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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. A history of celiac and me: my father and paternal aunt are celiac, with an additional paternal aunt who avoids gluten and feels great although her tests have been negative. I was given a blood test about 7 years ago, when I first started college and was having a hard time adjusting and extremely stressed (I had extreme diarrhea almost every day). That test was negative. Since that time, the daily diarrhea has subsided, although I do have extreme bloating and really, really foul gas. The problem is, I am vegetarian, so I can't tell if this is from gluten or just from all the beans and veggies I eat? I have noticed that when I eat a lot of bread, I get a lot of phlem in my throat (I know that is kind of gross and random, but could it be a symptom?), and on holidays or when I don't make an effort to eat healthy and end up eating a lot of pasta, bagels and cookies I seem to get loose stools or diarrhea. I seem to tolerate dairy alright, although in the past I think it gave me terrible cramps, thinking back now could it have been gluten...? Anyway, I try to limit my dairy consumption these days as I'm not convinced of the health benefits and figure I'm better off without the hormones... I guess to sum it up, I could say that I can go for a few months at a time feeling just fine (aside from the nasty bloating and gas), and then I'll have a week or two where I am having some miserable BM's. Would anyone recommend I do a "gluten challenge"? I've been meaning to, on recommendation of my parents (my mom is *convinced* I have a gluten intolerance!). What's keeping me from doing it is that I'm really afraid of what I might find out. And besides that, wouldn't it be so hard for me to be gluten-free and vegetarian? Should I compromise my beliefs for a week or two and see what happens? One of the main reasons I'm vegetarian is for health reasons. It almost seems like a catch-22 -- I feel like I could be compromising my health either way (veggie and eating gluten / gluten-free and eating meat). I would really appreciate any thoughtful feedback or support. Thanks so much!