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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. No. I had two boys after being diagnosed with Celiacs and we are TTC a third baby. While Celiacs can be a pain to deal with, and I am glad that my boys don't have it so far, it is so easily treated with diet that it never even occurred to me that Celiacs might be a reason to not have children. My aunt has 7 children (ages 15 to 2) who are gluten free, so I am aware of the challenges kids face being gluten free. But they still live happy, healthy, productive lives.
  2. I would think its possible. I started charting in January so that I'd have some practise at charting by the time we started TTC. I also was eating gluten in Jan as I needed to be tested for Celiacs (long story, but the biopsy came back positive). My pre O temps have always been below 97 degrees. I've only been gluten free for a few weeks so I don't know if enough time has passed to affect my pre O temps. But my naturopathic doctor did say that eating gluten could be affecting my thyroid (which blood tests showed that its lazy) which can definitely affect pre O temps. Taking Charge of Your Fertility mentions having your thyroid checked if your pre O temps are below 97. So, perhaps eating gluten was affecting your thyroid causing the pre O temps to be low. Or eating gluten could have been affecting the pre O temps without causing issues with your thyroid.
  3. At how young an age can children have the biopsy? I don't remember if the GI doc said "allergy" but regardless, he's so far off base on whether my children could have Celiacs, its scary. But I don't need to get him to do testing, I just need to get my family practise doc to order the blood tests. She's far more reasonable (she did "let" me go for a VBAC even though she was convinced I wasn't a good candidate), but I would like something to show her. Does anyone know of a relevant study, or anything else, that I could use? I'm going to keep digging, and am waiting on a call from my naturopath (who I trust with this more than anyone I've met), but any additional guidance/help would be appreciated!
  4. I was recently diagnosed with Celiacs via a biopsy. My understanding is that all first degree relatives should be tested (and possibly second degree) due to the increased likelyhood that they may have Celiacs. My sons are 3 years old & 16 months. Is it possible to test them? Is there a difference in the blood test for them vs for adults? I know they can't have the biopsy. The GI doc who did my biopsy told my family practise nurse something like "the boys are too young for their bodies to know how to be allergic to gluten" They do seem to be asymptematic, although the 16 month old does have diahrrea stools more often than seems normal. But both boys are growing & gaining weight just fine. Is it possible for toddlers to be asymptematic but have Celiacs (like adults can)? Does it make sense to have them tested as a baseline in case there are issues down the road? Any guidance, or help convincing my family practise doc that testing makes sense, would be appreciated!