also some celiacs that are non-symptomatic. They have no symptoms, but the damage does occure.

Celiac is not always about what you consume in your meals. Lipstick, lotions, shampoos, meds and scratched pots and pans, wooded spoons used prior to being gluten free can also cause problems.

I do not know how long you have been gluten free, but for many here, it has taken months to feel relief from a gluten free diet. There are way too many traps to fall into when you are first diagnosed.

It is really unrealistic for a very newly diagnoses celiac to go 100% - there is just way too much to learn. But it can be done with study and diligence.

Hope that can answer some of your questions. And welcome!!

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For me, it depends. Sometimes I get a gluten reaction right away, and sometimes I don't seem to get any at all.

Ed in MD

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I have been walking through life with no idea I was Celiac or real symptoms from gluten. I just thought it was me, how my body was, never really thought anything was wrong (except losing 30lbs). It is actually my biggest fear about my recovery, that I won't know if I accidentally ingest gluten.

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After I was diagnosed my sis ter kept denying she had celiac b/c she did not have symptoms or so she thought. 10 mos. later she was + for celiac disease, anemia, osteopenia, vit. deficiences... Since gluten-free she is feeling much better and relized she did have symptoms after all but she just thought it was normal ie bloating to looking pregnant after eating-she just thought she ate too much...

She also became sick going gluten-free at first. Every "typical" symptom of celiac disease she had on a gluten-free diet!! :blink:

I had a positive biopsy and negative allergy/blood tests. I'm supposed to be trying the gluten-free diet for 3 months to see if it's true. I don't think it is because I know there were times when ate gluten and never had a reaction and there are times i have reactions when I know I've had no gluten. I've been on and off the diet (because my doctors have different opinions) and couldn't tell much of a difference either way. Why would I still have symptoms with gluten free foods?
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