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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 will admit it helps when dealing with doctors that your father is a doctor, mother a nurse, and you are one semester away from a degree in biology. But, yes the GI I've been dealing with seems very knowledgeable. Thank you so much for the advice. I really appreciate it. I have managed to do alright on the diet for the past couple days, but I am sure there will be some serious venting. I'm also still going through bouts of denial with a lot of frustration. Sadly mom, dad, and girlfriend (along with their respective cooking abilities) are all 200+ miles away, and I live in very much a typical college house with 3 roommates (and relentless exposure to pizza and beer). My girlfriend has already been very understanding, and I think visiting her will be an enjoyment rather than a strain as far as the diet goes. She is a vegetarian so waiters are going to have a great time dealing with us.
  2. My iron levels were very low, the hematologist recommended taking 3 325mg ferrous sulfate iron pills a day. I didn't have B12 problems though, which is why I didn't have "iron deficiency anemia." I started taking the iron supplements (albeit not diligently) and my levels are back into the low end of the normal range. So I talked to the GI again today and asked her about whether I need to keep consuming gluten until my endoscopy. She said that the 4 gluten free weeks won't matter, and that I should start going gluten free now even though my endoscopy isn't for another month. Which is good news and bad news in a way I guess.
  3. That wasn't made clear to me. However, I would like to do that just so they get as much information as possible when I have this endoscopy done. Do you know by any chance if I can have iron deficiency and not have damage though? I mean, common sense would say that if you have iron deficiency, your villi aren't absorbing it...but I guess I was wondering if this could be caused by something else? However, I'm a male and not anemic.
  4. Thanks for the advice. I spoke with my mom today (she spoke with the GI), and I guess they do need the endoscopy for a Celiac diagnoses. The antibody results just prove I have some form of gluten sensitivity and not necessarily full blown Celiac. I guess what I'm wondering is if the normal range is 5 and mine was 100+....what are my chances that I do not have Celiac disease? Can people with just a gluten allergy or gluten intolerance exhibit iron deficiency? Or are nutrient deficiencies usually just found in those with full blown Celiac? I have been taking an iron supplement since we learned about that, and my levels are back into the normal range. My endoscopy will be over Thanksgiving. Right now I am still to the point of letting it sink in. I mean pizza, beer, sandwiches from the bagel shop, fast food, Chinese food...I basically live off this stuff (not really by choice though). Believe me, I would love to be able to have fresh salmon and mashed potatoes for dinner. But in a college town and this environment it just doesn't seem feasible. I don't know how to cook nor do I have time learn, and subsequently start cooking. Luckily I enjoy gourmet food and seafood. The diet isn't a problem as far as taste and finding foods I like (except the chocolate chip cookie part). It's just a problem of having access to the food and time to cook. Do a lot of people order food online? Is anything from a fast food restaurant safe?
  5. The supposed normal ranges for Igg and IgA are 5-7, and mine were 101.3 and 49.2. I am under the impression that they are certain I have this and are just doing the endoscopy as a formality (and to check for damage of course).
  6. Hi everyone, I'm a new member looking for some advice. This past August I had some general blood work down and was found to be iron deficient. I'm a 22 year old college student, and we wanted to find the cause of the deficiency. After a few more tests the question of Celiac arose. I had the general gluten intolerance tests, and my results are as follows: Igg = 101.3, IgA = 49.2, Anti-TTG = normal, IgA serum=170 (normal), and Anti-EMA = normal. Anyway, I am having an endoscopy next month and was wondering what I should do until then? I've had gluten my whole life and have been an avid consumer of gluten in college, to say the least. Cutting out gluten pretty much cuts out 99% of what I consume on a daily basis. I rarely have time to cook my own meals and frequently eat at restaurants or at various dining halls with my roommates. I have bought a few books, some gluten free food, etc. However, the lifestyle change is positively daunting to me. I just don't have the time for it. I was wondering if I could at least wait until the endoscopy to go gluten free? However, my parents are worried and would like be to begin right now. The symptoms like excessive fatigue and bloating or upset stomach had me wondering at times if I didn't experience these more than average, but I've basically just learned to deal with them. At this point waiting seems worth it, even at the expense of possibly damaging my villi further. Any opinions?