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Im only 20 years old and 4 days ago I was diagnosed with celiac.....my doctor left me with NO information other than a thin packet that wasnt really helpful. I am so confused about what i can and connot eat.....i feel like i cant go out with my friends to eat or out to a bar cuz im confused about what i will be able to drink. Im very angry and wonder if there is any way my doctors diagnoses is wrong.....I had blood work done that tested positve...and they are going with that? Is that really that accurate?? Anyones input would probly help right now.....Thanks!

~Liz~

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yes, the blood test are that accurate and it will be hard for a while, but you will get used to being a gluten detective and yes, you will have screw ups, we all do--read everything you can in celiac.com--there are food list in here that you can find--they have name brand items we can have that are gluten-free--another good site is clanthompson.com --they have food list too--there are many good sites in the post in here for you to visit--do check them out--you are only 20--i wish i had been diagnosed then, it would have saved me so many painful years--my life is so much better now that i am gluten-free and sweetie--i havent been diagnosed by a doctor and i still know celiacs or gluten intolerance is my problem--keep your chin up and feel free to email me at my aol addy with questions--i will answer you with what i know or i will find out what you need--my sister is a licensed dietician who has celiacs--we help each other---deb :D

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Most doctors arn't too helpful and you have to do the research yourself. . .sadly it will take a long time to get the whole glutenfree thing down but it's all worth it and you'll get the hang of it.

There is a teenaers section on here too where a lot of 17-23 yr olds post and stuff.

You'll find that there are drinks for you to drink and you can go out to bars!

Kristina

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If you have all the symptoms then you can go with the test being positive. If you have none of them then you should insist on a biopsy. I am 20 and found out about it two months ago. I have done 4 or 5 months of reading medical journals and still it is so frustrating for me on a personal basis. If you want to talk I would be really happy to be frustrated with some one else. Better to figure it out with someone else than just yourself. It's good for those moments of desperation.

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Hello liz,

it's normal to be confused at the beginning. But it's all getting better after a while. On celiac.com are a lot of food lists, you can print out. And also a lot of good recipes, you can make. Don't desparate. When you go out into a restaurant, you can't have beer as a celiac, but you can have a lot of other stuff. As a celiac you can drink most of the wines (if not all), because they are from grapes. And there is another list out there, from which i printed out two pages with alcoholic beverages. I can't find the list anymore, but i still have the pages i printed out. It's a really long list, but if you want i take the time and email it to you. So you can have other alcoholic stuff as well. If you want to drink non-alcoholic stuff, you can drink some drinks from coca-cola (i believe i also saw it on this list here on celiac.com) and from pepsi i think it's all drinks you can have. Just check back with the list and when you're in a club you can ask 'hey, are your drinks from pepsi?'. They should know. OK, if you have any other question, remember, you can always find support from all of these nice people here. This is a very helpful message board i experienced.

Good luck on your celiac journey, Stef

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Give yourself a good three months to start feeling comfortable with this.

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    • Hi everyone, I've been reading this forum sporadically and have some questions of my own. I'm in my 40s and was diagnosed with celiac last December by biopsy and blood work after months of tests by my primary and then a gastro. My husband, around the same age as me, was dx'd with stage 4 cancer a month later, so admittedly it's took me longer than I'd have liked to learn about celiac. Now I feel pretty on top of my diet. I mostly make my own food - proteins and veggies, with some certified gluten-free snacks in the mix - and am pretty strict about what I will/won't eat at friend's houses or in restaurants (I prefer to go to dedicated gluten-free kitchens whenever possible). I'm doing okay on the diet, but still getting glutened every so often, usually when I let me guard down outside the home. I also periodically see my primary and a naturopath (who happens to have celiac!), but still, I have many questions if anyone would care to answer:

      -FATIGUE. I'm still so tired, fatigued so much of the time. My doctors blame this on the stress of my husband's diagnosis and my periodic trouble sleeping. But even during weeks where I'm sleeping enough (8-10 hrs a day), eating right, exercising as I can, trying to keep stress at bay, I'm still so bleeping tired. Maybe not when I wake up, but by late afternoon. Often my legs even feel weak/wooden. Has anyone else experienced greater fatigue early on after being diagnosed? This will pass, yes? I know I could cut out the sweets and that could help, but also, being a caregiver is hard and sometimes it's nice to eat your feelings between therapy sessions.  

      -SYMPTOMS CAUSED BY FATIGUE? Sometimes I'll have other "feels like I've been glutened" symptoms if I haven't gotten enough sleep, though I'm trying so hard to sleep at least 8 hours a night these days. Hasn't happened in a while thankfully, but there was a point this summer where my insomnia was bad and my arms were achy and I had some crazy flank/back pain I'd never experienced before. For weeks. Doctor ordered me to sleep sleep sleep, taking Benedryl if needed. I did, and the symptoms went away, but weird, yes? Has this happened to you? I ask because I want to make sure I'm getting all strange pains tested to the full extent if there's a chance it's something other than celiac. I do sometimes still feel that strange side stitch after a CC incident.

      -SKIN PROBLEMS. I have had a smidge of eczema since I was a teen and it - and the dermatitis herpetiformis I've acquired with my dx - are out of control right now. I recognize the connection with stress, but also, has anyone found any great natural remedies for DH to stop the itching? I've tried so many useless ointments and medicated creams, a number of them given to my by a dermo months ago. I see my naturopath this week, but thought I'd ask here too.

      -MOSTLY gluten-free KITCHEN GOOD ENOUGH? My husband is supportive of my diet and mostly eats gluten free meals with me, but we still keep a gluten-y toaster for him and the gluten-y dog food in a corner of the kitchen and he still makes the occasional meal with gluten for himself on his own cookware (ravioli, pizza, mac n cheese, etc). Or sometimes I make eggs/toast and the like for him when he's too sick to move. Otherwise, we're militant about how we cook, which cookware we use, etc. He even has a kitchen nook off our den where he makes sandwiches. But sometimes I wonder if having two separate sponges in our shared-ish main kitchen is enough and I should just banish all gluten whatsoever from the kitchen. I can't be the only one with a mixed kitchen, right? How do you do it if you have a mixed-eating family?

      Thank you so much!  
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