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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   04/07/2018

      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 Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  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 What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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Hi there. I've been here as Alesusy but cannot find my account... I am now 2 years into gluten free and in the last six months my GI distress (never totally disappeared) has deepened to constant colon pain - never huge but always there. A virtual colonscopy showed diverticulis but apparently they are not inflamed. Question: anybody got definitely better on Paleo diet? Anybody kept having colon pains while gluten free? Thanks

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My spouse has done well on Paleo starting around 2009. He's added back more foods, such as legumes, rice and potatoes, as "resistant starches" and he's also added back sheep yogurt this past year.  He's been experimenting with various fermented foods (the yogurt, kraut juice, lacto-fermented pickles, etc) and probiotics too in this past year.  


In the past 2 years, he had a problem that and we finally sorted it out as histamine intolerance.  We had to tweak our version of the Paleo diet to decrease the histamine a bit and also added specific anti-histaminic herbs and spices (mint, ginger) and that plus the probiotics seems to be helping.  Smoked meats, aged sausages (salami) in small portions only!   


Because of the colon pain - if you're interested in the probiotics and the fibers that "feed your friends," the Cooling Inflammation and Animal Pharm blogs are worth a look. For Paleo, Marks Daily Apple is a good place to start, but there are a ton of blogs and cookbooks out there.  


I've been perfectly happy eating paleo with him and can easily feed guests or my entire family that way. Everyone likes it.  I don't do a lot of "paleo" treats with almond flour, etc.  I'm just not much of a baker. Baked apples though - yum! 


I hope these are promising lines of inquiry for you and that you are able to get some traction with the problem soon. These diet changes are a lot of work and you want the effort to pay off!   Keep us posted!  



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I am currently basically eating paleo and it seems to be going fairly well.  I didn't have pain, but still deal with some bloating.  Mine all seems to have to do with other allergies.

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thank you for the infos. I'm trying... will have a go at it

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We have been eating paleo for the past year (plus) and try to be strict about it about 90% of the time.  We eat out a couple times a month so that's pretty unpaleo!   It took about 8 months before I really started to feel a big change and then literally one day I woke up and felt better, more energy, not as much (ahem) constipation,  off all heart burn meds.  I really believe in it, have read several books and can honestly see why we shouldn't be eating any kind of grains including the gluten free ones.  Yhe book I am reading right now is The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne.  It's pretty intense as far as details as to why you should or should not eat certain things.  Although I do make rice or tacos, etc. every once in a while I have every intentions of maintain a paleo life style.  And once you get into it, it is so easy to cook most of the recipes.  I do not bake though.  Nope.  Not at all.  Not a baker! 

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I have been considering going grain free as my constipation is not any better.  I read the article on this site that celiacs react to other grains.  I have tried no grains before and I didn't see any results but I was only on it a week.  It is a hard diet to stay with, plus I am egg free which makes breakfasts difficult.  I would love to cure my constipation as it is a constant struggle and take miralax to even go at all.  

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:) we are a family of four with three Celiacs. We have been following an auto-immune paleo protocol for more than two years now and all of our symptoms are at bay. the paleo mom blog is my constant inspiration! we are all proud of how we are eating and wish you improved health!

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Hey, folks. I have been having some ongoing issues for quite some time now, and I tried the paleo for abt. 3 months but gave up because it didn't seem to be helping. I'm considering trying again, after reading this:


Just thought I'd bring this research to everyone's attention... pretty alarming isn't it? I realize it's 4-5 years old now, but I can't imagine things have changed too much for the better.

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Currently paleo, and in my case it is helping despite my on and off again gripping about it. I am able to do a lot more now that was unheard of when I ate grains. I grumble on and off about it, but it's mostly because I want to be vegan like I was pre-surgery, however one my Dr.s recommended I do it as he feared I was also reacting badly to other grains. But paleo isn't vegan which bummed me out, but actually feeling better is a good thing. As for my vegan thing I finally did the right thing and stopped carrying my coach leather bags . I know I was a bad vegan using leather but the one good thing bout paleo is it made me look into other ways I was failing at concerning animals.

Aside my side bar, give it 30 days but follow it to the t if you want to see results. It has helped me.things that improved for me are well I don't complain as much about stomach issues as I did. Climbing stairs was a no way Jose now I can do 5 floors worth of them. I do not feel as tired as I used to, and sleep better for just a few things. I hope this helps you out. I went paleo at the end of September , and still on it.

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Ive been doing a version of paleo called Primal.  Its still grain free, which is great for me as I am unable to do corn and most other grains whether I like it or not. I CAN do dairy. I have become a pro with turning all italian pasta dishes into magnificent beasts with my handy dandy spiralizer too.  Anything a person can make with bread a person can make with coconut and almond flours too. IF you can handle dairy, this is a great way to go. I never get sick when I am nice and strict.

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