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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. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Hello! I have recently come across the possibility of having Celiac disease. All the forums I have read have given me the feeling of a strong community full of answers and help. I am wondering if any of my past experience are similar to any of yours and if this is the solution to my problem. Several years ago my problem started with a dull continuous pain in my stomach. It would be accompanied by chronic diarrhea and would not stop until I went to the doctors. I did not know the circumstances that brought on the attacks but once the first account happened others always followed about every 3 months. This continued for a year or so until my problem decided to upgrade itself. One night the dull pain started but grew into a very strong pain over several hours again in my stomach. These attacks would begin to happen every couple of months as well, always lasting 8 to 12 hours and would cause vomiting. The final attack that sent me back to the doctors kept me up until 6am, if I had made it past 6 I would have called an ambulance but luckily I passed out. The doctor gave me several test but found nothing in the direction she was looking which was just general. On the side of this I have had several other issues with my health. Since my late teens I have had patches of dry skin that would show up on my elbows, wrist, stomach, and thighs. I went to the doctors for these and they denoted this a just dry skin and not any sort of fungus. Another issue is that I have been diagnosed with major depression. Yet another problem I have struggled with is when I was hungry I lost any patience I had and would become extremely angry at anything. I asked the doctor about this and he said "Why are you letting yourself get hungry?". As though I was only another teen trying to be to skinny. At the end of April 07 my system decided it had enough and had what I refer to as a melt down. I felt nauseous, had diarrhea and stomach pains. After a few days of this a visited the doctor and they attributed it to a virus. By the end of the week and still having the same issues I went to an urgent care and was told the same thing. After a month of this continuing I went into the heavy testing mode. I have had an upper and lower GI, an endoscopy, and my gallbladder tested with no result. In my CAT scan they found a narrowing in my small bowel but did not think it was causing the pain. The narrowing was about 5 inches and at first they thought it to be SMA syndrome. Over this time I have switched doctors and have not had a steady person with me through it all as maybe this would have helped. I have recently graduated College and have lost my insurance for the time being so I can not be tested when I get my new insurance because of preexisting condition clauses and what not. My step mother brought up Celiac's as a possibility and I am at my last end so I will try anything. I thought there is no way this could be it because during the first month of my melt down all I ate was bread and butter! But for the past month or more now I have lived gluten-free as best as I can. I believe I have felt better but still have not gone a whole week without my imodium. As I looked deeper in the disease I saw that most of my other health issues matched with the disease, the skin problem, the mood, and anger. I wonder now why the doctors never thought this as an option. So I ask, is this similar to anyone or am I on the wrong track? I understand there are tons of different symptoms, but it would make me feel better if I knew that the diet took a while to completely work itself out or if there will just always be bad days. Thank you for your help!