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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. Thanks Peter. That makes sense and, of course, since I don't have children, it's not something I would think of. (I live outside of Newmarket, so we're neighbours...sort of.)
  2. I see from reading the board that a lot of people are having biopsies done to confirm bloodwork and get a "diagnosis". Is this something that is required in the US? My doctor never mentioned a biopsy (I wouldn't have one anyway) and said that from my bloodwork I was "borderline" celiac, BUT, if he factored in the results of another test, I was well into the region of being celiac. He told me that it wasn't necessary for me to go gluten-free, but that I would likely feel much better and would recover from my adrenal exhaustion more quickly. There was no hesitation on my part. I went home, cleaned out my pantry, drove to a gluten-free manufacturer's warehouse (5 hours round trip), bought a bunch of stuff that I found was horrible, went shopping and bought more stuff and started baking my own bread, etc. I find it very easy to stay gluten-free and am just puzzled as to why people need a diagnosis. From reading here, I now know why I don't have "moons" on my fingernails, have nearly invisible fingerprints and that my anemia was most likely due to malabsorption. Having been gluten-free for a month or so, I rarely have D anymore (which was at the least a daily occurrence for me), I am not craving bread and crackers like I used to (a rice cake with a slice of melted cheese does nicely) and I am rarely hungry. I am still exhausted, my hair is falling out and I have other symptoms (related to the adrenal/thyroid issues my doctor is addressing), but I feel like I am taking responsibility for my own health and I am not worried about being sideswiped by D at an inopportune moment! I shall stop rambling now...
  3. I had D for so many years, I really, truly thought it was just normal for me! Gas, bloating, D were all "normal". The anemia was just "normal" since I was a woman. Uh, in case you didn't read the notes or LISTEN to me, I had a hysterectomy 10 years ago. I sincerely doubt I am having heavy menstral bleeding. If I had a dollar for every time I heard "your results are normal, it's just stress (or in your head)" I could live next door to Bill Gates. Finally found a doctor who listens, understands nutrition and works to find the problems. I would never have thought of celiac disease because of being told for so many years that it was "normal" for me to have constant D. Just like it was "normal" for me to have constant fatigue, no energy, hair loss, extreme weight gain (after extreme loss), rabid mood swings (yes, I mean rabid, not rapid), severe anemia, headaches, blurred vision, brain fog, etc., etc. ("You're just over-reacting to the death of your father. Take some anti-depressants and you'll be fine." - No, I wasn't fine. I just wound up sleeping more and not being able to get to the b-room in time. )
  4. This is so interesting! I have vertical ridges in my fingernails and just looked and I have no moons on my fingernails either (still present on the thumbs). I do not have ridges on my toe nails (well, I haven't actually looked since I'm at work). One thing I have that no one has given me an explanation for is "celery" fingertips. They look like I've had them in water too long. It comes and goes, but is present at least once a day. Anyone have/had this and know what it is?