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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. Thanks for your thoughts, ravenwoodglass. I understand that neuro recovery is non-linear and may take several months I just couldn't understand why I had such palpable improvement early on that was so short-lived. As I said before there were other changes that could have accounted for this positive shift and that's what got me wondering if celiac is really an issue. I believe that I was reasonably strict with the diet. It was very restricted and I used my own pans, etc... The D is puzzling though I have to admit. What is CC?
  2. I tested negative for celiac disease but went Gluten-free as an experiment to see if it might help my neurological symptoms. I did have considerable improvement in the first several weeks but I also made other changes around this time that may have been responsible this. After this brief period of improvement I slipped back to the status quo and even got a little worse. At 8 months I was doubtful that I had gluten intolerance and did several gluten challenges. These didn't seem to have any affect on my neurological symptoms but I did experience D in excess of what I had even before I went Gluten-free. Is it possible that my body needs to relearn how to digest gluten??
  3. Can you guys help me figure out if my corn tortillas are safe? They contain--corn treated with lime, calcium propronate, carboxymethyl cellulose, monocalcium phosphate, potassium sorbate, fumaric acid). Thanks very much, Mike
  4. Gfresh-- Can you tell me about the cross contamination issue? I've had a terrible setback for several weeks and have been eating a lot of lays low salt chips. Thanks, Mike
  5. Thanks, guys. I am looking Gluten-free, 500mcg, subingual of cobalamine, which looks as though it may be a tall order.
  6. Is your brand sublingual? I forgot to mention that I am looking for a sublingual form. My current brand is TwinLab.
  7. I was wondering if someone could recommend a gluten-free B-12 supplement? Also, are the following ingredients in my current B-12 supplement Gluten-free? Malic Acid Cherry flavor Cellulose Sorbitol Croscarmellose sodium Magnesium stearate Silica Thanks very much, Mike
  8. Thanks everyone for your thoughtful replies. The only thing new I've added to my diet recently has been homemade lentil soup. Seems pretty safe to me but I'll be calling the company to see what they have to say... I have an email in to my doctor about the genetic testing for celiac and doing more general tests to look for other causes of my confusion. I have to say it again. My sinuses are phenomenal. It's hard to believe. I've had allergies my whole life and I don't know that my nose has ever been this clear. Thanks again for your insight form the trenches... -Mike
  9. To recap--my celiac disease test results were negative... My PCP thought the Gluten-free diet might be worth trying anyway... Several weeks after going Gluten-free my worst symptom (confusion) improved by maybe 50-75%. The improvement was palpable and I was certain I was on my way to recovery. Despite religiously adhering to the diet. for the past 6 weeks I've felt like I am almost back to square one. I do have the occasional good day, or days when the onset of the confusion is much later in the day--but I also have horrendous days in which the confusion/agitation is there almost the entire day. 1. Should I be doing better at five months? Is it normal to have setbacks spanning weeks this far out? 2. I just saw a new neurologist and based on my symptoms she thinks that I have celiac disease even though my results were negative. I am not willing to do the biopsy... Should I ask for genetic testing? 3. Finally, I've noticed that my nasal congestion is vastly improved--maybe the best it's ever been... Could this be a result of going Gluten-free? Thanks in advance for your encouragement and insights, Mike
  10. Thanks, everyone for all of the help. I am going to keep at the diet and see where it takes me. Time to start a food journal.. Between the glutenings that are bound to happen and the improvement that I might see over time I think it will become clearer whether I am gluten intolerant or not... That's my hope anyway....
  11. Hi, rinne- My B-12 was down to 191 but is now up to 1324 with subingual b-12 supplementation. I don't know if it's helped or not but I am thrilled to have this corrected and I suspect that it is helping on some level. My D was very low at 8. I started 1000 IU and my level only went up to 9. I've since increased my dose and will retest in 2 months. Is magnesium deficiency common? I've been noting, which foods precede episodes but haven't kept a daily journal. I should do that though. The other condition.... I had severe and protracted withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing antidepressants. I am almost four years clean and I am still neurologically damaged. Not many people know about this issue but it is very serious. I know scores of people whose lives were destroyed by these medications. It was by leaps and bounds the worst mistake of my life. It wouldn't be dramatic to call my outcome tragic... I don't expect a full recovery but I believe that I will continue to improve. Thanks very much, Mike
  12. Hi, ang1e0251- I don't have the results handy but I think it was the ttg that was 5... Can you describe what your neuro symptoms were like and how severe they were? Do you recall the pattern of your recovery? When you first noticed you were getting better, etc... Were your tremors worse when you were having a foggy episode? I have had essential tremors since I was 11 but they are much worse (and different) during episodes. The clumsiness is also very prominent during episodes. Thanks, very much. It is so helpful to hear from others who are further along. -Mike
  13. I tested negative for celiac disease several months ago. Not sure what my results were but there were two tests and one of the numbers was 5... My doctor thought I might be gluten intolerant so I've now been on a Gluten-free diet for 4+ months and have experienced some improvement. In particular, my bowels seem much better although they seemed a little better before going Gluten-free so I am not sure if I can attribute it to the diet or not. The confusion I have been experiencing is also somewhat improved but it varies a great deal from day to day. Two steps forward, one step back... I have had two glutenings... The first time I had about a half a cookie and had a very severe episode of confusion/agitation that lasted much longer than usual. The next second time I took a vitamin that was not Gluten-free and didn't think that much about it but had some serious D (rare for me these days) after that with moderate confusion lasting longer than usual. So I am guessing that gluten may be a part of the picture but it's hard to say, as I have another condition (long story) that affects my nervous system. I've also changed a few other things that could be responsible for my improvement. Regardless I am staying on the diet for now... A couple of questions: 1. I'd appreciate any support, encouragement, wisdom from any of you that have had significant neuro symptoms. What pattern of improvement should I expect with the neuro symptoms (if I am gluten intolerant)? My main concern is with episodes of confusion and coordination problems. 2. Does Celiac or gluten intolerance affect the muscles at all? I have a lot of problems with muscle rigidity, hyperexcitability, irritation. This has improved some. 3. This morning I was making my son a waffle and it fell apart and I had waffle crumbs on my hands. Later I experienced confusion earlier in the day than I usually do and again some D, which I don't really have that much these days. Is it possible that simply touching the waffle crumbs did this or this simply a coincidence? Thanks very much, -Mike
  14. Thanks everyone for your thoughtful responses. I have other medical issues and there are other possible explanations for my brain fog, etc but I also have reason to believe that this could be related to gluten. It's helpful to hear everyones' time lines and it helps to motivate me to keep going. I am excited to give some of the products suggested here a try. One day at at time... Thanks, -Mike
  15. My tTg was 5 but because of the significant percentage of false negatives discussed here and my doctors suggestion, I am giving the diet a go. A few questions.... I know it varies a great deal and that full recovery can take a year or longer but at what point do people notice that the diet is definitely helping? I am interested in hearing what sort of range you see here in the forums as well as your own personal experience. My symptoms are primarily neuro--brain fog episodes, general cognitive problems, etc. I was thinking of trying the diet for three months and continuing if I experience any positive results. Does that seem like a reasonable plan? Can we talk about bread for minute? I tried a corn based bread. Bad, bad, bad. The bagels I tried, which were composed of a melange of wheat substitutes tasted like gas station/vending machine fare. The rice bread wasn't bad but the slices are tiny and it falls apart so easily. Thanks, -Mike