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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. Hi ch88, You could try going nightshade free to see if it helps your arthritis. It might help. The common food nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, turmeric and paprika. If you try nightshade free for one month that should be enough time to know if it helps IMHO. Sweet potatoes/yams are ok, as they are not nightshades.
  2. This page on the Pepsi site has a chart that lists allergens that are in some of their beverages. http://www.pepsicobeveragefacts.com/home/Allergens It's a pretty handy chart to look at and find the info. Their sodas are not listed as having wheat, but they didn't put barley in the chart. Rats.
  3. Hi duliano, Was he tested for celiac disease? If he is positive for celiac disease, you'll need to spend some time learning about it. Celiac disease tends to run in families, so you and your spouse should also be tested if it is celiac. There is another condition called NCGS which some people have. Those people also get sick from eating wheat, rye, and barley, but they don't have the gut damage that celiac's get. Recovery from celiac disease damage can take 18 months or more. It is not a fast process for most of us. The antibodies that cause the damage slowly reduce in number over time. Possibly weeks to months. Even a small crumb of wheat, rye or barley can cause the antibodies to flare up again. Then the damage starts again and it's back to recovery. It sounds like you are giving him a good diet. Meat, veggies, nuts, and eggs are good for the first 6 months. After that people find they can sometimes add dairy milk back into their diet. You need to avoid cross contamination from shared foods like mayo or peanut butter or even a shared toaster. Think of gluten like a tiny germ that you can't see but it can be there. It's really helpful to not have any gluten in the house, if that is possible. Also you have to watch out for other people giving him treats that have gluten. Welcome to the forum duliano!
  4. Charmin has released an important new tool for celiac sufferers, the SitorSquat bathroom finder. No more running in circles or trying every door in the building in a desperate rush. Now you can know right where to go. Get it today for Android phones. https://www.charmin.com/en-us/about-us/sitorsquat?gclid=CjwKCAjw-qbLBRB7EiwAftBCI6Zc52q7S3svyfGqqz1jn9zx1cToCh1ZqQunMt6x29WlD10w2j9ALxoCEDsQAvD_BwE A clean nearby public bathroom can be hard to find. But not all restrooms are created equal. With SitOrSquat we put clean public toilets on the map. Literally. Clean locations have a green “Sit” rating. Less desirable ones have a red “Squat." You can even rate and review a bathroom, and share your experiences to help others. So, the next time nature calls and you need to find a nearby restroom, SitORSquat will help you know where to go.
  5. You weren't anonymous when you wrote this reply. But your last visited date is still wrong. Are you running any script blockers that might interfere with the date tracking? Cookies blocked maybe? Darn, I guess you'll never see my reply since you don't login any more....
  6. Hi cristiana, My ulcer was sometime after going gluten-free. It was more a constant pain in a definite area, not spread out or diffuse. I wouldn't call it mild pain myself, but it wasn't so bad I couldn't function with aspirin and wine to get to sleep. Aspirin fairly often though and that in itself is not good for your stomach. Your throat feeling sore sounds more like a GERD type reflux issue to me. I'm not an expert or something, but that seems more likely IMHO. You have to be careful of PPI's as people get dependent on them to control symptoms. They aren't really a good thing to take long term from what I've read.
  7. Hi cristiana, One of the things they recommend people with heartburn do is to sleep in a more upright position. Similar to sitting in bed. Maybe try that and see if it helps. I had a stomach ulcer in the upper left part of the stomach for a while. Whenever I laid on my left side the acid in my stomach would wash over that area and cause increased pain. Might be something to try, laying in different positions. That could narrow down the location of an ulcer to a specific area. If it is pain from a glutening that could last a while but should dissipate in a few weeks. Hopefully!
  8. Thanks for your post Sue. What happened to you is an example of why it is best to start the gluten-free diet without dairy. It can be hard to identify what food is causing a digestive problem when our guts are constantly irritated and are reacting to all foods. So people can go months having symptoms from dairy and not realize what is causing the issues. Besides lactose intolerance, the possibility of casein intolerance is another issue that can hit people. Starting the gluten-free diet with the least chance of irritating foods being eaten regularly is just good sense. Once a person's digestive system is somewhat healed they can add foods like dairy and oats and test them. For someone with dairy or oat issues eliminating them from the diet early can potentially save a lot of discomfort and speed healing.
  9. Hi and welcome to the forum! I'd drop the almonds if you think they might be a problem for you. We can have temporary food intolerances that go away after some months/years healing. I'd also stop the celery as it is a considered a top 14 major allergen in Europe. I can't do celery or carrots myself. If you stay off it for a month and then try it again that usually is a good test. You could try broccoli or brussels sprouts instead. They have lots of good nutrition on them. And eat lots of meat! Your body needs good protein to heal and replace damaged tissue. Yes, it's possible to have multiple periods of poor digestion during the recovery process. And even some periods of good digestion at times. It can be a slow process to recover from celiac disease damage. 18 months or more is not unlikely. That doesn't mean you won't be trending upward during that time. I like SO Delicious brand coconut yogurt. Maybe it would help you. And also Me + My Gluten Assist from CVS. It's digestive enzyme that may help.
  10. There are some nutritional issues to watch out for in a vegan diet. Personally I don't think it's great idea when the person has a chronic digestive disease that is responsible for causing mal-absorption of nutrients. Vegan in a celiac seems kind of like pouring gas on a fire. The vegan diet makes getting some important nutrients harder, and celiac disease does the same thing. I don't know of any studies on it, but my guess is a vegan celiac may take longer to recover their health. And since it can take 5 years or more to recover from celiac damage, it seems to me that is not a good thing. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/vegetarian-diet/art-20046446?pg=2
  11. For my recent endoscopy I was put out temporarily. Didn't feel or know a thing untill it was over and I was back in the recovery room. The university of Chicago celiac center recommends 12 weeks of eating a little gluten every day before the blood antibody tests. And 2 weeks of gluten eating before the endoscopy.
  12. There are several celiac centers in CA. You may have to travel a bit to get to one. Of course that's pretty normal for CA anyway! https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-disease/additional-information/hospitals-labs/
  13. Hi sddave, I suggest you get your blood glucose checked.
  14. Hi AE, I don't know how long you've been gluten-free. But recovery can take quote a while. This article has some info on recovery timelines. https://www.verywell.com/celiac-disease-when-will-your-small-intestine-recover-562341