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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. Whoops.

    Hey all. I haven't been diagnosed as having Celiacs - I really don't think I have it, either. However, I am allergic/sensitive to gluten, and it seems like it may be secondary to my hypo. I posted here a long time ago, haven't been back since. Because I didn't realize I had a problem with gluten till a year or so ago, it's been really hard to cut it out. What can I say, I like bread! I justify with things like "oh, that smells so good.. eh, I'll take the punishment later!", or "well, I already glutened myself yesterday, so it doesn't really matter today". Bad me Anyway, my husband and I have TTC several times before, each time with no luck for months on end. Around the last time I made a concerted effort to cut gluten, we decided that although we can't handle the disappointment of actually TTC, we'd forget the condoms and "whatever happens, happens". Well, I made it a month without gluten, lost 18 lbs (yay!).. and then screwed up for the last week. I'm also 5 days late now. Will this past week of gluten every day pretty much screw me over? If I get back on the wagon now, assuming I actually managed to conceive (still not getting my hopes up too much!), is there any chance I can avoid serious problems with the pregnancy?
  2. Omg The Pain! What Can I Do?

    I know I have a weird dairy intolerance.. milk and ice cream. I have NO idea why, but milk and ice cream churn my guts really bad - always have. BUT.. cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream - ANYTHING ELSE dairy seems to be fine. NO idea what the deal is there. I stay away from soy as much as possible anyway, because I'm really hypothyroid. The good news is, the gut pain went away about an hour ago - 11am. I still feel a bit gross, but not like it was. I have no idea what a gluten challenge is, but I guess I should be looking that up now!
  3. I was stupid last night. I've been gluten free now for 2 or 3 weeks.. it hasn't been anywhere near as difficult as I figured it would be, and I've felt SO much better. Had a completely rotten day yesterday, asked hubby to pick up supper on the way home. He asked what he can get that's gluten free, I told him not to worry about it. I'd felt good on the paleo diet, and that allowed 3 cheats a week.. That was my ridiculous reasoning. I haven't had fast food in god knows how long, and though it's been at least a few years, KFC sounded kinda good. He wasn't happy with the idea, but complied - he knew how awful teh day had been. I only had one of their bowl things.. mashed potatos, corn, chicken.. that thing. I figured the breading in the chicken wouldn't be "too bad" OH MY GOD. The pain this morning!!!!!! I've been up 3 hours with horrible stomach/gut pain, bloating, gas.. it hurts to move! Is there any sort of readily available med or home remedy I could take to ease this?? This is worse than the pain that made me initially suspect celiac! Does that make any sense at all? I've had a bunch of people telling me to not go gluten free till AFTER I see the dr, but that's still 3 weeks away, and I was desperate to stop the pain. There is NO WAY I'm going to eat gluten after this, not for any test or any reason. Holy crap. In the meantime.. I have a lot of work to do today, and I feel utterly incapacitated. Any advice for an immediate solution?
  4. This week has been crazy for my family. I've long suspected that I may have a problem with wheat. I was making some quinoa tabouleh (it's been a favorite of mine even before I suspected a problem!), when I realized that I hadn't talked to my grandmother about the possibility of a wheat allergy. I'll spare you the details, but I recently found out that I wasn't alone in certain digestive problems. Anyway, called her up and was floored that not only did she know about the possibility of gluten problems, but she'd just been diagnosed as celiac! A few calls later, found out my mother has a gluten allergy also. Should mention that the three of us have hashimoto (autoimmune) hypothyroid disease. I freaked out at first, then started reading. Not only would celiac explain pretty much every little health quirk I have, but I was shocked to see that my 9 year old son's problems (some of which we didn't attribute to health/food at all!) could also be explained, right back to when he had "failure to thrive" as an infant. He's really, really scrawny, but eats more than most adults.. among other things. Anyway.. booked an appointment with my Dr, but I'm 98% sure he'll tell me to cut out gluten entirely - he's already told me he figures I have leaky gut (?? didn't look into it), and that I should be on the paleo diet. On that note, the 3 weeks I was able to stick to the paleo diet were the healthiest I've ever felt! A somewhat close second was when I was on my own modifed Atkins a couple years back. I digress.. we'll be seeing the dr in a month (soonest appointment he had), but are working under the assumption that this is the problem, and we'll see how it goes. Today was day 1. I think we're really lucky, and that "the change" will come relatively easy for us - I LOVE to cook, and I've experimented in the kitchen for as long as I can remember. I don't think we'll have a problem there - eating out will become inconvenient though. I love me my Buffalo Wild Wings!! Anyway, we were totally clean today, and the food was great (Red Mills "Mighty Tasty" cereal with cinnamon, agave nectar, chopped apple, raisins, and pecans for breakfast, Chipotle burrito bol for lunch, and this awesome.. I don't know what to call it. Sort of a chicken and mixed veggie florentine-ish baked casserole for supper). Here's the problem. Flour is kinda how I make my living - I'm a cake lady. Big weddings cakes, mostly. I'm sure my pores leak icing sugar, lord knows I've inhaled enough when mixing frosting! Is baking gluten full stuff for OTHER people ok if I don't eat it? I know many other allergies are such that you can't touch/breathe the allergen without problems. I do inhale icing sugar a lot (I know a mask can fix that, even if that would be annoying).. but I work with flour and stuff all day. I don't have a sweet clue about baking gluten free yet, and even when I do, I don't think it's financially reasonable for me to take my business gluten free. Another consideration.. I don't eat cake, because I'm totally sick of it anyway (pre-gluten realization, also!). Being around it all day kinda kills the sweet tooth, you know? However, I DO experiment, and when I come up with a new flavor, I DO try it to make sure the flavors are balanced. I can't see any way around it. If I taste and spit out.. would that trigger the allergy? I hope that's not a really stupid question. It's the only work around I can think of, short of trusting someone else (not cool). I freaked when I found out that this may be the cause of the problems, then with a couple days and a field trip to Whole Foods, I really calmed down and realized that it doesn't mean a bland or nasty diet... I AM worried about the financial issue though (cost of gluten-free foods aside!!). Help!