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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? - 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 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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  1. At first (when I was first on the diet) it felt like the flu and quickly moved onto bloating and burping and horrible gas pain. Before the pain really set in I would feel distressed (despondent, I guess really) and just wanted to sleep, after about a few hours it turned from muscle aches to joint aches. Now, it's gotten worse - goes pretty much straight into stomach pains, tremors, hands and feet that feel like they're asleep (sort of like food posioning) and it' about 6-8 hours of that. Can't really eat anything for about a day after without bloating, burping, C and I feel really tired and mindless. Oh and the backache that some people have mentioned, I get that too. Some painkillers seem to help (percoset) and hot baths (go figure?) but nothing else.
  2. Dilemma With Family

    I don't think that you can be too paranoid when it comes to avoiding gluten. I say this after having been sick several times because I thought that the "avoid a crumb" and "beware pots and pans" advice was just going overboard. I can see how it might be harder to be so careful when you don't have intense reactions but unfortunately damage is still being done internally. Celiac is a weird thing - by that I mean that not alot of people have heard of it - I know I didn't up until a couple of months ago and at first it sounded to me like something a quack had made up - afterall, how could anyone get sick off of bread! My mom always fed me toast when I was ill. I think it's a very strange concept to most people - my own mother doesn't believe me (she thinks it's my gallbladder). Hang in there - keep being careful and at least you'll feel better.
  3. I've gotten sick off of crumbs, but worse, got sick once off of just a smell. Actually I was taking a very deep smell of a plate of chicken nuggets - I probably breathed some crumbs in - very stupid move on my part. As tarnalberry mentioned a crumb can cause damage that you may not feel, though. My husband brushes his teeth after he eats gluten and it seems to work.
  4. Wow, the little ones are contaminated? That's kinda scary. Butterfingers, Babyruths and 3 musketeers are safe , at least the normal sized ones.
  5. This is an awful thing to have happen - I think that if some of these people (that lie) were faced with a person that had an allergy to peanuts, they wouldn't hesitate to tell the truth and certainly not have ideas about "just a little is okay". People seem to know about peanut allergies but it seems to me that anything involving gluten (wheat, grains, etc.) is just considered to be too weird to be taken seriously. We need our own ad-campaign.
  6. I eat them like popcorn! I bought a tub of them when I was less paranoid about cross contamination and I guess I got lucky. The brand is "Homa" and they come in a plastic tub. Have never had a reaction to them and I am extremely sensitive (lucky me ). Like Carla said: pretty much bananas and sugar. Yummy!
  7. I got it at Fred Meyer's which is kind of a west coast Kroger's. You can order it from their website, though. I tried their Biscuit mix and made Scones out of it (orange cranberry) and they turned out suprisingly well. It was a bit hard to handle the dough because it was kinda gooey (the xanthan gum, I guess) but I chilled it a bit and that made it much easier to handle.
  8. I tried (my first time) Bob's Red Mill gluten-free bread mix in my bread maker and it turned out really well. It's a little different than regular bread because it requires quite a few eggs but it was pretty easy all in all. I know this isn't exactly a recipe but you might consider it for a first time thing - those flour mixes that go into a gluten-free bread recipe can be a bit daunting in my opinion. Good luck.
  9. Downward Spiral

    Concentrate on natural whole foods - what I mean is fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy (if you can tolerate it). All of these things are gluten free unless they're processed. I wouldn't worry about he "special" gluten-free food. It is expensive and takes a little getting used to in taste and cooking and besides living without all of the bready things isn't the impossible task that it may look like at first. Take a closer look at areas of your grocery store that maybe your not used to. I was completely in the habit of buying certain foods and it took me awhile to realize that there was alot of food around me that was gluten-free but I just never thought of eating it. Like olives - they were always just a side dish at thanksgiving but now I eat them for snacks or breakfast and they are incredibly yummy all by themselves. I hope this helps some.
  10. Aargh! You're killing me with those yummy toppings! Thanks much for the recommendation. I had completely given up on having pizza again since I figured the crust is way too delicate for gluten-free flour mixes. Plus, gluten-free cooking is such an investment that I don't make anything unless someone says it pretty good first. Cowardly of me, I know.
  11. Naentzie! Oh I love it. I can just see the vein sticking out in someones forehead as they try to figure that out.
  12. It's one of the few names that I could think of that had that "ae" combination in it. I like the way it looks.
  13. I've read what Penguin had to say and I'm very sorry to lose her but maybe it would be better to have a few threads and some discussion about what has degraded on the site. Speaking as a newbie, I'd hate to see experienced people dropping like flies (off the site) because things went downhill. I'm still a bit mystified by the degradation that is being referred to (not suprisingly I guess).