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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. Has anyone found a gluten-free bread that you don't have to bake yourself? I used to like Gluten Free Delites' white bread, but they went out of business! I can't seem to find any that taste even remotely edible. Has anyone else been luckier?
  2. Candies

    I noticed that Chunky candy bars are on the list as being gluten-free. I used to love those but I read on the label something to the effect "processed on equipment that also processes nuts and wheat," so I have been avoiding these. Did anyone else notice this or am I depriving myself for nothing? Maybe i should look again?
  3. I've been gluten-free for six months now, and I have one more question. I understand that lots of celiacs have allegies to other food products besides wheat. Now, I've noticed that I have the same reaction to corn that I have to wheat (cramps and diarhea), but only when I eat alot of corn (even corn chips, popcorn, etc.) at one sitting. I wonder if this is an allergy or a "normal" reaction to too much fiber or something? I hope I don't sound too dumb here, but it took me awhile to figure out that it was corn and not a gluten "accident." I'd rack my brain trying to figure out what I did wrong since I am so careful about the food I buy. Small amounts of corn have no effect, so it took awhile for me to see the pattern. Does anyone have any insight into this? Thanks.
  4. Darn, I sure was hoping someone would say yes to this question but I know you're right. My logic says, too, that a tiny bit of gluten should do a tiny bit of damage, and a lot should do alot. I can still dream about that creme filled doughnut though!
  5. Kidney Stones,

    Well, dear. I don't know if kidney stones is a common problem in celiacs because I'm only newly dx. I can only tell you that I, too, have kidney stones and also had a hysterectomy last year because of fibroids. I have bad teeth and used to have diarhea all the time. Since going gluten free (only 3 weeks), I have had NO diarhea but still have the fatigue. I hope I will gain some energy (and weight) as I heal! I hope a new doctor can give you some better answers and maybe those who have been doing this longer know more than me! Good luck!
  6. Yes, I had the same thing happen to me. My blood test showed signs of celiac disease, but the biopsy was "inconclusive". The doctor said that there was "nonspecific inflamation" but not the typical damaged villi ( I think that's spelled right). He still believed it was there though. He said that the damage could be "spotty" so maybe he just missed biopsying the right spots. Also, apparantly it depends on the experience of the technitian reading the biopsy. My doctor recommended that I try going gluten free and see if it helps. I've only just started about two weeks ago but I can't believe how much better I feel. I went to the doctor because of "attacks" of diarrhea and abdominal cramps I've had for about 25 years (I'm alittle slow on the uptake, I know). It sounds really stupid but I didn't even realize how sick I felt every time I ate, because I've always been like that. I just thought that everybody felt sick after they ate, until I wasn't anymore. Silly, huh? Anyway, I hope you find good answers to your questions. Apparantly, we're not alone!
  7. Fast Food

    I'm just newly diagnosed- have been eating gluten free for 2 weeks and I can tell it's helping me. I am doing Ok with the diet- still lots of questions but it's not as difficult as I first expected and I feel so much better. Now, I would like to be able to go out to eat with my family or a friend now and then but I don't know what I can safely order. Veterans- have you tryed fast food at all? I mean Wendy's salads or steak at Red Lobster or whatever? Baked potatoes? Anything I can eat? Thanks again.
  8. Thanks so much. I'm glad to know I can still have a few of my favorites! -tg
  9. I have only just begun to eat gluten free but already my stomach is feeling better (after only 25 yrs)! The information my doctor gave me about this diet is very non-specific, though, and some of the information on the web is contradictory. I have two specific questions. I LOVE rootbeer but all the information I've seen says is "some rootbeers". WHICH rootbeers, please? Can I have Barq's? Also I love sour cream but again, the lists say "some contain wheat". What brands are safe? If anyone knows this, I'd love to hear from you! Thank you so much.
  10. You all have been so helpful. I've started eating gluten free this week end. I really think the doctor's on to something here- everything I read on the net about symptoms of celiac seems to say "me". Thank you so much for the encouragement. One more question- how do you take communion in church? The things you don't think of until you're in the situation!
  11. I'd appreciate opinions from others who have had experience with this. I'm 44 and I've gone through so many tests. The blood test was positive for celiac but the biopsy was negative. Now the doctor wants me to go on the celiac diet and see if it helps. In a way I hope he's right because I'd like for something to help, but I have a concern. I'm 5'3" and 86 pounds. Do you usually lose weight when starting this diet, and do you usually have less evergy at the beginning? I just don't see how I can possibly make it through if I lose more weight or energy. Don't get me wrong, I've been skinny and tired for 20+ years, but to get worse... How long before I know if the diet's helping, and what can I do to maintain my weight?