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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. Vitamin Deficiency?

    I recently had my vitamin D level tested for the first time and my result was 17. Normal range is 32 - 100, optimal range is 50-80. I read that where I live (Northeast US), we have "Vitamin D winter" from November to February which may be part of the reason I'm so low. I'm supplementing 4000 IU/ day now and will re-test in 3 months. I also plan to sit outside in the sun a bit when I can since it is starting to warm up here now.
  2. I found that (after experimenting) they have a middle of the rode dark chocolate that is both sweet and creamy like milk chocolate,

    it comes in a little three pack and you can find it up by the registers (its the light brown wraper not the darker one!)

    Just thought you might like an alternitive before giving up on chocolate...besides dark chocolate has lots on antioxidents!

  3. Hey cinimon girl..I was reading on one of the posts that you gave up chocolate, thats sad! I was wondering if you were eating dark or light? I found that while MILK chocolate and big commercial brands like Herseys special dark upset my stomache...I can eat Dark chocolate from trader joes (it comes in different degrees of bitterness though)! LOL

  4. Bummer...going Dairy Free

    If it's any comfort, I've decided to go egg free and dairy free recently. I've been gluten free for 2 years now and I still have some digestive issues that haven't resolved, so I decided to look for other sources of food intolerances. I decided to eliminate dairy and eggs for a few weeks and then do a challenge. I'm finding vegan recipes to be helpful since vegans don't eat dairy or eggs. I guess I'm kind of a gluten free vegan right now I eat Rice Chex with Almond milk regularly for breakfast and don't seem to have issues with it. Sometimes I make hot rice cereal for breakfast using almond milk. I do miss eggs, so I'm hoping eggs aren't the problem. I had already reduced dairy intake considerably (I still ate chocolate, but not anymore), so I wasn't finding it that hard to give up dairy completely. I will consider testing for soy and corn intolerance soon, too. It's tough I know, but worth it to feel better. Good luck!
  5. I like to read success stories, too, because they give me hope that I'll continue to improve. I have been gluten free for almost two years and many symptoms have improved dramatically. I had become so anxious and depressed that I was nearly agoraphobic - didn't even want to leave the house. The depression has lifted and I now enjoy socializing again (I did not take anti-depressants). I can drive and shop normally now. I used to do a lot of shopping on-line because shopping made me anxious. I had developed a lot of avoidance behaviours. I rarely feel brain fog anymore (only if accidentally glutened) and can focus better. My thoughts used to be obsessive/compulsive (worry) and I am less bothered by worry now. I sleep better and have increased stamina, too. My stamina has never been great, but I can walk longer periods now and housework doesn't tire me out like it used to. I'm assuming my seratonin levels have really improved since I've been gluten-free. I seem to feel better when I cut out dairy as well. I tried Lactaid milk, but I had a reaction after drinking it which makes me think that casein bothers me instead of lactose. I think I'm OK with corn and soy, but haven't really done a good elimination diet for them. I keep hoping that as I make other changes to my diet that I'll eventually feel good most of the time. I went from feeling good a handful of days a year to feeling good about 70% of the time. That is a tremendous relief to me - it feels like my kids got their mom back and my husband got his wife back!
  6. Magnesium

    Ive been taking Cal-Citrate for several years which contains both calcium and magnesium and it has an overall relaxing effect on me. It helps keep me regular and calms me down when I feel anxious.
  7. Healing Time & Nutrient Absorption

    I'm in my late 40s and I've been gluten free for 16 mos now and I am improved, but still not where I hope to be someday. I believe I was undiagnosed for many years (not that I didn't try to get a diagnosis!) so I had a lot of malabsorption issues. I used to be bloated constantly, constipated, fatigued and also had terrible brain fog to the point where I didn't feel it was safe for me to drive at times. I stopped carpooling for that reason and am happy that I can now share rides again (took me about 7 mos to reach that milestone). I think I was getting cross contaminated a lot the first several months because I wasn't educated. It took me a while to actually get around to buying a new toaster, cutting board, pots, etc. and to figure out where some of the hidden sources of gluten are on product labels. This board has helped me to ferret out some of those hidden sources of gluten (like beano, for instance). I eliminated soy, dairy, eggs, corn and nuts for 9 days last January to see if that helped, but it was a weird week. I felt terrible the first few days on the diet - I would wake up in the night feeling antsy and milk thistle seemed to help. Then I felt quite good for a couple of days, and then bad again. I wasn't really sure how to interpret those results so I quit (and felt better), but I plan to do it again soon. It was kind of a test run anyways just to learn the ropes before trying a longer time. I still think there is something else that needs to be eliminated for me. I plan to go for three weeks this time on the elimination diet. I have to get myself psyched up for it as I found it pretty difficult to do while still cooking for my family of five. After the three weeks I'll methodically add back different foods and hope to pinpoint other possible offenders.
  8. I found probiotics to be very helpful for me in eliminating gas issues. I also avoid dairy, but I do use butter. I still have issues with certain vegetables so I avoid them now. And it's news to me that Beano isn't gluten free. I never thought to check that!
  9. Coping With Brain Fog

