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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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  1. Negative Blood Test?

    I just got back my results... ...and they are negative! I was tested for trans-glutaminase. I definitely have some kind of reaction to gluten...(vicious, evil painful C & D) I feel so much better gluten-free. (no bloating, no skin rash, no vicious painful C & D) My doc is sending me for a barium Xray of my stomach next... her logic is that a specialist won't make it a priority to see me without some kind of positive test. In the meanwhile I have been viciously ill this week, despite not eating anything gluten-y, except a sprinkling of shake n bake someone accidentally put on my chicken a few days ago. Just wondering, I thought there was more than one possible antibody they can test for in the blood?
  2. New Celiac Here

    Thank you all for replying so quickly! The doctor ordered a bunch of blood tests - ferritin/iron, various B vitamins, anti-gliadin/trans-glutaminase. The results should be in on Monday. I have only been off gluten (except some soy sauce) for 5 days and my skin is clearing up - FAST! For anyone else that has the skin problem, I started using L'Oreal's microdermabrasion kit awhile ago. It comes with a special after-moisturizer that also cleared up those nasty little patches around my mouth... but they just kept coming back... I knew my skin got worse when I drank... I knew it got better when I ate healthy - less carbs, more veggies I knew I got "gut-rot" from drinking... I have had this abnormally bloated belly since my teens, even though I was very thin back then.... I thought my always achy belly was from stress... There were so many clues... At the end of the day I am happy to be diagnosed if it means no more sore, bloated belly, gut-rot, D's and skinrash... Here's to better days!
  3. New Celiac Here

    So... After realising that I didn't give all my friends food poisoning.... ... and realizing that I was the only person violently ill after my big pasta dinner I went for some tests. I am still waiting on the results but in the meantime I am doing some reading. I have had episodes of D very frequently, but as they were often related to drinking (beer), I didn' t think it was too serious, just part of the hangover... but it has been getting worse... just thought I was wearing out and getting old! (At 26!) I have the rash too... have had it for years and the doctors have just said it's dermatitis. I also tried the Atkins diet in the past and my stomach felt great - no bloating for once in my life! I had a dream last night the Eggo waffles in my freezer were made with rice flour... they're not. I have been trying to eat gluten free as I wait for the test results. I only get violently ill if I eat a big plate of pasta and nothing else, or drink copious amounts of beer... I can avoid bread and pasta but I am not really willing (or able to afford) making a huge lifestyle change. So my question is... can any of you eat soy sauce and small amounts of other things that have a small amount of gluten without getting sick?