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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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Hello everyone. I'm new here, and have been reading all the posts for the past several days. I've got a "gluten-free" notebook and I've been taking good notes with all your helpful advice. My story is that I suddenly, about three months ago, got all the intestinal symptoms that you all have described. I thought I'd eaten too much fiber the day before, because I had added all-bran to my morning cereal, thinking I hadn't been eating enough fiber. Then I started getting bad headaches (I never get headaches), and fatigue, and weakness in the morning, and bloating. I finally went to the doctor, thinking I had colon cancer (a worrier by nature, lol) even though most of those symptoms are not present in colon cancer. The first thing she said to me was "okay, sounds like a gluten problem to me...either that or lactose, or both." (after reading about some of your problems in getting diagnosed I'm thinking that this doctor is a keeper!) I said "but I've never had allergies." She said "well, this is not the same thing as an 'allergy', plus for some reason we've been seeing an increase in people with these problems. Let's do the tests."

So here I am. I guess I don't have any specific questions at the moment (since a lot of what I might have asked has already been answered by someone on this board... :) ) Except I would like to know about traveling, since summer is coming up. But I'll ask that in a new thread so the subject title matches what the post is about.

Thanks everyone for all the wonderful advice! It's SO overwhelming at the moment, but so worth it. Even in just the short time I've been trying to stop the gluten I feel better. Not back to normal yet, but definitely better. B)

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Welcome. I agree your doctor is a 'keeper'. Traveling can be tricky so ask any questions you need to. I will be traveling in the fall to my DD wedding and we are getting me a room with a kitchenette. That way for the most part I can bring my own food. Ask any questions you need to. I hope you heal quickly.

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Hello everyone. I'm new here, and have been reading all the posts for the past several days. I've got a "gluten-free" notebook and I've been taking good notes with all your helpful advice. My story is that I suddenly, about three months ago, got all the intestinal symptoms that you all have described. I thought I'd eaten too much fiber the day before, because I had added all-bran to my morning cereal, thinking I hadn't been eating enough fiber. Then I started getting bad headaches (I never get headaches), and fatigue, and weakness in the morning, and bloating. I finally went to the doctor, thinking I had colon cancer (a worrier by nature, lol) even though most of those symptoms are not present in colon cancer. The first thing she said to me was "okay, sounds like a gluten problem to me...either that or lactose, or both." (after reading about some of your problems in getting diagnosed I'm thinking that this doctor is a keeper!) I said "but I've never had allergies." She said "well, this is not the same thing as an 'allergy', plus for some reason we've been seeing an increase in people with these problems. Let's do the tests."

So here I am. I guess I don't have any specific questions at the moment (since a lot of what I might have asked has already been answered by someone on this board... :) ) Except I would like to know about traveling, since summer is coming up. But I'll ask that in a new thread so the subject title matches what the post is about.

Thanks everyone for all the wonderful advice! It's SO overwhelming at the moment, but so worth it. Even in just the short time I've been trying to stop the gluten I feel better. Not back to normal yet, but definitely better. B)

I am also recently dx'd. too bad I didnt have a good doctor like you did to suspect this immediately.

I can tell you that I also thought I had cancer, and that axniety has still not gone. i am taking klonapin in small doses if the anxiety gets really bad. still have symptoms also. they say it takes time.... sounds like you are already doing better. best to you...!

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