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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. A Diagnosis? Or Not........

    Your body doesn't lie. I was "diagnosed" with celiac-sprue in 2007 (as well as my then 16 year old daughter) after MANY years of severe IBS, skin rashes, anemia, fatigue, and many other symptoms. The interesting thing is that I ended up seeing 3 different GI doctors and all 3 had something different to say about it. The one thing that was consistant was my symptoms. If I ate anything with gluten I was very ill, severe stomach cramps and IBS and horrible headaches. When I was gluten free I had none of these issues. 2 of the doctors attributed it to me being a woman and the hormone thing. All I can tell you is that this disease, though very common, is not very well understood yet. Listen to your body and feed it what it needs.
  2. Hi there, I just came across your blog and would like to let you know that I am in the process of starting a support group here in Ft. Myers. I did hold one meeting but unfortunately it was Memorial Day weekend. I didn't even think about that when I started planning it months prior. Anyway, I am not going to do anything in the summer time but will re-group in the Fall. If you are still interested in a support group let me know. I could defintely use the help. TTYL, Kelly
  3. Hi there, Just wanted to remind everyone about the 1st Celiac Support Group Meeting for Ft. Myers on Saturday May 24th at 2 p.m. at Ada's. I've never done anything like this before so bear with me. I would love to meet others with celiac and hear your stories, experiences with doctors and share ideas on living gluten free. I look forward to meeting you and please e-mail me at kellygreenfield45@gmail.com if you can make it. Thanks and C U soon! Kelly
  4. I spoke with the chef at Ada's and she said that Saturday afternoon's were good for a meeting so our first support group meeting will be Saturday, May 24th at 2 p.m. I put some fliers out at Ada's, they are on the register to the far right when you walk in the door. Please let me know if you are interested. Kelly
  5. Ft. Myers Support Group

    Hi Bev, We haven't had a meeting yet. It has only been a week or 2 and I was so excited to see the response. I've never done anything like this. You had an outline to follow? Maybe you can give me some advice on which way to go with this. It's interesting that you are meeting in a store. Is it a health food store? I had originally thought to steer away from that since I thought some people might want to share things that may be of a sensitive nature but looking at your post I may rethink that. A scavenger hunt is a great idea. You are in South Carolina? Thanks for the encouragement, Kelly
  6. I have found it to be a challenge to find a gastroenterologist who doesn't think that the IBS symptoms from celiac aren't in my head since I am a woman. The questions they ask me I gaurantee they would never ask my husband. It has taken so long to get any true treatment for some things that I now have a hernia and need surgery however the doctor I was seeing had his staff schedule yet another test, without telling me why and what they hope to determine from this new test, meanwhile the hernia is getting bigger and bigger. So I went to another gastro doc for a 2nd opinion and during our conversation he asked me if I was the kind of person who "gets all worked up over things". I was stunned and didn't quite know how to reply. I told him that I am basically the kind of person who takes charge of my situations and can get a lot accomplished without any problems however I WAS frustrated with my health care and the situation I was now in so if he thought I was worked up then that was why. It goes along with a piece on the ABC 7 news a few weeks back where Noah Pransky said that researchers are discovering that IBS really IS in your head!!! And then went on to say that researchers at UCLA had discovered that the pain mechanism in the brains of women with IBS didnt' work the same way the pain mechanisms did in women without IBS. I couldn't believe it. IBS is a symptom, not the disease itself. I know we are out of the dark ages but sometimes I still see a long tunnel. Sigh...
  7. Ft. Myers Support Group

    I checked Ada's out and they will allow me to post info there. I'm not sure about using them as a meeting place because it can be noisy. I did go and check out McAllisters restuarant over by Bealls and they have a room that can be used. I spoke with one of the managers and he told me that when ever we want to meet just to call and secure the room. I spoke with him about a gluten free menu a while back and he contacted the corporate office and they are supposedly working on one. Anyway, that's where I'm at with a support group so far. I've never started one, but there's a 1st time for everything. If anyone is interested please let me know and even if it's just 2-3 to start with I think that's great. I recently quit my job so I am available most days and evenings. Let me know who is interested and we will go from there. TTYL, Kelly
  8. Ft. Myers Support Group

    Hi there, I am going over to Ada's 2morrow. I will be @ JoAnns taking sewing lessons with my daughter so I'll stop over and inquire about posting something for a support group. I will let you know what they say. Looking forward 2 meeting you and seeing where this goes. Kelly
  9. Ft. Myers Support Group

    That's a great idea. I will go to Ada's this week and see what I can find out. Right now there are about 3 people interested however I have a feeling after posting something at Ada's there will be more. I will let you know what happens. TTYL, Kelly
  10. Ft. Myers Support Group

    I am so glad to know others are out there and interested. Are there any days/nights that are better for you? I am going to be looking for a central place for us to meet. Right now I know of 3 people who are interested however I have a feeling that once I talk with the manager at Ada's there will be more. TTYL, Kelly
  11. I am new to this whole idea of leaving a message on a website for virtual strangers to view, but I am betting that there are a lot of people out there who are going through very similar situations. I was diagnosed with celiac-sprue last year. At the age of 45 it answers SO many things however it has competely altered my life, and that of my family. My 16 year old daughter also has celiac disease. For a teenager, this diagnosis is challenging however through friendships at church and school she is handling it fairly well. I would like to start a support group in Ft. Myers, FL if anyone else out there is interested. Kelly