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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. 1st posting ever on any "board"! I am 47 years old and was Dx'd w/ Celiac 7 years ago, did well on gluten-free diet. This past January I started re-introducing gluten into my diet in the vain hope I was "cured". In early May the S__T hit the proverbeal fan, almost literally! I exploded with D, cramps, bloating, and flatulence that usually also involved stool incontinence, and lost 25 pounds in 2 weeks... I immediately resumed gluten-free diet when these symptoms occured, but to no avail. In fact things were far worse than before my initial diagnosis. One Sunday I used the toilet more than 40 times. At that point I went back to my Gastro Ent and admitted my folly. I told him I was ready to check into a hospital and have an IV hooked up or die from not eating- it wasn't worth it. He put me on a further diet restriction eliminating dairy, raw vegies, caffine, carbonation and concentrated fruit juice and prescribed prednisone which I was to begin once a stool test came back negative for C diff and parasites (2 weeks later). After a month on Prednisone without improvement, he moved up the date for a Colonoscopy, which turned up microscopic Colitis. I have been taking Asacol for 2 weeks now. He said it would likely take 6-8 weeks to clear up. My stools, if you can call them that, have consistently been pure liquid with sand-sized sediment and individual very small particles of undigested food. I can't advise you on the outcome of treatment, but will keep you posted (no pun intended).