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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. Symbion Probiotics?

    I had an appointment with my GI last week and we discussed the need for probiotics. He is having me try Floristor. It is supposed to be really good for Candida. Not all pharmacies have it. I found mine at Walgreens. It is a little pricey. Its around $40 for 25 days. BUT if it takes care of my problems it is worth every penny. I have been on it for about a week and my stomach problems seem to be settling down.
  2. Going To Key West

    I will be traveling to Key West soon. Does anyone know of any restaurants there that have gluten free menus?
  3. Still Sick

    Have you checked your shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and any meds you take including over the counter? It does take some time. The first 6 weeks were the toughest.
  4. Accidently Glutened

    Thanks for the suggestions. It really stinks feeling like this.
  5. I somehow got glutened about 5 days ago. Within a few hours I had explosive diarhea. That lasted for hours and ever since my stomach has been a mess. It feels raw and on fire. I have been eating soft cooked foods and it is a little better but I am miserable. What do you do when this happens to you?
  6. Like you, I had never heard of Celiac Disease until my doctor finally tested me. I had been ill for years (I am 50). I was diagnosed 15 months ago and I feel like I am 20. I had migraines, depression, brain fog, fatigue, irritability, terrible PMS, and stomach aches. Within 2 weeks of going gluten free my symptoms started going away. A gluten free diet really isn't hard. Even though there are many processed gluten free products, try to stay away from them while you are healing. I ate (and still do) meats, vegetables, and fruit. I also noticed for the first 6 months or so my body did much better with cooked vegetables. It has been 15 months and I have not had one migraine. Good luck to you.
  7. My GI checks my levels every 6 months. However this last time my number was down to 4. So he said he doesnt need to see me unless I start having problems. Good luck to you.
  8. That is great news! My gastroenterologist says he believes most people diagnosed with fybromyalgia would test positive for Celiac Disease. My story is about depression. I had been on antidepressants and antianxiety meds for 13 years. I have been gluten free since October 2008 and am medicine free. No more depression. No more anxiety. Life is good. I never want that poison (gluten) in my body ever again.
  9. I was on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds for years and years. My celiac disease affected my brain more than any other part of my body. I had severe migraines (hospitalized because of them), constant brain fog, and of course the depression and anxiety I was being treated for. Let me just say this, after 13 months of a gluten free diet I am no longer on my meds, have no headaches whatsoever, and no brain fog. By the way, I am 50 years young. Make sure your meds are gluten free. Have your pharmacist contact the manufacturers. Don't forget to check your toothpaste, shampoo, anything that can touch your lips. Best of luck to you, but please please please be careful about stopping your meds. This can wreak havoc on your brain. Take care of yourself.
  10. Please don't do the challenge. You will get really sick. And if he has diagnosed you you shouldn't have to do that. He will be able to tell by your numbers from your bloodwork. And as for IBS I think all Celiac Patients could be diagnosed with that. Our small bowel is irritated, therefore IBS. Good luck to you. The gluten free diet really isn't hard if you make up your mind to follow it. The first few months are the hardest as you will still feel crummy during that time. But once you feel better you won't want that poison ever again.
  11. My gastroenterologist said all products must be gluten free. You can call any manufacturer and they will know if their products are gluten free. I used to use very expensive skin products but now use Burts Bee products. They are wonderful, and gluten free. If it can touch your lips it can contaminate you. Make sure you check ALL meds. If you are prescribed any meds your pharmacist can call to make sure they are gluten free. They may not like doing it but that is part of their job. I have followed all suggestions my GI gave me and in 13 months my TGG level went from 63 to 4. Yes that's right a 4. 0-19 is normal. It really does get easier. Good luck to you.
  12. I have been gluten free for 13 months now and feel fabulous but my bowel movements are not always "normal". My first advice is GET RID OF THE OATMEAL. I am very surprised your doctor says they are ok. Because oats and wheat are usually grown in the same fields it is almost impossible for them to be gluten free. You need to add some veggies to your diet. Try broccoli, cauliflower, etc. This will help with your problem. Good luck to you.
  13. I have been gluten free for 13 months now and feel fabulous but my bowel movements are not always "normal". My first advice is
  14. Wow, you are an inspiration to all of us. Very nice video.