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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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My Introduction

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Hi, I'm Becky, I'm 34 years old. I live in Western Idaho.
The main parts of my story are in my siggy, but thought i'd share here, too :).
Spring 2004 i was dx'd w/ hypothyroidism (at age 27. (i remember going online after that & reading that some Drs wouldn't even test a person under 30... I'm sooo glad the dr i had at that time didn't buy into that crap!)). Some of my symptoms went away, the constipation, weight gain, tiredness did not.
Fast forward to oct 2006--- i had heard that weight loss programs such as South Beach Diet are good for people w/ thyroid issues, so started that diet. Ph1 of that diet is no fruit/ grains. You can do Ph1 for up to 2 weeks. you can also re-visit P1 at any time, if needed (I sometimes did after the holidays). I also joined Sparkpeople .com around that time (so hi to anyone who recognizes my story from there!). I will say here that i lost 70 lbs since starting 4 years ago, am struggling to loose the last 37...
October 2008 I was dx'd w/ Sleep Apnea. (Have used my mask/ CPAP machine faithfully since!). Oct 2009 i had to have have another sleep study done, and had my air pressure raised. Both times, before having the sleep study done, I had to blood test done to check iron & Vit B (not sure if they checked Vit D or anything else), but both times it all came out good :)
Dec 2009 I was having problems w/ chronic bloating. Also, in looking back, i realized that when i had done Ph1, the time between my monthly periods was 26 days, much better than 21- 24 while eating wheat.
I suspsected i had endometriosis (I no longer think I have it), wheat is one of the things that aggravates it. I decided to cut out most wheat (in other words, i was gluten- lite).
Summer of last year, i realized i probably have a mild case of Interstitial Cystiitis(aka painful bladder syndrome). Ic is yet another autoimmune condition. Eliminating tomatoes, bananas, & most anything acidic has helped me greatly. (Not that is hasn't been a challenge...).
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Sorry i didn't get to finish my intro blog until now. Something happened when i tried to post all of it.

anywho, dealing with the limited diet due to Ic has been fun!
adding even more intolerances to it has been more fun!!

In May i was dx'd w/ Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD, problems w/ the pelvic floor muscles, due at least in part to the years of chronic Constipation (which was in part caused by the hypo...& probably gluten intolerance) & IC. Thanks to the help of a wonderful PT & keeping up w/ my exercises, my PFD is much better most of the time:).

i've also realized that i have a intolerance to dairy, as well as leaky gut (which I suspcet contributes to the IC)and I also seem to have fructose malabsorption-- still don't know very much about that one.

i hope that as i continue in the gluten- free lifestyle, that the dairy, leaky gut, will eventually improve if not go away completely :)

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