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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. Hi, I have a pantry full of EAS Advant Edge Carb Control Ready to drink Shakes from before I went gluten-free (1 1/2 months ago). I was wondering if anyone here knows if they are gluten-free? The list of ingredients is very long - all of it is chemical. Thank you. Walnut
  2. Hi, I am new to the board and also new to the gluten free lifestyle. I have been on a gluten-free diet for almost 3 weeks now. My mother is celiac and I have symptoms that are very typical of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity so I feel confident that is what I have. However, I have been seeing a GI who has done a colonoscopy, an EGD, a biopsy of the small intestine, which was negative and he is now testing blood for the three "things" (I forget exactly what they are called). I think the blood tests are going to come back negative as well since I am on a gluten free diet. I still think I am gluten sensitive even if not celiac as per those gold standard tests. I searched on the net and found the Enterolab to be very interesting. Reading Dr. Fine's essay made so much sense to me - I have now ordered the gluten sensitivity test from his lab - I am waiting to receive the test kit in the mail, so this is all very new. Meanwhile I still have my main symptom which is diarrhea - it is very, very frustrating. I cross my fingers and wish that it will go away sooner or later. I think I feel better on the gluten-free diet - very difficult to figure out how to cut gluten completely out of the diet and perhaps that is why I haven't yet seen more improvement in my condition. I find it a challenge to figure out how to handle my "new" situation - it is all made so much more difficult by the fact that the doctors don't understand that you can be sick even if not celiac as per their definition. I don't really want to be gluten sensitive, I would much rather be healthy and "normal" like I used to think I was, but I have to say that I almost hope the test results from Enterolab show that I am gluten sensitive, at least that way I know what is wrong and I will know what to do to become healthy again. At this point I am not going to go back on a regular diet unless someone can prove to me that I am not gluten sensitive. I actually feel better than before - yesterday, even though I experienced several episodes of diarrhea throughout the day, I had this clear energy from the moment I got up in the morning and it just stayed with me all day. I don't remember when I last had that sense of feeling energetic and clear. Even the bloating seemed way down and I certainly didn't pass gas like before - these small signs, I choose to take as signs that the gluten-free diet does me good. After all, it probably took a long time for me to become as sick as I am so I will have to be patient with my body when it comes to the time it takes to heal. I love to be healthy and all I want right now is to become healthy - it means everything to me. I cried the first time I read messages on this board from other people who suffer like I do - it was such a relief to know that I am not alone in this. All the fears I have and the loss of control of your lifestyle. The sense that your condition is getting worse every day without you knowing where to turn for help. This message board and the existance of Enterolab give me hope. I would love to hear from others - your story, your worries, your way of handling your situation. Thank you. Walnut