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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. Am I Overthinking Things?

    I am being treated for Lyme Disease too, and have the gluten issues. I can't make sandwiches for my husband anymore because touching the bread makes me break out in little clear blisters on my fingers that itch and spread if they're popped. Sometimes I have worn plastic gloves to make his sandwich but I am very careful not to touch wheat in any form. So I do not think keeping your game clean is over reacting. They could always bring their own game or eat safe foods when they are playing with yours. You have to do what you have to do to stay healthy. Friends will understand that. As for the staying out all night - have you heard of that Spoon Theory that someone thought up for explaining to healthy friends what it's like living with a chronic disease? ( http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory-written-by-christine-miserandino/ ) I hope that helps!
  2. I have to agree about the stupidity of the IBS diagnosis. Over 20 years ago, I began seeking help for all of my intestinal symptoms, and doctors - 2 OB/Gyns, 3-4 General Practitioners, and 2 GI Specialists - all said the same thing. "It's IBS, so eat more fiber." But not one of them had any suggestions for me when I was eating a perfect diet of fiber and it didn't help at all. As a matter of fact, I kept getting worse the more fiber I ate. So I do believe that when a doctor says "It's IBS" what they're really saying is "I don't have a clue what your problem is but run along and do the best you can." Thanks to the internet and sites like this one, I figured it out myself and went gluten free. I've been improving ever since! Doctors.....
  3. This thread is full of information, and I've been taking time to read through the multitude of pages - but they stop here.... Is anyone else out there still suffering with Celiac and Lyme? I am on my 4th month of treatment for Lyme. My blood work was sent off to Igenx 2 days ago, but I just got some Labcorp results back last night that were "abnormal". My CD8 - CD57+ Lymphs was low - it's 57. I looked it up on the internet and it says that means I have only 2 possibilities.... I have Chronic Lyme or HIV. Well, I'm sure I don't have HIV, and so I guess I should be grateful that it isn't that! But Chronic Lyme is not much fun either.
  4. I Just Broke Out In Hives

    Hmmmm. I wonder if you're onto something here. I have learned that when I make my guys grilled cheese sandwiches, I wear plastic gloves because I break out in a rash on my hands if I don't.
  5. I Just Broke Out In Hives

    Yes, my idea is to stop eating those gluten free things! (Waffles and bars) Get back to basics - unprocessed meats (bacon is processed), unprocessed veggies and unprocessed fruits. Your body needs to heal and it's telling you that something isn't right. Then, once your body stops hurting, add in one new thing - like something gluten free. See how your body reacts for a day or so, and then add something else. You have too much going on there in your food intake today!
  6. What The Heck Is Candida?

    I always take massive doses of probiotics when I'm on antibiotics (like now) for the reasons the others have stated. I take the probiotics at least 4 times a day (an hour or two before or after taking the antibiotics) and without food. You'll want to get the kind with the special gel coating that keeps the pill from digesting in your stomach. It needs to digest in your intestines. I think the coating is called Enteric.
  7. I was on a very strict diet for over 2 years to get rid of an intestinal yeast over growth. I went to a nutritionist and her plan had two parts to it. 1 - Starve the yeast and 2 - Kill the yeast. 1. to startve the yeast, I had to avoid all food with simple sugars in them, including fruits, potatoes, corn, all dairy, and all grains, except 1/2 cup of Brown rice a day. 2. To kill the yeast, I took 8 drops of Grapefruit Seed extract in a large glass of water a day. Plus took probiotics without food and at bed time. Being on this diet and taking those supplements really helped me, but it is an intense diet and can take a while.....
  8. I am so sorry you are struggling - from all sides it sounds like. Hang in there! I was wondering about supplements that you might be taking that may give you that sudden D. Too much Magnesium can do that to me, which, because I usually have constipation, I try to take just enough to be normal - not too loose but just right. But when I take too much magnesium - boy I got to go right now and it's liquid! Plus another thought is that I've read that some of the "gluten free" flours are known to be contaminated with gluten. Have you tried to cut out everything except the meats, veggies and fruits you know you're not allergic to? It might not be an allergy at all.
  9. Too Much Time On My Hands...

    Good one! I know a few of them!
  10. Thanks for that! My stomach is doing surprisingly well. It is the fatigue and brain fog that made me wonder about gluten contamination. Unfortunately, Celiac, Lyme and med side effects all share the same symptoms, so it's hard to know what is causing it.
  11. I suppose I was blessed this time - since I had already paid for them and taken them! Dealing with all of these details involving Celiac and Lyme and Medications.... what to eat, when to eat, what not to eat, what to take on an empty stomach, how many hours after eating can I take this supplement.... I was going to use wheat being in my meds as an excuse to quit.... I was going to just eat gluten free meats, veggies and fruits and just forget about the rest. I am just tired and weary from it all. But yeah for me - no wheat in those meds, so I guess I'll have to keep taking them.
  12. Calling the pharmacutical companies was easier than I thought it would be. I looked up their numbers on the internet, and they answered my questions very easily. All of my medications are gluten free. One of the customer representatives even told me that it would be helpful in my search for information on my medicines to have the pharmacy give me the NDC # for each medication. It is an 11 digit code that will make sure that the pharmacutical company and I are talking about the exact same medication. I appreciated that!
  13. I have been gluten free for over a year, and now have been diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease. As I was taking my 3 antibiotics last night, it suddenly occurred to me that there might be wheat in them. I don't know why I didn't ask 2 months ago when I began taking them! But I'm wondering now! The pharmacist said he didn't have a list of ingredients, and that I needed to contact the laboratory, which I will be doing when they open today. Does anyone know if these antibiotics contain wheat? Clarithromycin 500 mg (Biaxin) Doxycycline Hyclate 100 Mg Cefuroxime Axetil 500 Mg (Ceftin)
  14. Too Much Time On My Hands...

    I so enjoyed reading these posts just now!!! I am glad I was alone - only my dog looked at me funny while I laughed out loud!!
  15. Wheat-Self-Harm

    When I was struggling with my health because of what I ate (did not know that I had Celiac yet), I had many of the same symptoms as you. I tried to eat only meats and veggies that had no carbs since I thought that I had a yeast overgrowth. But when my life got stressful, like troubles with a person I loved, or loosing my job as a homeschool mom, I would eat foods that I knew would make me sick so that I wouldn't have to think about the emotional pain. Warped, I know.... but that is what I did. I got into a support group for emotional and relational and food problems, and I am doing much better now. Sometimes I am still tempted to eat wheat, like today while I'm on vacation, but I would rather be healthy than eat wheat. But I do know what you mean by wheat self-harm. It's an addiction and a weapon to hurt yourself. Emotionally, you need to love yourself enough not to hurt yourself anymore. Mentally, you have to face the truth and get out of denial - wheat is bad for you. Learn how to love yourself and protect yourself from temptation and stress. You are worth it!!! Don't blame anyone else for your choice to hurt yourself either. When it comes down to it, you are the one who can say "NO!" and "I chose to love and care for myself. I will not eat wheat!" "I do not have to eat that!" Healthy self-talk gets me over the hump when I feel food calling my name.