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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. Thank you again, when I get the chance I will post my test results, I do not have them with me at the moment. I will give the diet another go and see how things work out. You guys have been very helpful this past week, I appreciate it.
  2. Well, I got my blood test results back today and I was basically devastated. I do not have celiac disease. My blood test results were very normal. I was told I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which to me is so much worse. I was given a bunch of info on it and how to go about dealing with it from exercising, to managing stress, to eliminating food groups and foods, all of which I have already done before and nothing has worked. So I am basically back at square one. I was given a prescription, but I have to lower my dosage down to one a day and the doctor will only let me be on it for 6 months, he wants me to eventually be weened off of it and if I still need it after 6 months I have to go back. I really don't know what to make of this or even where to go from here. I am quite upset at this turn of events, as I was fairly certain I had celiac disease. I just don't know what to do now.
  3. Thank you as well, I will definitely try the diet after testing is done. In the mean time, I have been trying to treat the symptoms with Digestive Advantage for Irritable Bowl Syndrome (which is originally what I thought I had) and Peppermint Oil pills. The Dr. also put me on a medication to control the diarrhea and I have been on these things since last friday and they already stopped being effective, so the diet is the last thing I can think of no matter what the results. I will make sure to start checking Wegman's out for the gluten free products. I have found some recipes on here in some of the other threads that I want to try.
  4. Thank you, it means a lot, I'm glad someone responded, its kinda lonely being the only one I know with it, I only told 2 people about what I might have but they can only empathize so much. I decided to get tested b/c I am still on my parents insurance for a few more months before I get kicked off b/c I will be too old so I figured I might as well do all of this now while I can. It feels weird saying it, but I hope you have a positive diagnosis too and I hope you find relief from going gluten free. I have not decided to do that yet incase I need a biopsy, but it kills me every time I eat gluten or wheat or barley or whatever, I know its probably toxic to me. I will post my results here as soon as I get them.
  5. Hello everyone, I am 24 years old male and I went to the doctor last wednesday and they took blood samples after I told them all the symptoms I was having that had been going for about 6 years now and the doctor thought it might be celiac disease. Now I have to wait (very impatiently) until this friday where I will get the results back. I honestly hope I do have celiac disease, just so I can have some closure and move on with things. I hate not knowing what is wrong, and I definitely need to have something done to fix myself before I graduate from college (going to be a nurse). I really don't want my symptoms full blown while trying to work with patients. Its great to have a forum like this, reading some of the things everyone has written has made me feel a little better about things.