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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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  1. I just had my biopsy yesterday and I'm having quite the flare as well.
  2. I'm new on the Forum and had biopsy yesterday to confirm DH but I am RH negative.
  3. Hi, I have severe dermatitis herpetiformis and have had it come and go for the past 4 years. I'm an East Texas girl who loves her fried chicken and gravy, chicken and spaghetti casserole, etc. but the truth is, I suffer from other symptoms besides DH. Your list has made me more determined to stick to a gluten-free lifestyle. (It ain't easy.) I have itchy, dry, flaky skin all over my body and scalp. Thank you for the motivation. I need it.
  4. I have had Dermatitis Herpetiformis off and on again for about 10 years or longer. It does get blistery and insanely itchy. I have never had the perfectly symetrical pattern but maybe one elbow, one finger, one knee and then other times it would be both elbows, both knees. It's just a crazy disease. It waxes and wanes though and sometimes I can go for a period of weeks or months without a breakout. I have scratched until I bled. Now when the itchy patches come, I use an Rx from my Dermatologist, Pramazone lotion (which actually dries up the blisters) given a few days time.
  5. resolving to be gluten free and it ain't easy!

  6. I am a woman in Texas (a flight attendant) who is in the battle of a lifetime with Celiac, also Dermatitis Herpetiformis with my skin. I would love some help/advice/coaching from someone. I have absolutely no idea what things are good to eat and what things are bad. Sure, I know not to eat wheat, oats and barley (bread), but so many things have these in them - what to do? I will give you a brief description of what I am like now. I was 135 lbs. last year, and I am 168 pounds now. I have a very large, tight stomach and gas. I also think I have a severe case of IBS. I have alternating constipation and "almost" diarrhea. I have fatigue, headaches, brain fog, aches and pains, and obviously osteoporosis. (I fell down my stairs in January and shattered my ankle. It was a horrible break - a trimalleolar fracture.) I can eat just a little bit and then my stomach feels full, tight and bloated even though I am still hungry! I look like I take steroids and feel fat and round. Will I ever get my slim stomach back again? For the past 4 years, I have had a skin condition with blistering that the Dermatologist thought it was dermatitis. Now I have been told that it is Dermatitis Herpetiformis. It is the absolutely worse stinging than I have ever had without being bitten. It is a maddening itch, scabbbing, itching, scabbing....on and on. Mainly, I want to get rid of the bloated belly. Please, if anyone has any advice, share it with me. I am absolutely not overeating. I am spacing very small meals throughout the day, and still the bloating continues. I have had a Gynecological checkup and all is well. Thank you for all of your help! Jan Hall