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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. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Most of my tests were negative, and I was only attempting a gluten-free diet when the blood tests all came back negative. In the summer, Two of three came back negative and one was inconclusive (not sure which one). An endoscopy revealed a hyatal hernia, colonoscopy revealed nothing but fissures and hemrhoids. The scan they did (not sure the name of scan, but was a big machine that came down over my stomach and i had to stay still for an hour) came back as normal, the ultrasound came back as normal, all of my regular bloodwork (i.e. glucose, thyroid, etc.) was normal. The only thing that was off was my vitamin D and my iron, but only slightly.
  3. I was 27 when I had my colonoscopy. I survived.
  4. Maggie - I've been rocking back and forth for years!!!! It's sad, but I'm hoping to get some much needed relief. I have medication for the fissures and hemrhoids, but I haven't had the money to get it filled.
  5. I started having noticible stomach problems back in January of 2004. I'm not sure if they just occurred out of nowhere. I had been pregnant for two years (my kids are 2 1/2 and 17 months), so there were obviously changes in my body that I just blamed on pregnancy. Anyway, back in January '04, I talked to my PCP about stomach cramping. I couldn't really pinpoint it to any specific location, but it felt like all over. He told me to drink more water because I was constiputed. I told him that I had been constipated since 2002 and that no amount of water or any of the meds he prescribed me were doing anything. I then went to see a specialist who did bloodwork and scopes and ultrasound and scans, and most every test is normal (which I'm not complaining about). The celiac disease bloodwork was negative/normal/inconclusive, so I had a genetics test done, which came back inconclusive as well, so all tests were sent to a specialist, who said that he thinks I have celiac disease (I know I've told this story before). And this brings us back to my doctor's appointment at my new GI, where ALL of my tests came back normal. Now, I have been struggling with being gluten-free, and I've got to be honest, I'm not having much success, so I don't think that "trying" to be gluten-free would have produced normal blood results. So, my question is, if I don't have celiac disease, what the heck do I have? Are there any other diseases that are mistaken for celiac disease?
  6. Thank you again for all of your responses. I saw my new GI last week, and he gave me some MiraLax, and it seems to be working. My only problem is that I don't want it to work to the point where I might get diarrhea, but the doctor said that I can just take it once every other day or even less if it starts to get to that point. Relief! Thank the Lord!
  7. BamBam, I think I saw the commercials for zelnorm. Isn't it for women with IBS like symptoms, pain and bloating, etc.? Every time that commercial comes on, my husband elbows me and tells me I should get that. I will talk to my doctor about that on Monday. Thanks. Jud, Yeah, when I had my colonoscopy over the summer, I figured that my system would be cleaned out and I could start all over again, and I would be normal, but Nope, wasn't the case. And I'm not just constipated for days at a time. I've honestly been constipated for almost three years with absolutely no relief whatsoever. Isn't that terrible? And, unfortunately popcorn doesn't work. I eat it often enough, and I'm still constipated. Also, yes, I am new at the gluten-free diet, and I am having an incredibly difficult time with accidently ingesting gluten. I don't get terribly sick when I eat gluten, but I suspect that once it's completely out of my system, I will start to react more. For now, I just have problems like cramping and bloating, dizziness, inability to think normally, confusion, joint pain, and of course the constipation. Every once in a while I'll get nauseous. Hopefully once I get used to being better to my body, then I'll start to remember what it's like to be normal again.
  8. Thank you all for your replies and advice.
  9. WARNING: THIS E-MAIL MAY GROSS YOU OUT! Okay, so I'm sure that most of you are having the opposite problem. I've been constipated since I had my first child . . . he'll be three in May. I'm not just talking about being irregular. I'm talking about not being able to go at all for days at a time (up to a week) and crying at the though of having to prepare myself to use the bathroom. I also have hemorhoids and fischers. I have tried every laxative (now I know a lot aren't gluten-free) and stool softner and tucks and witchhazel and foam and fitz bath (or whatever you call it), but nothing works. I have an appointment with my new GI on Monday (the other guy diagnosed me, then left me to fend for myself), but I was hoping for some relief NOW! Any suggestions?
  10. I've had the worst moodswings and have dealt with depression and anxiety for almost a year. I am thanking celiac for that.
  11. Hello all. I'm having a hard time grocery shopping. It takes forever. I was wondering if anyone had a list of regular gluten-free foods that I can get at a normal grocery store. Are there items that you buy on a regular basis that are currently gluten free? (I know, check the ingredients often in case they change). I have lists from various sites with different types of gluten-free foods, but I'm still having a hard time. Also, are there any cereals that you can get at a normal grocery store? I live northeast, so I shop at Giant Eagle or Wal-Mart. I think that Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles are gluten-free. I called Post, and they went over the ingredients with me, and I know that they usually list any allergens, but I'm still afraid to eat them. Anyone know for sure? Thank you very much.
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    Celiac: I guess so. My bloodwork was "questionable", my biopsy was negative, my gene bloodwork was "questionable", but the expert my GI sent all of my tests to says I "probably" have it. Diabetes: Glucose test two days ago. Waiting for the results. Will let you know. Sex: Female ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I also had my children tested, ages 2 1/2 (male) and 16 mos (female) for celiac. I suspect my son is celiac. My daughter shows no symptoms, but that doesn't mean anything. I will let you know once I get the results. (If I forget, send me an e-mail) BEST OF LUCK TO YOU, AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU COME UP WITH.
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    Alrighty! Thanks for your help with my evergrowing inability to understand modern technology, despite my profession.
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