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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. Jaimek, Hang in there! Just think the good you did getting your family to be tested -- your brother learned about his reflux problem earlier on-- which undoubtedly is a very good thing! You're not alone feeling frustrated and sad. I think it's common for us Celiacs. We feel overwhelmed by all the precautions we must take and changes we must make -- and we feel somewhat left-out. We Gluten-free's are here to support each other! :-) Sometimes i try to think of the good in that I've been diagnosed and have some control over the situation. I feel bad for all the Celiacs out there who haven't been diagnosed yet or have been misdiagnosed. Supposedly there are many more of us than actually get diagnosed in this country. Hopefully that will improve and we will have some strength in numbers. There will be good days and bad days ... but I'll be hoping for lots more good days than bad for you!!
  2. I'm an ovo-lacto vegetarian who occassionally eats fish (have been this for 19 years now). One of the best things I did since being diagnosed with Celiac this summer was to have a visit with a Registered Dietician as an outpatient at my local hospital. She was very knowledgeable on Celiac and helped me craft a gluten-free diet that would get me all the nutrients i should have. She even did a body composition test and a metabolism test to see how many calories I need to have to help me gain back a few pounds I've lost to Celiac disease before being diagnosed. Pointer: A Registered Dietician qualifies as a Nutritionist, but a Nutritionist does not necessarily qualify as a Registered Dietician. A Registered Dietician must have a degree in it. A nutritionist deosn't have to have a degree. You may find a "nutritionist" or "nutritional counselor" at your local chiropractor (I saw one of these also), but I got a whole lot more out of my visit to the Registered Dietician.
  3. My G.I. tested my blood for Gliadin AB IGG and Gliadin AB IGA, but he also tested for ENDOMYSIAL AB and RETICULIN IGA. He said different labs test for different things but that it's important to use a lab that tests for all these things. Also, this may be very obvious, but I made this mistake a year ago: Last year my brother was diagnosed with Celiac, so I decided to just go on a gluten-free diet to be on the safe side a couple months before I got my own Celiac blood test done. I thought there would be no harm in this and I didn't mention it to my family doctor at the time. Well, I ended up with a negative test and was told I didn't have Celiac. Overjoyed, I ate wheat the following year. When I saw a G.I specialist this July for some other issues, he suggested we do the Celiac Blood test. And sure enough -- I tested positive. I took these things from my experience ... -Entrust your tests to a G.I. who understands Celiac, not your regular old family physician. -Don't self-diagnose. -You must be eating gluten for the Celiac tests to be accurate. Hope any of this is helpful and good luck!
  4. I was diagnosed and started my gluten-free diet in July 2003 and get my blood retested in November. I'm one of those more silent-celiac sufferers because I don't have overt gastric symptoms (although I do have Osteopenia even though I'm not in menopause) -- so I wouldn't know if I'd accidentally ingested some gluten. My sister's household uses wheat cat litter for their cats. The cats come around you when you're visiting and they climb on the furniture and jump on the dining table etc. Does anyone have any information on the dangers of wheat cat litter and Celiacs? It's dusty in the room where they keep the litter box and I wonder how much of that dust is throughout the house and even on my sister and her family's clothes. I assume if there's dust, there's also some dust in the air that gets breathed in. I'd hate to stop visiting her at her house, but I need to beat this Celiac. Thanks for any info. or experiance anyone has with this! -GFHeather