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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. So, can HFCS possibly have gluten in it? Or is it exclusively corn?
  2. It's just weird. Since I started the G/CF diet, I craved nothing. Sugar was disgusting (even fruits were way too sweet). Couldn't have coffee. I was completely satisfied with brown rice and a chunk of meat - I never overate. Now, all of a sudden, I can't stop eating peanut butter (straight from the jar) or other nuts, my stomach is as full as it can get, but I am still trying to eat everything G/CF in sight, carrying around a gallon of water. As for irritability? Not any more than usual, lol! Energy? I haven't had much energy for the last few years. I can do anything on adrenaline, though! I once eliminated meat and nuts from my diet for a couple of weeks. I reintroduced them one day and I was bouncing off the walls!
  3. *update- at first I wasn't going to the bathroom any more than usual - all the water felt 'stuck' inside of me. Now I am going more frequently. My mouth feels dry all the time. I think I will go in. The last thing I need is diabetes....
  4. No more urination than normal. I feel like I just gained 5lbs. I ate a lot today, which is somewhat unusual - I ate a lot of mixed nuts and I felt horrible afterward, but I just kept eating away. Checked the label and it warned about CC with wheat and other allergens. That's the second time I've done that...should have learned by now! I used to have blurry vision but it has lessened with a G/CF diet. I don't think I will be returning to that work space. I must be more sensitive than I realized.
  5. For the last 2 days I have been working sanitation in a plant and coming into contact with a fair amount of chemicals. Other than the the rash, night sweats, and bad acne breakouts(my face has become rather 'dormant' since I eliminated G/C), I am wondering if constantly feeling dehydrated has anything to do with chemical exposure? I have downed well over a gallon today, almost 2. I am constantly thirsty and I still have about 5 hours till bedtime.... It started after the first day of work (I thought it was just due to the extra exercise - the workplace is AC'd. ). I haven't worked for the last few days, and I haven't done anything physically active, so this increased water intake has got me wondering. -The plant handles a lot of food allergens, and I am thinking just inhaling the particles is exacerbating my issues.
  6. The #1 reasons are obvious: to protect your health, and the elimination diet/challenge. Buf you are 99% sure you are celiac, would it still be helpful to be tested, for the sake of 'official' or 'medical' records? Also, I am coming across conflicting terminology regarding a 'celiac' person. Is a reaction to gluten considered an allergic reaction? There are multiple ways of being tested, but I'm wondering what is considered the most accurate testing available?
  7. Doctor In Twin Cities

    Does anyone have any reviews from the GI(s?) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester?
  8. I intend to go to a Celiac Specialist to confirm the celiac issue, but I need to go to a GI Specialist first. What is expected in the first visit? What questions are supposed to be asked/answered, etc? What do they do?
  9. If you are celiac, can you still be in gluten-laden environments? Or will inhaling it get traces of it to your throut, which you might swallow? Same thing with casein. Also, do celiacs tend to be hyper-sensitive to chemicals? Or is that not related?
  10. In a nutshell: I grew up always craving bread and anything including flour, cheese, and tomatoes - my meals consisted of bread. I literally did not eat my veggies until 2 years ago. I was EXTREMELY heavy on sports (gymnastics, track), and pretty much grew up with either fatique or joint pain. I was once tested for anemia because I had almost no energy, but the iron levels were ok. (I was living on Grape-Nuts and homemade yogurt) My legs were shot in 7-8th grade, to the point were I could no longer run. I tried giving myself a number of years off, but, to this day (now one year past graduation at 19 1/2 years old), running is extremely hard on my joints. Even squatting down takes quite a bit of effort, as it can be quite painful. I started riding horses 5 years ago. Back and SI pain came and went. Over the course of the last year, I was riding up to 8 hours a day, the rest of it filled with heavy barn chores. All of my joints, from my wrists to shoulders went by the wayside. I was getting shooting nerves quite frequently from my shoulders, as well as the sciatica. It felt like all of my ligaments were inflamed and weak. Crepitus and joint snapping painfully affected every joint, even the TMJ. I have always noticed that I do not heal well after injuries, especially ones afflicted to the joints themselves. My hair was of very poor quality - dull, brittle, a light brown tinged with a greyish-green hue in winter. Until recently, I averaged maybe 2 periods a year. Terrible skin, nails, and facial complexion. Eyesight frequently changed. My vision was/is blurry, and one pair of glasses was sometimes too strong, sometimes just right. I often got floaters, and saw double of everything in the morning. I was always squinting, trying to get things to focus. I never felt 'healthy'. The only thing that really 'worked' right were the muscles - they actually tend to develop very easily and retain memory. When riding, I frequently got picked on because my muscles appeared flexed, even when relaxed. The Massage Therapists I saw all remarked that I have very high tenacity, as well as a very high pain tolerance (which I can attest to - I often worry because thing that should hurt, often don't. And when I do feel severe pain, part of me is actually numb. I have been known to laugh when I get hurt, even though my body says that it is in a lot of pain - does this make sense? It is like a certain type of pain receptor is missing. I feel the pain, but it doesn't really hurt. Anyway - I went to multiple doctors, had multiple x-rays and blood tests done (but not the correct ones, as I now realize). None of them even mentioned that food might be the culprit. Now, after restrictions and doing a few 'challenges', I know gluten, casein, chocolate, coffee, and some forms of sugar bother me (haven't quite figured out the specifics). Haven't tried a 'nightshade' challenge yet. Now for the question: If a celiac grew up on abnormally high amounts of wheat, engaged in high levels of physical activities, really pushing the limit, what can be expected for recovery? Years? Decades? After 4 months of not doing anything physical (because I simply couldn't - stretching proved to be damaging to my joints because of the load they take), I can finally stand for an hour, possibly more, depending on the day. This is a big step forward because I was stuck in bed for a number of months because it felt like my back was collapsing onto itself if I stood up) Any physical stress on my body (opening doors, holding objects, etc) is still painful. Now that I am gluten free, my vision has improved, I get the menses more regularly, the crepitus and snapping has softened, and my brain feels a little sharper. How long should I expect it to take for me to 'get better'?
  11. I have found that my throat constricts a little whenever I eat foods that have traces of gluten in (like packaged nuts that contain 'natural flavors', and Cherry Craisins (though I am not sure if it has gluten - but they do contain natural flavors). Is this typical?