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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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  1. I also take Nature's Bounty. I take 1000 mcg daily in two 500 mcg sublingual lozengers.
  2. I quit smoking in October, 2004 for two months and simultaneously had severe undiagnosed diarrea which was the onset of my GI related problems with celiac. Three different doctors told me that the two were unrelated since nicotene is usually a laxative and absence of it would most likely cause constipation if anything. I started smoking after two months and the "D" stopped but other symptoms were escalating e.g. anemia, malabsorption, reflux, vitiligo weight loss, and bruising to name a few. I was finally diagnosed with celiac in Feb. 2007 and immediately responded to the diet. I have again quit smoking for three months starting in March with no ill effects or GI issues. I have no doubt that quitting smoking was directly the reason for triggering the GI symptoms. I smoked a little more than a pack a day before stopping both times.
  3. Common Cold

    I've been gluten-free for 4+ months and noticed many changes for the better. I have just come down with what seems to be a heavy chest cold which got me to thinking of when was the last time that I had a common cold or the flu. It has got to be years since this happened. I was just wondering is this because my immune stystem was killing these bugs before they could develop because it was running a muck killing all the good things also or is it a coincidence. I am not complaining and will take the common cold any day compared with tha effects of celiac. Has anyone else experienced this happening?Just curious. Thanks, Bill.
  4. Anyone Ever Cheat On This Diet?

    To the best of my knowledge I have been gluton free since being diagnosed 2/7/07. Prior to being dignosed I was a walking cadaver with many ailments. In four short months the color has come back in my complextion, getting many compliments on how good I look from people who don"t even know that I have Celiac. My mood, disposition, attitude and over all mental state has improved to a level I could not even imagine was possible. I did not know how bad I felt until I felt better. Bruising of skin has just about disappeared. I have not had heartburn since the day I started the diet after eating antacids like they were m&ms prior to diet. I sleep a solid eight to eight and a half hours without waking when prior to diet two hours without getting up was thought to be good. Have gained about ten pounds which is good. Have not had any muscle cramps which I had all the time especially at night. Energy level has not been like now in probably thirty years. I feel like the clock has been turned back. Have had "D" once, ten days after starting diet I ate out and paid for it next day. These are some of the differences for me since being gluton free not to mention what healing might be going on inside. I would have to be absolutely insane to cheat on purpose. This is life like I never thought was possible. Sorry for being so long but once I started to respond to this question I could not stop.
  5. Hi, I was diagnosed in Feb., 07 with a positive endoscopy and positive blood test at the age of 59 after years of feeling miserable. I have responded well to the gluton free diet with many improvements thanks to my lurking on this site for the past four months. I started to feel guilty about taking all of the great information on this site and using it to my advantage. If nothing else I hope that my success to this date and my gratitude to all the contributors will convince others to stick around here, get well and share their experience. There seems to be very little understanding of what we go through by the non-celiac world including the medical field. Thanks again ! Bill.