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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. Glad you're doing well......let's chat sometime

  2. Stay strong! You're doing sooooo good! Life sure does get better and easier! God Bless for who you are! Tena

  3. Congestion, Runny Nose With Intolerances

    ** Follow Up ** In case there was anyone who was following this thread (I'm not saying that there definitely was, haha), my doc put me on a corticosteroid nasal spray (Flonase), and I bought over-the-counter Mucinex and nasal saline spray. I'm not cured, but it does seem slowly but surely that I'm getting better. I'm still congested and have a bit of the runny nose, but it's not nearly as bothersome as it was before (able to breathe again while I'm eating, my voice sounds almost normal again, don't have as difficult of a time breathing thru my nose). Doctor said that I didn't have an infection but something known as "vasomotor rhinitis." Not sure how common this is in Celiac, but if you're having these s/x than I would suggest trying what I have if it's suitable for you. Merry Christmas!
  4. Congestion, Runny Nose With Intolerances

    I'm sorry about all the sinus pressure and headaches you experience. I tend to get a lot of headaches too, but I don't think it's related to my sinuses; its mostly in the frontal area of my forehead. Just usually a lot of throbbing, pain, and/or pressure. I could even deal with mild congestion if the runny nose wasn't so bad. I count my blessings that I miss out on most of the classical stomach symptoms with Celiac, but I really hate these symptoms too.
  5. Congestion, Runny Nose With Intolerances

    I've never had allergies, and really am hoping that there's just something I'm missing when I eat certain foods. I'm going to start a food diary; i.e., list all ingredients, list how I've felt after eating, etc. The antibiotics are finally starting to kick in, but nothing has completely gone away. Thanks so much for your help :-)
  6. Congestion, Runny Nose With Intolerances

    Thanks for the reply JerseyAngel. I'll have to look into this; I was really hoping this was just from an infection, but when I think back, I do think how often I was congested with the constant runny nose. I suppose it became most problematic starting around the beginning of this year. It's frustrating, because with antibiotics, my nasals are a lot more clear, but my family claims that they can still hear the congestion. I get the idea that some of my family members think I just have the flu and I'm not doing anything about, but that's not the case at all! It's actually really frustrating, but that's a whole different story. Getting back on topic, would you say that the Claritin and Nasacort AQ gave more relief as far as the runny nose goes? Or clearing congestion?
  7. Congestion, Runny Nose With Intolerances

    I use Sudafed but it only temporarily relieves the symptoms. The same runny nose and congestion come back within a couple of hours. This is an on/off problem with me that would usually resolve with antibiotics, but I've had this now for almost a month and it's just not going away. But I know this can't last forever, right??
  8. Getting frustrated here! Since before Thanksgiving I've been chronically congested and carrying a box of kleenex around with me due to the runny nose. I was then on Zithromax, which contains 5 pills. I was beginning to feel better, but by the 4th or 5th pill my symptoms re-occurred. I thought it was something I ate "illegally", as I put it, and waited for the problem to resolve on its own. When it didn't, I got another prescription of Zithromax a few days ago. The same thing happened; the first 3 pills helped my congestion, but now it's coming back all over again!! Can someone help me figure out what's going on? I just want to get better so I can breathe and talk normally...
  9. B12 Supplement vs ADHD Medication?

    I know it's been a while since this forum was brought up, but I did get the blood results back. Surprisingly, everything was normal with a slight deficiency in my Vitamin D. I did read that it may be associated with some cognitive impairment (brain fog, memory loss), but that doesn't explain my mood swings or just generally feeling tired a lot of the time. Do you think that it would really be that much of a harm to try the B12 supplement even though my levels are supposedly normal? I'd just try the sublingual tabs, not going in for shots every month. It might make a difference, or it might not. But even though my labs are "normal", I've always had trouble with on-and-off anemia.
  10. Starbucks Vanilla

    I'm gluten-free and I don't have a reaction to Starbucks lattes. But then again, I usually just get the regular flavor with soy milk -- not the vanilla. Maybe try the regular flavor? Also, consider that you may be intolerant to dairy products.
  11. Ssris

    Ah...I see.
  12. Has anyone on here taken Celexa, an SSRI antidepressant? I can't be too sure about this, but I get some of the gluten-related symptoms: my right forefinger swells up and I have the sniffles/runny nose. I do admit that the sniffles have pretty much gone away (and it IS a known side effect, I looked it up), but my swollen finger worries me. Ironically, I mentally feel fine. Perhaps just because it's the med naturally doing its thing? I really have been less anxious, don't get as nervous, and it does help some of the brain fog. But I feel like I still get the crazy "highs" in moods, although do not feel as low any longer. So, I don't know what to distinguish right now. I guess I just want to hear about your experience with either this SSRI in particular, or any others you've been on. And if you know of a gluten-free SSRI, that would be great... Thanks... **EDIT: P.S. I don't know why the topic name didn't come up in all caps...how confusing to read...**
  13. B12 Supplement vs ADHD Medication?

    I haven't been active on this forum in a while, but I have read all of the responses -- thank you. I finally got an appt to see my PCP and I told her about my intermittent brain fog, inability to concentrate/focus, and the bad mood swings. She didn't even bring up ADHD; she ordered blood tests to check on my thyroid, CBC, iron level, B12, etc. I'm going in tomorrow morning and just hoping for the best. Maybe these lab tests can finally tell me something, and I can start to work on getting better... The blood sugar topic IS a very good point. In fact, I think I was around 13-14 when I stopped taking lunches to school (all I would take is juice or water) because food tired me out and I wanted to concentrate/stay awake in class. When I was a little older and wiser, I did start taking food to eat for lunch, but they were fruits, small snacks, etc. Never a meal that included carbohydrates or a lot of sugar. The SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) is something I've always wanted to do more research on. I have to take a look at the sites. Maybe when my head will cooperate with me more I'll be able to. In the meanwhile, I have to save what cognitive ability I have left for my volumes of reading/studying for my nursing courses. But again, thank you!! I'll post on how everything goes in case other members may be curious. - LadyCyclist
  14. Pittsburgh , Pa & Surrounding Areas

    mamaw, When is the next celiac support meeting? I really want to try to go. No guarantees that I can b/c this semester (I'm in school) is crazy for me, but I really want to try to go!! Also, what are some topics that are discussed at the seminar? Or is there a website I can take a look at? Thanks, LadyC
  15. Social Life/dating

    I can relate very well to your situation. I have my own set of insecurities, anxieties, etc. and sometimes I don't know if it's just from trying to get everything in my diet straightened out, or if it's really just me. Most of my friends are either in serious relationships or are engaged, and it sort of makes me feel out of the loop. I really do want to be with someone, but I keep telling myself I'm not ready for the same reasons you do. The one thing I never try to do is let my Celiac Disease drag me down. If I can feel the brain fog I'm getting, I just flat out tell people that I'm having a bad day. People can judge however they wish (a "ditz", someone who "doesn't get it", etc.) but it doesn't matter to me because they're not walking in my shoes. I'm aware of my own capabilities and am doing the best that I can. And if my anyone (especially a significant other) can't understand that, then that person isn't worth my time and energy. I'll save that for the people who have been so understanding and supportive with my disease. But thankfully, I haven't had a problem with anyone I've dated in not accepting my situation. I still have a social life with my friends, but finding that "special someone" is a whole other issue. I do believe that special person exists, but I just don't know WHEN I'm going to be able to find him. I think those kind of things always happen unexpectedly :-)