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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. 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. Any Celiac(s) From Canada

    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.