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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 FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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 Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.


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  1. I went for my endoscopy last week and requested no anaesthetic. They gave me a liquid to gargle, then sprayed a freezing solution in my throat to suppress the gag reflex. While it was completely unpleasant, it was manageable. Mind over matter largely. I was able to watch the procedure on the screen, and it was a weird sensation with the scope down in my belly...I thought I was a victim of the Alien. 15 minutes later, and three samples for biopsies (stomach, esophegeal and duodenal tissue), I got up and walked out of the room, got dressed and drove home. The only limitation was that I had to wait an hour before eating so the freezing was completely gone from my throat. One hour later I felt fine and no repercussions. For a Jimmy Buffett concert, I'd do it again. Good luck. BTW, the specialist called today and confirmed that my biopsy was positive for celiac disease. A blessing and a curse.
  2. I just had my endoscopy and biopsies taken this afternoon. My blood work was negative but I was also experiencing relief in symptoms when gluten-free. The doctor said she wasn't seeing the typical flattening of the villi, but that the biopsy was the only definitive way to determine whether I have celiac disease or not. Is it possible that the villi were able to regenerate between June and up to 2 weeks ago when I went back on gluten? The doctor said the biopsy would show either way, as I had not been gluten-free long enough for my system to recover. Crossing my fingers and glad to be going gluten-free again.
  3. Hi folks. I'm in Hamilton, Ontario. Thanks for being here.
  4. We have a Montfort chain here in Ontario, which I used to enjoy. Since discovering that gluten is a problem for me (in the process of being diagnosed with celiac disease - my sister had a scope and is a confirmed sufferer), I've been hit and miss with some foods, but am getting better at asking for the ingredients in restaurants. I missed the boat yesterday at Montfort, and took the waitstaff's assurances that the "only thing with gluten is the bread." I asked specifically about the falafel and the salad dressing. Seems she was wrong.