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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. Hello my name is Anne-Elise and I am diagnosed on three levels with Celiac Disease. Briefly my background was an ER visit for chest pain ............. Stress Test and Echo proved a healthy heart. Second guess was Gallbladder.....my symptoms were certainly consistent with stones. So we arranged for Ultrasound and endoscopy ........ nothing on the ultrasound and the endoscopy say nothing until the Dr. decided to go down a little further................... I don't remember a whole lot, and just remember hearing gluten. My Mother was diagnosed with that issue as well in 1971.......when they did not have the blood test. I took the required blood tests and a biopsy along with some third thing I don't remember confirmed it. More worried that I was dying from some other ailment as I had a repeat trip to the ER for the same symptoms.......I didn't really take it seriously. I convinced myself that it must have just started because I had none of the symptoms my Mother had --- and I could gradually reduce gluten. Homemade Bread was my best friend!!!! Living without that and Pasta ...... a fate worse than death for me (not really). When I went back for the follow up examination I was bombarded with statistics and worse case scenarios........which required a colonoscopy immediately because lymphoma and intestinal damage were part of the complications that came with non-treated celiac disease. I was terrified .... I spent the weekend scared of the worse case scenario's; terrified of what they would find. Long story shortened.......I have no growths, major intestinal damage or lymphoma present at this time. I am going to live ............. well depending on whether they can find out what else is wrong. So here I am, faced with a huge life style change --- and the fear has been instilled in me to take it seriously. The denial is gone now and I am left with the challenge of replacing my beloved bread and pasta with gluten free products. I am open to any and all suggestions regarding recipe's, advice, suggestions, vitamin supplements (apparently slightly overweight I am still malnourished). Anything and everything other than the scary stuff - my Doc did a swell job on that!!!! Thank you for your time. Anne-Elise