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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 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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Hey everyone! I have always had a problem with stomach aches. Although they were not bad, they were still there. In sixth grade they started getting worse. The summer between sixth and seventh grade, I started getting acid and some kind of burping. It was horrible. Every night after dinner, it would almost sound like a fireworks show. Also one day at the beginning of summer, I got dizzy. Not just a little bit though, it was HORRIBLE! It wouldn't stop! All day I would just lay on the couch with a wet washcloth over my head. I didn't eat much, I wasn't sure what was wrong with me. I went to my pediatrician and he didn't know what was wrong, so he had me have an MRI. I got the results and nothing was wrong with my head. Then, my doctor sent me to an ear, nose, throat doctor. I had a hearing test and some kind of ear/dizzyness test (where they blew cold and warm air in to my ear... it made me so dizzy that at one point the doctor said that in my head I was going 60 mph in circles in my head) done, and they thought that I have less water in one ear than I should. I guess nothing serious because they didn't do anything to me. I still have it, although my body has gotten used to it, except if I go in the ocean or dive into a pool. Also planes bother me. I am going to the doctor soon, because I am SOOO tired of being dizzy all the time (even if its just a little bit).Back to my stomach- my pediatrician sent me to a gasneurologist. He was a really good doctor and asked about everything. He was especially interested that my cousin was diagnosed with Celiac when she was 5 years old. My uncle recommended that the whole family get tested when she was diagnosed, but I guess we forgot. Anyway, I got the blood test done, and when I got back to the doctor he said it was positive. I had the endoscopy done, and the doctors said that they couldn't tell if I had it because there wasn't enough damage (thankfully!) so they took a sample. A couple days after, the results were in. I had Celiac Disease. I was kind-of glad to have tests done and find out what was wrong with me. But the only problem was, I had worse stomach aches then before than the gluten-free diet. I am still trying to figure that out, but hopefully its just a stage to getting completely better. :) Lisa
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