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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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  1. Hi there, I have some sesame seed oil that list FCS Titanium Dioxide as an ingredient used for whitening. Didn't see it on the safe or forbidden lists. Does anyone know if it is gluten-free or not?? Thanks, mindypal
  2. Hi everyone, I am still a complete newbie to this stuff. I just received a negative biopsy but positive test from Enterolab and have been gluten free for a little over a week now. I was lucky and seemed to be responding pretty quickly and was feeling a little better everyday and was feeling very encouraged. Then on Friday at a friends I was so focused on avoiding the pizza they were eating that I ate a bunch of popcorn. A chiropractor that does NAET muscle tested me some weeks ago and said I was very allergic to corn. Wasn't sure whether to believe it or not since it's not "scientific", but I must admit I think she's right. A week ago I ate some corn chips and my stomach immediately did somersaults so then avoided it for a while and my body has not been happy w/me since Friday. I couldn't sleep that night hardly and when I did wake up I had a dry swollen sore throat, a runny nose and felt my mental state foggy and depressed again. First I thought maybe I was getting a cold, but now thinking it was the corn. Am I imagining this, or can a corn allergy really bring those symptoms on and that quickly? Anyone else have a problem w/corn and what kind of symptoms do you get from it. I'm going to continue the NAET in the hopes of eventually getting to eat it again, so we'll see. Any experiences would be appreciated! This whole food allergy thing is still a little weird for me to comprehend. Thanks! Mindy
  3. Thanks for your replies. I went ahead and have been doing the gluten-free diet, at least as best I can for now. I know it must take a while to get the hang of this stuff. Hopefully I'll notice a difference soon!
  4. Hi everyone, Well after getting negative blood work from my gastro doctor, and doing a biopsy last week (still don't have the results from that yet), I just got results back from Enterolab for IgA. Mine was an 11 and they say normal is under 10 and suggested I avoid gluten permanently. For some reason that number makes it hard to think about doing that. If the number was higher I could see a problem, but it's just SOOOO close to normal. Do you all still think it's necessary? What do you all do as far as restaurants? Just stay away from them altogether? Or are there certain things like french fries that are safe? Part of me wanted to get a positive diagnose just to have an answer but now it's still kinda unclear to me and a little weird to think about completely changing my lifestyle. I'm a single 28 year old gal so I'd be doing this on my own. Any suggestions??? Thanks!!!
  5. Hi everyone, I am not diagnosed Celiac's as I had a negative blood test, but have some symptoms and am doing the Enterolab test next week. I am trying to start the gluten-free diet today, and for some reason am feeling stuck. I know there is probably a ton out there to eat, maybe I'm not using my imagination enough. Can you guys who've been doing this awhile give me some examples of a typical day eating gluten-free? I live on my own, so I guess I just don't want to feel like I'll be living in the kitchen. I also REALLY don't want to lose weight, so ideas for snacks and such would be cool too. I'm hoping to take all your ideas to the grocery store and get this thing started!!! Also, it's best to stay away from restaurants right? That's the impression I'm getting since it's seems shady whether you'd know if they were gluten-free. Thanks for all your ideas and help. Although I'm new and not diagnosed this site & board have been very helpful the past few days!
  6. Do you think it would show up even if I didn't order the gene test? I only got the basic $99 one. Also as far as removing gluten, I know all the common sense stuff about looking for it in carbs & such, but what about condiments and canned goods? Is it in that stuff too? I think I really would like to start the gluten diet? It's just weird how many people have brought it up too me, it's almost like the universe is trying to tell me something I just haven't been listening. How soon did you guys start to notice a difference once you began the gluten free diet? Thanks!!!!
  7. Hello all, I have been feeling ill for about a year now, probably that's nothing compared to a lot of you on here, but it's sure not been too fun. Back last Oct. I started having diarrhea, cramping, weight loss, insomnia, depression, fatigue, etc. and later found out it was a parasite. I've been treated, but since have still not regained my health. I've had several people mention Celiac's the past few months to me, as my symptoms seem to match up. And I just got the blood test back yesterday saying I was negative, however something tells me to not completely give up on this, and I ordered the test from Enterolab yesterday. Soooo, was wondering if I kind of listed what's been going on if some of you could let me know what you think, could it be a gluten sensitivity from what you all know, or do you think it is something different. I've had problems w/digestion, not neccessaily liquid stool, but loose and in small pieces, usually pale in color and foul smelling. Often it will have chunks of undigested food. Also gas, weight loss, loss of appetite, insomnia, depression, fatigue, brain/memory fog, hair loss. The weirdest thing that I really cannot figure out is the skin issues. I've always been blessed with a very clear complexion all my life, but since all this stuff started up that's been a different story. And in particular the past few months have been yucky. I have these bumps along my hairline and under my jawline, kinda look like pimples, but not exactly and they don't seem to go away. Also get these flesh colored bumps, usually in patches popping up a lot around my mouth, and on my shoulders. Have gotten some bumps on my butt too, but they are usually red. Skin also feels very dry. Anyways, my plan was to continue eating gluten until the Enterolab test comes in and then once I send my lovely ol poo off to start the gluten diet as if the test will come back positive. That way I won't be wasting time waiting for results & what not. I must also add that I've been on medical leave for several weeks now trying to figure everything out. I am a teacher and attempted going back to work, but the fatigue and brain fog were so bad I felt incredibly useless and knew I had to figure out that the deal was until I could go back. That's why I fee like there is a time issue. What do you all think? Does it sound like it could be a gluten sensitivity? What do you think I should do? Does/did anyone else have the weird skin stuff happen w/them? Any information would be very greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!!!