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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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2 Weeks In.......

Ok, so I received the phone call from my Dr. on 8/31/11 telling me that I have Celiac Disease, and I need to start a gluten-free diet immediately......so I did that. I had no idea where to begin, but luckily my hubby was supportive, and did alot of research. So,fast forward to today-2 weeks in. I have been experiencing symptoms that I would think are like detox or withdrawl symptoms.....I thought this was supposed to make me feel better. I left work early yesterday because I was so nauseous and didn't think I would make it through the day. I went home and slept for 3 hours. Today, I was awakened at 5:30am with the yucky tummy feeling. And achey....like I have experienced on and off for the past year. So, I called out of work....I'm sure the boss loved that :( So, haven't eaten anything yet today, as my stomach just doesn't feel hungry.

I have 2 kids-my older son is 11 and my younger son is 9. I see my GI doctor on 9/20, so I am going to ask him how to go about getting my boys tested. My mom is getting tested, as is my younger brother. My mom and brother both have stomach issues similar to what I had. My younger son does not have stomach issues, but has attention issues. If this can be resolved by way of a diet, I will be relieved. I do not want to medicate him. Then there is my hubby-very supportive guy, as I mentioned before. He has been through alot with me this past year. I started in October of 2010 feeling fatigued and achey-not able to get out of bed for 3 days. I went to my family dr who said that I probably had some kind of viral thing going on, and did a thyroid panel just to make sure. The TSH test came back in range, so he referred me to an Endocrinologist. He did an ultrasound and a more in depth Thryoid panel-both with normal results. He suggested I see a Rheumatologist. So, off to the Rheumatologist I went, who tested me for everything known to man......EXCEPT Celiac.......They tested me for MS, Lupus, Lyme, and many other things-total of 12 vials of blood-yuck & ouch! Everything came back ok, except for the Vitamin D which was low-he said nothing to be concerned with! Meanwhile, I missed alot of work for these extreme flare ups that I was experiencing. Finally in July, I went to see my GI doctor, and asked him if he would test me for Celiac.
I felt relief when I received my diagnosis-after the initial reaction.....crying of course! But here I am 2 weeks later. I know I have a long road of recovery ahead of me....which is why I chose to start my blog-I think it will be good for me to document my journey and share it with other people who understand where I am coming from......