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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Ridiculously Depressed

    Hi Walter: I feel for you and wish I had some sort of magic wand to make your problems go away. I don't know anything about the suggestion previously made about an acupuncture technique but I am currently seeing an acupuncturist and have a confidence in him which I have never had in any medical doctor. I am relatively new to this group but have also found an information site and an understanding which I think is virtually impossible elsewhere. I do think communication helps in most every thing and I am certainly willing to help with that. Good luck to you. You are not alone. Geeze
  3. I have not had any grains of any kind and only baked the gluten-free bread once maybe two months ago. I guess this is just going to take tincture of time and continued watching carefully. Thanks
  4. Thanks. I feel better just knowing I am not alone in this. Do you think a biopsy of the lesion is necessary. I have been diagnosed by blood test and would prefer not but my husband seems to think I need to get a second opinion. I am fine with all of this - he is in denial. Hope I am doing this right, I have tried to reply before and it has never worked.
  5. For many years I had an itchy lesion on my buttock in the same place which would disappear after about a week. It recurred 1-3 times a year for many years. In about March of this year I developed a rash on a knee and elbow and after much study through the internet, I learned the connection between the rashes and all of the abdominal symptoms I had for many years. in April I was diagnosed by blood test and history with celiac disease and have been gluten free since that time. The abdominal symptons and rashes disappeared. Several of my blood levels are low and I am working on that. I have felt really good about the progress - well worth what I have given up. Today I have the return of the itchy area on my right buttock, same spot as before. I also have had some bowel rumbling for the past day or so. I am very careful with what I eat, do not eat out and read everything on a product label. Nothing new has been added to my diet. I am somewhat concerned that maybe I am not doing as well as I thought. Has anyone out there had this situation where you feel like you are doing incredlbly well and then have a set back for no apparent reason Thanks for any info.
  6. Julie: I live in Durham, am 68 and was diagnosed by blood test under 4 months ago. I was referred to a nutritionist and my doctor did anything I asked of her as regards further blood testing etc. But--I just don't think she knows much about celiac - maybe just textbook stuff. At the urging of a neighbor I went to an acupuncturist doctor here in Durham and have been tremendously impressed with him. I no longer have any of the abdominal symptoms I have but I think my energy level is slowly rising after following his advice. I would be glad to share any information with you or your mother or would be glad just to talk and share. I do not think he is a miracle worker but he is interested and knowledgeable. Let me know if I can help. Gladys - Geeze
  7. My abdominal symptoms were of such a changing nature I didn't know how to explain them so I just tried self diagnosis most of the time. I had occasional diarrhea, occasional constipation, ocasional bloating, rare cramping-like pain in the left side but always felt tired with no energy. I had major eye surgery in June of 06 and explained my lack of energy on being forced into "doing virtually nothing" because of the surgery and then followup surgery for retinal detachment. I also thought that may have been the cause of a 20 pound weight gain in a year. My doctor started me on Prilosec to try. Early this year I started having a very itchy rash on my elbows and knees. Out of frustration I googled"dermatitis knees and elbows". What followed was as if someone had entered my body and printed out much better than I could the bizarre symptoms I had been having. It read something like, "dermatitis herpetiformis - may also have symptoms of d, c, bloating, -----etc." It also showed a picture of a rash excatly like what I had develop for many years on my butt, maybe 2-3 times a year. It would start on one day, itch like crazy for that day and gone in 3-4 days. I diagnosed and treated this as ringworm and had told my primary care about it but she had never seen in. After my internet googling, I asked my primary care to blood test for celiac. She was somewhat reluctant because of my age (68) and size (overweight) but she did and called me two weeks later with her "shocking" news. Bottom line I have been gluten free since 4/25/07 and all abdominal symptoms are gone. I am now working on the lack of energy. Sorry this is so long, I didn't know what to leave out. Geeze
  8. So Angry I Could Spit Nails

    Where does your husband stand in this situation? I think he should be the one to stand up to his mother for you and explain your situation and let her know he is fully supportive of your request. I agree that if you let this one get by, you are in for many problems through the years. Good luck. G
  9. Hi Susan: I live in Durham and was diagnosed 3 months ago tomorrow. Would love to communicate. I am an active senior citizen and this has really put a damper on my outdoor activities. Don't really know how to begin communications as I am just barely computer literate and am working my way through. As frustrated as I feel sometimes regards celiac, this forum surely does help. Gladys
  10. Naturopath/homeopath

    I have started seeing an acupuncturist and am very pleased. He, too, is expensive and my insurance does not cover it. I plan to continue as long as I can but I am also interested in homeopathy. My MD is good but does not know enough about celiac. Hope you do well. G