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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, this is my first post here. My husband and I just started a gluten free trial 3 days ago in the hopes that it will help our problems. My husband has been having bad digestive problems and pain in his abdominal area for probably about a year now. He has seen many doctors but none found a satisfying solution to his problems. He had an endoscopy done that revealed a little damage and an ulcer, but omeprazole hasn't worked to make him feel better.

As for me, I found out a few months ago I most probably have ADD. I am very forgetful, unmotivated, procrastinate a lot, etc. etc. I was reading about going gluten free sometimes helping people with ADD and am very hopeful this will work. I also ha be several other possible symptoms of gluten intolerance. My teeth are very, very bad, cavity prone, weak enamel, several root canals and pulled teeth, and I'm only 26. As a teen I used to get very sharp pains in my leg bones, and I occasionally get them now too. I have bad acne, a geographic tongue, and a few other scattered seemingly unrelated symptoms that have been associated with gluten intolerance.

Does it sound possible my husband and/or I could benefit from a gluten free diet? We could have gotten tested I guess but we just lost our insurance so we thought going gluten free for a few months would be the cheapest way to find out if it works for us.

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Hi,

Your symptoms could be celiac related. there are 300 or so symptoms of celiac so there is quite a range of them. You could start the gluten-free diet without testing, but it might be worthwhile to look at LabCorp or some other testing source that might fit your budget. It would be no harm to try the gluten-free diet after testing, regardless of the results. The gluten-free diet is a pretty healthy diet compared to what most people eat.

Doing testing later could be difficult as the reactions to gluten can be more intense after being gluten-free a while. So it makes sense to do it first if you can swing it. There is a home test called Biocard in Canada.

Some starting the gluten-free diet tips for the first 6 months:

Get tested before starting the gluten-free diet.

Don't eat in restaurants

Eat only whole foods not processed foods.

Eat only food you cook yourself, think simple foods, not gourmet meals.

Take probiotics.

Take digestive enzymes.

Avoid dairy.

Avoid sugars and starchy foods.

Avoid alcohol.

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Hello, you really should know if you are gluten intolerant before totally going on a gluten free diet. After some time if you return to gluten you could have problems. Also you need to be eating gluten to be tested. So going off it beforehand could upset the balance.

If you just want to benefit from short spells of gluten free or low gluten that shouldn't affect you.

Janny

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Hi everyone, this is my first post here. My husband and I just started a gluten free trial 3 days ago in the hopes that it will help our problems. My husband has been having bad digestive problems and pain in his abdominal area for probably about a year now. He has seen many doctors but none found a satisfying solution to his problems. He had an endoscopy done that revealed a little damage and an ulcer, but omeprazole hasn't worked to make him feel better.

As for me, I found out a few months ago I most probably have ADD. I am very forgetful, unmotivated, procrastinate a lot, etc. etc. I was reading about going gluten free sometimes helping people with ADD and am very hopeful this will work. I also ha be several other possible symptoms of gluten intolerance. My teeth are very, very bad, cavity prone, weak enamel, several root canals and pulled teeth, and I'm only 26. As a teen I used to get very sharp pains in my leg bones, and I occasionally get them now too. I have bad acne, a geographic tongue, and a few other scattered seemingly unrelated symptoms that have been associated with gluten intolerance.

Does it sound possible my husband and/or I could benefit from a gluten free diet? We could have gotten tested I guess but we just lost our insurance so we thought going gluten free for a few months would be the cheapest way to find out if it works for us.

Yes, go gluten free! I had such a huge range of symptoms, and I'm only gluten intolerant . OCD, anxiety, rls, depression, brain fog, exhausted, couldn't concentrate, depersonalization, aches, other food intolerances . The list goes on and on, gluten is horrible if your body doesn't want it. I started feeling better weeks after going off of gluten. The first few days I felt really sick, and dizzy, but it went away after a few days. Good luck to you, you'll see how much it was worth doing :)

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Might i suggest having your husband get off that med? I had to take it for a few months and it did nothing but make it worse. It does more harm in the long run.

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Might i suggest having your husband get off that med? I had to take it for a few months and it did nothing but make it worse. It does more harm in the long run.

I couldn't agree more! omeprazole/prilosec is nasty stuff. My doctor put me one it almost 2 years ago, 2 pills per day and it has taken me over a year to wean off of the stuff. I am stuck at 1/4 pill a day. Someone on this site warned me and said to wean off of it and they were so right. If you try to quit cold turkey the reflux will get worse. It's a no win situation. Do try to get off of the stuff if you can.

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Eh, i was already bumped up to nexium and another pill by the point i decided to cold turkey it. Yes, the reflux was bad afterwards, but it was bad before i went off it as well. I now control it via diet. I noticed that i have to eat a starch with my meals or else it comes back, as well as avoiding greasy foods and spicy foods. Soda also for whatever reason makes it worse.

Additionally, i sleep with a pillow designed for those with acid reflux http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=101538 . My Gi said it would help and it did. I used to wake up in the middle of the night feeling like i could not breath because my reflux was so bad.

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