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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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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!