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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 am in need of some advise. I have been bloated for probably 3 weeks now. I am really watching what I eat and I even go without eating just to see if I can get this feeling to go away. I could use some ideas of maybe why but for sure how to get rid of this pregnant feeling. :huh::(

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Can you tell us what you are eating?

Are you eating gluten free?

If so, how long have you been gluten free?

Any possibility of cross contamination?

Any other food intolerances? Perhaps one surfaced?

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I have been gluten free for 5 years now. I am real careful about CC but it could always happen. The only other this I can think of is a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Are you eating anything which contains soy? Soy can cause big bloat problems.

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Hi Crissy, good to see you back (I think :rolleyes: )

Some veggies are known to cause gas. Cabbage for one comes to mind. Maybe going for a bland diet...banana's, apple sauce, rice to get your tummy settled.

Then try to bring one veggie in at a time

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I couldn't help but check your age. It might be menopause. I'm no expert on menopause at all (I'm too young, although I swear I would get hot flashes, along with cold flashes, when I was eating gluten and dairy), but I do know that hormonal changes can cause all sorts of stuff to happen.

Now I suspect that I've been a celiac for around 12 years, but about 6 years ago, when I tried birth control pills for the first time, (ie: hormonal changes), I got seriously bloated. It got better probably 50% better when I quit the pills, although it didn't go away completely. Of course, birth control pills are designed to mimic pregnancy.

Not everything is diet related though. If you haven't eaten anything weird or different from your norm, and especially if not eating isn't making it go away, I'd be looking for other reasons for it. A trip to the doctor might be in order.

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