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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. Hugs to you! I'm new to this forum, but not to auto-immune problems. I'm not sure how old you are, but if I could go back in time and know the things I know now....I'm pretty sure my overall health would be much much better. As it is now, I have to allocate my spoons (if you don't know what this is, read The Spoon Theory here: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/ . I've just recently started a gluten free diet, and I truly hope that it will make me feel better. Will I miss eating certain foods? Yep, but if I can feel anything approaching normal, it is worth it and more. I have 2 daughters and I know I'm the best mom I can be, but I also know that they are missing out on things because of my health. My poor health is a huge factor in the dissentigration of my marriage. So if I could go back in time and tell my younger self...do this, try that, be aware of these things, this will happen if you don't...it makes me want to cry just thinking about it. So take a bit of time to adjust to your new reality...do alot of research and become informed. You are your own best advocate! Scream and rail at the universe (if you aren't there yet, you will be) and then find acceptance. Do what you need to do to keep further damage from happening to your body. Consider it a gift from God that you are given this chance to prevent all the damage you could have done unknowingly. You will have a much happier life if you are healthy. There will be so many things you won't have to miss out on!
  2. Hello, I started a gluten free diet 2 days ago. Yesterday I felt alright except for feeling like I had low blood sugar on and off. I think that I didn't eat enough protein in the morning. Today was completely miserable. I have been exhausted beyond reason, I can't stay awake, but when I try to sleep I wake up every few minutes. I have had brain fog to the point of basically unable to function beyond going to the bathroom and eating food I prepared yesterday. I've also had a bad headache this evening. I took a Lortab for the headache and the fog began to dissapte after about 10-15 minutes. I still don't feel well, but I'm a heck of a lot better than I was awhile ago. I did some research and found out about gluten withdrawal (wish I had known that earlier so I would have been prepared). I also came across some articles about gluten and the fact that they contain a small amount of opiates. What I'm wondering is if there is a link between the withdrawals and sensitivity or if people who aren't gluten intolerant also experience withdrawals. Basically, I don't mind going through the withdrawals if I will feel better at the end of it. But I'm going to be seriously upset if I go through this for weeks and it turns out I'm not gluten intolerant. I would also appreciate any tips for dealing with the withdrawal symptoms that anyone would like to share. A brief synopsis of my health in case that is helpful at all: I have a long list of health problems including Crohn's Disease(2 bowel resections-missing 18 inches of small intestine), adreanal fatigue, RLS, various vitamin deficiencies, possible Fibro or CFS, and some other various issues that I can't remember at the moment. I did test positive for something (I think it was the genetic marker...I'll have to look it up) when I did the saliva testing for my adrenals, but I tested negative for some other test my gastro. doctor did (I know it was a blood test).
  3. Thanks Nicki! I will ask my GI to do the tests you posted. I'm not sure why they did the one they did, but it must have been part of the testing panel they were doing. Who knows. So the one test isn't conclusive even though it was positive? It makes sense that they wouldn't have noticed it if it isn't visible to the naked eye. I'm not sure why I was thinking it would be... I know that a biopsy was taken of some ulcers during one endoscopy, but that wouldn't have shown anything about celiac. Thanks for the info! It gives me a starting point. Cherie
  4. Hello, I'm new to this forum and needed to ask a couple of questions. While trying to determine what is causing my health problems I found a doctor who would order a salvia test to check my cortisol levels (I suspected adrenal fatigue and hypothyroid). My cortisol levels came back definately depressed, so we are treating that. Once I get that where it should be I'll move on to the thyroid. Anyway, when my results came back the doctor told me I was also gluten intolerant. This wasn't even on my radar, so I decided to pretty much ignore it over the holidays. I still do not feel up to dealing with it, but I must be feeling a tad better because I decided to post here and start getting some information. My lab results state: "Gliadin Ab, SIgA 22 Positive (ranges are Borderline: 13-15 U/ml and Positive >15 U/ml.) Patient shows mild intolerance or reactivity to Gliadin and may be clinically asymptomatic, however an ongoing low-grade intestinal inflammation following Gliadin intake has been demonstrated." On a somewhat positive note, I already have a GI doctor that I like and trust. Of course, that is because I also have Chron's disease. I was diagnosed with in January 1994 during emergency surgery. They thought it was my appendix but it was my small intestine that had ruptured and abcessed. I also had a second surgery 2 1/2 years ago due to a stricture that had formed from scarring from the previous surgery and subsequent flare ups of Chron's. So I'm wondering, would Celiac have been noticeable at either of those surgies? Is it something that can develop at any point in time or would it likely have been something I've been dealing with unknowingly for awhile? I've had 2 or 3 endoscopies and at least 3 or 4 colonoscopies. Also, what things should I ask my GI when I see him specifically? What tests should I request? I'd REALLY like to have as few visits to the doctor as possible. I'm having to see a different doctor for the adrenal/thyroid stuff plus my regular GP. In addition, I am my 90yo mother's primary caregiver and have to work her doctor's visits in. Then I have my 2 children to take care of. Sorry this is so long and whiny! I'm just REALLY tired of new stuff going wrong with me! There should definately be a limit to the number of major medical problems a person is allowed to have! Thanks for any and all advice..... Cherie