    Cutting out gluten has reduced my brain fog considerably. I had brain fog so bad at times, that I was afraid to drive when I felt it for fear I could cause an accident. This past year I was able to start carpooling again and am so thankful that I can give and share rides again. I have found green tea to be helpful and vitamin B-12 although I no longer notice the effects of B-12 supplementation like I used to (I take sublingual). I assume this may mean that my levels have returned to normal. I do not take B-12 every day, but I generally drink green tea every day - usually decaf. I have also noticed a mood improvement after taking protein powder - maybe it is the tryptophan. Now I only feel brain fog if I have accidentally eaten gluten or if I have PMS. I recently tried Oasis Serene (Progesterone cream) and it lifted my brain fog almost immediately so I know there can be other culprits for brain fog besides gluten. I realize this won't help the men on this board, but perhaps there could be a different hormone out of balance responsible for your brain fog?
  10. First Menstrual Period gluten-free, Feeling Aweful!

    Thanks for the tip on progesterone cream. When I was young I never had PMS, but now it is terrible. I had my hormones tested (estrogen, progesterone) at day 19, and though both were in the normal range, the ratio was significantly off. I've been meaning to try progesterone cream, but with everything else in my life, I haven't gotten around to researching it. I'll skip comparing brands, etc and just give Oasis Serene a try.
  11. Leaky Gut Syndrome

    The only time I had trouble with hair loss was after my third pregnancy. I assumed it was hormonal because it went away on its own. My mom came to visit me during the summer before I went gluten free. When I went to visit her the following summer after being gluten free for 8 months, she kept going on about how much better my hair looked. I hadn't personally noticed a difference in my hair, but I guess since she hadn't seen me in a year, she noticed the difference.
  12. Find Your Personal Diet

    I'm having a hard time figuring out what all I can tolerate and I've been keeping a food diary for over a year. I tried an elimination diet and I felt good the first day and then poor for two or three days and then good and then back to poor. There was no gluten, soy, dairy, corn, or eggs. I'm not sure if I was de-toxing which caused the poor feelings after I started the diet, but I quit after 9 days. I seem to tolerate some milk, but I didn't seem to do that well with eggs afterwards. I'm back to currently eating gluten free and avoiding eggs. I plan to try the elimination diet again in a few weeks, but I needed a break and we have a vacation coming up. My digestion is sensitive to stress, so sometimes I don't know if food has caused me digestive problems or if it is caused by stress. I try to track events in my food diary to sort things out. I do notice a strong correlations between my gut and brain....if my gut is working well, my brain seems clear and calm. I've read that 95% of seratonin is manufactured in the gut, so it would then make sense that gut and mood would have a strong correlation.
  13. I Cant Let It Go

    I can relate to you somewhat, Jason. I went for a college physical in my 20s (going to grad school) and was very anemic (7.0). The doctor ran all sorts of tests, but nothing came back positive. I even had two bone marrow aspirations (pelvic) trying to find the cause. No diagnosis and I limped on through life feeling poorly for YEARS and YEARS. Terrible anxiety/depression issues and gut issues. I do feel anger about all those "lost years", but then again, I also feel hopeful that the future will continue to brighten. As I heal, I find myself feeling less obsessive about the past. Don't beat yourself up...there is hope for better tomorrows.
  14. Article In Redbook

    After all that I have suffered....I felt like I was basically dying a slow death and going crazy because of my gut, I hate trivialization, too! I pretty much gave up my career because of it and am fortunate that I could transition to being an at home mom. I still don't feel like I could hold a full time job and I made excuses for years to skip/avoid social functions, volunteering, etc.
  15. I've read celiac disease may cause people to be shorter than they otherwise would be. I'm 5 feet tall and wonder if I lost some height because of it. Anyone else feel this way and want to post their height?