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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. Manteca, Ca. Celiacs

    Hi All, I live in Vacaville CA. I haven't found a support group nearby yet. Have you found a doc yet Amber? ~Rhonda
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  3. Sorry if this is a silly question, I'm relatively new at all of this. Why should the thyroid be checked and what would we be looking for? ~Rhonda
  4. Thanks for the links, I'm looking them over and doing quite a bit of reading. I'm still overwhelmed, but I'm tackling it. LOL, it's not like I can give up or stop eating! I'm lucky to have a Gluten-Free store an hour from our home... everything in the store is gluten-free and my son and I giggle and race from item to item checking for soy and corn (his allergies.) I've been chatting up my local grocery and they have a 7 page list of Gluten-free products they carry now. They're in the process of listing the items by isle, personally I'd love them in their own area! My son's tests came up negative for Celiac, but he's been following the SCD diet for 6 months, so we really don't know. What I do know is that when we removed the grains from his diet all of his stomach pain, diarrhea, etc. disappeared and his once totally ulcerated colon started healing. To me, that's really enough evidence. I don't want to start feeding him wheat and have him suffer just to get a formal diagnosis. Are there blood tests available for Celiac Disease that don't require gluten consumption? I remember reading about a DNA test. I guess I can google that next. All of this research is keeping me from my housework... darn it! *grin* ~Rhonda
  5. Thanks for your replies. After 6 months eating SCD I've become accustomed to eating a pretty simple diet. We're taking good probiotics and L-glutamine. It was interesting reading Ravenwoodglass's tag lines. I've been diagnosed with so many things, or should I say misdiagnosed. Although I have had dermatitis herpetiformis covering my arms and legs, it was a doctor that saw me after they had disappeared who finally did a Celiac Panel on me. I'm just surprised that so many of my health issues may have started from Celiac Disease and I hope that learning to eat gluten free will help turn some of it around. I'm not sure I want the early menopause to reverse itself.. I really don't want to go through that again. I'll have to read through the board's forums to see how many people have stories like I do. I'll not be surprised to be one of many. At the moment I'm trying to figure out how stringent I need to be about cross contamination, gluten in my shampoos/lotions, etc... Thanks again for the replies, Rhonda
  6. For the past 6 years my family's life has been consumed with learning about Crohn's disease. My son was diagnosed at age 11 and he's had a terrible time with it. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 2 years after his diagnosis, but I ignored my problems to deal with his. I really didn't have the energy to give to my own issues and so, I simply pushed myself through. In November my son was in the hospital for 3 weeks. During that time we met a physician that we bonded with right away. He told us that he wished he could follow us at his integrative medicine practice, but he has a 2 year waiting list. After seeing my son and chatting with us many times during my son's stay we found we meshed well and were sad we wouldn't be able to continue to see him. The day prior to my son's release the doc talked to the other physicians on his staff and convinced them to fit both of us in right away. My doctor ordered so many tests I thought I'd be anemic from the blood work. One of the tests she ordered was a Celiac Disease Panel. I'd never considered that I may have Celiac Disease. I'd been on the SCD diet for over 6 months when I had the test done. I didn't eat any grains prior to the test and I still had 20 U/mL of Gliadin AB IGA in my blood. My IGA Serum fell within normal limits and the Tissue Transglutaminase AB IGA fell in the negative range, but my doctor still told me to stay away from gluten. She said that the antibodies have a crazy half life and take a long time to work out of our system. Does anyone know if the other levels were low because I hadn't ingested gluten in over 6 months? My B12 levels were very low, as were my vit. D so I'm taking injections every other day for the B12 and supplements for the vit. D. My thyroid isn't working, my adrenals aren't working... lol, I'm a mess. My son's blood work will be back any day now, and I'm worried that he will also have the burden of Celiac disease on top of his Crohn's disease. His food allergy tests came back and he's already allergic to many nuts, soy, corn, etc.. the list is long. I'd like to find foods away from the SCD that he can eat so he can gain a few pounds. At 6 foot tall, 130 pounds is mighty skinny. After spending 6 years with Crohn's I feel like I know sooo much about that disease and here I am, starting at square one with something new. It's just so overwhelming I'm frightened that I'll fail and get worse. I'm tired as tired gets, sick of being sick and just barely able to hope. Any help, direction, etc would be appreciated. I did order the Dummies book. Thanks Rhonda