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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. Top Five Reasons To Get A New Doctor

    (after years of debilitating symptoms that magically went away after going gluten-free) Me: I went gluten free and all those symptoms I've had for five years went away, including the daily bouts of excruciating facial pain. Doc (after a year of near indifference): Facial pain? Let me check your sinuses....... They look fine. Here is a prescription for antibiotics. Come back in three weeks for a physical because you're overdue for one. ***Three weeks later*** Doc: If you still want that celiac test, you can get it today, but your insurance probably won't pay for it (Doc leaves). Me (to nurse): I've been gluten free for over two months. Would I even pop positive if I had it? Nurse: That's a good question. Let me check with the lab guy. (Leaves. A flurry of typing is heard from around the corner.) Nurse: We think so. It's an antibody, and antibodies last for years. Think of smallpox vaccines... Besides, you may think you are gluten free, but gluten free means a lot more than not eating bread. You'd also have to avoid rye, barley, beer, and just about every prepackaged food. ***Three weeks later*** Me (calling on phone): Hi, you said my test results would be in a week ago.... Receptionist: Sorry, let me see if the doc left any notes for you. Hrmm, there is nothing to worry about, your physical looks great, you are perfectly healthy, except that your vitamin D is alarmingly low. Doc recommends you buy the sublingual drops that we sell here...
  2. Every time I eat gluten I go crazy. I do not have an official diagnosis. I told my doctor that the symptoms which had been plaguing me for five years went away within days when I stopped eating gluten (I knew nothing of celiac at the time; I thought I was dying but was toying with the idea of it being a food allergy). Doc decided to give me the blood test AFTER I had been strictly gluten-free for over two months. Big surprise, results negative. Now he is not at all concerned about the headaches, arthritis-like symptoms, fatigue, diarrhea, blistering rash (I could go on and on) that disappeared completely, but is quite adamant that I need to start taking the vitamin D drops that he sells because I tested low for that. Anyway, the main way I go crazy is that every time I accidentally get a dose of the old glutenous maximus, I become instantly depressed--feeling unmotivated, cynical, pessimistic and morbid; along with feeling constant rage that does not affect my actions but is not in response to any external circumstances. I also become completely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, 100 percent convinced that my doctor is right and that I do not have a gluten problem. In this state I hold on to the notion that that's just the way my body is--that I inexplicably had a nice "vacation" from my health problems (coinciding with going gluten-free) and that things are now returning to normal (i.e. miserable). Even though I know this happens every time, I still become convinced that I do not know what's wrong with me, and that I am fated to feel miserable for the rest of my life. As soon as the effects wear off, I return to sanity and thank my wife for being so understanding while my brain is going haywire.