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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. Family Reunions

    What about coleslaw? I have an uncle who is really sweet and makes some of it just for me. Also, I've always been picky, so it's not going to alienate me to reject any kind of food. (Although thank you for the concern.) I think I'm going to speak with my family about it, since, if my research is correct, it may be genetic. I'd rather half of them look at me like I'm crazy for mentioning it, if it will affect even some of my family, with the risks of stomach cancer increasing with Celiac. Thank you so much for the tips, I will have to stock up on some non perishable food items that I can keep handy for trips and whatnot.
  2. Recovery Timeline

    Hi, my name is Michelle, and here's mine: I have been having stomach issues for about a year now. I have always been somewhat lactose and fructose intolerant. I have frequent headaches and migraines. And, I've had depression of varying degrees.Those have been going on since I was 12, so 10 years now. When I started having the stomach issues including severe pain almost daily on 6-29-2008, I went to a doctor for it, they did stool and blood samples and I even had a colonoscopy, nothing came back. The symptoms lessened on their own, and I stopped going to the doctor around October or November of 2008, and decided to just deal with it. Because of the issues getting worse, I am at risk of losing my job unless it got taken care of, and I went to see a doctor Thursday of last week, and he immediately said that he thought I had Celiac. I mentioned my research on Crohns and IBS, and he said that rather than put me through a lot of tests, that I should go ahead and go on the gluten free diet for a week and see how I feel. After about two days, I felt weird and I had to stop in my tracks and assess how I was feeling. It has been so long since I have been pain free, that it took me a few seconds to realize that that's why I was feeling strange. I didn't have a headache that morning, like I usually do. I wasn't grumpy, grouchy, or snappy. And most amazingly, I wasn't in pain. Last night, after not being in pain or having any flare ups after 6 days, I cried because it was so strange to feel happy and normal again. I have been with my current boyfriend since August of 2008, and this is the first time he has seen me healthy and not in pain. I realize the withdrawal part is probably going to come along, but I have friends that are coming up with recipes for me that are gluten free, and my boyfriend is trying to clear the house of all gluten containing foods as well, regardless of what his preferences are. My family is also being very helpful, since some of the gluten-free stuff is more expensive. They are scouting out foods that I like that are gluten-free. I was a very picky eater to begin with, so it's not as hard right now, but I know as long as I have good people around me, and helpful sites like this one, I can make it without too much of a hitch.
  3. Family Reunions

    First of all, I am new to the gluten free diet, so I am constantly researching on what I can eat, what I can't eat, and what may or may not be good for me.. I am only a week into the diet, but have already slipped once by eating a candy bar that made me have a bad reaction, so I am being more careful than I already was. I have a family reunion on the 18th, and my reunions are always potluck. No one else in my extended family has heard of this, so there aren't really going to be many choices from what I can predict from past gatherings. I'm supposed to bring a dish of my own, but should I also kind of pack an entire meal too, that way if I have no other options, I'm not left without a balanced meal? Any suggestions, comments, advice, or anything would really help.
  4. How Does Your Family Cope?

    I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I didn't even know that Celiac even existed before I visited my doctor last week. After only a week, I have been feeling 100% better... (Well, I did have an issue with that one stupid candy bar I ate... I didn't check the ingredients. Why do they have to be so tasty?) Anyways, if you were in the same boat as me, you couldn't have made it up when you didn't even know about it. As for my family/friends/coworkers, when I told them why my eating habits changed so suddenly, everyone was concerned and wanted to know what they could do to help. I have a culinary arts major friend who is currently concocting gluten free recipes for me so that I can eat with him, my boyfriend and all our other friends instead of everyone feeling like I'm left out. My boyfriend is wanting to clear out the house of everything that is not gluten free, but I don't want to make him have the same diet as me, so we agreed to separate everything. The bottom shelves are for all my gluten free stuff, and the top shelves are for the stuff I can't eat. I'm only 5 foot tall, so it's not like I can reach it anyways, lol. I don't really feel left out either, a complete change in my diet is a decent sacrifice for me not having stomach issues, not having headaches every day, and not being as depressed as I have been for the past year that I've been suffering through this. All in all, it doesn't matter if other people think you are making it up or not. If you have visited your doctor and they tell you what's healthy for you to do, and your family doesn't believe you, you can always have them go to the doctor with you if you have an appointment and let the doctor lay it out for them.