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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. I am so glad to hear that! Not that I'm glad others are feeling the pain I did but that there is an explanation even though there isn't any outright Gluten in the product....I assume CC is cross contamination? I'm just familiarizing myself with everything..... Tracy
  2. Hi Everyone, I am writing after an incident last night that has left me thinking I am either completely right or completely wrong about my train of thought. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Let me start with a little history (to put things in perspective, I am now 39 years old): As a child, I made many trips to the hospital and doctor's office, eventually being diagnosed with a "nervous stomach" (nice cop-out of a diagnosis, I'd say). My father was an alcoholic and therefore there were stressful times but EVERY incident was preceded by family movie night - with treats - or a birthday party or something of that sort. I would end up with such severe cramping and D that my parents would have no choice but to bring me to the hospital. An 'immodium-type' injection and they'd send me on my way. Every incident would leave me so tired I that I was out of commission the next day. Eventually, I began living with the cramping and bloating and D.... When I was in college, I was diagnosed with Lactose Intolerance. Ahhhh....as my favourite snack as a child was Doritos, this could explain the cramps and D as Doritos have a lot of dairy in the flavouring. So, initially I cut out milk altogether but, at the advice of my doctor, did begin 'weaning' myself back on... I would say the gas, cramping and D, bloating, basic discomfort never completely went away (my husband often calls me a methand dispenser :-( ) but about 2 years ago something else started to happen. - my mentstrual cycle began to get very irregular - my memory started degrading - I would wake up in the morning and feel like I was 80 trying to get out of bed...taking the stairs - forget it - the discomfort was unbearable. This would reoccur after sitting for just 15 minutes - the bottoms of my feet hurt all the time - I started feeling tired...all the time - in fact, when I would get home from work, it would be a chore for me to do anything but sit or lie down for the rest of the night - I began feeling weakness in my legs and arms - I was ALWAYS hungry....unlike many people with Celiac that I hear of, I have the opposite weight problem and could stand to lose about 70 pounds! I also suffered from extreme depression....that began about 3 years ago and I have worked my way back...with a lot of help (I am not taking medication for this). So, I have had MANY blood tests, and MRI and an ENG. I have seen an Neurologist. I have no diagnosis...they can find nothing "wrong" with me. I am not sure exactly what types of blood tests were run, but Celiac was never mentioned. I only know that for months, my plateletts were high and they weren't sure why. So, after much reading, I have gone gluten free. Overall, I am feeling much better. The extreme fatigue is gone. My head seems clearer and I am beginning to have normal bowel movements. I can honestly say that I do not have a bloated feeling any more and the methane dispenser nick-name is going away. Now, I have not been as concerned with corn although I know some individuals do have a reaction to corn. Last week, in fact, I had a few corn nachos that seemed to be just fine. HOWEVER, last night I had Tostitos ... ingredients - whole white corn, veg oil, salt... I had approximately 15 chips and within 5 minutes, I was in the washroom with cramping and D so severe I thought I would pass out or throw up. When everything finally subsided, about 1/2 hour later, I just had the energy to make it to my room and lie down...it was 8:30 at night - I was out until 7:00 this morning...very abnormal for me. My mom & daughter said all my colouring was gone...they were afraid...and I was taken back to those incidents as a little girl with a "nervous stomach". Again, keeping in mind that I am overweight and not underweight, do you think this could be celiac? Any help/advice would be appreciated. Tracy